Stanky Creek Marathon and Half Marathon



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The third annual Stanky Creek Marathon and Half Marathon is initially planned for Sunday, September 11, 2016 although several race dates are being considered. The marathon will start at 7:00 AM, and the half marathon will start at 7:30 AM. The race will take place at Nesbit Park, commonly called Stanky Creek by the local Memphis area runners and cyclists, located at 5760 Yale Rd Bartlett, TN.

The Stanky Creek Marathon and Half Marathon is a Trail Runner Magazine 2015 Trophy Series event. To learn more about the Trophy Series click here or navigate over to

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Registration for the 2016 race will open this fall.

Race Location/Info

The race takes place at Nesbit Park (ie. Stanky Creek) located at 5760 Yale Rd Bartlett, TN.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be from 4:30 – 6:00PM the day before the race at Stanky Creek.

Packet pickup will commence on race day at 6:15 AM at Stanky Creek.


There are about 70 parking spaces in the Stanky Creek parking lot. Additional parking is on the street (Yale Rd) between the curb and the bike line on both sides of the road. Parking is not allowed between the curb and bike lane in areas marked by diagonal white lines which are the areas immediately before and after the Stanky Creek parking lot entrance and around road intersections in the Stanky Creek area.


1) If coming from the west, take the Austin Peay exit off of I-240 (exit 8) and head east-northeast towards Millington. Go about one mile. Just past the mall on the right, take a slight right on Yale Rd. Go about 2 1/2 miles and you will see a whole bunch of trees on the left which is the park.

2) If coming from Millington or from the north on Route 51, take Route 385 to Singleton PKWY and head south about 6-7 miles. Take a left at the light onto Yale Rd. and the park will be about 1 1/2 miles on the left.

3) From I-40 east of town or from south of Memphis, take the Sycamore View Rd. exit (#12) off of I-40 and take the road north about 3.6 miles (note – the road changes name to Bartlett BLVD at some point). Take a left on Yale Rd. and the park will be on the right in 1/2 mile.


The Memphis Airport (MEM) is 19 miles from Bartlett.


There are a number of hotels clustered around the I-40 Sycamore View Rd exit 3-4 miles south of Stanky Creek. A listing of those hotels can be found at the following link:

Course Info

Nesbit Park trail

This is a trail race – two counterclockwise loops of superb single track trail for the half and four loops for the marathon. The trail is almost completely shaded with many twists and turns. There are few rocks on the trail, but there are plenty of roots on the very run-able trail. The races start at the west side of the parking lot. Runners head east through the parking lot for about 400 feet before entering the trail to follow the well marked course. The finish line for both races is on the east side of the parking lot. The course will be well marked with arrow signs and flour markings.

NESBIT 262131To view the above map on the web click here. Thanks to Mid-South Trails Association for creating and posting the Nesbit Park Trails Map. To support, read about, or Like the Mid-South Trails Association on Facebook navigate over to


If you would like to be a race volunteer please contact Mike at Volunteers at the Stanky Creek Marathon and Half earn free race entries for themselves (or to donate to a friend/relative) in any Altis Endurance race.


All finishers will receive a finishers award. There are no age group awards or first finisher awards.


The Stanky Creek Marathon and Half supports Youth Villages. The 2014 event raised about $2000 for Youth Villages, and the 2015 race raised more than $2100 for Youth Villages. If you would like to learn more about Youth Villages please visit their website at


Historical average high and low temperatures in Bartlett, TN on September 11th are 87 and 64 degrees.


The 2015 Stanky Creek Marathon results are here, and the 2015 Half Marathon results are here.

The 2014 Stanky Creek Marathon and Half Marathon results are linked at 2014 Stanky Creek results.

Aid Stations

For the half: 1.8, 3.7, 6.6, 8.4, and 10.2

For the marathon: 1.8, 3.7, 6.6, 8.4, 10.2, 13.1, 14.9, 16.8, 19.7, 21.5, and 23.3

Runners run through the parking lot every 6.55 miles. Feel free to leave a support bag on/at your vehicle or at the start/finish aid station.

The usual ultramarathon/trail race food will be provided at the aid stations, ie. cookies, chips, water, and Gatorade. It is recommended that runners bring their own energy gels, electrolytes, and water bottle to the race as needed.


Runners have seven and a half hours to complete the marathon and seven hours to complete the half marathon. Half marathoners must start their second loop by 11:00AM, and marathoners must start their fourth loop by 12:30PM in order to finish the race.


The 2016 shirt is also expected to be a 50/50 shirt just like the two previous races. No other swag is planned for this event besides the individual finisher medals.


As is the case with most races, there will be no refunds of entry fees to entrants. Transfers of race bibs from one runner to another is also not allowed. There is not a waiting list for this event. There is no camping at Stanky Creek, and there are no campgrounds near the park. This event is limited to a total of 250 entrants.


If you have any questions please contact Mike at