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 2018 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. It’s 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.

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.
2018 COVENANT HEALTH KNOXVILLE MARATHON GROUP RUN SCHEDULE
DateWeekHalf MarathonMarathonNotes
Nov. 2313.13.1Regal Entertainment Group Knoxville
Turkey Trot 5k – Thanksgiving Morning
Dec. 222 miles4 milesEddie’s Health Shoppe
8025 Kingston Pike
Dec. 932 miles6 milesNew Balance Knoxville
8027F Kingston Pike
Dec. 1643 miles8 milesRunners Market
4443 Kingston Pike
Dec. 2353 miles10 milesNo organized group run
Merry Christmas!
Jan. 163.13.1Calhoun’s New Year’s Day 5k
400 Neyland Drive
Jan. 674 miles10 milesTennessee Sports Medicine Group (Cherokee Mills)
2260 Sutherland Ave
Hosted by Knoxville Endurance
Jan. 1384 miles12 milesEddie’s Health Shoppe
8025 Kinston Pike
Jan. 2096 miles10 milesCalhoun’s 10 Miler – Oak Ridge
Jan. 27107 miles12 milesNew Balance Knoxville
8027F Kingston Pike
Feb. 3116.213.1Strawberry Plains Half Marathon or 10K
Feb. 10128 miles16 milesFleet Feet Sports Knoxville
11619 Parkside Dr
Feb. 18136.2 (relay)30K (18.6 miles)Whitestone 30K or Team Relay
Paint Rock, TN
Feb. 24149 miles18 milesTBD
Mar. 31510 miles20 milesRunners Market
4443 Kingston Pike
Mar. 101611 miles15 milesFleet Feet Sports Knoxville
11619 Parkside Dr
Mar. 171712 miles12 milesStart Line – Clinch Avenue Bridge
Mar. 251813.126.2RACE DAY!!!
OFFICIAL 5K TRAINING PROGRAM

NOTE: This is a recommended 9 week training plan that could get you ready for race day!

WeekDistance
1Alternate jogging and walking 1/4 mile intervals for a total of 1 mile
2Jog 1/2 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 1 mile
3Jog 3/4 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/2 mi for a total of 1.5 miles
4Jog 1 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 1.5 miles
5Jog 1 1/4 mis, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/2 mi for a total of 2 miles
6Jog 1 1/2 mi, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 2 miles
7Jog 2 mis, walk 1/4 mi, jog 1/4 mi for a total of 2.5 miles
8Jog 2.5 miles
9Race 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 Balter Beerworks. Give them a call for more information.