Race Day Information

Choose a category below to learn more about the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.
Parking
Multiple parking lots and parking garages are located within four to six blocks of the start and finish lines. The average charge is $10. Be sure to arrive early.
View parking map.
Memphis weather
Average high: 56°F (record high of 81° in 1982)
Average low: 38°F (record low of 15° in 1937)
Mean: 46°F
Amenities
  • race number (bib) with timing tag
    • Each participant will be furnished a "B-tag" timing device affixed to your bib. Do not remove the B-tag for any reason; without it, you won’t receive an official time
  • goodie bag
  • official long-sleeved event shirt, available only at the Expo
    • marathon, relay and half participants will receive a tech shirt
    • 5K and Kids Marathon/Family Fun Run shirts are 100 percent cotton
  • finisher medal
  • post-race food and beverages
  • bag-check area
    • Bag check will be available in the plaza of AutoZone Park on race day starting at 6:30 a.m. All checked gear must be in the clear bag we provided at the expo when you picked up your packet. Use the pre-numbered tab at the top of your race number and affix it to the item with a plastic tie available at the bag check area. The bag check area will close at 3:30 p.m.
      Note: There is no gear check at FedExForum or the St. Jude Heroes Lounge at The Peabody.
  • post-race shower facilities in AutoZone Park locker rooms (bring your own toiletries)
  • invitation to post-race celebration
  • certificate of completion
Restrictions

These items are strictly prohibited to ensure runner safety and compliance with liability insurance requirements. Refusal to comply may result in immediate disqualification:

  • unregistered runners
  • unauthorized vehicles
  • bicycles, roller skates or roller blades, and skateboards
  • strollers or baby-joggers
  • runners with pets
  • any type of pacing support (e.g., bicycles, etc.)

 

As with any large event, we have increased security measures to ensure the safety of our participants. Please be aware that the following items are banned from any area relating to the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, including vehicles: 

  • weapons
  • explosives or explosive components
  • black powder/smokeless powder
  • ammunition
  • fireworks

 

What about headphones? 
Headphones and other electronic listening devices are allowed but not recommended to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you on sometimes-crowded city streets shared by vehicular traffic. If you use headphones, please be aware of your surroundings.

Prize money
The SJMMW does not offer prize money.
Pace teams
Pace teams will be available for runners trying to meet specific goals. Use our handy guide to find the pace that reflects your training and ability. On race day, find your pace corral and line up with your selected pace team.

Pace team members will also be at the Expo to answer your questions.
Official timing
Two methods:
  • Gun time — the time it takes you to finish the race based on when the start gun is fired
  • Chip time — the time it takes you to finish the race based on when you cross the start line

Results for the Open (Overall) Division will be based on gun time. For all other divisions, age groups and races, the results will be based on chip time. Runners will be eligible for awards only in the specific race they registered for.
Runner tracking
On race day, family and friends can track runners as they cross miles 3.1, 9.3 and the half marathon finish and the balance of the marathon course at miles 13.1, 19.6 and the finish.

Download the app or view on the website.
Awards
Marathon, Half and 5K Trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in these divisions:
  • Open (Overall)
  • Masters (40+)
  • Grand Masters (50+)
  • Senior Masters (60+)
  • Wheelchair athletes

Plaques will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in these age groups:
9 and under (5K only)
10-12 (5K only)
11-15 (half marathon only)
13-15 (5K only)
16-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
40-44
45-49
50-54
55-59
60-64
65-69
70-74
75+

Relay
Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in these divisions:
  • All male team
  • All female team
  • Coed team (Must have a minimum of two females per team)

All trophies and plaques are personalized and will be distributed between 45 and 60 days after the race.
Medical support
There will be a full emergency field hospital at the finish. There will also be medical support on the course with nurses at several of the aid stations throughout the full and half marathon courses.

The course doctor will be in the race director's vehicle throughout the race and will be able to respond to emergencies within a few minutes.

Runners who must drop out will be picked up at one of the aid stations, which will be in radio contact with the main medical unit.
Drug testing
USATF, recognized by the United States Olympic Committee, is the sanctioning and certifying body for St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USATF rules and IAAF Rule 35.

Athletes who test positive for banned substances, or refuse to be tested, will be disqualified from the event and will lose eligibility for future USATF competitions.

Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications contain banned substances. Information regarding drugs and drug testing may be obtained from the following organizations:

U.S. Olympic Committee
U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
International Association of Athletics Federation
International Olympic Committee
World Anti-Doping Agency
Wheelchair athletes
SJMMW races follow the definition for participants as set by Wheelchair Sports USA in Division 3 Specific Rules for Track Events, Rules 50.5 (no mechanical gears or levers) and 50.12 (mandatory use of approved helmets). The WSUSA Rules in sections 70.0 ("Specific Rules for Road Racing") and 71.0 ("Assistance to Competitors") also apply.

Wheelchair athletes will receive the following:
  • early start with police escort
  • special restroom facilities near start, finish and throughout courses
  • special parking near finish (contact race office for details)
  • trophies to the top three male and female finishers in each race

If registering as a wheelchair athlete, please contact marathon@stjude.org.
Elite Athletes
While we do not offer prize money, Elite Athletes are still welcome to compete. Entry fees will be waived for those runners who have met certain standards.

View Elite Athlete details.

For questions concerning the Elite Athlete program, email marathon@stjude.org.