2021 Lane Purser Memorial Road Race Series
Presented by the Memphis Runners Track Club
Join us for the 39th annual Road Race Series! As usual, the Road Race Series will consist of TWO races of each of the following distances. Please note that all of the races take place on Sunday mornings with the exception of our 1st Half Marathon, which will be on a Saturday.
To promote social distancing all races will have a 15 minute start window. You may start your race anytime between 7:00 am and 7:15 am. This start window is subject to change.
Complete all ten races and you will be a ROAD WARRIOR!! If you finish one race of each distance OR 6 total races, you will be a Series Finisher. Finishers will receive a special item once the series is complete. Road Warriors will get the Finisher's Item plus a personalized trophy.
*Road Warrior trophies and Finisher's items will be for in-person participants only. Virtual runners will receive a RRS shirt and a special medal if they finish and enter results for all ten races (Road Warrior).
|Race||Date & Time||Location |
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|1st 5k||July 11th, 7:00am -7:15am||Audubon Park|
|2nd 5k||July 25th, 7:00am -7:15am||Audubon Park|
|1st 5 Miler||August 8th, 7:00am -7:15am||W.J. Freeman Park|
|2nd 5 Miler||August 22nd, 7:00am -7:15am||W.J. Freeman Park|
|1st 10k||September 12th, 7:00am -7:15am||Shelby Farms Park|
|2nd 10k||September 26th, 7:00am -7:15am||Shelby Farms Park|
|1st 10 Miler||October 10th, 7:00am -7:15am||Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park|
|2nd 10 Miler||October 24th, 7:00am -7:15am||Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park|
|1st Half Marathon/Big River Crossing Half Marathon*||SATURDAY, November 6th||Downtown Memphis|
|2nd Half Marathon||November 21st, 7:00am -7:15am||Downtown Memphis|
*Big River Crossing Half Marathon
For our 1st Half Marathon of the series, we will combine forces with The Big River Crossing Half Marathon. This means that when you sign up for the full Road Race Series you are also automatically signed up for the Big River Crossing Half Marathon. You do not need to register for that race separately and it will count as your first half marathon of the series.
MRTC is proud to partner with the beneficiary of this race, the Peer Power Foundation. Peer Power's mission is to empower and inspire scholars through their innovative student-to-student tutoring program. Peer Power is active in schools throughout Memphis, serving more than 1,000 students every year. Since its inception in 2005, the program has resulted in significant increases in test scores, scholarship awards, and graduation rates for students involved in the program.
***Please note that the BRX Half/1st Half Marathon of the RRS is on a SATURDAY (11/6) and not a Sunday like the other races in the series. Also be aware of the fact that the last race of the series (11/21) is on a Sunday and also will follow the same downtown course as the BRX Half.
If you register by June 14th, your bib and chip will be mailed right to your house. It's a great way to skip those packet pick-up lines! Be sure to watch our website OR like us on Facebook for registration announcements. We will be mailing out packets after June 21st.
|Road Race Series (all 10 races) for MRTC members*||$100|
|Road Race Series for non-members||$125|
|Mini-Series for ages 12 and under (first 6 races)||$65|
Please note that the in-person race series and virtual series registrations are not interchangable. If you sign up for the in-person RRS, you may not substitute a virtual run.
*There is no option for joining or renewing your MRTC membership during registration. If you need to join or renew your MRTC membership so that you can get the discounted price, please go here first: https://memphisrunners.racesonline.com/join-renew-mrtc
All participants of the full series (virtual or in-person) will receive a technical short sleeve shirt. Single race day registrants will not get a shirt.
Virtual Road Race Series
We will offer a Virtual Road Race Series option again this year! Sign up to do all ten races! More info HERE
The virtual series does not include the Big River Crossing Half Marathon.
- Event contact
- April Flanigan