4 Person Relay

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.

2019 Turn-by-turn course description Click here to view

2019 Course map Click here to view 

Course profile Click here to view

View our information booklet for race weekend here.

Final relay instructions for relay teams are posted. Click here to view the final instructions for race weekend.

NOTE: All four relay legs are NOT of equal length. The first leg is 6.7 miles, the second is 6.1. The third leg is approximately 8.2 miles, and final leg is 5.2 miles. Please plan your relay accordingly.

Race Start

7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, 2019

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.


All Relay participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 30. All Relay Participants will receive a finisher’s medal and can enjoy post-race food and refreshments at the Pilot Flying J Post-Race Party, located at World’s Fair Park.

MANDATORY Packet Pick-up will be held at the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall (935 World’s Fair Park Drive), site of the Health & Fitness Expo. NOTE: There is NO Race Day Packet Pick-up.


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.


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.

Post-Race Celebration

This year’s event will finish at World’s Fair Park. We’ll have music, refreshments, and food trucks for finishers!

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!

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.

Event Alert System

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has an Event Alert System. Click here for more information about the EAS.