With the arrival of Spring comes marathons, races and runs in Downtown Memphis! Check out our list of races and start training!
2018 GRIZZLIES 5K
April 7, 2018 @ 9 a.m. @ FedExForum
On your mark. Get set. Go now and save you place in the 2018 Grizzlies 5k on April 7th at 9:00am! Packages start at $45 and include race entry fee, bib number, Grizzlies 5k t-shirt, ticket to game of choice, and post-race beer tasting on the FedExForum Plaza.
Packages start at $45 and include race entry fee, bib number, Grizzlies 5k t-shirt, ticket to the game of choice, and post-race beer tasting on the FedExForum Plaza. Food trucks will have food available for purchase during the post-race beer tasting. Click here to regsiter
MARIA MONTESSORI SCHOOL DUCK DASH 5K
April 21, 2018 @ 10 am @ Maria Montessori School
The Maria Montessori School Duck 5k and Family 1 Mile Fun Run is hosted by Maria Montessori School. Race proceeds will be allocated to the operating expenses of Maria Montessori School, whose main mission is to provide a non-profit, non-denominational, non-discriminatory school that seeks to provide a unique scholastic curriculum for children from 18 months to 14 years old. Click here to regsiter
- Custom designed T-shirt for all participants
- Cash awards to top 3 finishers male and female ( 1st-$100, 2nd-$75, 3rd-$50)
- Custom Awards
- Post race party with food, family games & live music
MID-SOUTH HEART WALK AND RED DRESS DASH
April 28, 2018 @ 8 a.m. @ AutoZone Park
The Red Dress Dash is a timed and certified 5K run benefiting the American Heart Association & The American Stroke Association. Wear your best Red Dress and help us in the fight to end deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke! Run through downtown Memphis and enjoy the scenic views of the Mississippi River, and run to defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Get your friends, family and co-workers involved and form a team or run as an individual. Prizes will be awarded to the top runners in every age group (Top Male, Top Female, Top Youth, Top Teen), as well as the best Red Dressed Male and Female at the event! Make it an event for the entire family!
OL' MAN RIVER HALF MARATHON AND 8K
April 22, 2018 @ 7 a.m. @ Mud Island
Ol' Man River Half Marathon returns to the Home of the Blues on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Starting and finishing on Mud Island, participants will enjoy beautiful water views as they run along the Mississippi River before heading over the Wolf River Harbor on A.W. Willis Bridge, overlooking the Memphis Pyramid. Once over the bridge, runners will proceed through the heart of downtown Memphis, passing City Hall, Civic City Plaza and the beautiful Memphis Park.
The next section of the course is a beautiful stretch on Riverside Drive, a street whose name says it all - running along the Mississippi River and Tom Lee Park. Returning on Riverside Drive, runners will turn onto the iconic Beale Street, "Tennessee's Top Tourism Attraction" and the "Official Home of the Blues" that was named America's Most Iconic Street by USA Today and is filled with great BBQ restaurants! The next stretch of the course takes place largely on N. 2nd Street, which will provide beautiful Wolf River Harbor views until runners return to the finish along the Mississippi River back to the heart of Mud Island. Click here to register.
GREAT AMERICAN RIVER RUN
May 26, 2018 @ 7 AM
The race will be held May 26, 2018 and the course will take participants along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis, with live entertainment along the run route. The race culminates with post-race music, food, and beverages on the river bluff. The Half Marathon & 5K are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner. Click here for more info and registration.
- Our post-race party is a great chance to savor downtown Memphis while you enjoy live music, beer and food!
- Every runner who finishes their race will receive a medal. The 2018 5K medal can be viewed by clicking here.
- Each registrant will be given a soft-style race shirt. This year's design will be unveiled soon!
- The half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 am CST, while the 5K will take off at 7:30 am CST.
- Last year's map for both races can be viewed here.
- Cash prizes are up for grabs at the 2018 race. Complete information will be listed soon.
- This year's race expo will be held in downtown Memphis.
- Free entry to 901Fest, a celebration of all things Memphis that takes place later in the day, is included with every registration.
HARBORTOWN 3 MILE
June 2, 2018 @ 7:30 pm @ Harbor Town
Historically the Harbortown 5k as measured slightly short of 3.1 miles so we are changing the name to a 3 mile. It's the same course, but now paces will be calculated on running a 3 mile, not a 5k.
The Harbortown 3 Miler has grown to be one of Memphis’s premier running events. The race takes runners through one of the most scenic courses Memphis has to offer, starting with a stroll down the Mississippi River and winding its way through the beautiful Harbor Town neighborhoods. We cap the night off with an eventful block party at Harbor Town Square, packed with free food, drinks, and live music. Click here for more info and registration.
June 9, 2018 @ 7 pm @ 4th and MLK Blvd
Join 2,000 of your closest Memphis running buds at 7pm, Saturday, June 9, 2018 for the 21st annual running of the Orion 5K (formerly the Gibson Guitar 5k)! Great downtown Memphis course that includes Beale St. & Riverside Dr., an "off the chain" post-race party. Click here for more info and registration.
MEMPHIS FARMERS MARKET CROP HOP 5K
June 15, 2018 @ 6 pm @ Central Station Pavilion
Please join Memphis Farmers Market on Friday, June 15th at our pavilion on the corner of G.E. Patterson and South Front Street for a fun run/walk that benefits Memphis Farmers Market. The race begins at 6:30 p.m. and it's only $25 to register as a runner. You'll receive a race T-shirt and admission to our after party, which will feature live music, beer and delicious food.
If you don't feel like walking or running, sign up to be a Spirit Runner for $25 and you'll get a race T-shirt and admission to the after party. A $15 registration gets you into the after party for all the post-race fun. Don't wait, register today so we'll know you're coming! First 200 runners to sign up are guaranteed a T-shirt. No dogs please, $30 day of event. Click here for more info.
The Military Retirees of the Tri-State Area (MRTSA) are hosting their 2nd Annual Troops and Boots 5K Run/Walk beginning at 8am on Saturday, June 16, 2018 their clubhouse located at 280 Cynthia Place. Fun for all ages including race enthusiasts, active military, veterans, nonveterans, adult women and men as well as children -- this event funds scholarships to deserving 12th grade students in the Memphis Area while providing an opportunity for teams and individuals to compete. Awards will be present to adults in various age categories. For more information, call or text Commander Lewis Moore at (901) 830-0301 or click here.
BREAKAWAY BARDOG 5K & MONROE AVE FESTIVAL
August, 2018 @ Bardog - Official date and time TBA
Quickly becoming one of Downtown's most entertaining street festivals, Breakaway Running and Bardog Tavern unite our forces for the good of all! Run the Annual Breakaway Bardog 5K at 9AM, relax with beer and food afterward, and join the fun until 6, featuring a dunk tank, live music, VIP Beer Tent, photos by Amurica, face painting, games, vendors and more. Plus, they donate proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Click here for Bardog's website with more detailed information coming soon.
CHICK-FIL-A LABOR DAY 5K
Typically on Labor Day @ AutoZone Park
Celebrating its 16th year, the Chick-fil-A 5K has grown to become one of the largest and most exciting events of its kind in the region. The race is held in beautiful downtown Memphis with an exciting route that includes Beale Street and a finish line on the field of AutoZone Park! Don't forget to stick around after the race for the after party and the 3nd Annual Kids Dash! Follow along here as they release more info.
ST. JUDE WALK/RUN TO END CHILDHOOD CANCER
September 9, 2018 @ St. Jude
Register, form a team, and invite your friends and family to join. Or, join an existing team. Then, be a fearless fundraiser for the kids of St. Jude. Click here to follow along and for registration info.
- Walk: ages 6 and up $10
- 5K Run: ages 6 and up $20
- Ages 5 and under free
MARK WALDEN MEMORIAL SICKLE CELL 5K RUN/WALK
September 29, 2018 @ AutoZone Park @ 8 am
The Sickle Cell 5K Run Walk in Memphis originated in 2007 by the Alpha Memphis Education Foundation. It was developed to create a greater awareness in the Memphis community of Sickle Cell Disease and to raise money for patient care, social services, and research. Presently, the event is under the leadership of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit individuals living with Sickle Cell. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with this debilitating disease. Click here for more information and registration.
CHF RACE FOR HOPE 5K & 10K CHRIS HOPE FOUNDATION
October 6, 2018 @ 66 N Main St @ 8 am
Participate in a 5k or 10k to raise proceeds to benefit families who struggle from job absence or job loss due to caring for their child who's fighting cancer. Race options include individual runners or a group/team. Not able to participate in the race? Sign up as a virtual runner and receive your runners medal in the mail. The proceeds from this event will benefit families who struggle from job absence or job loss due to caring for their child who's fighting cancer. Click here for all race info and registration.
2018 KOMEN MEMPHIS RACE FOR THE CURE®
October 27, 2018 @ AutoZone Park @ 9 am
Run through the heart of Downtown Memphis and help fight the battle against breast cancer. The Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure is the only Race/Walk in our community that gives grants to local hospitals and health care providers for mammograms and diagnostics. The race returns for it's 4th year in Downtown, and will start at AutoZone Park, the home of our Memphis Redbirds! Click here for all race day info and registration including details on the Survivor Photo, Brunch and more events.
BIG RIVER CROSSING HALF-MARATHON & 5K
November 3, 2018 @ Big River Crossing
The Big River Crossing Half Marathon + 5K benefiting Peer Power will feature the first race to make the interstate trek across the Mississippi River’s longest public pedestrian bridge. Starting at the foot of Beale Street on Riverside Drive, the Big River Crossing Half Marathon will take runners over Big River Crossing, through the Big River Trail on the Arkansas flood plain, and along Dacus Lake. The event also includes a 5K through Downtown and Tom Lee Park with inspiring views of Big River Crossing and the Mississippi River. Click here for race info and registration.
*Photo: Saafir Muhammad
ST. JUDE MEMPHIS MARATHON WEEKEND
December 1, 2018
Runners get their chance to run through the home of the blues and American roots music of every stripe in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon & Half Marathon, which tests the hardiness and dedication of more than 2,000 full marathoners and 5,000 half marathoners each December. From the starting line at the corner of 4th and Beale Streets, in the heart of the city’s biggest tourist draw, both the half marathon and the full marathon head out on what is roughly a clockwise loop route through Memphis, taking runners past many of the city’s most famous sights, including Beale Street, Sun Studio, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory and more. Those running the half and the full share the same course for nearly all of the first 13 miles of the race; the full marathoners will split off from the half marathoners just before the latter group turns to head toward AutoZone Park for their finish. Mostly flat and fast (it’s run through the Memphis city streets), the race also provides ample views of the waterfront by the Mississippi River, and finishes at majestic AutoZone Park, home of the AAA-level Memphis Redbirds minor league baseball team.
- The Race benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- 5k - $30, 10k - $45, Half Marathon - $100, Marathon - $120
*Photo courtesy of The Commercial Appeal - Brad Vest