After months of uncertainty, today we bring you two announcements. First, we've made the decision to transform this year's St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend into a virtual experience. Second, we're excited to announce that general registration is now open.
As the pandemic continues to disrupt daily life, we're deeply saddened that we're not able to welcome our participants to Memphis this December. While nothing can truly replace an in-person event, we thought long and hard about what makes the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend memorable: the excitement of the downtown start line, the unpredictability of Memphis weather in December and, above all, our courses that run through the St. Jude campus. We're viewing this as an opportunity: if we can't be together, how can we bring Memphis and St. Jude to you?
We'll be with you every step of the way. From the time you sign up until race week, we're:
- bringing you monthly Memphis and St. Jude themes to help you with your training and to inspire you to help us reach our fundraising goal for St. Jude.
- offering you, for the first time ever, the chance to run more than one distance (yes, you'll get a special medal!).
- giving you the opportunity to connect with our St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend community through our Facebook event.
To our St. Jude Heroes who signed up prior to July 1, we've automatically transitioned your registration to our virtual experience, where you'll still receive exclusive benefits. Please check your email for more information and for the option to make changes to your registration, should that be your preference.
Safety remains our top priority — both for our participants and supporters, who make this race what it is, and for our St. Jude patients, who are our inspiration, and who are immuno-compromised.
For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 in Memphis, please reference the Shelby County Health Department.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to work on our 2020 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend event experience. As we sort through the various options we need to consider to offer a safe and meaningful event for all, we wanted to share some insight into our planning.
First, much remains uncertain. As with many areas of the country, Memphis has recently seen increases in coronavirus cases (for up-to-date information, please reference the Shelby County Health Department). With no way to predict the state of the pandemic in December, we’re currently considering several options, including the possibility of a modified in-person event that would adhere to CDC guidelines. It may be some time, though, before we know what’s safe, feasible and allowable by the city of Memphis in terms of size.
We do know, however, that we’ll be offering a virtual experience for those of you who may not feel comfortable in large gatherings, or who live outside of Memphis and prefer not to travel in. More details about the virtual experience will be announced soon.
Unlike other events, we must also take into consideration the safety of our St. Jude patients, who are immunocompromised and participate with their families in our races in a number of ways. Please know we’re carefully weighing all of these factors and more, and that providing you with an unparalleled experience as you support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude is a priority.
Additional updates will be provided as we learn more, including information about general registration. Thank you for your support.
Your safety and well-being are our top priority as we work to create an event that's fun and inspiring — both for our participants and supporters, and for our St. Jude patients, who are immunocompromised and participate in our races in a variety of ways.
Our teams are working on several plans, including the possibility of a modified or virtual event, and we will be making announcements regularly about what you can expect this year.
As always, we remain committed to:
- Bringing you a premier event experience
- Giving you the opportunity to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude while doing something good for yourself
- Recognizing and rewarding your fundraising efforts
Thank you for your continued support of this race, and we look forward to sharing more information with you soon.
Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve made the decision to adjust timing for registration. We’re closely monitoring the global COVID-19 situation, and as always, will continue working with state and local organizations to make the event as safe as possible for our participants, spectators, volunteers and staff. We extend our caring thoughts for the health and safety of all our St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend participants as part of the St. Jude family.
Thanks to you, our lifesaving work continues.
See the latest event information, along with an archive of previous updates regarding race modifications and adjustments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.