Training

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Group Runs presented by the Eddie’s Health Shoppe, Knoxville Performance Lab, and ZenEvo Dark Chocolate

The program is intended for anyone looking to experience the fun, excitement, and camaraderie of training with a group for the marathon.  This program is being led by experienced runners and is open to everyone.  The 2017 program is geared to not only marathoners, but half-marathoners, relay, and 5K participants as well.

This is what we have to offer:

-Group runs for everyone!  Runners of all levels are welcome to join us for our weekly long runs.  We will have several pace groups ranging from beginner to advanced.  The long runs will take place on most Saturdays. We will offer water, sports drinks, gel, and bagels at some of these runs, especially the longer ones.

-Mileage for long runs for beginners and advanced

-The safety and comfort in running with a group of people.  Its a great way to get those runs in as well as make new friends.

-FUN!  FUN!  FUN!

Looking for a customized training plan to get you to race day?  Check out RunKNOX or Knoxville Endurance. RunKNOX is a group training program owned and operated by the Knoxville Track Club.  Knoxville Endurance is available to help with one-on-one personalized coaching plans.

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Group Run Cost:

-NOTHING!!  We are not requiring a fee for non-KTC members to participate in the group runs.  However, we still encourage you to join the KTC and enjoy the benefits of being a member.  You will receive discounts on registration fees at KTC races (including the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon), purchases at participating retailers, and a subscription to the award winning KTC publication, Footnotes.  For more information go to www.ktc.org

How to sign up to receive the email reminders:

– Contact us

– Show up.  Come a few minutes early to the next group run and you can sign-up on the spot for the KTC and start reaping the benefits of being a member right away.  All organized group runs will start at 8 am.

2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Group Run Schedule

Date Week Half Marathon Marathon Notes
 Nov.24 1 3.1 3.1 Regal Entertainment Group Knoxville Turkey Trot 5K – Thanksgiving Morning
Dec. 3 2  2 miles  4 miles Eddie’s Health Shoppe
8025 Kingston Pike
Dec. 10 3  2 miles  6 miles New Balance Knoxville
8027F Kingston Pike
Dec. 17 4  3 miles  7 miles Runners Market
4443 Kingston Pike
Hosted by RunKNOX
Dec. 24 5  3 miles  8 miles  No organized group run
Merry Christmas!
Jan. 1 6  3.1  3.1 Calhoun’s New Year’s Day 5K
400 Neyland Drive
Jan. 7 7  4 miles  9 miles Tennessee Sports Medicine Group (Cherokee Mills)
2260 Sutherland Avenue
Hosted by Knoxville Endurance
Jan. 14 8  4 miles  10 miles Eddie’s Health Shoppe
8025 Kingston Pike
Jan. 21 9  6 miles  10 miles  Calhoun’s 10 Miler – Oak Ridge
Jan. 28 10  7 miles  12 miles New Balance Knoxville
8027F Kingston Pike
Feb. 4 11  6.2  13.1 Strawberry Plains Half Marathon or 10K
Feb. 11 12  8 miles  14 miles Tennessee Sports Medicine Group (Cherokee Mills)
2260 Sutherland Avenue
Hosted by Knoxville Endurance
Feb. 18 13  9 miles  16 miles Runners Market
4443 Kingston Pike
Hosted by RunKNOX
Feb. 25 14  6.2 (relay)  30K
(18.6 miles)
 Whitestone 30K or Team Relay
Paint Rock, TN
Mar. 4 15  10 miles  16 miles  Runners Market
4443 Kingston Pike
Mar. 11 16  11 miles  20 miles  #LASTLONGRUN at Historic Westwood
3425 Kingston Pike (park at Laurel Church of Christ)
Mar. 18 17  12 miles  13 miles  Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville
11619 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN  37934
Mar. 25 18  10 miles  10 miles  Start Line – Clinch Avenue Bridge
Apr. 2  19  13.1  26.2  Race Day!!

Official 5K Training Program
NOTE: This is a recommended 9 week training plan that could get you ready for race day!

Week Distance
1 Alternate jogging and walking 1/4 mile intervals for a total of 1 mile
2 Jog 1/2 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 1 mile
3 Jog 3/4 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/2 mi for a total of 1.5 miles
4 Jog 1 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 1.5 miles
5 Jog 1 1/4 mis, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/2 mi for a total of 2 miles
6 Jog 1 1/2 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 2 miles
7 Jog 2 mis, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 2.5 miles
 8 Jog 2.5 miles
 9 RACE DAY!!!

*All organized group runs will begin at 8:00 am.  Run locations are subject to change.  Please check this schedule or our Facebook page for weekly updates.

*This schedule is only a suggestion.  Please listen to your body and be flexible with your runs.  Do not fight injuries and rest when you need to throughout your training.

*Please consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.  The KTC and the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Group Run Program are not responsible for injuries.  We are simply offering a schedule of organized runs for individuals training for the marathon.

*We will provide water and snacks at most of the training runs.  Be sure to bring your own water and energy bar/gel for after your runs.

Looking for a group to run/walk with during the week?

*There will be runs for varying paces every Wednesday beginning at 5:30 pm at the Runners Market in Western Plaza for those looking for a mid-week group run.  You can visit the KTC Group Run page by clicking here.

*In addition to the Wednesday night group runs, there are group runs on Monday nights from Bearden Beer Market and Mellow Mushroom on Cumberland (near campus).  Give them a call for more information.