The 5k (3.1 miles) is a scenic run in downtown Knoxville. Like all of our races that weekend, the 5k will start on the Clinch Avenue Bridge and finish in World’s Fair Park.

View our information booklet for race weekend here.

Race Start

7:00 pm on Saturday, March 30, 2019

NOTE: The 5k race is held on Saturday Night!


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2019 Course Map

Click here to view the 2019 course map.

2019 Course Description

  • Start on Clinch Ave Bridge. (close to Convention Center)
  • Head West on Clinch Avenue to 16th Street
  • Turn Left on 16th St, across Cumberland Avenue, which becomes Volunteer Boulevard
  • Follow Volunteer Boulevard (in the westbound traffic lanes), past Circle Park toward the turnaround point (just past UT Drive and fraternity row.)
  • Turnaround and continue back on Volunteer, in the eastbound traffic lanes
  • Turn Right onto Peyton Manning Pass
  • Turn Right onto Phillip Fulmer Way to turnaround cone
  • Turn around cone and return northbound on Phillip Fulmer Way, crossing Cumberland to James Agee
  • Turn Right onto Clinch Avenue
  • Turn Right onto World’s Fair Park Drive
  • Finish at Finish Line – World’s Fair Park


All 5k participants will receive a t-shirt and goody bag at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 30. All 5K Finishers 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.

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!

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!


The 5k course will feature 1 runner refreshment station with volunteers distributing Powerade and Mountain Valley Spring Water. At the finish line, you will receive a bottle of water. Powerade and other refreshments will be available at the Pilot Flying J Post Race Party.


There is no age restriction for 5k participants, but please be considerate of our volunteers and police by trying to complete the course, whether running or walking, in approximately 1.5 hours.


This year’s 5K will be timed using a chip timing system.

Fittest Company Challenge

If you are with a Knoxville area company and your company is participating in the Fittest Company Challenge, be sure to include your company name on your entry form. That way, your participation will count toward the Fittest Company Challenge – determined by which company’s employees (and immediate household family members of employees) complete the most combined miles on race day. Each participant in the 5k earns 3.1 points (1 point per mile run.)

Event Alert System

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has an Event Alert System. For more information about the EAS, click here.