The Memphis Police Department, along with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, will be present during all marathon weekend events to provide an enhanced level of security to athletes, spectators, staff and volunteers. Please be sure to follow all safety procedures, and, as with all public events, if you see something, say something. 

Gear check


Hernando St. at Union Ave.


5:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

All checked gear must be in the clear bag provided at the expo. No exceptions.

Use the pre-numbered tab at the top of your race number and attach it to the gear bag.


Prohibited items

The following are strictly prohibited on the course to ensure runner safety and comply with liability insurance requirements:

  • unregistered runners
  • unauthorized vehicles
  • bicycles
  • skateboards
  • hoverboards
  • in-line or roller skates
  • baby joggers or strollers (except the kids marathon)
  • all animals

Any type of unauthorized support or pacing will not be allowed, including, but not limited to, support from a vehicle (fluid bottles, splits, etc.), as such support will be considered an unfair advantage. Noncompliance will result in immediate disqualification.

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.


Lost or separated children

At any event attended by children, there's the potential to become separated from a parent, guardian or responsible adult. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend works to ensure all children and vulnerable adults feel safe from harm and have a place to go if separated from their grown-up.

  • Everyone under the age of 16 attending the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A designated Lost/Separated Children Reunion Spot will be located at the Information Booth.
  • All lost children, vulnerable adults and parents/guardians separated from their dependent can speak to any St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend staff member, volunteer or security person to be directed or taken to the Reunion Spot.