Memphis, TN

Half Marathon, 8k
Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely. - Unknown
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Race 13.1 returns to the Home of the Blues for the second Race 13.1 Memphis half marathon and 8k on April 8. Starting and finishing on Mud Island, participants will enjoy beautiful water views as they run along the Mississippi River before heading over the Wolf River Harbor on A.W. Willis Bridge, overlooking the Memphis Pyramid. Once over the bridge, runners will proceed through the heart of downtown Memphis, passing City Hall, Civic City Plaza and the beautiful Memphis Park. 

The next section of the course is a beautiful stretch on Riverside Drive, a street whose name says it all - running along the Mississippi River and Tom Lee Park. Returning on Riverside Drive, runners will turn onto the iconic Beale Street, "Tennessee's Top Tourism Attraction" and the "Official Home of the Blues" that was named America's Most Iconic Street by USA Today and is filled with great BBQ restaurants! The next stretch of the course takes place largely on N. 2nd Street, which will provide beautiful Wolf River Harbor views until runners return to the finish along the Mississippi River back to the heart of Mud Island.  

Course Highlights

  • Beautiful course through the heart of Memphis, filled with scenic views of the Mississippi River, Beale Street and the heart of downtown Memphis!
  • Plenty of aid stations throughout the course

Race Details

Where can I register?
Click on the 'register' tab above!

What day is the race, and when does it start?
The race is on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The official start time for the half marathon will be 7:00 am, and the 8k will start at 7:15am.

How many participants are allowed in each event? 
Half Marathon: 1,500
8k: 1,000

Will participants receive any merchandise?

Each racer will receive this race tech t-shirt. We will offer both men’s and women’s size shirts. All participants will also receive access to numerous Event Deals. A link to view and claim the Event Deals will be emailed out prior to the race and can be found on the race page. If you choose to register at packet pick-up on race day, we cannot guarantee a race t-shirt. They will be available to race day registrants on a first come, first serve basis while quantities last.

Will there be medals for participants?
All half marathon finishers will receive this finisher medal!

All 8k finishers will receive this finisher medal!

Weather/Cancellation Policy
We will do all we can to make sure each of our races is produced as planned, but runner safety is always our top priority. If we have to cancel a race because of weather or circumstances outside our control, refunds will not be issued. 

Will there be professional photographers and photos for purchase? 
Yes, professional photographers will be on site for the race and will provide photos for purchase.

Is this race a USATF Certified Course?
Yes, certification numbers for each distance are:
Race 13.1 - TN16008MS
8k - TN16007MS

Is there a time limit?
Yes. All participants must complete their race distance by 10:30am. 

Will there be awards?
Yes, awards will be given to male and female overall and age group winners based on chip time. Overall awards for the 8k will be given at 9:30am, age group awards may be claimed at the Race 13.1 Customer Service tent following the awards presentation. Overall awards for the half marathon awards will be presented at 10:00am, age group awards may be claimed at the Race 13.1 Customer Service tent following the awards presentation. Winners must be present to receive their prize; awards will not be mailed out. 

Age group winner receive a medal! Age groups are as follows: 19 & under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-up.

Overall Awards - Gift cards provided by Breakaway Running

  8k Race 13.1
1st $25 $50


Elite Athletes

An elite athlete may receive one comp entry if he or she meets the standards listed below:

  • Time standards: 1:14:00 for males and 1:28:00 for females.

  • Time standards must be met in the the 12 months preceding the race date.

  • Runners must have proof of their time. Email for details.

  • Race 13.1 reserves the right to adjust time standards at any time.

  • All elite athlete requests must be submitted at least 10 days prior to race day to

When is packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up times for Race 13.1 Memphis will be:

Can I pick-up someone else’s packet?
If you have a picture of their photo ID, yes you can. A picture on your phone works well!

How do I become a volunteer?
We need volunteers to make this event happen! All volunteers will be given a t-shirt! Please click the volunteer tab above for more information.

Will there be live tracking for my athlete?
Yes, we're excited to offer live tracking with SpotRacer, click here for more details!

Where can I find the results?
Results will be posted in real time on our website! We will also send you a text message during the race with a link to view the results after you finish.

Can I get a refund? 
Refunds will not be issued for any reason. You may change your race distance, and you may transfer to another race up until 72 hours prior to Race Day. Please note: If you do not change your race distance either online or in person with a Race 13.1 staff member prior to the race start, you will be disqualified from the event.

What food and drinks will be on the course?
The course will have feature plenty of aid stations with water and sports drink will be served at the aid stations.

Will there be bathrooms on the course?
We will have at least one Port-A-Johns at each aid station on the course.

Can I wear headphones?
It is unsafe to wear headphones while running. Event organizers will not restrict headphone use and leave it up to the athlete on his/ her ability to follow direction while wearing headphone devices. If you do choose to wear headphones please keep the volume level down so you are able to hear and follow the direction of course volunteers. We have a unique course where you MUST listen to volunteers.

Can someone else run in my place?
No, you are not allowed to transfer bib numbers.

Can I register on race day?
Yes, you will be able to register on race day and at packet pick-up, as well as online up until one hour prior to the race – though you must pick up your bib in time to race!

Are walkers allowed in the race?
Yes, however, you must meet the requirements of the completing the race by 10:30am.

Are baby joggers, strollers or pets allowed during the race?
No. This is to ensure runner safety and comply with liability insurance policies.