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Great American River Run

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Celebrate Memorial Day by running along the Mississippi River and through different neighborhoods of Memphis. There are three different race options, so the whole family can get involved, and there will be a giant feast and after-party once you've finished.

Great American River Run routes


All races start and finish in Tom Lee Park overlooking Wolf River harbor. The routes loop through Downtown Memphis and the Cottonrow Historic District. The Half Marathon route then heads through Uptown before heading towards Harbor Town from N Mud Island Rd. You cross back over the bridge on A W Willis Ave, and head back to the finish area on the River Bluff.

There will be several aid stations and live music points supporting you along the route.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Race t-shirt
  • Cash prizes
  • Race expo
  • After-party: live music, beer, and food
Raceday Logistics

To collect your Race Packet, you will need ID and proof of registration.

Friday 22nd May:

  • Race Expo will be open in downtown Memphis
  • Packet pick-up and registration
  • Merchandise and equipment stalls

Saturday 23rd May:

  • 07:00 - Half Marathon starts
  • 07:30 - 5K and 10K races start
  • 11:00 - Cut-off time for Half Marathon

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit for the 5K or 10K, but runners must be at least 13 years old to enter the half.
Is there a cut-off time?
Yes, for the half marathon, you must finish within 4 hours.
Are strollers permitted?
No, for safety reasons, strollers are not allowed on the course.
Can somebody else register for me?
Yes, somebody else can collect your packet from the expo if you cannot attend on Friday. They must have your ID and registration proof.
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Great American River Run weather forecast

Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day.

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Since the early 70s, this festival has put on a number of exciting events, bringing the world to Memphis and bringing Memphis to the world. The run was set up in 2016 in downtown Memphis.

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