St. Jude Memphis Marathon Relay

8 a.m.
Second Street south of Monroe
Saturday, December 5, 2015

The course
The five-person marathon relay follows the same scenic course as the marathon and will start and finish in downtown Memphis.


Time limit
To take full advantage of all race support, relay runners should maintain a 14-minute/mile pace.


Age requirements
11 years old or older as of race day.


How to register

  • Team captains will register, pay for the entire team and create a team name. See pricing.
  • After the relay has sold out, team captains will be sent a special registration link to send to the four other team members. Each team member will use this link to input their personal information.
  • Teams must consist of five participants. Teams can be male, female or coed.
  • Coed teams must have a minimum of two females.
  • Teams will share a single B-Tag timing belt. Each participant must wear the belt during their portion of the relay. Each team member’s bib will have the same race number.
  • Relay bibs cannot be personalized.
  • Team member changes can be made during packet pickup. There is no fee for changes.
  • Team captains are responsible for arranging payment between team members.

Race legs

  • Leg 1 (6.2 miles) - Begin at the marathon start line.
  • Leg 2 (3.1 miles) - Exchange point is at the intersection of North Parkway and Ayers. Shuttle drop-off will be at the southeast corner of Ayers and Forrest.
  • Leg 3 (3.8 miles) - Exchange point is at the intersection of Cooper and Washington. Shuttle drop-off will be at the southeast corner of Cox and Washington.
  • Leg 4 (6.55 miles) - Exchange point is at the intersection of Tutwiler and Barksdale. Shuttle drop-off will be at the southwest corner of Snowden and Barksdale.
  • Leg 5 (6.55 miles) - Exchange point is at the intersection of McLean and Evelyn. Shuttle drop-off will be at the northeast corner of Nelson and McLean.


On race day

  • The lead runner will start at the marathon start line. All other team members should be at their respective relay exchange stations.
  • Shuttle transportation will be provided to all four relay exchange points. Because of parking limitations and race-day traffic restrictions, we strongly encourage relay participants to park downtown, near the starting line, and use the shuttles.
  • The downtown shuttle departure/return location is four blocks south of AutoZone Park on the south side of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, just east of 4th Street, near the FedEx Forum. One shuttle services legs two and four, the other legs three and five. Volunteers will help you board the correct shuttle.
  • Your relay bib serves as your shuttle ticket. Race spectators cannot use the shuttles.
  • Relay exchange stations are equipped with water and portalets.
  • In the event of cold weather, team members are encouraged to dress for warmth while they wait for their relay partner and to have a bag of warm, dry clothing for their partner. Use the bag check tags to keep up with team members' belongings.
  • On-course signs will alert runners as they approach a relay exchange station. The incoming runner should make his/her bib visible to station volunteers and their team member. Bib numbers will be announced as the runners approach, so know your bib number.
  • As you finish your leg of the race, you'll be directed to cross the timing mat. This will provide a split time for each relay team member.
  • Incoming runners should run across the mat to the transition area, where they can exchange the B-Tag timing belt with the runner of the next leg. Once the runner has given the timing belt to the next runner, he/she must clear the course immediately to make room for other relay participants.
  • The runner of the next leg should not cross a timing mat until he/she reaches the end of their own portion of the race.
  • The final runner will return the timing belt at the Relay Belt Return and then pick up all team medals. Failure to return the belt entails a $30 fee and forfeits finisher medals.