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Memorial Day Weekend - May 26, 2018

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Registration for the 2018 Great American River Run is open. Sign up for either the 5K or half marathon by clicking here.

The race will be held May 26, 2018 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. The race culminates 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.

  • Our post-race party is a great chance to savor downtown Memphis while you enjoy live music, beer and food! We're excited to have Memphis' own Star & Micey playing at this year's party!
  • Every runner who finishes their race will receive a medal. The 2018 medals can be viewed by clicking here.
  • Each registrant will be given a soft-style race shirt. This year's design is showcased above!
  • The half-marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 am CST, while the 5K will take off at 7:30 am CST.
  • Race maps for both races can be viewed here.
  • Cash prizes are up for grabs at the 2018 race. Complete information will be listed soon.
  • This year's race expo will be held in downtown Memphis on Friday, May 25 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Cook Convention Center.
  • Free entry to 901Fest, a celebration of all things Memphis that takes place later in the day, is included with every registration.

We can't wait to see you this Memorial Day weekend!


2018 GARR Parking

Curious about where to park on race day? Here's a map of seven spots within a couple blocks of the start line. The race will begin inside Tom Lee Park.

Half Marathon Course Information

2018 GARR Half Map

Check out the map above for half marathon course information. Please note that two port-a-pottys will be located at each water station on the course.

Expo Information

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The 2018 Great American River Run Expo will be held on Friday, May 25 in downtown Memphis. Registrants can pick up their packet, snag a few goodies from several of our vendors and get a first look at the medals they'll be earning. Feel free to come and go during any of the hours listed below. 

Address: Memphis Cook Convention Center | 255 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103
Hours: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Interested in being a vendor at this year's Expo? Click here  to download the form.

Prize Money Breakdown

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A total of $4,500 in prize money is at stake during the 2018 Great American River Run half marathon. The top 3 male and female finishers will all walk away with prize money.

In addition, returning to this year's race, the King and Queen of the Hill presented by the Downtown Memphis Commission will also be awarded $500! At the 10th mile marker of the half marathon, runners will be crossing the dreaded A.W. Willis Bridge. The male and female with the fastest time up the climb will be crowned King and Queen of the Hill. Leave some gas in the tank for this one!

Who knows, maybe you'll be taking home more than just a stylin' medal and a slick shirt. 

Post-Run Party

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We'll have enough food at the post-race party to feed a small army...or a couple thousand racers. Grab grub from your several Memphis hot-spots and enjoy your victory with us! We'll also have live music, so make plans to stick around following the race for food, music and beer!


Can someone else pick up my packet at the Expo?
If you are unable to attend the Expo on Friday, someone else can pick up your race packet for you. Make sure they come with a copy of your ID and proof of your registration.

What's an address for the start/finish line?
Both the half and 5K races start and finish at the same place in Tom Lee Park (357 Riverside Dr.) 

If I'm coming from out of town, where should I stay?
Be sure to check out our travel page for a list of nearby hotels we recommend while you visit Memphis.

What are the details you can provide about the military discount?
With the race taking place on Memorial Day weekend, we want to honor armed forces personnel. The military discount should only be selected for those who are active or who have served in the armed forces

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! Every registrant also receives free entry to 901Fest later in the day.

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 (this is subject to change).

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.

Are there any details about this year's Expo?
All the details on this year's Expo will be revealed at a later time.

What is the time limit for the half marathon?
The time limit to complete the half marathon is four hours.

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