Welcome to Memphis, St. Jude Runners

Sun Studios. Photo Credit: Justin Fox Burks

Sun Studio keeps on pumping out musical hits. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Peabody Duck March. Photo Credit: The Peabody Memphis

See the ducks march in the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of the Peabody Memphis.

Cotton Museum - Andrea Zucker

Cotton Museum at The Cotton Exchange

Colettas famous pizza is fit for a king - Justin Fox Burks

Spanning 5 generations, Coletta's still puts out the perfect BBQ pizza. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Sheraton Exterior - Dusk: Starwood Hotels and Resorts

Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel near the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Photo by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

st jude marathon and 5k

Memphis Marathon and 5k benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

AutoZone Park. Photo Credit: Allison Rhoades

Fans Enter AutoZone Park

Marathon runners pass FedEx Forum

St. Jude Memphis Marathon runners pass many Memphis sites. Photo by Andrea Zucker.

St. Jude Marathon Runners

UPDATE: Weather in Memphis is being closely monitored. Race officials plan to proceed with all race day events unless conditions are deemed unsafe. For official weather and marathon decisions, please see St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. 

Welcome to Memphis, St. Jude Marathon runners! To make sure you have the best experience possible in Memphis, we have a few handy tips for your stay.

Race Info

  • Pick up your race packet at the Memphis Cook Convention Center beginning Thursday, December 5. Race officials don’t allow pickups on the day of the race.
  • Both the marathon, half marathon and marathon relay start in waves at 8 a.m. (note that Memphis is in the Central Time Zone).
  • You’ll find a number of a number of downtown Memphis parking garages located near the start and finish lines. Parking lots closer to AutoZone Park typically fill-up first and traffic on race morning can be heavy, so plan to arrive early.
  • A complete list of race related events is available on the official race website.
  • During your race you’ll pass some of the city’s most popular landmarks and attractions including the Mississippi River, Beale Street, Sun Studio (where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and U2 have all recorded), the National Civil Rights Museum and the campus of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Dining in Memphis

  • Downtown Memphis is packed with great restaurants including new twists on soul food at Belle Diner, thoughtful pub grub at South of Beale, or classic American cuisine at the Majestic Grille.
  • Carb load with some of our favorite dishes, like the vodka pie from Aldo’s Pizza Pies, chicken alfredo from Spindini, or the chicken and waffle sandwich from Lunchbox Eats.
  • Non meat-eaters can also chow down to their heart's content at DejaVu, which has an extensive array of vegetarian and vegan dining options.

After the race

Don’t Forget

Thanks for your support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We hope that as you pass the patients that line the course that you stay motivated and inspired to do your very best. For more information about the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, go to the official race page