St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend runners
 
 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

 
  1. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Expo shuttles Peabody Hotel Sheraton Memphis Downtown, Landers Center
    noon - 7 p.m. Expo and packet pickup Landers Center
  2. noon - 10 p.m. Expo shuttles Peabody Hotel, Sheraton Memphis Downtown, Landers Center
    noon - 9 p.m. Expo and packet pickup Landers Center
    5 p.m. St. Jude Heroes Celebratory Pasta Party (invitation only) Peabody Hotel
  3. 5:30 a.m. Gear check opens Plaza in AutoZone Park
    5:30 a.m. St. Jude Heroes Hospitality opens (invitation only) AutoZone Park
    6 a.m. 5K/10K corrals open B.B. King at Monroe Ave. (outside AutoZone Park)
    6:55 a.m. 5K/10K wheelchair start B.B. King at Monroe Ave. (outside AutoZone Park)
    7 a.m. 5K/10K start B.B. King at Monroe Ave. (outside AutoZone Park)
    7 a.m. Marathon/half marathon corrals open B.B. King at Lt. Lee Ave. (in front of FedExForum)
    7:55 a.m. Marathon/half marathon wheelchair start B.B. King at Lt. Lee Ave. (in front of FedExForum)
    8 a.m. Marathon/half marathon start B.B. King at Lt. Lee Ave. (in front of FedExForum)
    8:30 a.m. 5K course closes  
    10 a.m. 10K course closes  
    1:30 p.m. Kids marathon start B.B. King at Monroe Ave. (outside AutoZone Park)
    2 - 4 p.m. Kids marathon post-race celebration Peabody Hotel Tennessee Exhibit Hall
    3 p.m. Finish line closes Union Ave.
    3:30 p.m. Gear check closes Plaza in AutoZone Park
    4 p.m. Finish line festival closes AutoZone Park
 
 
 

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

Landers Auto Group logo.
 

We have a new expo location! Due to construction at the Memphis Convention Center, our 2019 Health & Fitness Expo, brought to you by Landers Auto Group, will be at the Landers Center.

 
 

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2019

noon - 7 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2019

noon - 9 p.m.

 
 

Expo parking and shuttles

There will be free parking at the Landers Center. Complimentary shuttles will also be available to transport race participants and their guests between downtown Memphis and the Landers Center. Shuttles will leave every hour on the hour.

  1. DOWNTOWN PICKUP/DROPOFF LOCATIONS

    • Peabody Hotel
    • Sheraton Memphis Downtown
     

    DEPARTURE TIMES FROM DOWNTOWN

    • Thursday, Dec. 5
      11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
    • Friday, Dec. 6
      11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
     

    DEPARTURE TIMES FROM LANDERS CENTER

    • Thursday, Dec. 5
      noon - 8 p.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 6
      noon - 10 p.m. 
     
     

Packet pickup and St. Jude Heroes wristbands 

All participants must pick up their packet at the expo prior to race day. There is no race-day packet pick-up. Participants age 18 and older are required to pick up their own packet. 

WHAT TO BRING

 

WHAT YOU'LL GET

  • your race number with timing tag
  • event shirt
  • clear bag for gear check
 
 

Participants who registered as a Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze St. Jude Hero will receive a wristband at the expo that can be scanned throughout the weekend for an interactive event experience. Find out more.

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.

2019 expo experience

Grab race-day essentials, get expert advice with our speaker series and explore the mission of St. Jude through a variety of experiences, including augmented reality.  

SPEAKER SERIES

All expo speakers will be at the Desoto Family Theater, which is adjacent to the Landers Center arena.

  1. 1 p.m. Run your best race: Tips for peak performance
    2 p.m. Course preview with Coach Kevin Leathers
    3 p.m. Meet your inspiration: Patient family panel
    4 p.m. Elvis is in the building: Michael Wardian (winner of the 2016 Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon dressed as Elvis), hosted by Bob Babbitt, IRONMAN Hall of Fame
    5 p.m. Course preview with Coach Kevin Leathers
  2. 1 p.m. Run your best race: Tips for peak performance
    2 p.m. Elvis is in the building: Michael Wardian (winner of the 2016 Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon dressed as Elvis), hosted by Bob Babbitt, IRONMAN Hall of Fame
    3 p.m. Meet Bill Rodgers: Four-time Boston Marathon winner
    4 p.m. Q&A with Coach Kevin and Coach Holly of Can't Stop Endurance
    4:45 p.m. Course preview with Coach Kevin Leathers
 
 
 
 

Parking and accessing downtown

Be sure to arrive early to secure a parking space. The average charge is $10. Plan to be in your corral 30 minutes prior to race start. Due to road closures, participants and spectators should plan to be downtown and parked prior to 6:15 a.m.

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.

Uber and Lyft dropoff/pickup locations

    • 115 Riverside Dr. (Tennessee Welcome Center) Available all day. Access in and out through I-40 ramp only.
    • 272 Court Ave. Significant delays from 9 to 11 a.m. Access in and out via 4th and Jefferson.
    • S. Lauderdale St. (Between Beale St. and Union Ave.) Available all day. 
    • S. Front St. (Between Monroe Ave. and Union Ave.) Available before 6:15 a.m. and after 10 a.m.
 
 
 

Security

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

WHERE: Plaza in AutoZone Park
WHEN: 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

  1. 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.
 
 
 

Race number and timing

 

Race number and timing tag

Attach your number to the front of your shirt. Your number must be visible at the start, finish and all points on the course to prevent being disqualified or asked to leave. Please do not fold or cut your number.

To receive an accurate time, please confirm your race number is:

  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned in all four corners
  • Not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)
IMPORTANT: Your B-tag is attached to the back of your race number. It is not to be removed for any reason. If your B-tag is not worn properly throughout the race, you will not receive an official time.

Official timing

Two timing methods will be used:

  • 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

All race numbers feature a personalized QR code for each participant. Official results for the open (overall) division in the marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K will be based on the actual order of finish (gun time). All other results, including award trophies and plaques, will be based on B-tag time (chip time). B-tag 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.

 
 
 

Times and locations

10K AND 5K

7 a.m.
Wheelchair start 6:55 a.m.
B.B King at Monroe Ave.
(outside of AutoZone Park)

Corrals will open at 6 a.m. Slower runners and walkers should be at the back. See 10K map and 5K map.

 

MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON

8 a.m.
Wheelchair start 7:55 a.m.
B.B. King at Lt. Lee Ave.
(in front of FedExForum)

Your assigned corral will be printed on your race number. Plan to arrive in your corral no later than 7:30 a.m. See marathon map and half marathon map.

 

KIDS MARATHON

1:30 p.m.
B.B. King at Monroe Ave.
(outside AutoZone Park)

There will be a wave start for safety. We recommend you be in place no later than 1:15 p.m. Slower runners, walkers and all strollers should be at the back. See kids marathon map.

 
 

Water and restrooms

Water and restrooms are located in the following locations:

  • inside AutoZone Park
  • multiple areas near the start line

Discarded items

Clothing and other personal items discarded at the start and on the course will be collected and donated. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend cannot be responsible for items left on the course or at bag check.

Corrals and wave start

The marathon and half marathon have a staggered wave start. All participants will be assigned a corral based on their projected finish time. Corral assignments will be printed on your race number; please be in your assigned corral 30 minutes prior to the race starting. Start time between each corral is approximately 2 minutes. 

Pace teams

Based on targeted marathon finish times, pacers will keep each group on the designated pace. Half marathoners 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. 

 
Pacer before the race.
 
  1. Pace Groups
    (based on marathon finish time)
    Marathon projected finish time (hours:minutes)
    Half marathon projected finish time (hours:minutes)
    3:30 3:30 1:45
    3:35 3:35 1:48
    3:40 3:40 1:50
    3:50 3:50
    1:55
    3:55 3:55 1:58
    4:00
    4:00 2:00
    4:05 4:05 2:03
    4:20 4:20 2:10
    4:30 4:30 2:15
    4:35 4:35 2:18
    4:50 4:50 2:25
    5:00 5:00 2:30
    5:05 5:05 2:33
    5:20 5:20 2:40
    5:40 5:40 2:50
    6:00 6:00 3:00
    6:30 6:30 3:15
 
 
 
 
 

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. 

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 2 and 3. Hydration stations will then be approximately every mile from mile marks 3 through 25 with water, strawberry lemonade 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.

  2. 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, strawberry lemonade Nuun®, Vaseline®, bandages and portalets.

Course time limits

  • 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.
 
Full and half marathon mile markers.
 
 

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

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 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.

 
  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.

Photographers

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.

 
Runner on the course.
 
 

Cheer stations

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

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 B-tag timing device. Do not cross the finish line more than once.

Make certain your race number is pinned on your front and completely visible for race officials and photographers. Race supervision, electronic timing and scoring are under the direction of Best Times. All of its decisions are final.

Boston qualifiers

If you cross the finish line 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.

 
Boston qualifiers holding t-shirt.
 
 

Food and beverage

Marathon and half marathon participants will have the opportunity to enjoy warm pizza from Domino's®, hot soup from McAlister's Deli®, prepackaged snacks from Kroger, fruit, Powerade® and water.

10K and 5K participants can enjoy prepackaged snacks from Kroger, fruit, Powerade® and water.

For all race participants 21 and over, there will be Michelob ULTRA® and Wiseacre® beer. There is a two beer maximum. You will not be given beer after the race unless you obtain a wristband at the expo after showing proper identification. No wristbands will be given out on race day.

Showers

Men's and women's locker rooms with showers are available on the lower basement level of AutoZone Park.

Finisher Village in AutoZone Park

Participants exiting the food and beverage area will be directed to the Finisher Village where they can see results and participate in a photo op, among other activities. Full marathon participants will also be able to pick up their marathon finisher hat (finisher hats must be picked up on site and cannot be mailed after the event).

Post-race party and AutoZone Park band lineup

After the race, join us for the Finish Festival in AutoZone Park to celebrate your accomplishment, meet up with friends and family, and listen to live music. There will be a beer garden and seating. Spectators are welcome.

  1. 8 - 9 a.m.
    "Big T" Terry Williams Duo
    9:10 - 10 a.m.
    River Bluff Clan Duo
    10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
    Dueling Pianos Duo
    noon - 1:15 p.m. The Barkays
    1:30 - 2:30
    Brad Bierkedahl

    Artist lineup subject to change.

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.

 
 
 

Meeting up with friends and family

 

Runner reunion

Runners will finish on Union Avenue, outside AutoZone Park. After the race, participants will join the Finish Festival inside AutoZone Park.

Look for the Runner Reunion location inside AutoZone Park. The area will have alphabetical signs to help friends and family reunite by name. You're encouraged to discuss your post-race reunion plan in advance. Spectators will not be allowed to enter the runner and beverage area, but they will be permitted on the field for the post-race celebration.

See Map of AutoZone Park

 
 
 

Results, awards and certificates of completion

 

Results

Please 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. Race results are considered final and no changes will be made after December 18, 2019.

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

Trophies and awards

Marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K trophies and plaques 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.

Certificates of completion

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

 
 
 

Thank you to our Platinum St. Jude Heroes

 

Platinum 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. 

Don Albert
Gavin Arsenault
Michael Bankovic
Chandler Barton
Brian Bauer
Matthew Benson
Dara Bertucci
Natalie Bess
Amanda Blackwell
Darrell Brewer
Ryan Brinker
Sarah Bucciero
Bill Burke
Lindsay Butcher
Vincent Cacciatore
Amanda Corley
Adam Cruthirds
Danny Dragicevic
Lori Driver
Michael Du Charme

 

Diana Eckhardt
Allison Edwards
Kelly Farrar
Jane Gilbert
Staci Gordon
Mandy Hamm
Michael Harris
Liz Harris
Paula Head
Cameron Head
Michael Head
Jackie Hobbs
Lauren Iovaldi Hickey
Sue Kessler
Dave Lew
Spencer Litzau
Joseph Lucido
Julie Maune
Shannon McWhorter
Lynn Oatman

 

Michelle Opalio
Timothy Peterson
Andrea Petrovanie
William Pizzitola
Ellen Sandweiss
Lindsay Schaufert
Nicole Schepers
Richard Schroeder
Ronnie Schwartz
Regina Sims
Jacqueline Skirvin
Sarah Smith
Ted Stann
Shannon Stecich
Terry Tonsing
Renettia Turpin
James Vavak
Amy Wilson
Zach Zerman

 
 
 
 

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