2 Person Relay
The 2-person Relay is your chance to join up with 1 other person to take on the 26.2 mile marathon course through scenic Knoxville as a team. The marathon course has been designed to show-off Knoxville and run through several of its fine neighborhoods. We know that this year, the neighborhoods along the route are planning some great support.
2019 Turn-by-turn course description Click here to view
2019 Course map Click here to view
Course profile Click here to view
NOTE: The legs are NOT of equal length. The first leg is 12.8 miles. The second leg of the 2 person relay is 13.4. Please plan your relay accordingly.
Important: Transportation to and from relay exchange points is NOT provided. A little planning ahead can save a lot of confusion on RACE DAY! PLEASE familiarize yourself with YOUR RELAY ZONES LOCATION BEFORE RACE DAY. ALSO, sharing a vehicle can greatly reduce traffic and parking issues, for instance, Runner number TWO can RELAY keys to runner number ONE when exchanging the relay slap bracelet. This procedure can be done at each RELAY ZONE.
The relay exchange zone for the 2 person relay will be at the Blackstock parking lot, located on Grand Avenue near the The Foundry. (640 Blackstock Avenue, Knoxville, 37916)
The relay race will finish in World’s Fair Park. All relay team members will be allowed to enter the finish chute and cross the finish line together.
7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2019.
The first relay participant will complete his or her part of the course and then pass their slap bracelet to the next member of the team, with the 2nd runner crossing the finish line. The team will receive one time and be racing against other 2 Person Relay teams only.
All Relay participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 30. All Relay Finishers will receive a finisher’s medal, a commemorative finisher buff from Mortgage Investors Group, and can enjoy post-race food and refreshments at the Pilot Flying J Post Race Party.
The marathon relay course will feature 18 runner refreshment stations. Each station will feature Powerade and Mountain Valley Spring Water. There will also be four gel stations, at approximately the 6.3, 16, 21, and 23 mile marks.
The team must be able to complete the course, whether running or walking, in 7 hours. The course will be rolled-up at a 16 min/mile pace. At a pace slower than this, you will need to move to the sidewalks and proceed toward the finish. The finish line will remain open for 7 hours.
This year’s event will finish at World’s Fair Park. We’ll have music, refreshments, and live music after you are finished!
On Sunday March 31st, Dave Landeo & The Sol Beats will perform on the stage! Dave and Knoxville musicians Joe Thompson (sax), Michael Hulsey (trumpet), Vic Ilagan (drums) & Vince Ilagan (bass) will be performing on stage at the Festival Lawn at the World’s Fair Park from 9 am to 1 pm. The band performs a mixture of dance tunes, high energy rock, and soul pop covers and originals. It’ll be a big after-race celebration for all the runners, family & friends. Free and Open to the Public.
At this year’s event, Calhoun’s Restaurant will be serving up beer from their world famous microbrewery, Smoky Mountain Brewery! They will serve beer on Saturday after the 5K (7 pm – 9:30 pm) and again on Sunday (10 am – 3 pm). Each registered participant, 21 and older, will receive a ticket for one complimentary beer. Calhoun’s will also be selling beer for family members, spectators, or participants wanting a second beer. (Participants under the age of 21 will not receive a beer ticket).
We have arranged for Food Trucks to join us on both Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, including two of Knoxville’s favorites – Forks on the Road and Penne For Your Thoughts! They’ll be selling food to spectators, family members, or participants who are looking for more than the provided post-race food that comes with your entry.
You will not want to miss this year’s post-race celebration!
On course, we will have plenty of portable toilets. They will be near (but not right next to) every water station. There will be 5 at each of the first 6 water stations, 4 at each of the next 9 water stations, and 2 at each of the final 3 water stations on course. There will also be plenty available at the start, on both the concourse of the Knoxville Convention Center and the plaza terrace level of the KCC.
Plenty of medical support will be available throughout the course, at the finish line, and at the Pilot Flying J Post Race Party. Mobile medical support units will be positioned every couple of miles along the course. There will be a first aid area after the finish line. Covenant Therapy Centers will also be available to aid in stretching at the Pilot Flying J Post Race Party.
Event Alert System
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has an Event Alert System. Click here for more information about the EAS.