- Health screenings will be required for all participants, guests, volunteers and partners to access all indoor events.
- Upon completing the health screening at your first indoor event, you will receive a wristband for admission and will be valid for access throughout event weekend.
- Social distancing is highly encouraged during all events.
- Adherence to health & safety protocols and processes is required.
- Download and enroll in the My Bindle app for the required health screening.
- Create your St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Entry Pass in Bindle. Review our Health & Safety Policy page for more details.
- Bring your 2021 Race Entry Confirmation Email received on Monday, Nov. 29. This email contains your personalized QR code for fast check-in.
- Bring your government photo ID required for entry and packet pick-up.
THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2021
noon - 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2021
noon - 9 p.m.
All participants 18 and over must pick up their own packet at the Health & Fitness Expo. There is no race-day packet pick-up.
For our Platinum Premier, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze St. Jude Heroes, we're rolling our the red carpet for YOU!
- government photo ID (required)
- Your 2021 Race Entry Confirmation Email received on Monday, Nov. 29 containing your personalized QR code
- government photo ID (required)
St. Jude Heroes packet items include:
- race bib and safety pins
- long-sleeve participant shirt
- clear bag for gear check
- commemorative 20th anniversary gear
(silver and above only)
- St. Jude Heroes HopeBand
Participants who registered as a Platinum Premier, Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze St. Jude Hero will receive a St. Jude Heroes HopeBand. The Heroes HopeBand is your exclusive access for your event weekend reservations, merchandise credit and other fun stops along the way!
You'll be able to purchase official merchandise at the expo. Can't wait? Check out our online store to buy your race gear now.
New this year and just in time for our 20th anniversary celebration, the St. Jude Heroes Expo Lounge brings live, interactive experiences, augmented reality, pre-race sampling, sweet treats, a special gift and more for all St. Jude Heroes. You’ll want to ensure you have plenty of time to visit after picking up your packet and shopping the Expo.
For the marathon, half marathon and 10K, runner tracking is available for friends and family to keep track of their runner on the course. Runner tracking will provide updates at several splits, as well as estimated finish times.
Be sure to arrive early to secure a parking space. The average charge is $10. Due to road closures, participants and spectators should plan to be downtown and parked prior to 6:15 a.m. Visit the Navigating Race Day page to learn more about road closures on race day.
Go slow, be aware and yield to law enforcement and runners. Let’s make it a safe race day for everyone.
Please refer to the parking map below for the areas we strongly recommended for parking (within green). These areas will be accessible all day, and allow for a timely exit from downtown. Parking is also available in the yellow areas, but with significant delays and wait times for exits.
Click the colored areas and individual icons for additional information specific to those locations.
WHERE: Union Ave. and 4th St.
WHEN: 5:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
All checked gear must be in the clear bag provided at the expo. No exceptions. Use the pre-numbered tab at the bottom of your race bib and attach it to the gear bag.
Water and restrooms are located in the following locations:
- inside AutoZone Park
- multiple areas near the start line
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.
The following are strictly prohibited on the course to ensure runner safety and comply with liability insurance requirements:
- unregistered runners
- unauthorized vehicles
- 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.
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.
Items turned into lost and found not claimed by 3:30 p.m. on race day will be returned to the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend office. Items will be discarded or donated to charity if not claimed within five working days following the races.
Your bib will include your assigned arrival time and start window. Please follow these times and instructions as it is critical to our safety protocols and impacts the safety of your fellow participants.
Step 1 – Bib
Attach your bib to the front of your shirt. Your number must be visible at the start, finish, and all points along the course to prevent you from being disqualified.
Please do not fold, cut or alter your bib in any way, the timing chip is included in your bib and any alteration could impact the ability to time you accurately. Please ensure your race bib is:
- Clearly visible on the front of your torso
- Unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
- Pinned on all four corners
- Not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
Step 2- Mask Required - New for 2021
All participants will be required to wear a mask upon arrival in the start area until crossing the start line.
Step 3- Arrival Time - New for 2021
Your assigned arrival time found on your bib is the time to arrive in the start area. Do not arrive in the start area prior to your assigned arrival time.
Step 4- Start Window - New for 2021
Your assigned start time window found on your bib is the time you will be ushered into the start corral. This time is based on your pace time, with fastest runners first, followed by slower runners.
Step 5- Start Procedure - New for 2021
Race officials will check your bib and usher you into the start corral based on your start time window. You will be directed to stand on the closest unoccupied street marking within the corral. Keep moving forward as directed through the start line.
Based on targeted marathon finish times, pacers will keep each group on the designated pace. Half marathon and 10K participants are welcome to join a group as well.
The pace times below have been confirmed as of publication, but additional pace groups may be added. The complete and finalized list of pace teams will be available at the pace team area at the expo.
Marathon Projected Finish Time* | Pacer Per Mile Finish Time
3:20 | 7:38/mile
3:25 | 7:49/mile
3:30 | 8:00/mile
3:35 | 8:12/mile
3:40 | 8:23/mile
3:50 | 8:46/mile
3:55 | 8:58/mile
4:00 | 9:09/mile
4:05 | 9:21/mile
4:20 | 9:58/mile
4:30 | 10:18/mile
4:35 | 10:29/mile
4:50 | 11:04/mile
5:00 | 11:27/mile
5:05 | 11:38/mile
5:20 | 12:12/mile
5:40 | 12:58/mile
6:00 | 13:44/mile
All results, including awards, will be based on chip time. Chip time is defined as the duration of time from the moment a runner crosses the mats at the start until the moment that runner crosses the mats at the finish.
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.
The first hydration station will be located between mile marks two and three. 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 10.6, 15.5, 19.2 and 21.5.
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 two hydration stations with water, lemon- lime Nuun,® Vaseline,® bandages and portalets.
Participants must comply with all directions given by race officials, including immediately retiring from the race if directed to do so by a race official or any governmental authority (including fire and police officers).
Event officials also reserve the right to delay, cancel or suspend the race due to weather, safety or security concerns. Official course closure means police protection ceases and vehicular traffic resumes. The finish-line structure disassembly will begin after 4 p.m.
- Marathon course time limit: 6.5 hours
- Half Marathon course time limit: 4 hours 20 minutes
- 10K course time limit: 2 hours
- 5K course time limit: 1.5 hours
The time starts when the last participant crosses the start line.
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.
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.
In order for your finish time to be recorded, you must cross the mats at the finish line wearing your race bib. Do not cross the finish line a second time.
Make certain your race bib is pinned on your front and completely visible for race officials and photographers.
This year, please plan for a runner reunion location that is outside of and away from AutoZone Park. Spectators will not be allowed to enter the runner areas inside AutoZone Park.
Marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K awards will be personalized and mailed after the event. While we strive to get our awards out quickly, because they are personalized we ask that you allow a few months for delivery. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend does not offer prize money. Virtual participants are not eligible for awards.
If you cross the finish line on Saturday, Dec. 4 with a Boston Marathon qualifying (BQ) time, be sure to visit the Boston Qualifiers tent in the Finisher Village after the race. We want to celebrate your accomplishment and give you a special St. Jude Boston Qualifier T-shirt.
Qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon are posted at www.baa.org and approved by the Boston Athletic Association. Qualifying times do not guarantee entry to the Boston Marathon, simply the opportunity to submit for registration.
All finishers will receive their finisher medal upon crossing the finish line. All 2-Race and 4-Race Challenge participants will pick up their challenge medal at the Health & Fitness Expo. Click here for additional finisher medal experience.
Visit the results page following the event for information about how you may obtain your personalized certificate of completion.
A special thank you to our Platinum St. Jude Heroes, who committed to raising at least $5,000 for the kids of the St. Jude as they trained for their race.
Michael Du Charme
Paul R. Mehelic
Miriam Dillard Stroud
Lauren Iovaldi Hickey
Deborah L. Kurtzke
Mark O. Burr
Thank you for 20 years of participation and going the distance for St. Jude kids!
Miriam Dillard Stroud