10th annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is an annual weekend-long event held in early spring with a
health and fitness expo and five different running events: a 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half-marathon,
four-person marathon relay, 5K run and one-mile fun run for children 12 and under. The race course
showcases many of Knoxville’s scenic neighborhoods, and as the largest competitive road race in East
Tennessee, the event brings tourist dollars to the community.
Participation in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon over six years has doubled, growing from 2,900
total registered runners in 2005 to nearly 6,000 in 2013 and 8,000 expected this year.
As a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, marathon proceeds benefit KTC youth track and field development programs and the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC). IRC encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities including handcycling, which is one of the races included in the marathon.