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Memphis in May International Festival - Great American River Run

Memphis in May Announces New Event 
Great American River Run - Memorial Day Weekend 2016 

Memphis in May International Festival just got a little more exciting for athletes of every caliber – from elite runners to weekend joggers/walkers – with the announcement of the Great American River Run. The 2016 event, a half marathon and 5K run, is the first of two events that will become part of the festival’s Memorial Day Weekend line-up closing out the month-longcivic celebration. The race is expected to be a fast favorite of local and regional runners, with a course showcasing the Mississippi River, live entertainment along the run route and culminating with post-race music, food, and beverages on the river bluff.  

 The race will be held May 28, 2016 and the course will take participants along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River and through downtown Memphis. Both races are designed for all levels – from elite athletes to the beginning runner or family participant.  

 “Our city sits on America’s greatest river and we want to celebrate this tremendous local asset with a healthy lifestyle event for local participants and running enthusiasts from across the country.” says James L. Holt, President and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “We also want to honor our veterans and celebrate all they do, and have done, for our country, which is the true purpose of the Memorial Day Weekend holiday.”   

The Memorial Day Weekend event will pay tribute to our past and present servicemen and women by supporting Wounded Warrior Project, and providing an opportunity for runners to raise funds supporting the mission of this important veterans service organization. A portion of registration fees for the Great American River Run will also be contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

“The Board has long wanted to include a participatory event to our festival lineup and we are excited about the addition of the Great American River Run.” says Doug Browne, 2016 Board Chairman of Memphis in May International Festival. “We have long-term plans for the Great American River Run to grow it into one of the nation’s top half marathons, as well as a great way to end our favorite month.”  

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Hashtag: #MIMGARR 

2016 Memphis in May International Festival Dates 
Beale Street Music Festival: April 29 – May 1, 2016 
International Week salute to Canada: May 2–9, 2016 
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 12–14, 2016 
Great American River Run: May 28, 2016 

Memphis in May International Festival plans a second event for the Memorial Day Weekend festival finale in addition to the Great American River Run, and will be announcing the next new event in the festival program menu in January 2016.

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs contribute more than $70 million in economic impact to the community, foster civic pride, promote awareness of Memphis heritage, and build international relationships and understanding through education. 

Memphis in May International is the official Festival of the City of Memphis, and the recipient of 184 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association. Memphis in May International Festival was recently named the Top Festival in the Southern United States in a nationwide readers’ poll by USA Today 10 Best. 

For additional information about the Memphis in May International Festival, please visit the official Memphis in May web site at 

We are proud to host an event benefiting an organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has a big, audacious goal: to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. I’m challenging myself to help WWP reach this vision, and I need your help.

WWP offers 20 holistic programs to wounded service members and their caregivers completely free of charge and 100% of the funds raised through the this event go directly to Wounded Warrior Project to help fuel these programs.

Please join our efforts and give what you can by registering for our race and donating to WWP, or click the donate button at the top and enter the amount you are able to give. Thank you in advance for your support!

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