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It's almost time for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

The 2021 marathon will be the 20th year for the big event.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After being virtual for 2020, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon is back for 2021.

Saturday, December 7th, participants will have two options on how they want to join in: in-person and virtual. There are different distance options to choose from:

  • Complete a marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K on race day
  • 2-Race Distance Challenge: complete two distances (marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K) in the months leading up to and on race day 
  • 4-Race Distance Challenge: complete every distance (marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K) in the months leading up to and on race day. 

If you know someone running in this year's race and would like to track their journey, all you have to do is download the RTRT.ME App on your Apple or Android.  Make sure the person you are tracking has the App as well and has their phone on them during the race.

You can track up to 10 participants at one time and you'll get push notifications and SMS live updates for each tracked runner, including their estimated finish time.

These COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for all participants, guests, volunteers, and partners:

  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered between Wednesday, Dec. 1- Friday, Dec. 3
  • Wear a mask during the following:
    • Health & Fitness Expo

    • Platinum Premier Welcome Party

    • VIP Reception

    • St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party

    • St. Jude Heroes Hospitality

    • Other event weekend activities as required by event officials

  • Be free of COVID-19 symptoms within 10 days of attending St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

You can find more detailed information online.

For race day, there of course will be road and traffic closures as well as available parking. To get all of the details and information in regards to getting around the area, you can visit the "Navigating Race Day" page on their website.

Credit: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Parking for Race day during the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.
Credit: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Marathon Route for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

All of the courses will be on this one big route, but for more details on each course (plus all the Memphis attractions you will pass), you can go to their "Course Maps" page.

St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is the hospital's biggest single-day fundraising event. Last year, the all-virtual event raised $7.5 million. The goal for this year's event's historic 20th anniversary was set at $9 million, but St. Jude Heroes and generous donors have rallied together and are already on pace to surpass that goal and reach $12 million, nearly $5 million growth year over year.

To donate to St. Jude or to find out ways you can help fundraise, you can go to St. Jude's website.