6k Race

Memphis Heroes 6K

Memphis, TN

May 20, 2017

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Heroes in Recovery
8:00 AM
Overton Park
389 East Parkway North
Memphis, TN 38112



About the Race

The Memphis Heroes race is a unique 6K run/walk presented by The Oaks at La Paloma and Foundations Memphis, an outpatient treatment center of Foundations Recovery Network.

Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders through clinical services, education and research.

Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives. It takes a heroic effort to live clean and sober each day, and a Heroes 6K celebrates that effort. The sixth kilometer separates a Heroes race from a typical 5K to symbolize the extra effort it takes to sustain recovery. The six kilometers also represent the six letters in the word HEROES.

Each registered participant will receive:

  • A finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line!
  • Race tech tank (women’s/men’s specific)
  • Souvenir bib
  • Re-usable 6K bag
  • Post race nutrition

Join the movement. Run the race. Break the stigma!

To review levels and pricing for 2017 sponsorship opportunities, download our sponsorship form. You may also contact Jordan Young at [email protected] for more details.

The 2017 Charity Beneficiary



The Grace House of Memphis 

Grace House’s mission is to empower women and families by removing barriers and restoring hope. Grace House provides a full continuum of gender specific, long term residential and outpatient treatment and recovery support services to women whose lives have been negatively impacted by alcohol or drug use, co-occurring mental disorders, trauma and incarceration. Currently, over 5,500 women have been served.  A woman is never turned away because of the inability to pay for treatment.


Be a Volunteer

Interested in helping out at the Memphis Heroes 6K Run/Walk? Volunteers have the option to run the race, too! Each volunteer will receive a Heroes volunteer shirt at check-in. (Be sure to register for the run/walk if you plan to do both).

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Race Course

The flat, fast course is a combination of limestone and paved path through the Old Forest State Natural Area on the east side of the park. With an ecosystem dating back more than 10,000 years, the arboretum is a rare peek into what the city would have looked like before humans arrived and brought development along with them.  Some trees in the forest are hundreds of years old, and the extremely diverse plant community supports a wide range of wildlife. Enjoy a little slice of nature in the midst of city life!

Note: All kilometers, the start and finish are marked with white paint and a 1 1⁄4” washer nailed to the asphalt. While 3K & 4K are located on the limestone trail, they are marked with washers and white paint on the streets with an arrow pointing to their respective locations on the trail.

Start – Located approx. 500’ south of the pavilion, the washer is in line with the south line of the fire station building on East Parkway.

1K – Located approx. 500’ east of the Zoo service road, the washer is approx. 150’west of a round wide section in the asphalt (like an old cul-d-sac maybe??)
2K – Located on Old Forest Lane the washer is in line with the entrance to the dog park.
3K – Located on the limestone trail and in line with the east edge of the triangle on Golf Dr.
4K – Located on the limestone trail near Old Forest Lane, the washer is approx. 500’ east of the gate.
5K – Located on Golf Dr. the washer is in line with the front of the golf tee box on the south side.
Finish – Located on North Old Forest Extd, the washer is 64’9” west of a steel post that secures a trash receptacle and 75’6” west of the nest steel post to the south.

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General Course Description

The runners start from behind the fire station going northbound on the street portion of the course and follow that street passing the finish line and turning left (west) passing 1K and then left (south) at the zoo property. At the triangle the runners bear left on the triangle then turn right (west) on Old Forest Ln passing the dog park and 2K to Veterans Plaza where they turn left (south) to Golf Dr where they turn left (east) and step left at the golf house driveway to begin running on the limestone trail which more or less parallels the street on the inside radius passing 3K, near the start and 4K. After completing a full circuit the runners step right back on to Golf Dr. at the golf house driveway and pass 5K before bearing right at another triangle taking the longer route back past the start to the Finish just north of the pavilion.

Be mindful of the weather – start hydrating a minimum of two weeks prior to the event and consider carrying a personal hydration device. There will also be water stations on the course. Must be present to receive award. 

Schedule of Events

Pre-Packet Pick Up/Walk Up Registration (Cash/Check Only Please)
Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Location: Fleet Feet Sports | 4530 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117
Time: 10am- 7pm

Race Day Registration/Packet Pick Up (Cash/Check Only Please)
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Location: Overton Park | 389 East Parkway North, Memphis, TN
Walk Up Registration Time: 6:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Race Start Time: 8 AM
Kid’s Activities Immediately following Race Start
9:15 AM Awards Presentation

Kid’s Activities:
After race participants cross the start line, kid’s activities will begin. Family friendly fun such as caricaturing drawing and face painting can be found in the festival area, and several kid’s only contests will be hosted by the announcer! Contests will range from hula hooping, to ring toss, to a super fun dance-off! Games vary by location; all are free and open to the public!

Come early on race day to get a parking spot in the parking lot at the Pavilion! If the parking lot fills up, more free parking can be found on the other side of East Parkway in the neighborhoods on Circle Ave and VanHorn Ave.

Be mindful of the weather – start hydrating a minimum of two weeks prior to the event and consider carrying a personal hydration device. There will also be water stations on the course. Must be present to receive award.


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You may only qualify to win in one category and must be present to receive your award.

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First Place – $150
Second Place – $130
Third Place – $120
“Almost Podium” Fourth Place – $100

Overall Masters Male and Female Winners

First Place – $100
Second Place – $75
Third Place – $50
“Almost Podium” Fourth Place – $25

Other award categories – Age Group Awards Male/Female:

0-6, 7-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Each registered participant will receive:

  • A finisher’s medal upon crossing the finish line!
  • Race tech tank (women’s/men’s specific)
  • Souvenir bib
  • Re-usable 6K bag
  • Post race nutrition

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a time limit to complete the 6K?

Yes, please note that a 20 minute mile pace or faster is required for this event. This is equivalent to a consistently steady walk. If you fall below this pace, the race organizers can no longer guarantee course support. Aid Stations, medical support, portable toilets, and course closures will begin to become unavailable to participants. If you fall below this pace and are on an open road, you will need to move to the side/up on the sidewalk and obey regular traffic laws. Course cut off time for the finish is 1 hour and 15 minutes.


Can I walk the race?

Yes…runners and walkers are all welcome! Need help getting ready? Follow our training plan!


Are strollers welcome?

Yes, strollers are allowed. We recommend that strollers start at the back of the pack to avoid any trip hazards. 


Do kids run free?

No, all participants are required to register for the event.


Are dogs allowed?

Yes! We ask that runners/walkers with dogs keep their furry friends on a leash at all times during the event. There will be dog bowls with water near the post-race nutrition.


Can I pick up a friend’s packet?

Yes! You are welcome to pick up a race packet for someone else.


Do I need to be present to claim my award?

Yes, you must be present at the awards ceremony to collect your award. We do not mail awards.


Can I register on race day?

Yes! Walk up registration is available at both packet pick up and on race day. Cash or check only, please.


Where do I park on race day?

See Schedule of Events tab


Can I get a refund after I register?

We are unable to provide refunds or transfers to another participate, but we can change your registration to a virtual runner (no difference in cost will be refunded for change).

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