ST. JUDE MEMPHIS HALF MARATHON

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Location

Memphis, TN
Second Street, south of Monroe

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Date and times

Sat., Dec. 2, 2017
8 a.m.
Wheelchair start 7:55 a.m.

 
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Entry fee

$50 program fee for those who register in May

Price increases June 1. See prices.

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Event summary

The half marathon is half the length and twice the fun of the full marathon! Runners will get a tour of downtown and midtown Memphis, and run through the St. Jude campus, where patients, their families and other onlookers gather to cheer. Our mostly-flat course is perfect for a PR, and you’ll cross the finish line to the cheers of spectators in AutoZone Park. See restrictions.

The first hydration station is located at the 1.5-mile mark, followed by one every mile from 3 through 12. All half marathon participants will receive a race number with timing tag, a clear gear bag, an official long-sleeved tech T-shirt and a finisher medal, among other amenities. See full list.

Age requirement

Half marathon participants must be 14 years or older as of race day.

 

Course time limit

The half marathon course limit is 4 hours 20 minutes (approximately a 20-minute-per-mile pace).

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General registration opens June 1 at 10 a.m. CT.

 

Corrals and pace teams

The marathon and half marathon have a staggered wave start. All participants should choose the corral that best describes their projected pace (average minutes per mile for marathon/half marathon). Corrals will release in three-minute increments.

Pace teams for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend are coordinated by volunteer members of the Memphis Runners Track Club (MRTC). Teams will be organized for 17 target finish times.

See Corrals and Pace Team Times

 

Walkers

Walkers who can maintain a 20-minute/mile pace (approximately a 4:20 finish time) are welcome to participate in the half marathon. The course and aid stations will close on this pace. Walkers who cannot maintain this pace may be asked to complete the race on sidewalks, without traffic control support.

For safety reasons, walkers are asked to start the race in the last corral, behind all runners. Walkers must complete the entire course to record a time and receive a medal.

 

Elite athletes

While prize money is not offered, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend will waive the entry fee in the marathon and half marathon for elite athletes.

Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

 

Wheelchair athletes

Wheelchair athletes will receive the following:

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

See wheelchair specifications.

If registering as a wheelchair athlete, please contact marathon@stjude.org.

 

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 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.

 

Timing, results and awards

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.

Overall and age group awards will be presented to the top finishers in their respective categories. See award categories.

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

 

Training

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend has teamed up with Breakaway Running to offer free training runs in the Memphis area for local marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K participants.

Training schedule will be available soon.

 

Certifications and sanctioning

The half marathon is sanctioned and supervised by MRTC, which is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and USA Track & Field (USATF).

The course has been certified by USATF: #TN16044MS.

 

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