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.

2018 Turn-by-turn course description  Click here to view (2019 subject to change)

2018 Course map  Click here to view (2019 subject to change)

Course profile  Click here to view (2019 subject to change)

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.

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 first relay exchange zone will be located just past the 10K point of the race at the western end of Cherokee Boulevard near its intersection with Lakeland Drive.  From the convention center (site of the expo and race start), go west on Cumberland Avenue, which turns into Kingston Pike.  Turn left onto Cherokee Boulevard and go about 2.5 miles.  You will notice the relay exchange area marked by orange traffic cones, relay tent, and relay signs.  You can park in the parking lot on the left side (river side) of Cherokee Boulevard about a quarter mile past the exchange zone.  Be aware that sections of Kingston Pike and Cherokee Boulevard will be closed while the race is in progress.  Runners doing the second leg of the relay should leave for the exchange point BEFORE the race starts (7:30 am EST).

The second relay exchange zone (second for the 4 person relay, only exchange zone for the 2 person relay) will be on World’s Fair Park Drive next to the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall.  Please note that this is just below the Clinch Avenue Bridge, where the race started.

The third relay exchange zone (for the 4 person relay) will be just past the 20-mile mark on Sevier Avenue near the intersection with Ford Place.  From the convention center, go south on Henley Street and turn left on Main Street.  Take a right on Gay Street, and go over the Gay St Bridge.  Continue through the first stop light as Gay Street becomes Sevier Avenue.  When you get to Island Home Boulevard, bear right to stay on Sevier Avenue.  The exchange zone will be on your left.  Parking is available on Ford Place.  The exchange area will be marked with orange traffic cones and a relay tent on the shoulder of Sevier Avenue.

The relay race will finish at the 50-yard line of Neyland Stadium.  All relay team members will be allowed to enter the stadium and cross the finish line together.  The waiting team member(s) should wait outside of the stadium, out of the way of other race participants, until the last team member arrives.  As your team enters the stadium, please be alert and obey the instructions of all course monitors and relay officials.  Please note that we will enter Neyland Stadium via Gate 25 just off of Estabrook Road.

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 can enjoy post-race food and refreshments at the Pilot Flying J Post-Race Party, located at Neyland Stadium.

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.


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.