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Navigating Race Day

Let us help you have a plan for race day, Saturday, Dec. 4 — participate, volunteer, cheer, be aware and be safe.

 
Marathon runner

Photo taken in 2018

 
 

Race day is Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021

 
 

We'll be updating this page often between now and race day, so please check back to learn about road closures, impacts by neighborhood, best places to park, transportation options, volunteer opportunities and more.

 

Road closures and transportation

 

Road closures

See which Memphis streets will be completely or partially closed, or download a full schedule.

Times are estimates and subject to change. Roads will open as soon as the last runner passes. Please avoid traveling in/out of areas during time of impact. If necessary, go slow, be aware and yield to law enforcement and runners.

  1. Roadway  Section Closed Time Type of Closure
    Union Avenue  4th St. to  B.B. King Blvd.  Noon Fri. - 5 p.m. Sat. Complete
  2. Roadway Section Closed Time Type of Closure
    Union Avenue 4th St. to B.B. King Blvd. 12 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Complete
    B.B. King Boulevard #1 Court Ave. to MLK Jr. Ave. 12 a.m. - noon Complete
    B.B. King Boulevard #2 Vance Ave. to A.W. Willis Ave. 7 a.m. - noon Complete
    Beale Street S. 4th St. to Front St. 7 - 10:30 a.m.  Complete
    Vance Avenue 4th St. to Main St. 7 - 10:00 a.m.  Complete
    2nd Street G.E. Patterson Ave. to A.W. Willis Ave. 6:30 - 10 a.m.  Complete
    Front Street G.E. Patterson Ave. to A.W. Willis Ave. 6:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Complete
    Shadyac Avenue 2nd St. to St. Jude Campus 6:30 - 10 a.m.  Complete
    Huling Avenue Front St. to 2nd St. 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Complete
    St. Martin St. Huling Ave. to G.E. Patterson Ave. 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. Complete
    G.E. Patterson Avenue Main St. to Butler Ave. 7:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Complete
    E. Butler Avenue G.E. Patterson Ave. to Danny Thomas Blvd. 8 - 10:30 a.m.  Complete
    Danny Thomas Boulevard #1 Union Ave. to Mill St. 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Complete
    Danny Thomas Boulevard #2 Butler Ave. to Union Ave. 6:30 - 11 a.m. Complete
    Court Avenue B.B. King Blvd. to Front St. 6:30 - 10 a.m.  Complete
    Poplar Avenue B.B. King Blvd to Front St. 6:30 - 10 a.m.  Complete
    E. Butler Avenue S. 4th St. to Danny Thomas Blvd. 7:30 - 10 a.m.  Complete
    North Parkway Danny Thomas Blvd. to E. Parkway 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Local Traffic Only
    Avalon Street N. Parkway to Jackson Ave. 8 - 11:30 a.m.  Local Traffic Only
    Stonewall Street  N. Parkway to Poplar Ave. 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Complete
    Jackson Avenue Avalon St. to Cypress Dr. 8:30 a.m. - noon Right Lane Closed
    Dickinson Street Jackson Ave. to Tutwiler Ave. 8:30 a.m. - noon Local Traffic Only
    Tutwiler Avenue Avalon St. to McLean Blvd. 8:30 a.m - noon Local Traffic Only
    N. Evergreen Street  Jackson Ave. to N. Parkway  8:30 a.m - noon  Local Traffic Only
    Crump Avenue N. Evergreen St. to Hawthorne St.  8:30 a.m. - noon  Local Traffic Only
    Hawthorne Street Crump Ave. to Varsity Ave. 8:30 a.m. - noon  Local Traffic Only
    Varsity Avenue Hawthorne St. to N. Auberdale St. 8:30 a.m. - noon  Local Traffic Only
    N. Auburndale Street Varsity Ave. to Tutwiler Ave.  8:30 a.m. - noon Local Traffic Only
    Faxon Avenue N. Evergreen St. to Hawthorne St.  8:30 a.m. - noon Local Traffic Only
    West Drive N. Parkway to North Dr.  8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.  Local Traffic Only
    North Drive Charles Place to Cypress Dr.  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Local Traffic Only
    Charles Place North Dr. to Jackson Ave.  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Local Traffic Only
    Cypress Drive Jackson Ave. to North Dr.  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Local Traffic Only
    East Parkway N. Parkway to Poplar Ave.  8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Right Lane Closed
    Morrie Moss Lane Poplar Ave. to Veterans Plaza Dr.  8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Local Traffic Only
    Veterans Plaza Drive Morrie Moss Ln. to Golf Dr.  8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Local Traffic Only
    Golf Drive Veterans Plaza Dr. to Running Path  8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Local Traffic Only

See Course Maps

Waze

Use Waze on race day for directions around road closures.

 
 
 

Neighborhood Information

 

Neighborhoods impacted by the race

If your neighborhood is along one of our four race courses, you may be impacted on race day. Find out when and how your neighborhood will be affected, including what streets will be fully or partially closed, what alternate routes we suggest and when the runners will clear out. Please note that mail delivery along the race route on Saturday, Dec. 4 may be delayed.

Times are estimates and subject to change. Rest assured, roads will open as soon as the last runner passes.

Movement around downtown Memphis will be greatly impacted during the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.

 
 
 
 
 

Race day parking and downtown access

 

Parking and accessing downtown

Due to road closures, participants and spectators should plan to be downtown and parked prior to 6:15 a.m. 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. 

Please click the colored areas and individual icons for additional information specific to those locations.

The average charge for parking is $10. Go slow, be aware and yield to law enforcement and runners. Let’s make it a safe race day for everyone.

Download Downtown Parking Map

 
 

Questions? Contact sjmmwneighborhoods@stjude.org.

 

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