Big River Crossing to Hold Half-Marathon, 5K
Memphis Daily News | Bill Dries
Big River Crossing will mark its first anniversary this fall with the Big River Crossing Half Marathon and 5K, benefiting the Peer Power Foundation.
Set for Oct. 21, the half-marathon will be the first to allow participants to cross the Arkansas-Tennessee state line via the Big River Crossing, a pedestrian bridge above the Mississippi River. Half-marathon runners also will traverse the Big River Trail’s Loop, a 7-mile, paved path through the Arkansas floodplains that is scheduled to open to the public by the end of the summer.
In addition to the half-marathon, the race day will feature a 5K through Downtown Memphis, though the 5K runners will not cross the bridge. Both races will start at Tom Lee Park, with the 5K at 8 a.m. and the half-marathon at 8:30 a.m.
The race will benefit Peer Power Foundation, a Memphis-based nonprofit that recruits and trains high-performing high school and college students to tutor and mentor their peers.
At roughly a mile long, Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active bike-pedestrian rail bridge and the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River. Visit bigrivercrossing.com for more details about the race.