Post-Race Celebration Information for World’s Fair Park!

As you know, all events of the 2019 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon weekend will finish at World’s Fair Park. Here are the details to what was have lined up for you!


On Saturday March 30th, Dave Landeo and Tod Sheley will perform on the stage at World’s Fair Park – just steps from the Finish Line! This acoustic duo performs a variety of good time sing-along covers and originals. Dave, now residing in Charleston, SC and Tod Sheley, from Knoxville bring back the acoustic duo that performed all around the Knoxville area for years back in the day….also performing at venues in Key West, Cincinnati & Atlanta. Co-writers of the song “Colorado Sky”, they will bring new material to this special show. Saturday night after the 5K from 7:30 pm – 10 pm on the Festival Lawn at the World’s Fair Site will be a great time!

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).

Food Trucks!

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!

Group Run Info for February 23

Join us Saturday, February 23, at 8 am at Tennessee Sports Medicine Group (2260 Sutherland Avenue) for our next group run. Suggested route for marathoners is 16 miles; suggested for half marathoners is 8 miles.

Here’s your 16 mile route for this Saturday:

Here’s your 8 mile route for half marathoners for this Saturday:

Rob Jones to Speak at Health and Fitness Expo!

Double amputee marathon runner Rob Jones to speak at Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Health & Fitness Expo

U.S. Marines veteran completed 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days 

Rob Jones, a U.S. Marines veteran and double amputee who completed his goal of running 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days in 2017, will be the featured speaker for the Health & Fitness Expo, part of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon weekend March 30-31.

Jones will share his inspirational stories at the Health & Fitness Expo at the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. The expo, which takes place from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., is a high-energy event featuring fitness, sports, wellness and nutrition exhibitors. The event is free to attend, and open to the public and race participants. Jones’ appearance is sponsored by Prestige Cleaners, Prestige Tuxedo and Eddie Mannis for Mayor.

“Rob Jones’ story is one that will both amaze and inspire everyone who hears it,” Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman said. “His dedication to push himself to excel after such a life-changing injury, paired with his goals of raising funds to support veteran causes, is uplifting – and motivating for each personal challenge and race ahead. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from a real American hero.”

In 2008, Jones served in Habbaniyah, Iraq, with the U.S. Marines Corps. In 2010, he deployed to the cities of Delaram and Sangin in Afghanistan. While attempting to clear an area believed to contain an improvised explosive device (IED), Jones was wounded in action by a landmine. The traumatic injury resulted in the amputation of both of his legs above the knee.

Jones underwent intensive rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was fitted with prosthetics. He then began rowing, biking and running. He earned a bronze medal in rowing in the Paralympics in 2012 with his rowing partner, Oksana Masters; completed a 5,180-mile bike ride across the United States from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Camp Pendleton, California, in 2014 to raise $126,000 for wounded veterans; and finished his goal of running 31 marathons in 31 cities in 31 days in 2017, raising more than $200,000 for organizations that assist veterans and honor first responders.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon weekend takes place at World’s Fair Park and will include a post-race festival. In addition to the full marathon, the event also features a half-marathon, two- and four-person relays, 5K and Covenant Kids Run.

The Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 30, also is the location for mandatory packet pickup for all race participants. Each participant must bring a photo ID in order to receive bib, timing chip, T-shirt, goody bag and other instructions. There is no Sunday packet pickup.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon recently was named best marathon in Tennessee by “Runner’s Goal.” For more information and to register for the 2019 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon races, visit

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well-being through running and walking.