The Half Marathon course is 13.1 miles long and travels through scenic Knoxville, TN. The course goes through many of Knoxville’s beautiful
2020 turn-by-turn course description: Click here to view
2020 course map: Click here to view
2020 Course profile: Click here to view
NOTE: Courses are subject to slight modification.
7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020
USATF Certified – #TN19005MS
All Half Marathon participants will receive a technical t-shirt and goody bag at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 28. NOTE: Mandatory Packet-Pickup is at the Health & Fitness Expo; there is NO Race Day Packet Pickup.
Refreshments During and After the Race
The half marathon course will feature 8 runner refreshment stations. Each station will be staffed with volunteers serving Gatorade and Mountain Valley Spring Water. There will also be GU available at approximately the 6.3 mile mark.
After finishing, be sure and join us for the Pilot Company Post-Race Party at World’s Fair Park!
This year, we will serve Fanatic Beer at the Post-Race Party at World’s Fair Park on Saturday night after the 5K and Sunday after the marathon, half marathon, and relay! They will have Fanatic Blonde, Fanatic Red, and Fanatic IPA on tap for participants age 21 and up!
Live Music! On Saturday, March 28, Dave Landeo and Tod Sheley will play live music on the stage at World’s Fair Park from 7 pm – 10 pm. On Sunday, March 29, Karen E. Reynolds’ Writers Block Road Block Stage will perform at World’s Fair Park from 9 am – 1 pm!
Food Trucks! Three of Knoxville’s favorite food trucks, CJ’s Tacos, Penne For Your Thoughts, and Waffley Good will join us marathon weekend to sell food to participants, spectators, and volunteers!
You will not want to miss this year’s post-race celebration!
We will have 30 great musical acts lined-up all over the marathon course! Dante Music Entertainment has recruited and coordinated live musical acts that will give you a feel for locally grown music and they’ll keep you moving. Click here to view the 2019 bands and their locations. (2020 will be similar)
Half Marathon participants must be 12 years of age or older. We recommend you be able to complete the course, whether running or walking, in 3.5 hours. The course will be rolled-up at a 16 min/mile pace. There is not a separate start time for walkers.
The half marathon will be timed using a chip timing system. The chip will generate a net time for you personally in addition to your gun time. (NOTE: Awards are based off of gun time.)
We will have plenty of portable toilets. They will be near (but not right next to) every water station. There will be 5 at each of the first 6 water stations and then 4 at each of the remaining water stations thereafter. There will also be plenty available at the start, on both the concourse at the Knoxville Convention Center and the plaza terrace level of the KCC.
Plenty of medical support will be available throughout the course, at the finish line, and at the Pilot Company Post Race Party. Mobile medical support units will be positioned along the course. There will be a first aid area after the finish line. Covenant Therapy Centers will aid in post-race stretching at the Pilot Company Post Race Party.
Event Alert System
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has an Event Alert System. For more information about the EAS, please click here.
Post Race Injury Clinics
Covenant Therapy Centers is proud to offer FREE Post Race Injury Clinics! If you have aches and pains after the race, be sure and be checked out by a Covenant Therapy Center sports injury professional. Click here for more information.
Back for this year is the ability to participate as a team. The Half Marathon team competition is where each member of the team completes the 13.1 mile course. You may have as many people as you’d like on your team. For special team awards, only the top 3 participants on your team will score – their times will be combined for a team time (ALL participants are also timed individually and eligible for all individual awards and prizes.) There will be team categories for male only, female only, and co-ed teams.
Teams can be any groups of people who want to add this designation (for free!) to their registration. Encourage others you know to join you in the race… coworkers, classmates, family, military, friends, etc. are all great ideas for teams. If you register as a team with coworkers, your team can also win the “Fittest Company” competition – determined by which company’s employees complete the most combined miles on race day.