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What to expect event weekend


  • 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.

Pre-event arrival checklist


  1. Download and enroll in the My Bindle app for the required health screening.
  2. Create your St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Entry Pass in Bindle. Review our Health & Safety Policy page for more details.
  3. Bring your 2021 Race Entry Confirmation Email received on Monday, Nov. 29. This email contains your personalized QR code for fast check-in.
  4. Bring your government photo ID required for entry and packet pick-up.

Health & Fitness Expo, brought to you by Landers Auto Group


Landers Auto Group logo.

The 2021 Health & Fitness Expo, brought to you by Landers Auto Group, will be held in the newly renovated Renasant Convention Center.


255 N. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103    


THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2021

noon - 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2021

noon - 9 p.m.


Packet Pick-up


All participants 18 and over must pick up their own packet at the Health & Fitness Expo. There is no race-day packet pick-up.

St. Jude Heroes 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
  1. 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
  2. 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!

Official event merchandise


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.

St. Jude Heroes Expo Lounge*


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.

*Reservations required


Runner tracking


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. 

Parking and accessing downtown


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.

  1. 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.

  2. Uber and Lyft dropoff/pickup locations

Gear check


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


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. 

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


  1. 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.

Information booth/lost and found


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.


Race bib and timing tag


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.

Start Procedure


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.

Pace teams


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. 

  1. 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


Pacer before the race.

Official timing


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.


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.

Hydration stations


  1. 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.

  2. There will be two hydration stations with water, lemon- lime Nuun,® Vaseline,® bandages and portalets.

Course time limits


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. 

Full and half marathon mile markers.

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.

  1. 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.

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.


Crossing 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Visit to check your time, especially if you expect to be an award winner. Official results will be posted on our website and sent to local media, national running publications and the Boston Marathon. 

  3. 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.

Boston qualifiers


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 and approved by the Boston Athletic Association. Qualifying times do not guarantee entry to the Boston Marathon, simply the opportunity to submit for registration.

Boston qualifiers holding t-shirt.

Finisher medals


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.

Certificate of Completion


Visit the results page following the event for information about how you may obtain your personalized certificate of completion.


Thank you to all St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend participants 


Platinum Premier and Platinum St. Jude Heroes


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. 

  1. Matthew Benson
    Dave Lew
    Scott Leipert
    Tim Peterson
    Kat Leipert
    Dar Bertucci
    Ronnie Schwartz
    Frank Griggs
    Jackie Hobbs
    Bill Burke
    Craig Witsoe
    Rachel Reyes
    Tony Delmonico
    Heather Gavin
    Danny Dragicevic
    Staci Gordon
    Richard Schroeder
    Allison Edwards


    Michael Harris
    Dorie Christian
    Diana Eckhardt
    Peter Mellen
    Lindsay Butcher
    Shannon McWhorter
    William Pizzitola
    Barbara Sugg
    David Oatman
    Chelsea Long
    Gina Morton
    Adam Cruthirds
    Katy Ravensberg
    Amanda Corley
    Michael Du Charme
    Lori Driver
    Amanda Blackwell
    Julie Maune


    Ellen Sandweiss
    Julie Ondo
    Valerie Sepulvado
    Corinthia Reulet
    Dana Rivera
    Matthew Caudill
    Lilia Drew
    Sue Kessler
    Jeanne Godfrey
    Amy Carter
    Don Albert
    Jeanne Schmidt
    Stacy Birdsong
    Lisa Hanner
    Tina Woodard
    Barbara Humphrey
    Jennifer Thomas
    Miranda Fickert

  2. Kelly Farrar
    Michael England
    Susan Templet
    Chandler Barton
    Lisa Leroux-Smith
    Kristine Burrichter
    Mark Finton
    Brandy Massarotti
    Susan Williams
    Michael Murphy
    Paul R. Mehelic
    Jordan Lobb
    April Whitehead
    Michael Head
    Robbin Dralle
    Alison Landry
    Peggy Vonspreckelsen
    Sean Smith
    Amanda True
    Bill Hurt
    Renettia Turpin
    Lindsay Schaufert
    Stephanie Finton
    Lee Huie
    Jennifer Glover
    Candice Barber
    Michelle Spera
    Mark Comerford
    Lance Wilson
    Cynthia Thomas
    Jane Gilbert
    Jacqueline Skirvin
    Liz Harris
    Paula Head
    Pamelia Parker
    Vincent Cacciatore
    Heather Allemond
    Katherine Park
    Teresa Barndt
    Virginia Bevers
    Virginia Reinhardt
    Michelle Opalio
    Paul Barlow
    Brandon Spaeth
    Annette Holbert
    Terry Tonsing
    Dana King
    Ted Stann
    Justin Shelby
    Heather Polley
    Brenda Stephens


    Brian Bauer
    Miriam Dillard Stroud
    Danielle Lancianese
    Amy Wilson
    Cameron Head
    Jonathan Frederick
    Lindsey Baumler
    Bridget Meggs
    Larry Willis
    Raakhee Mirchandani
    Nick Cahanin
    Kristen Walker
    Jason Meggs
    Word Strength
    Bryant Mosbey
    Mitchell Edwards
    Nathan Casburn
    Robert Duby
    Andy Tweedy
    Keith Davis
    Kevin Farrell
    Agnes Ashby
    Michael Soileau
    Jonathan Rogers
    Thomas Hadaway
    Mitchell Spurlock
    Sarah McCoy
    Catherine Romaine
    Sarah Bucciero
    Bridgette Walton
    Patrick Hardy
    Kristen Magee
    Gene Bezilla
    Jack Pavlat
    Michael Taffaro
    Sylvia Greer
    Eric Savage
    Cindy Bedford
    Dennis Westgate
    Travis Ilitch
    Ashley Latiolais
    Cassie Goldsboro
    Melissa Gargasz
    Lauren Iovaldi Hickey
    Sandy Piland
    Alexander Zakharin
    Brian Hrischuk
    Stacey Tanner
    Diane Roberts
    Haley Schulz
    Teresa Lawler


    Deborah L. Kurtzke
    Tessa Paul
    Sarah Woodard
    Dean Ives
    Eric Bourgeois
    Colleen Kelley
    Sahar Halim
    Anna Denietolis
    Erik Johnson
    Tracy Hightower
    Mike Mcgee
    Jennifer McClaine
    Gwen Grimes
    Shawn Johnson
    Kristin Williams
    Kris Vigliotti
    Jared Graham
    Mark O. Burr
    Regina Sims
    Leah Mitchell
    Jeremy Streetman
    Jim Hertwig
    Emily Wade
    Donna Moye
    Duane Wolfe
    Miles Albertson
    Katie Austin
    Paurenia Patrick
    Jane Wells
    Shannon Aldridge
    Kathy Riggs
    Drew Dogay
    Mitch Semar
    Michael Acurio
    Natalie Williams
    Debra Burns
    Todd Clippard
    Bob Beard
    Carrie Hansen
    Stephanie Sorensen
    Stacy Hickman
    Kim Bolinger
    Turner Plunkett
    Dane Perdieu
    Steven Aul
    Alexandra Taylor
    Colleen McMaster
    Catherine Nelson
    Leticia Barr
    Michael Lowery
    Phil Carloni


20 years running


Thank you for 20 years of participation and going the distance for St. Jude kids!

  1. Donnie Baldock
    Raj Betapudi
    Joe Birch
    Chris Boysen
    Christina Clarke
    Rosalee Echele
    Clete Fike
    Alan Freeland
    David Gourley
    Sarah Harris
    Jeff Haushalter


    Joyce Johns
    Kari King
    Marshall Kleiser
    Tom Kolodziej
    Shirley Kyles
    Bruce Landau
    Susanne Landau
    David Loges
    Elizabeth McKnight
    Keri Nunley
    Keith Patterson


    Patti Pair
    Morgan Pfeiffer
    Rick Prince
    Maddie Rhodes
    James Richardson
    Teresa Street
    Miriam Dillard Stroud
    Holly Trowbridge
    Richard Vanmeter
    Sarah Williams
    Angela Winter


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