Race Information

The Races

The Races
We have something for everyone, with 6 different events:
Marathon (26.2 miles)
2-Person Relay (note: the first leg is approximately 12.8 miles, with the second leg 13.4 miles)
4-Person Relay (note: the first two legs are 6.7 and 6.1 miles respectively, the third 8.2 miles and the final leg is 5.2 miles)
Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
5k (3.1 miles)
Covenant Kids Run (1 mile fun run)

Runners and walkers are welcome in all events!

View our information booklet for race weekend here.

Road closures for race weekend – click here

The Marathon, 2-Person Relay, 4-Person Relay, and Half Marathon, will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019.  The marathon, relays, and half marathon will start at 7:30 am. NOTE: The 2019 Covenant Kids Run will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 5:30 pm and the 2019 Covenant Health 5K will be held on Saturday, March 30, at 7:00 pm.

Start area is in Downtown Knoxville on the Clinch Ave bridge, just outside the Knoxville Convention Center, near the intersection with Henley Street.

Start Times

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Covenant Kids Run: 5:30 pm
Covenant Health 5K: 7:00 pm

Sunday, March 31, 2019
Covenant Health Marathon, Relay, and Half Marathon:  7:30 am
*All times are subject to slight modification if necessary.

All races (except the Covenant Kids Run) will be timed using a chip timing system. The timing chips will be attached to the bibs for marathon, half marathon, relay, and 5K participants.

Finisher Pix

FinisherPix is proud to be the Official Photographer of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. They will post 2019 race photos a couple of days after the race. NEW FOR 2019! Race photos will be provided to the participants FREE OF CHARGE!

All participants in every race will receive a top-quality t-shirt.

Goody Bags
All participants in every race will receive a goody bag at the Health and Fitness Expo.

Party Boys

Party Boys DJ Show will be at the start, finish, and at several on-course locations providing the musical motivation to keep you moving. For every year of the CHKM, Party Boys has provided much-needed energy to the runners and spectators and helped make this feel like a celebration as much as a race. Look forward to them being out there for you again this year!

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 2018 bands and their locations.

The Pilot Flying J Post-Race Party will be held immediately after you finish, just steps from the finish line at World’s Fair Park, the site of the finish. The celebration will feature food, beverages, live music and awards!

On Saturday March 30th, Dave Landeo and Tod Sheley will perform on the stage at World’s Fair Park – just steps from the Finish Line! This acoustic duo performs a variety of good time sing-along covers and originals. Dave, now residing in Charleston, SC and Tod Sheley, from Knoxville bring back the acoustic duo that performed all around the Knoxville area for years back in the day….also performing at venues in Key West, Cincinnati & Atlanta. Co-writers of the song “Colorado Sky”, they will bring new material to this special show. Saturday night after the 5K from 7:30 pm – 10 pm on the Festival Lawn at the World’s Fair Site will be a great time!

On Sunday March 31st, Dave Landeo & The Sol Beats will perform on the stage! Dave and Knoxville musicians Joe Thompson (sax), Michael Hulsey (trumpet), Vic Ilagan (drums) & Vince Ilagan (bass) will be performing on stage at the Festival Lawn at the World’s Fair Park from 9 am to 1 pm. The band performs a mixture of dance tunes, high energy rock, and soul pop covers and originals. It’ll be a big after-race celebration for all the runners, family & friends. Free and Open to the Public.

At this year’s event, Calhoun’s Restaurant will be serving up beer from their world famous microbrewery, Smoky Mountain Brewery! They will serve beer on Saturday after the 5K (7 pm – 9:30 pm) and again on Sunday (10 am – 3 pm). Each registered participant, 21 and older, will receive a ticket for one complimentary beer. Calhoun’s will also be selling beer for family members, spectators, or participants wanting a second beer. (Participants under the age of 21 will not receive a beer ticket).

Food Trucks!
We have arranged for Food Trucks to join us on both Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, including two of Knoxville’s favorites – Forks on the Road, Penne For Your Thoughts, and CJ’s Tacos! They’ll be selling food to spectators, family members, or participants who are looking for more than the provided post-race food that comes with your entry.

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

Course maps, elevation profiles, and course descriptions are in the race information for each specific race.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has an Event Alert System for race day. Click here to learn more about the EAS.

Post Race Injury Clinics

Covenant Health

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.

Team Competition

To add to the excitement and fun, there are two different ways to participate in these events as a member of a team. There is the 2-Person Relay, where each person completes approximately half of the full marathon course. There there is the 4-Person Relay, in which each person completes approximately 1/4 of the marathon course and together, the team gets one time.  Male, Female, and Co-Ed divisions are offered in the 4-Person Relay.

There is also the Fittest Company Challenge. See below for more details.

Fittest Company Challenge sponsored by Humana
The Fittest Company Challenge is a special contest for Knoxville-area organizations.  For each employee or immediate household family member of an employee who finishes a race, your company gets points (26.2, 13.1, 13.1, 6.55, or 3.1 for the marathon, half, 2-person relay, 4-person relay, and 5k, respectively.)  All points are added together and the company with the most points wins the Fittest Company award. There are categories for small, medium, and large companies, as determined by number of employees listed in Knoxville Chamber’s directory of area employers. Interested in having your company participate? Have your wellness or fitness director or someone else from your company contact us and we’ll add you to the list. Just make sure your employees or their immediate household family members include your Employer Name on their registration forms.

Pace Groups

We are organizing pace groups to help get you to the finish line. We will have pace groups led by experienced runners for paces ranging from from 3 hours to 6 hours.

*If you are interested in leading a pace group, please contact us in the marathon office.


Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay award ceremonies will be held on Sunday after the races, near the finish line at World’s Fair Park. The Covenant Health 5K award ceremony will take place on Saturday night at 8 pm, at the same location.

$10,000 in cash will be awarded to top male and female athletes in the both the marathon and half marathon. The specific cash award breakdown is as follows:

Total Cash Purse


 Marathon ($7400)Half ($2600)
1st Overall$1500$1500$500$500
2nd Overall$1000$1000$300$300
3rd Overall$500$500$175$175
4th Overall$300$300$100$100
5th Overall$150$150$75$75
1st Masters$125$125$60$60
2nd Masters$75$75$50$50
3rd Masters$50$50$40$40

NOTE: No Double Dipping. Combining of cash awards is not allowed. For instance, if the 3rd overall male marathon finisher is also a masters runner, then he would receive prize money for the 3rd overall finish only. Any athlete receiving $600 or more dollars will be required to complete a W-9 before receiving payment. Taxes may be withheld for non-U.S. residents, per the IRS publication 515 regarding Taxation of Foreign Resident Aliens. All prize monies will be mailed within two weeks of the event once the race results have been deemed official. We reserve the right to drug test all prize money winners after the race but before issuing any prize money.

Unique awards will be presented for both the marathon and half marathon as follows:

  • Plaques will be awarded to the overall top five men and women.
  • Plaques also will be awarded to the top three male and female masters (>39 years) and the top male and female finisher in each of the Grandmaster (>49 years) and Senior Grandmaster (>59 years) categories.
  • Age group awards in the marathon will be presented to the top three finishers in the following categories for both male and female: <20, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-79 and 80+. Team awards will be presented to the top teams in Male, Female, and Co-Ed divisions.
  • Age group awards in the half marathon will be presented to the top three finishers in the following categories for both male and female: <15, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.
  • Team awards will be presented to the top teams in Male, Female, and Co-Ed divisions.

5K Awards:

  • Plaques will be awarded to the overall top three men and women.
  • Awards also will be awarded to the top three male and female masters (>39 years) and the top male and female finisher in each of the Grandmaster (>49 years) and Senior Grandmasters (>59 years) categories.
  • Age group awards will presented to the top three finishers in the following categories for both men and women: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29,30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.

Covenant Kids Run Awards:
Finishers medals will be presented to all Covenant Kids Run finishers. Kids who have completed the build-up program of 25.2 miles prior to race day will be presented with a special award when they present their completed mileage log at packet pickup at the Expo on Saturday, March 30.

Elite Athletes:
Special packages available to qualified elite athletes in both the full and half marathon. Please contact our athlete coordinator to discuss elite athlete participation.