“My motto in high school was I run for no one,” Charlie Kimball says with a laugh.

His stance has softened in the intervening years, and on Dec. 5 the Verizon IndyCar Series driver will join thousands of runners in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Half Marathon in Memphis. Though mountain biking and snowboarding are more in line with Kimball’s leisure pursuits, he’ll run with his wife in the event that benefits the groundbreaking pediatric hospital.

“We have a little longer offseason so I can do some other fitness stuff that’s maybe not racing-specific and do some things I normally don’t do,” Kimball said of training for the 13.1-mile run. “During the season I wouldn’t have time to go run, put the miles in and then run a half-marathon.”

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.

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