Guide To The 2021 St. Jude Memphis Marathon

Guide To The 2021 Memphis St. Jude Marathon

This Saturday December 4, 2021, tens of thousands of runners from all over the world will descend upon our fair city for the annual Memphis St. Jude Marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K. 

St. Jude has an entire section on their website dedicated to marathon information. Check it out. If you plan to run on Saturday, you're not just helping St. Jude in their mission of medical research and treatment of sick kids, but you're also a kick-ass athlete. Go you.


Here's what you need to know. 

  • Find more detailed version of all this info on the St. Jude official Memphis Marathon website. 
  • Roads will be closed all over downtown and parts of midtown on Saturday. Take a look at the road closures map here, the race course map here, and download the Waze app if you plan to travel in these areas on Saturday. It is supposed to show alternate routes and be in tune with race delays and road closures
  • St. Jude says to be downtown before 6:15 a.m. if you are running or plan to be set up downtown to cheer. GIVE YOURSELF EXTRA TIME. There’s a parking map here. 
  • At 7 a.m. the 5K race starts at B.B. King and Court Ave. 
  • At 8 a.m., the marathon, half-marathon, and 10K races start at B.B. King and Beale Street.
  • The finish line is at AutoZone Park and people will be finishing up until around 4 p.m. 
  • The race route meanders through downtown and northern parts of midtown. If you live or work downtown, or north of Poplar in midtown, you will have traffic delays and road blockages. That traffic and congestion will overflow into other areas outside of the road closure zones. It's OK! You’ll turn around or wait a few minutes and it's all for a great, great cause. 
  • Below is the full St. Jude Memphis marathon course map. See the other race maps here. 
  • Again, parking map here. 


More Things To Know

  • 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. This race is the largest single day fundraiser for the hospital. Period. 
  • Weather: It looks like Saturday has a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms in the morning with a high of 62
  • 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 if you can. I Love Memphis is not doing a cheer section this year, but there will be plenty along the route you can join. 
  • Finally, read the 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. 


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Karen Manning
I have been to your beautiful city and enjoyed my stay. While there we visited Graceland . That was a weekend trip. Love Elvis Presley's music !!!! I saw him in concert in Knoxville, Tn. And it was one of thebest concerts .
December 1, 2018 7:14am