What can you expect on race day?

Get race day details for before, during and after your race.

  1. Streets along the race course may have limited access on race day.

    Street closure information will be available closer to the event weekend.

  2. Average high: 56°F
    Average low: 38°F
    Mean: 46°F

  3. Be sure to arrive early!
    Average charge: $10.
    View parking map.

  4. Race participants will receive: 

    • a race number (bib) with a timing tag
      Do not remove the "B-tag" timing device affixed to your bib for any reason; without it, you won’t receive an official time.
    • a clear goodie bag to be used on race day for gear check
    • an official long-sleeved event shirt, available only at the expo
      Marathon, half marathon and 10K participants will receive a tech shirt; 5K and family race/kids marathon shirts are 100 percent cotton.
    • a finisher medal
    • post-race food and beverages
    • access to a bag-check area
      Bag check will be available in the plaza of AutoZone Park on race day starting at 6 a.m. All checked gear must be in the clear bag 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 bag with a plastic tie available at the bag check area. The bag check area will close at 3 p.m. Note: There is no gear check at FedExForum or the St. Jude Heroes Lounge at AutoZone Park.
    • post-race shower facilities in AutoZone Park locker rooms
      Please bring your own toiletries.
    • an invitation to the post-race celebration
    • a certificate of completion
  5. 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
    • pets
    • non-sanctioned 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.

  6. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend does not offer prize money.

  7. Pace teams will be available for runners trying to meet specific finish-time goals. All participants will be assigned a corral based on their projected finish time; use our guide to find the pace teams that will be available in your corral.

    Pace team members will also be at the expo to answer your questions.

  8. We use two timing 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.

    Final official race results will be posted on our website no later than December 8, 2017.

    Please contact Best Times CCT with any timing/results questions at results@besttimescct.com.

  9. 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 (website data will be available closer to race day).

  10. Final official race results will be posted on our website no later than December 8, 2017. Awards are given for the marathon, half marathon, 10K 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 and 10K only)
    • 13-15 (5K and 10K only)
    • 14-15 (half marathon 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+

    All trophies and plaques are personalized and will be distributed between 45 and 60 days after the race.

  11. 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 hydration stations throughout the full and half marathon courses.

    A 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 hydration stations, all of which are in radio contact with the main medical unit.

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