The 2021 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Training Runs presented by the Eddie’s Health Shoppe, Knoxville Performance Lab, and ZenEvo Dark Chocolate will begin in January 2021.

The program is intended for anyone looking to experience the fun, excitement, and camaraderie of training for the marathon. This program is being led by experienced runners and is open to everyone. The 2021 program is geared to not only marathoners, but half marathoners, relay, and 5K participants as well.

This is what we have to offer:

  • Training runs for everyone!  Runners of all levels are welcome to partipate in the suggested weekly long runs. We will have several distance options ranging from beginner to advanced. The long runs will take place on most Saturdays. We will not be able to offer refreshment in 2021.
  • Mileage for long runs for beginners and advanced

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 training 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

How to sign up to receive the email reminders/updates:

  • Contact us
  • Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
DateWeekHalf MarathonMarathonNotes
Nov. 2613.13.1Regal Knoxville
Turkey Trot 5k – Thanksgiving Morning
Dec. 522 miles4 milesNo organized group run
Dec. 1232 miles6 milesNo organized group run
Dec. 1943 miles8 milesNo organized group run
Dec. 2653 miles10 milesNo organized group run
Jan. 163.13.1New Year’s Day 5k
Jan. 274 miles12 milesLocation TBD
Jan. 985 miles13 milesLocation TBD
Jan. 1696 miles10 milesKTC 10 Miler – Oak Ridge
Jan. 23107.5 miles13.6 milesLocation TBD
Jan. 30116.2 miles13.1 milesStrawberry Plains Half Marathon or 10K
Feb. 6128 miles16 milesLocation TBD
Feb. 13138 miles15 milesLocation TBD
Feb. 21146.2 (relay)30K (18.6 miles)Whitestone 30K or Team Relay
Paint Rock, TN
Feb. 27159 miles17.6 milesLocation TBD
Mar. 61610 miles20 milesLocation TBD
Mar. 131710 miles15 milesLocation TBD
Mar. 201812 miles12 milesLocation TBD
Mar. 281913.126.2RACE DAY!!!

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

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!

* Run locations are subject to change. We will make a weekly recommendation for mileage options. 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 not be able to provide water and snacks at the training runs. Be sure to bring your own water and energy bar/gel for after your runs.


*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.