Race Weekend Details

Choose a category below to learn more about the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.
Course information
  • start and finish lines two blocks apart, located near a dozen downtown hotels, plenty of restaurants and historic Beale Street
  • wave start corrals
  • 24 aid stations located at the 1.5 mile mark, then at every mile from 3 through 25 offering fluids and portalets
  • pace teams
  • spirit stations, featuring Memphis music and other entertainment

Recharge in the food and beverage area at AutoZone Park. You must wear your bib to gain access to this area.
Course limit
The marathon course time limit is six hours. All participants arriving at the marathon/half marathon split near Sun Studio (approx. mile 12.5) after 11:30 a.m. will be diverted to the half marathon course. These participants will cross the half marathon finish line and receive a half marathon medal. All marathon participants arriving at Relay Exchange #4 (approx. mile 19.6) after 1:15 p.m. will be required to board a bus returning to AutoZone Stadium. The A.W. Willis gates to the St. Jude campus (approx. mile 24) will be closed at 2:30 p.m. and all participants arriving afterward must move to the sidewalk and make their way back to AutoZone Stadium. The finish-line structure disassembly will begin after 2:30 p.m. and late arrivals will not receive an official finish time but will receive a marathon finisher medal (if available).
Course Elevation
Start: 245 feet above sea level
Finish: 215 above sea level
Highest point: 330 feet above sea level
Lowest point: 215 above sea level

Elevation Chart
Parking
Multiple parking lots and parking garages are located within four to six blocks of the start and finish lines.
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.
    • If registered by October 1, 2013, your bib can be personalized during registration.
  • 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
  • post-race shower facilities in AutoZone Park locker rooms (bring your own toiletries)
  • invitation to post-race celebration
  • certificate of completion
Restricted items
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.)
Wheelchair athletes
  • 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.

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.
Prize money
The SJMMW does not offer prize money.
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.
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.
Certifications and sanctioning
The marathon and half marathon are sanctioned and supervised by Memphis Runners Track Club (MRTC), which is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and USA Track & Field (USATF).

The courses have been certified by USATF:
Marathon/Marathon Relay: #TN13065MS
Half Marathon: #TN13063MS
5K: #TN12076MS
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
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.

Apply as an Elite Athlete (PDF).

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