The 4-person Relay is your chance to join up with 3 other people 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.
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NOTE: All four relay legs are NOT of equal length. The first leg is 6.3 miles, the second is 6.5. The third leg is approximately 7.5 miles, and final leg is 5.9 miles. Please plan your relay accordingly.
Race start time: 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
Each Relay participant will complete their part of the course and then pass their slap bracelet to the next member of the team, with the 4th runner crossing the finish line. The team will receive one time and be racing against other Relay teams only. Teams can be all male, all female, or co-ed.
Amenities: All Relay participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, April 1. MANDATORY Packet Pick-up will be held at the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center, site of the Health & Fitness Expo. NOTE: There is NO Race Day Packet Pick-up.
All Relay Participants can enjoy post-race food and refreshments at the Pilot Flying J Post-Race Party, located at Neyland Stadium.
The marathon relay course will feature 18 runner refreshment stations. Each station will feature Powerade and Mountain Valley Spring Water. There will also be several gel stations, at approximately the 6.3, 16, 21 and 23 mile mark.
Restrictions: 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.
Timing: This year’s relay will be timed using a chip timing system.
Portable Toilets 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.
Medical Support Plenty of medical support will be available throughout the course, at the finish line, and at the Pilot 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 aid in stretching at the Pilot Flying J Post Race Party in the concourse of Neyland Stadium.
Event Alert System The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has an Event Alert System. Click here for more information about the EAS.