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Memorial Day Weekend - May 28, 2017

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Registration for the 2017 Great American River Run is open. Register for the 5K here and half marathon here.

Memphis in May International Festival announces the return of last year's most exciting new event: Great American River Run Half Marathon and 5K. The event will anchor the festival’s Memorial Day Weekend line-up closing out the month-long civic celebration. 

The race will be held May 28, 2017 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 and culminating with post-race music, food, and beverages on the river bluff. Both races are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner. More information on the 2017 run will be available soon.

Every runner who finishes their race will receive a medal. The medals for 2017 are pictured above, with the half marathon medal complete with a section of the Memphis skyline that spins! See more photos of both medals on our Facebook page.

The half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 am CST, while the 5K will take off at 7:30 am CST.

We can't wait to see you on Sunday, May 28! 


When/Where is the Expo being held this year?
We're wrapping up details on this year's Expo. We'll share them once everything is finalized.

Where should I park on race day?
Click here to view a detailed list of parking options for race day.

Are strollers allowed for either race?
Strollers are not permitted for either race this year. 

Is there anything to do following the race?
Stick around Tom Lee Park to enjoy a huge post-race party complete with beer, food and live music!

What time does each race begin?
The half marathon will start at 7 am CST and the 5K will follow with a 7:30 am CST start.

Is there an age limit for either race?
We strongly caution every runner to consider the risks before deciding to run. With that being said, we do not have an age limit for the 5K but require runners to be 13 years old to participate in the half.

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