Marathon Training Group Runs to Meet February 15 at The Long Run!

Marathon Training Group Runs to Meet February 15 at The Long Run!

Training Group Runs leading up to the 2020 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon will continue this Saturday, February 15, at The Long Run (2452 Sutherland Avenue) at 8 am. There is no cost to attend these group runs, thanks to a generous sponsorship by Eddie’s Health Shoppe, Knoxville Performance Lab, and ZenEvo Chocolate.

The program is intended for anyone looking to experience the fun, excitement, and camaraderie of training with a group for the marathon. This program is being led by experienced runners and is open to everyone. The 2020 program is geared to not only marathoners, but half marathoners, relay, and 5K participants as well.

Mileage options are 8 miles for half marathoners, 15 miles for half marathoners. View the recommended routes below:

8 mile route – click here
15 mile route – click here

Ethan and Julia at the The Long Run have arranged the following for Saturday:

– Special offers: Shoes 10% off, Apparel and nutrition are 20% off through Sunday. Plus additional items at 50% off.
– Performance Training Inc. will set up at 7:15am and offer HyperVolt massage therapy as well as stretching for everyone.
– Yoga6 is offering a free Restore yoga session at 11 am at The Long Run.  Runners are welcome to shower at the store.


On Sunday March 29, The Long Run will have the following at their location:

– Post marathon recovery party starting at 11am.
– Sufferfest beer on tap – 1 free beer per runner.
– Ramen Bones food truck
– Cryotherapy mobile unit with compression boots

For a full listing of dates, locations, and times that we will meet, click here.

Two-time U.S. Olympic medal winner Frank Shorter to speak at Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Health & Fitness Expo

Two-time U.S. Olympic medal winner Frank Shorter to speak at Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Health & Fitness Expo

Frank Shorter, the first and only American to win multiple medals in the Olympic marathon, will be
the featured speaker for the Health & Fitness Expo, part of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
weekend March 28-29.

The Olympian won a gold medal at the 1972 Munich Games and a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal
Olympics. However, Shorter’s first national recognition took place at the University of Tennessee’s
Tom Black Track in Knoxville where he won the 1969 NCAA championship in the six-mile.
Shorter will share inspiring experiences about his award-winning running career at 3 p.m. on
Saturday, March 28, during the Health & Fitness Expo at the World’s Fair Exhibition Hall. The expo,
which takes place from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., is a community pre-race celebration featuring fitness, sports,
wellness and nutrition exhibitors. The event is free and open to both race participants and the

“It’s exciting for Frank to return to Knoxville, the city where his winning started,” Covenant Health
Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman said. “It’s going to be a special opportunity for
everyone to hear from such an accomplished Olympian ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this

Shorter is an icon in the running world whose success at the 1972 Munich Games, along with the
achievements of other American runners, ignited a running boom in the United States during the

The Olympian also won the U.S. National Cross Country Championships four times and was a four-
time winner at the Fukuoka Marathon in Fukuoka, Japan, from 1971 to 1974. Following his
numerous running achievements, Shorter was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984
and the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1989.

A life-sized bronze statue of the longtime Colorado resident stands outside Folsom Field at the
University of Colorado. Shorter co-founded the Bolder Boulder 10K held annually at Folsom Field
on Memorial Day to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon weekend takes place at World’s Fair Park and will include
a post-race festival. In addition to the full marathon, the event also features a half-marathon, two-
and four-person relays, 5K and Covenant Kids Run.

The Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 28, also is the location for mandatory packet pickup
for all race participants. Each participant must bring a photo ID in order to receive bib, timing chip,
T-shirt, goody bag and other instructions. There is no Sunday packet pickup.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club,
a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well-being through running and walking.

2020 CHKM Community Partner is Emerald Youth Foundation!

2020 CHKM Community Partner is Emerald Youth Foundation!

The Knoxville Track Club and the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Advisory Council are pleased to announce that the 2020 CHKM Community Partner will be Emerald Youth Foundation. Our partnership will support the Emerald Force Track Program, the only urban youth-serving track program in Knoxville.

The Knoxville Track Club (KTC) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. The annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is KTC’s primary fundraiser. To help produce this event, KTC relies on the partnership of many like-minded community partners. This fall we received applications from organizations that have a mission of community wellness, fitness, and/or engaging youth in athletics. We were overwhelmed with the number of quality applications that we received. The committee had a difficult decision determining which organization to select, however, ultimately chose Emerald Youth Foundation. To learn more about Emerald Youth Foundation, click here.

Since 2005, KTC has donated over $220,000 to local non-profits through the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon’s community contribution program, and we are excited about our 2020 partnership with Emerald Youth Foundation.

Covenant Kids Run to Kickoff at Zoo Knoxville January 25

Join us for our annual Covenant Kids Run Kickoff at Zoo Knoxville!

Registration for the January 25 Zoo run is $20 per child, and this fee also covers the child’s registration for the March 28 Covenant Kids Run in downtown Knoxville!

Admission to Zoo Knoxville on January 25 is FREE for each child who registers for the fun run and one accompanying guest. Additional guests get half-price admission to the zoo. Register for both events here.

Group Run Info for December 14

Training Group Runs leading up to the 2020 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon will continue this Saturday, December 14, at Eddie’s Health Shoppe (8025 Kingston Pike) at 8 am.

Eddie and the gang will offer the following store specials on Saturday, December 14, to our attendees:

-Metabolic Nutrition Protizyme and MuscLean protein 15% off
-Athlete’s Recovery 15% off
-Xtend BCAA 30 serving 15% off
-ZenEvo protein cups 2/$5
-ZenEvo 30 day bags $19.99
-Charlotte’s Web CBD oil 30% off non sale, 10% off sale
-Spring energy gels 10% off
-HydroJugs 10% off

Route: Mileage options for Saturday will be 2 miles and 6 miles. To preview the suggested route: