FAQ

These are the most frequently asked questions.


Q. What is the date of the 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon?
A. The marathon, half marathon, and relay races will be Sunday, April 2, 2017.  The Covenant Kids Run and CHKM 5K will be held on Saturday, April 1.

Q. What time do the races start?
A. The marathon, marathon relay, and half marathon will start together at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 2.  Please note that the 5k will start at 7:00 p.m on Saturday, April 1, 2017, and the 2016 Covenant Kids Run will start at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Q. When can I register for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon?
A. Registration will open on August 1, 2016.  Please check back!

Q. If I register for the full marathon, can I change to the half marathon?
A. Yes.  You can manage your options through your Runsignup account.

Q. If I register for the half marathon, can I change to the full marathon?
A. Yes.  You can manage your options through your Runsignup account.

Q. I can’t make it to packet pickup in time.  Can someone pickup my packet for me?
A. We encourage you to come pick up your own packet and enjoy the wonderful health & fitness Expo.  But, if you can’t make it during the hours of 9-8 on Saturday, someone else can pick up your packet by showing a photocopy of YOUR picture ID.

Q. Is the marathon a qualifier for the Boston Marathon?
A. Yes, the course has been certified as a qualifer for the Boston Marathon.  The full marathon’s USATF Certification number is TN08015MS.

Q. Is the course very hilly?
A. The course has some hills, particularly in the first half of the marathon.  It is not terribly hilly though. You can see a course profile in the race information page. The total elevation change is not dramatic, but there are not very many miles that are just flat.

Q. Is there a course elevation profile available?
A. Yes.  Click here to view.

Q. What type of sports drink will be available on the course?
A. Every runner refreshment station will be stocked with Powerade.  There will be 18 stations on the marathon course, 8 for the half marathon, and 1 for the 5k.

Q. Does the race provide transportation for relay runners?
A. No.  All relay participants will be responsible for their own transportation to and from relay exchange points.

Q. Can I wear headphones during the race?
A. Yes, our insurance policy through the USATF allows headphones.  Please, however, be careful, keeping in mind both your own safety and the safety of the participants around you.  Also, keep in mind that we recruit 24 bands and the Party Boys DJ Show to play at locations on the course.  There’s plenty of music out there!

Q. Can I walk any of the races?
A. As a registered participant, you are welcome to walk in any of the races.  The police and volunteers will roll the course up at a 16 min/mile pace; if you were to fall behind this pace, you may continue, but we will ask that you move to the sidewalk as to ensure your safety.  And we do ask that walkers please start toward the back of the pack.

Q. Will there be an early start for walkers?
A. No separate start for walkers.  All participants, whether running or walking, will begin at the planned race start times.  If you plan to walk, we ask that you start near the back for your safety and that of the runners.  Thank you.

Q. When and where is packet pickup?
A. All packet pickup will be at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Expo will be held in the Knoxville Convention Center  (701 Henley Street)  Packets will not be mailed and there is no Sunday packet pickup.

Q. Where should I eat when in town for the marathon?
A. Good question.  We have a number of Knoxville’s finest restaurants to suggest.  See our list of Preferred Dining Partners.

Q. Will portable toilets be available on course?
A. Yes.  There will be 5 near each of the first six water stops on course and then 4 at each of the remaining water stops after that.  There will also be plenty in the start area on both the concourse of the Knoxville Convention Center and the concourse of the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park.

Q. At the stadium finish, where do spectators park and enter the stadium? 
A.  The spectator entrance will be Gate 21. This is on the northwest side of the stadium.
Once inside the stadium, spectators will be able to be in the stands in sections A-F and R-Z only.

For participants or spectators parking at the finish line, please park in lot G10, which is the huge lot between Neyland Stadium and Thompson Boling Arena. This garage can be accessed from Neyland Drive or from Phillip Fulmer Way via Lake Loudon Blvd.