This page describes our in-person event.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person half marathon will not be held this year.

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Anywhere you like to run or walk (your neighborhood, local park, etc.)

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Date and times

Sat., Dec. 7, 2019
1:30 p.m.

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Registration fee

$20 per child

Join St. Jude in encouraging health and wellness for kids!


The St. Jude Kids Marathon is a great way for kids 11 and under to participate in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Virtual Experience. They will have the opportunity to enhance their fitness, focus on acts of kindness and the chance to support the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Your child can walk or run 25.2 miles in the weeks leading up to race day, and then run the final mile of their marathon virtually on Sat., Dec. 7, 2019 at 1:30p. With our new virtual experience, we are encouraging all participants to join us wherever you are to complete your final mile on our official race day! Younger children who would like to participate can register to run the 1-mile fun run without completing the kids marathon.

Here's what is included:

  • Commemorative event shirt
  • Finisher medal

Your child must be accompanied by an adult during the race. Adults must register themselves and their child(ren) and sign a waiver assuming responsibility on race day.


How the kids marathon works

Step 1: Register. Choose the kids marathon or 1-mile fun run.

Step 2: Consider fundraising and supporting the kids of St. JudeWhile fundraising is optional for kids marathon and 1-mile fun run participants, all registrants will recieve personalized tools to make fundraising simple, and can earn great prizes. This is a great opportunity to teach the value of giving back. 

Step 3: Download our weekly training plans, official mileage tracker, and acts of kindness checklist. Our plans guide your child through all but one mile of a full marathon (26.2 miles) at their own pace while completing acts of kindness along the way.

Step 4: Complete your miles and acts of kindness prior to race day, Sat., Dec. 5.

Step 5: Download your colorable race number for race day. Personalize your own race number with favorite colors, designs and add your name!

Step 6: Join us on race day, Sat., Dec. 5 at 1:30 p.m. CST virtually. We will have a start line experience and countdown to start time. You will participate virtually in your neighborhood, local park, etc., but we want to join you in your experience!

Step 7: Share your accomplishments. Show us your selfies and your running journey using #StJudeHeroes and #RunForStJude, then celebrate by wearing your race shirt and finisher medal.

Step 8: Download your editable finisher certificate.

Kids also have the chance to give back — your child can accept donations on behalf of St. Jude using our donation tracking form (available soon). What a great way to teach the importance of both health and helping others!


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