MEMPHIS, TN, January 12, 2022 – Memphis in May International Festival has opened registration for the Great American River Run to be held Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 28, 2022, presented by AutoZone.

Organizers are offering deep discounts on early registrations for a limited time, the 5K is just $25, the 10K is $30 and the half marathon is only $45. In honor of the race being held on Memorial Day weekend, an additional discount is offered to members of the military.

“With 2300 racers from 38 states participating last year, the Great American River Run is fast becoming THE must-run-race in Memphis,” says James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May. “We have a race for every runner at every skill level attracting elite athletes to families, and of course, our famous post-race party with real Memphis food, local beer, and live music in Handy Park.”

The popular race includes an exciting fireworks start, course entertainment and features an exclusive incentive to the Great American River Run’s half marathon: the “King and Queen of the Hill,” which offers an additional $500 prize to the fastest male and female runners to crest the A.W. Willis bridge.

The Great American River Run will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022, and is designed for all levels of runner, from elite athletes to the beginning runner or family participant. Courses wind through downtown Memphis and along the riverfront, and, ending on historic Beale Street with our famous post-race party in Handy Park.


2022 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Beale Street Music Festival April 29 – May 1, 2022
Honored Country Salute to Ghana May 1-31, 2022
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 11 – 14, 2022
Great American River Run May 28, 2022

About Memphis in May Memphis in May is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate Memphis’ culture, foster economic growth, and enhance international awareness through education. Founded by racially diverse Memphians in 1977, racial equity and parity are embedded in the fiber and culture of Memphis in May, the official festival of the City of Memphis.

Recipient of 228 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association, Memphis in May International Festival was named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For, and in 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May because of Memphis in May events.
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