Photo by: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Photo by: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s largest single fundraiser of the year and the only marathon organized by a charity for the sole purpose to fundraise.

This marathon weekend offers an opportunity for families of all ages and athletic ability to come and take part in the fun while helping to save lives and find cures.

The proceeds from the race benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and participants who register and train as a St. Jude Hero are raising support to help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.



Race Details


Half Marathon
Marathon Relay
St. Jude Memphis 5K
St. Jude Kids Marathon & Family Fun Run

Photo by: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Photo by: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Marathon – Saturday, December 5, 2015
Check for updated information on the full schedule.

Memphis, Tennessee

Family Fun
Yes, it’s a multi-generational event perfect for families and kids of all ages.

Travel Tips

This is a great race to incorporate a family vacation and enjoy Memphis’ southern charm. Plan your travel days so that you have enough time to stay, eat some world famous BBQ and visit some the historical must-sees in Memphis like The Memphis Rock n Soul Museum, The National Civil Rights Museum, and of course Graceland.

What makes this race special?
The marathon, marathon relay, half marathon and 5K run through several historic sites in Memphis and an inspiring run through the St. Jude Campus.

The kids marathon is a fun and special way for kids to to participate in a marathon while helping someone else in need. Before the day of the race kids ages 11 or under complete all but one mile of a full or half marathon on their own. They use the race’s official mileage tracker to log their miles. On race day they run or walk the final mile with you as part of the family fun run.

What you need to know
Marathon – 6 hour course limit; 16 year old +
Marathon Relay – 5 person team; 14 minute/mile pace; 11 year old +
Half Marathon – Walker friendly; 20 minute/mile pace; 11 year old +
5K – no age limit; kids under 11 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Kids marathon – 11 and under
Family Fun Run – families run together
All of the races end in AutoZone Park, home of the Redbirds, Memphis’ AAA baseball team

Photo by: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Photo by: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Yes, there are medals, t-shirts and other fun swag pending on which race/distance you’re participating in. When you register as St. Jude Hero, there are a variety of incentives like t-shirts, free race entries, training gear, event VIP access and even travel and lodging accommodations. For more information about becoming a St. Jude Hero for this and any race visit,

Size of the Race
Approximately 5,000 run the marathon
Approximately 9,100 run the half marathon
Approximately 4,500 run the 5K
Approximately 20,000 participate throughout the weekend

Registration Fees
2015 Registration fees are still pending. If you sign up to run as a St. Jude Hero you pay $50 which starts your fundraising and your registration is free.

Registration for the weekend usually opens around May 1. You can sign up to get alerts and other information online at

For more information,