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Race Dates

2017: TBD
2016: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 46°F (7°C)
Average High: 55°F (12°C)
Average Low: 37° F (2°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.59
Course Score: 98.59

Race Size

2016: No Results
2015: 2,510 Finishers
2014: 2,658 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 6.1%
2014: 6.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New course for 2015**

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon course consists of mainly short rolling hills. The race starts and ends in Downtown Memphis. Runners will pass many of the city's most popular landmarks and attractions including the Mississippi River, Beale Street, and the campus of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The race finishes at AutoZone Park, home of the Redbirds, Memphis' AAA baseball team.

The marathon does have many short hills, however, the difference between the high and low points of the course is only about 100 feet. The relatively fast course and the normal race day temperature and humidity makes the race a good opportunity for PRs and BQs.

Marathon Rankings

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon was the 32nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 38th largest in 2014.

Last year 6.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the St. Jude Memphis Marathon the 347th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 307th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.59 ranks it as the 241st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Tennessee.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the St. Jude Memphis Marathon a PR Score of 98.59. This PR Score ranks it as the 187th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Tennessee.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 316 feet (96m)
Min Elevation: 220 feet (67m)


Ratings & Reviews for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon

5 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2016 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I thought it was well organized and supported. The spectators were amazing and it is to benefit a great cause.

The Nuun energy drink supplied at the aid stations immediately caused me GI distress and I shouldn't have taken any since I've never used it before. Most races have Gatorade or Poweraide and this is what I train with. I think this was a poor choice by the race organizers.

Race Tips

I have nothing but praise for how this event was organized and ran. I was in the 2nd corral, so I got to start very close to race time. There were 3 minutes between the start of each corral and I would have not liked being farther back and thus waiting a long time to start. The pacing group I was in (3:10) was spot on through 19, when I had to start slowing d/t GI distress.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2015 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great crowd support and running through the St. Jude campus is an awesome experience.

Race Tips

Arrive early, the Memphis course is not flat.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Run as a St. Jude hero for a rock star experience.

review of 2012 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great course for an even better cause. Running through the St. Jude campus during mile 5 was AMAZING!! The crowd support was great and there were aid stations every mile. I will definitely be back to this one!

Race Tips

The course has some small rolling hills but nothing too bad. The last 6 miles are more downhill. This is a great course to PR on!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

There are usually plenty of nice hotels around the area you can find and we always seem to stay somewhere decent for around $60.

Finish Time Equivalent

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