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Race Dates

2016: Saturday, December 3, 2016
2015: Saturday, December 5, 2015

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

2015: 2,510 Finishers
2014: 2,658 Finishers
2013: No Results

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 349th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 308th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.59 ranks it as the 239th 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 185th 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 1 Reviews

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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