What You Need To Know About The Memphis St. Jude Marathon (2015 edition)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 30th 2015 6301 0

This Saturday (December 5 2015), 20,000 runners from all over the world will descend upon our fair city for the annual Memphis St. Jude Marathon and half marathon.


If you’re running the race on December 5, it means that you’re not only helping further St. Jude’s medical research and treatment of sick children, but you’re also a much better athlete than most of us will ever be.

If you’re not running, here’s what you need to know:

– Both the marathon and the half marathon start on Saturday, December 5 at Fourth and Beale at 8 a.m. Runners make their way through Midtown and Downtown on their way to the finish line at AutoZone Park. If you live or work west of East Parkway, you’re going to have some traffic delays. Here’s the race map (click to go to a big PDF version):

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St. Jude is directing people to talk to the MPD if they need specific info about road closures, so just note that it will be hard to get around all morning in the Midtown/Downtown area.

– Big news: This year, I’m going all out again to support the Memphis St. Jude Marathon on December 5. I’ll be at Mile 6 (on N. Parkway between N. Dunlap and ) with a full-on I Love Memphis Cheering Section from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Free coffee and donuts while they last. Please join me! Check out all the details in this post and please RSVP to the Faceboook events.

-If you’ll be cheering for the runners on Saturday morning (either at Mile 6 with I Love Memphis, or anywhere else) you can make your own sign at the St. Jude Marathon Poster-Making Party at Breakaway Running Midtown on Tuesday, December 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


– Parking downtown is going to be tough. If you’re headed downtown to race or go to work, give yourself a ton of extra time. You can see a parking and hotel map here.

– The Memphis St. Jude Marathon is more than just the 26.2 mile race. There’s also a marathon relay, a half-marathon, a wheelchair marathon, a 5k and a family race.

– Some of the people running in Saturday’s races are St. Jude Heroes. These are people who have raised money for St. Jude during their training through donations. In 2012, 4,200 Heroes raised $3 million for the hospital.

– As of Monday, November 30, the weather looks like it will be warmer than in years past with a projected high for December 5 at 60 degrees.

– It’s too late to register for the races, but I highly recommend getting up early and parking yourself along the race route to cheer on the runners. Take a look at the race route, or if you can, join me at Mile 22 (see this post for details).


Finally, read my post from last year with 13 Places To Carb Load for the St. Jude Marathon (or Anytime). Check it out if you’re running one of the races, or if you’re just a normal human person who likes carbs.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Marra says:

    Hello! I am running this years race on Saturday! I was wondering what a good spot for my family to watch the race around miles 14-16 would be?


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