On-course support

The course will be clearly marked. Split-time clocks will be at every mile, and kilometers will be marked every 5K. Anyone leaving the course — except to use the facilities or receive medical attention — will be guilty of an unfair advantage and immediately disqualified.

Traffic control will be directed by the Memphis Police Department. Runners should be aware of vehicular traffic, particularly at all intersections. Please stay alert.

Marathon and half marathon hydration stations

The first hydration station will be between mile marks 2 and 3. Hydration stations will then be approximately every mile from mile marks 3 through 25 with water, lemon-lime Nuun®, Vaseline®, bandages and portalets available. GU Energy Gel in a variety of flavors will be available at hydration stations near mile marks 10.5, 15, 18.5 and 21.

If you have not trained with Nuun or GU Energy Gel or used them before, it is recommended that you use them with caution.

There will be a table at the front end of each hydration station for runners' personal fluids. A runner may have their personal handler take their bottles and place them on the table, but there must be no verbal or physical exchange between the runner and personal handler and/or other individuals.

10K and 5K hydration stations

There will be hydration stations at miles 0.3, 1.4 and 2.3 for the 5K, and at miles 0.3, 1.5, 2.2, 3.3, 4.4, and 5.4 for the 10K. Hydration stations will have water, lemon-lime Nuun®, Vaseline®, bandages and portalets.

Course time limit

The marathon course time limit is 6½ hours.

The half marathon course time limit is 4 hours and 20 minutes.

The 10K course time limit is 2 hours.

The 5K course time limit is 1½ hours.

The time starts when the last participant crosses the start line.

All marathon participants must be at the following locations at the following times:

  • Mile 11 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Mile 19 at 1 p.m.

Those participants arriving after those times will be provided alternate routes or be transported closer to the finish line. In an effort to maintain the safety of all participants and law enforcement, this procedure will be enforced.

Official course closure means police protection ceases and vehicular traffic resumes. The finish-line structure disassembly will begin after 3 p.m.  


Medical aid

Runners are advised to drink plenty of liquids during the run. If you are drinking both water and some form of a fluid replacement drink, you should maintain a sensible balance to ensure proper electrolyte balance.

We urge medical caution by all runners, particularly first-timers. Do not go beyond your physical limit.

If you have medical conditions that you wish to be known in case of emergency (such as illness, special conditions, allergies, medications, blood type, etc.), write them in waterproof ink (Sharpie marker) on the special form found on the reverse side of your race number.


Runners should notify hydration station personnel of any injured or ill runner requiring assistance. A runner who appears to be suffering from a life-threatening condition, such as heat stroke, may be examined by a qualified race official to determine the seriousness of the problem. No disqualification will result from such action, even if the examination is hands-on, provided the course covered by the runner has not been shortened or substantially altered in the examination process. A runner who, in the qualified race official's opinion, is in control of their faculties will be permitted to decide whether to finish, while one who is not will be removed from the race regardless of whether such action could result in a possible loss of prize.

Numerous ambulances will be mobile on the course. Emergency radio communications will be available at all hydration stations. A doctor-and-nurse-staffed field hospital will be located at the finish line.


MarathonFoto® will take photos of runners on the course and at the finish line. You'll receive an email after the event with details on how to order these photos. 

If you take photos along the course, you can post them to our Facebook page, or share using #stjuderun.


Spirit stations

Various spirit stations will be positioned along the marathon and half marathon courses to provide entertainment and cheer on runners.


FedEx Purple Eagle plane

Be sure to look for the FedEx Express Purple Eagle plane at Second and Jackson. This is the seventh consecutive year FedEx has dedicated a plane in honor of a FedEx team member whose child is a St. Jude patient. This year the plane is dedicated to patient Mya, granddaughter of MEM Dispatch Agent Susie Rounds.


Dropping out

Runners unable to complete the race will be transported via SAG shuttle back to AutoZone Park. Once transportation is requested, it is important that runners not leave the scene by any other means so that their safety and whereabouts can be accounted for. Runners who do not complete the entire course must not cross the finish line.