Coronavirus Statement – March 13th, 2020

Joint statement from the Knoxville Track & Field Club and Covenant Health of East Tennessee
March 13, 2020

In keeping with our shared missions to promote healthy communities, Covenant Health and the Knoxville Track Club have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. All races and supporting events are cancelled for the weekend of March 28-29, 2020.

We love the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, what it represents, what it means for Knoxville and how it has helped inspire, motivate and transform lives. Given the constantly evolving public health situation and recommended precautions to limit potential spread of COVID-19, we must postpone the events at this time. We are saddened that we won’t be able to join 8,000-plus of our neighbors, colleagues, friends, family, fellow runners and visitors in our beautiful city in a couple of weeks for our favorite event of the year. But, we must put the health and well-being of our community first, especially high-risk populations and our health care workers.

Please know this decision was not made lightly, and we consulted with the Knox County Health Department, physician experts at Covenant Health and other officials in doing so.

We aim to reschedule the 2020 race, but we do not yet know if that is possible. All registered participants will be emailed details on plans as they develop, which may include instructions on how to defer registration to a rescheduled or future race event. We still are working through that process, and we appreciate your patience and understanding in advance.

We understand how hard many of you have trained, the investments you’ve made and your anticipation of crossing the finish line. Don’t stop now! Every step – whether walking, jogging or running – should be a source of pride, and we encourage you to keep it up for all the benefits physical activity yields.

Thank you for your continued support. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon believes in perseverance when the path gets tough, taking steps toward better health and the power of all of us coming together. Now is the time to embrace those truths as we take care of ourselves, our families and community and move forward with the greater good in mind.

2017 Fittest School Challenge

Regal Entertainment GroupResults for the 2017 Fittest School Challenge are in! We had a record number of schools compete in this year’s Challenge. Thanks to a sponsorship by Regal Entertainment Group, we are proud to award $4,000 to area schools through our 2017 Fittest School Challenge.

The Fittest School Challenge is a competition between area schools that awards winners based upon percentage of participation. Each child that participated in the April 1, 2017 Covenant Kids Run earned one point for their school. We tallied up each school’s respective points and divided that number by the total enrollment of that school to determine their participation percentage. We will award prize money to the top ten elementary schools in a ten county radius. More than one school in each county is eligible to win prize money. On to the results…

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2017 Community Contribution Program Recipients Announced

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has been a success due to the unbelievable support within the community. Each year the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon (CHKM), the premier event of the Knoxville Track Club, sets aside funds for its community contribution program.

CHKM Community Contribution ProgramOn September 20, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon presented a total of $18,000 in grants to five local organizations to support healthy living in East Tennessee.

Grant recipients include the YWCA Knoxville, The Muse Knoxville, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Knox County Schools and Sunshine Ambassadors.

“This year we are supporting five local programs that will make a positive impact on the overall health of our community,” Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Executive Director Jason Altman said. “We look forward to seeing these programs in action.”

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