Blog

2019 Marathon Map Posted

Race officials have released the new course map for the 2019 marathon, marathon relay and half marathon events. Courses for the 5K and Covenant Kids Run will be released after the start of the year.

“The new course map is posted on the website for runners anxious to review it,” Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman said. “Most of the changes affect the second half of the marathon route, but we still visit all the scenic, iconic Knoxville neighborhoods that make this race special. Of course, all races this year will enjoy a new finish line in World’s Fair Park with a festive after party on the lawn with music, food trucks, beer and more.”

To view the 2019 marathon map, click here.

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon awards $10,000 in grants through Community Contribution Program

 
On September 21, 2018, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon presented a total of $10,000 in grants to five local organizations to support health living in East Tennessee.

Grant recipients include Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville, Knoxville Sled Bears, Bike Elf, Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge and PJ Parkinson’s.

“These five programs make a difference in the community’s overall health and well-being” Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman said. “Reinvesting in our community is part of the mission of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, and we applaud these groups for the work they do every day to encourage a better quality of life.”

Girls on the Run of Greater Knoxville received $3,000 for its “Limitless Potential” campaign, which provides scholarships at schools that serve at-risk children. The scholarships are used for enrollment of girls in grades 3-8 in a transformational youth development and physical activity program.

The Knoxville Sled Bears received $2,600 to help provide individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to play hockey and engage in a team sport. The funds will be used to purchase the necessary equipment.

Bike Elf received $1,750 to help provide bicycles to children and young adults in East Tennessee who might not otherwise have access to one. The funds will cover the cost of parts and materials to refurbish donated bicycles.

Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge received $1,650 to help support its “Healthy Habits, Healthy Lives” program. The funds will provide participants with wellness resources and participation incentives and help cover the cost and supplies of smoking cessation classes.

PJ Parkinson’s Support Group of Blount County received $1,000 to support its ballroom dance class initiative for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and those facing dementia. The group partners with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide the classes to adults free of charge.

Although 2018 was the fifth year for the Community Contribution Program, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and the Knoxville Track Club have a long-standing history of reinvesting in the community. From 2005 – 2018, $170,000 has been contributed to support projects such as mile markers for local city and county greenways, land acquisition and building trails in South Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and a golf cart to patrol and clean the greenways. Past recipients include East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Legacy Parks Foundation, Young-Williams Animal Center, Ijams Nature Center, YWCA Knoxville, Knox County Schools, The Muse Knoxville, and Keep Knoxville Beautiful. An additional $39,331 has been given to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Innovative Recreation Cooperative, which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities including hand cycling, which is one of the races in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

 

CHKM Presents $4,900 to Patricia Neal Innovative Recreation Cooperative

Due to the success of the 2018 CHKM, we recently presented Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center with a check for $4,900 for their Innovative Recreation Cooperative. Pictured left to right: Al Kaye, Patricia Neal IRC Program Coordinator; Jennifer Steely, Director of Rehab Services; Jason Altman, CHKM Race Director; Leslie Irwin, VP and Administrator over Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center; Dr. Mary Dillon, Medical Director

Registration opens August 1 for 2019 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon featuring new finish line

Registration will open at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon events taking place March 30-31, 2019.

For the upcoming 15th annual race event, participants will enjoy a new finish-line experience in World’s Fair Park. Due to scheduled renovations at Neyland Stadium, the finish line will be moved for the 2019 race weekend.

Race officials currently are planning additional post-race festivities for finishers, family and fans to enjoy at World’s Fair Park.

“For many years we’ve enjoyed a finish on the 50-yard line, but in 2019, we’ll be cheering and celebrating under Knoxville’s iconic Sunsphere in World’s Fair Park,” Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race director Jason Altman said. “We’re excited about the family-friendly, party-like atmosphere participants can expect at this year’s finish line. We’ll be making more announcements over the coming months as we finalize the new course and fun plans for the weekend’s festivities.”

In celebration of the 15th annual race event, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is offering valuable perks for race participants, including free race photos. Look for additional updates on special giveaways for marathon and half-marathon finishers coming soon.

To read the full media release, click here.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Community Contribution Program!

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Community Contribution Program!
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.

In an effort to support the community and to improve lives through healthy programs, the CHKM Advisory Committee will be accepting proposals for programs seeking funding from the community contribution program.

The application can be downloaded here. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2018. For more information about past recipients, please click here.