Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
3.9
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.4
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
3.7
SWAG
3.7
The St. Jude Memphis Marathon follows a scenic Boston-qualifying course through the city of Memphis. Near mile 5, the course passes through the St. Jude campus where patients, their families and other onlookers gather to cheer. Runners will also pass through Overton Park, Overton Square, scenic neighborhoods and several Memphis … MORE
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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall Rating: It was average. Course Difficulty: Mild rolling hills throughout the course made for a nice mix of muscles being used. Heat and wind were definitely a factor in … MORE

    Overall Rating: It was average.

    Course Difficulty: Mild rolling hills throughout the course made for a nice mix of muscles being used. Heat and wind were definitely a factor in this race, although I would take the warm over the cold any day.

    Course Scenery: This course takes you on a foot tour of the best sights in Memphis. I was never bored for something to look at.

    Race Production: For the number of people there, production was pretty smooth. My #1 complaint is that there were no gu packs where they were supposed to be, an obvious result of starting 10000 or so half marathoners with a few thousand full marathoners. It’s not that big of a complaint, but by the time I took the pop tarts from the kid in her front yard at mile 16, I was starving. The race was delayed twice for lighting, but there were plenty of notifications, and communication was very good. No pizza when I got to the finish, but whatever, I was ready to leave anyway.

    Race Swag: It was a good medal and long sleeve tech shirt.

    My Performance: Slow for me, but I had chosen the night before to stay with a couple of friends and see them across the finish line. If I had run my normal pace, this would have been a better than average race for me.

    Final notes: I signed up to run this with a family member, and when she couldn’t make it, I made the best of a situation. I was able to run the entire race with three good friends, one a first timer; and enjoy a warm and sunny winter day. Despite my indifference toward the race in general, St Jude is a great organization. While I am not a huge fundraising type of person, and I don’t love the “big” race scene, it was still good to be able to raise a part of the $11 million that went to St Jude as a result of this weekend.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Dec 04, 2018 at 5:31pm

    HA, I'm never one to refuse a mid-race Pop Tart, either. Glad you were able to help a couple of friends reach the finish in Memphis, and congrats on an awesome 2018 of your own — you killed it this year. Thanks too for all of your excellent reviews, RaceRaves wouldn't be the valuable resource it is without 'em. Hope we can sync up our race schedules and meet again in 2019!

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    Joerobe Dec 04, 2018 at 5:55pm

    Sounds great Mike! Thanks for all you do for our running community and a very Merry Christmas to you and Katie.

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    Tororuns REPEAT RUNNER '17

    not a fan of this race. Yeah, I know it's for a great cause but it's gotten too big and I fear the organizers have forgotten the runners. Too many … MORE

    not a fan of this race. Yeah, I know it’s for a great cause but it’s gotten too big and I fear the organizers have forgotten the runners. Too many races at once. Half runners ran into the back end of the 5K walkers. Finish line is crowded & confusing. Good crowds though. I’ve run it before, but may take a break from it this coming year. They used to have a relay which was fun, but eliminated it. Too bad.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    The race is not too difficult with a few hills but nothing overly challenging. The course includes a tour of Memphis downtown and close neighborhoods (no Graceland). The real treat … MORE

    The race is not too difficult with a few hills but nothing overly challenging. The course includes a tour of Memphis downtown and close neighborhoods (no Graceland). The real treat is the trip through St. Jude’s campus. Run as a hero. It’s worth it. You’ve probably read this in reviews before, but believe it. Seeing those faces and hearing people call your name is truly special and inspiring.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '16

    I think the other reviewers have said it all but I'll just add that it was a very nicely done race. Memphis is a cool town and you can stay … MORE

    I think the other reviewers have said it all but I’ll just add that it was a very nicely done race. Memphis is a cool town and you can stay close to the start and finish (not having to rent a car is great). The start is downtown and there are places to stay warm and dry until the start. The course itself isn’t bad, but the real highlight is running through the St. Jude Children’s Hospital campus. It was cold, windy, and drizzly this year so there weren’t many kids out in that kind of weather, but still, the spirit and enthusiasm from the crowds there brought tears to my eyes. It’s definitely the best part of the race and comes around mile 11 or so. That spirit carries you through the rest of the route.

    If there is any negative to the race, it’s just that it’s so crowded, especially at the start. There are more half runners than full, and people don’t always seed themselves correctly so there’s a lot of weaving and dodging for a while, but once you split off the crowd thins considerably! One of the best parts, is the amount of aid stations! I think there were 25, which is just incredible. My only complaint is they served Nuun as the electrolyte drink which I thought was pretty gross…but some people like it.

    The finish was in the stadium downtown. It was a neat venue to end the race and on a less cold day, a fun place to hang out afterwards. The medal was very nice, and the shirt for the marathon was awesome (long sleeve tech with thumbholes).

    Overall, a very nicely done marathon that really takes care of all of its runners to the max! It’s for such a great cause which makes it special by itself, but they don’t stop at that. The organizers truly go out of their way to make it a great race for the entire 26.2 miles and I think they succeeded. I’d highly recommend it for other fifty staters looking for a Tennessee marathon.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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    mbwhitti REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I love running this race and raising money for St. Jude Children's hospital. The run through the campus of St. Jude gets me every time. Great post-race celebration. MORE

    I love running this race and raising money for St. Jude Children’s hospital. The run through the campus of St. Jude gets me every time. Great post-race celebration.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    Peter REPEAT RUNNER '15

    For some reason the 5K race was at 7am and the half/full marathons were at 8am. This resulted in very heavy traffic around the start lines. Other than that, the … MORE

    For some reason the 5K race was at 7am and the half/full marathons were at 8am. This resulted in very heavy traffic around the start lines. Other than that, the course was scenic and went through the St. Jude’s hospital grounds. The post-race party was excellent and held at the local AAA baseball stadium which was also the finish line.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '14

    After the last minute cancellation in 2013 (which they handled incredibly well), I came back in 2014. Running through the St. Jude campus makes the race. Raise some money and … MORE

    After the last minute cancellation in 2013 (which they handled incredibly well), I came back in 2014. Running through the St. Jude campus makes the race. Raise some money and run as a Hero – you’ll be glad that you did.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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