Community Contribution Program


2016 Community Contribution Program Recipients Announced!
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon presented a total of more than $16,500 in healthy living grants to Legacy Parks Foundation, Ijams Nature Center, and Young-Williams Animal Center as part of the race’s 2016 Community Contribution Program.  Pictured below are these three organizations receiving their funding.  Congrats!


“We received many strong proposals from area nonprofits,” said Jason Altman, race  director for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. “It is great to see so many  organizations getting on board with healthy living initiatives, and we’re proud to support  three outstanding programs we believe will positively impact the health and wellness of  the people in our community.”

A $10,000 grant to Legacy Parks Foundation supports the trailhead for the G & O Trail, a three-mile project that provides a recreational and commuter connection between Chapman Highway and Ijams Nature Center. The virtually flat, soft surface trail will parallel the Gulf & Ohio Railway line, connecting businesses, parks and neighborhoods.

A $5,200 grant to Ijams Nature Center provides funding for the completion of the Ijams Crag, an outdoor rock climbing site featuring 30 routes of varying difficulty. The Crag will be available for public climbing, as well as numerous workshops and programs.

A $1,350 grant to Young-Williams Animal Center will allow expansion of its dog walking program. Through the program, volunteers take shelter dogs on a hike, jog or walk around the neighborhood, helping reduce the dogs’ stress and getting them noticed by potential adopters.

Although this was the third 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 – 2016, $142,000 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. An additional $28,431 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.

In addition to our Community Contribution Program, we are proud to partner with the following charities for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.



Boys & Girls Club:  We are proud to have supported the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley since 2007.  Extra medals and shirts are donated to the BGCTV for awards and prizes for the children. To learn more about them, please click this Boys and Girls Club.