The Marathon course is a 26.2 mile journey through scenic Knoxville, TN. The course has been designed to show-off Knoxville and run through several of its fine neighborhoods.
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.
The 2020 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is the state championship marathon for Tennessee.
7:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020
USATF Certified – Certification #TN19006MS
Course is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
All Marathon participants will receive a top quality technical t-shirt and goody bag upon packet pickup at the Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 28. NOTE: This is mandatory packet pickup; there is NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP.
At the finish line marathon finishers will receive a finishers’ medal, commemorative 1/4 zip finishers’ pullover (see above!), and refreshments at the Pilot Company Post-Race Party.
Refreshments During and After the Race
The marathon course will feature 18 runner refreshment stations. Each station will feature Gatorade and Mountain Valley Spring Water. There will also be four gel station serving GU (flavors: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Outrage, and Tri-Berry) at approximately the 6.3, 16, 21 and 23 mile marks.
After finishing, be sure and join us at the Pilot Company Post-Race Party on the Festival Lawn 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 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) In addition, we’ll have Party Boys DJ Show at the start line, the finish line, and a special place along the course.
Marathon participants must be 18 years of age or older. Marathon participants must be able to complete the course, whether running or walking, in 7 hours. The course will be rolled-up in a 16 minute/mile pace. The finish line will remain open for 7 hours. There is no separate start time for walkers.
We will use a chip timing system for the marathon. The chip time will generate a net time for you personally in addition to your gun time. (NOTE: Awards are based off of gun time.)
On course, 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, 4 at each of the next 9 water stations, and 2 at each of the remaining 3 water stations on course. There will also be plenty available at the start, both on the concourse in front of the Knoxville Convention Center and on 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 manned by the Knoxville Fire Department will be positioned every couple of miles along the course. There will be a first aid area after the finish line. In addition, a therapy team provided by Covenant Therapy Centers will be available at the Pilot Company Post Race Party.
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.
Event Alert System
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has an Event Alert System for race day. Click here for more information about the EAS.
All runners have the ability to participate as a team and be eligible for special team awards and prizes. Note, there is also a 4-Person Relay, which you can read about on the Relay Page. The Marathon team competition is where each member of the team completes the entire 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.
We are organizing pace teams to help get you to the finish line. We will have pace teams led by experienced runners for time increments ranging from 3 hours to 6 hours. Please stop by the Pace Teams booth at the Expo for additional information.