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 weekend.

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 April 6, 2024. On race day, participants will run a 1 mile course, 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.

Race Start

The 2024 Covenant Kids Run will begin on the Clinch Avenue Bridge in downtown Knoxville. It is scheduled for 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 6.

Children will use the same start line and finish line as the marathon participants!


Amenities include a finisher medal, event shirt, goody bag, and finisher certificate.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup
Packet Pick-up will be at the Clayton Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, April 6, during the hours of 9 am – 8 pm.
NOTE: There is NO Sunday Packet Pickup. All race participants must visit the Expo during scheduled hours to obtain their official race packet containing the race number bib, timing chip, race shirt, goody bag, and other instructions. The Clayton Health & Fitness Expo is the first major event of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon weekend.

If you are a participant with a school, check with them to see if they will pick up for you.

Mileage Logs

Need to track your child’s miles as he or she prepares for the April 6 Covenant Kids Run? 2024 mileage logs will be available in December 2023!

Covenant Kids Run Kickoff Event

Stay tuned for details about a Covenant Kids Run Kickoff Event!

Fittest School Challenge

2023 Fittest School Challenge!
Thanks to a sponsorship by Dollywood, we are proud to award $5,600 to area schools through our 2023 Fittest School Challenge.

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

TWO DIVISIONS FOR 2023! We offered two categories for the schools based upon their enrollment. The two categories are Small (300 or fewer students) and Large (301+ Students). The prize money breakdown for 2023 is listed below:

SchoolPrize Money
1st - Small Category$1,000
2nd - Small Category$750
3rd - Small Category$500
4th - Small Category
5th - Small Category$200
1st - Large Category$1000
2nd - Large Category$750
3rd - Large Category$500
4th - Large Category$350
5th - Large Category$200

We will present each school with a plaque and a check this spring before school breaks for the summer. Thanks again to Dollywood for sponsoring the Fittest School Challenge!