Covenant Kids Run

With the wonderful support of Covenant Health, we are happy to offer the 1 mile Covenant Kids’ Run as part of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

The Covenant Kids Run is a program created to encourage our local children to lead healthy and active lifestyles while participating in an exciting, goal oriented, community event. Those participating will run a total of 25 miles in the time period leading up to the race on March 24, 2018. On race day, participants will run a 1 mile course (click here for map), finally completing the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. They have an option to run or walk the 26.2 miles. Our goal is not only to address personal fitness, but to build self esteem and confidence through goal setting and teamwork. Parents and/or teachers are encouraged to help during the process.

Join us at noon on Saturday, January 27, at Zoo Knoxville for the kickoff for the Covenant Kids Run “Marathon” program!

Admission to the zoo on January 27 is free for each child who registers for the fun run and one accompanying guest. Additional guests get half-price admission to the zoo.

Each child receives a log book for those who want to complete a full marathon by running or walking a total of 25 miles between January 27 and the official Covenant Kids Run on March 24. Registration for the Covenant Kids One Mile Run at the Zoo is $20 per child and this fee also covers the child’s registration for the official March 24 Covenant Kids Run.

To register for the Zoo run, click here. (NOTE: You will technically be registering for the March 24 Covenant Kids Run, as both events are covered for the one registration fee). To view the course for the 2018 Zoo Run, click here.

Covenant Health

Race Start

5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Click here for a map of the 2018 Covenant Kids Run Course.

NOTE: The Covenant Kids Run race is held on Saturday Night!


Packet pick-up will be at the Expo on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Knoxville Convention Center (701 Henley St). Be sure and show up in plenty of time to pick up your child’s packet, browse the expo, and head over to the start line of the 2018 Covenant Kids Run!

All participants will receive a t-shirt (Youth S-XL or Adult S-M), post-race refreshments, and a finishers’ medal. Important Note: Kids’ shirts are typically ordered in Youth sizes. We also have Adult Small and Adult Medium options this year.

Teacher Resources

Need some helpful hints for the Covenant Kids Run? Click here to download our Helpful Hints document.

Mileage Logs

2018 Mileage Logs are now available. Click here to download and print one today! 

All logs can be presented upon packet pickup at the Health & Fitness Expo to receive a finisher’s certificate.


All finishers’ names will be sent to the Knoxville News Sentinel to be published Monday after the race!

Fittest School Challenge

2017 Fittest School Challenge! 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…

SchoolPrize Money
Nature’s Way Montessori$1,000
Episcopal School of Knoxville$800
Garden Montessori$500
Lanier Elementary$400
Shannondale Elementary$300
Kingston Elementary$200
Steekee Elementary$200
Sequoyah Elemantary$200
Highland Park Elementary$200
Loudon Elementary$200

We presented each school with a plaque and a check before school got out this Spring. Thanks again to Regal Entertainment Group for sponsoring the Fittest School Challenge!