Training

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is teaming up with Breakaway Running to offer training runs for local marathon, half marathon and 5K participants.

Join the Breakaway Marathon Training Facebook Group for further details.

Marathon and half marathon training runs
Breakaway Running and National St. Jude Heroes Coach Kevin Leathers will be leading local training sessions for St. Jude Heroes to get you ready for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.

Want to participate? Simply come to the week's practice run location! (See schedule below). Training runs begin Saturday, August 9, and will rotate from Breakaway’s two locations week to week.
• Each run will have pacers and coaches available to help with all training questions.
• Pace groups will be available from 9-14 min/miles.

Practice Run Schedule
Date Time Location
Aug. 9 7 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Aug. 16 7 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Aug. 23 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Aug. 30 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Sept. 6 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Sept. 13 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Sept. 20 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Sept. 27 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Oct. 4 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Oct. 11 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Oct. 18 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Oct. 25 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Nov. 1 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Nov. 8 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Nov. 15 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Nov. 22 7 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Nov. 29 7 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Sofa to St. Jude 5K training
Are you thinking about running your first 5K but not sure how to start? Our Sofa to St. Jude is a 12-week training program for the beginner runner/walker, designed to get you to the finish line of the St. Jude Memphis 5K.

The program is free and open to anyone in the Memphis area registered for the St. Jude Memphis 5K. It kicks off with an information session on Saturday, September 13, at 9 a.m. at Breakaway Running, 2109 Madison Ave. Refreshments will be provided.

To register for Sofa to St. Jude:

New 5K participants:
Register for the St. Jude Memphis 5K.
Log in to your participant center and look for the Sofa to St. Jude registration link at the top of the page.
• Register for the training program.
• Come to the information session on Saturday, September 13, at 9 a.m. at Breakaway Running, 2109 Madison Ave.

Current 5K participants:
Log in to your participant center and click the Sofa to St. Jude link at the top of the page.
• Register for the training program.
• Come to the information session on Saturday, September 13, at 9 a.m. at Breakaway Running, 2109 Madison Ave.

Training runs begin Saturday, September 20, and will rotate from Breakaway’s two locations week to week (see schedule below). Each run will be facilitated by a support team and begin with a brief training topic.
Date Time Location
Sept. 20 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Sept. 27 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Oct. 4 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Oct. 11 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Oct. 18 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Oct. 25 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Nov. 1 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Nov. 8 6 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Nov. 15 6 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.
Nov. 22 7 a.m. Germantown
1223 S. Germantown Rd.
Nov. 29 7 a.m. Midtown
2109 Madison Ave.