Half Marathon

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.

Race Start

7:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2020

Very important: At about 9:45 (2 hours and 15 minutes after race start) we will ask that remaining half-marathon participants stay to the right side in the finish chute so that the runners in the marathon will be able to run on the left. This is for everyone’s safety, so please keep this in mind. There will be volunteers to remind you. Thank you!


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All Half Marathon participants will receive a technical t-shirt and goody bag at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, November 14. NOTE: Mandatory Packet-Pickup is at the Health & Fitness Expo; there is NO Race Day Packet Pickup.

Half-Marathon finishers will also receive a finishers’ medal and post race refreshments at the Pilot Post Race Party at World’s Fair Park.

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 Post-Race Party at World’s Fair Park!

You will not want to miss this year’s post-race celebration!

Live Music

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.)

Portable Toilets

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.

Medical Support

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 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.