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Fort Sanders Foundation

Fort Sanders FoundationFormal philanthropic support of what was then known as Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital began in 1954. With the increase in charitable contributions, the Fort Sanders Foundation was established and charged with garnering support for the healthcare programs and services offered by Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, with the first major initiative being the creation and construction of Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. That charge has grown to include programs and services offered by our extended Covenant Health family, such as: Governed by a volunteer board of directors, which is comprised of community and corporate leaders and physicians, the Foundation performs many key functions necessary to its continued success:
  • Soliciting monetary and in-kind contributions from individuals, corporations, and other foundations
  • Managing the investment of charitable donations
  • Acknowledging and cultivating donors
  • Organizing special events to support various funds and programs
  • Applying for grants from other foundations and/or corporations
  • Approving requests and distributing funds for health system programs and departments
  • Educating the community about the Foundation and Covenant Health facilities and programs
Fort Sanders Foundation
280 Fort Sanders West Blvd., Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 531-5210
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The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon will continue for three more years, Covenant Health announced during a news conference that also celebrated the upcoming 10th annual marathon. Covenant Health has sponsored the event for the past nine years and committed to sponsoring the series of races for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“The marathon is a fantastic event for this community that fits Covenant Health’s mission to improve the quality of life in East Tennessee through better health,” said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health. “The weekend of events for children, adults and people with disabilities promotes health and fitness while raising funds that benefit important nonprofit programs and charities. For these reasons, Covenant Health is proud to sponsor the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Knoxville Marathons.”

Race Director Jason Altman said the collaboration of Covenant Health and the Knoxville Track Club has benefited the community and both organizations.

“The partnership formed between the Knoxville Track Club and Covenant Health since the inaugural event has been wonderful,” Altman said. “We are thrilled to continue this partnership through 2016 and with their support will be able to continue to produce a world-class event.” 

About 7,500 adults and children participated in the six marathon-related events in April 2013.


Group that has run in all 9 marathons
Covenant Health fitness expert Missy Kane, standing right, poses with seven of the 20 runners who have participated in all nine Covenant Health Knoxville Marathons. The runners, who all plan to run in the 10th annual marathon next March are, from left, front row: Andrea Collins, Mont Lewis, Libby Overholt; back row: Larry Brede, Becky Tener, Mark Hudspeth and Joe Marti.

Altman announced that online registration for the 2014 event opens Aug. 1, and in recognition of the marathon’s 10th year, everyone who registers during the first 10 days of August will receive a $10 discount off the fee for the full and half marathons, 2- and 4-person relays or 5k. The fee for the kids run is $10 through Aug. 10.

The 20 runners who have maintained a streak of participating in all nine full marathons will receive complimentary entry into the 2014 10th anniversary event. In addition one of the first 100 runners registered will have his/her name drawn to win a Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS running watch. In addition, the online processing fee has been abolished.

The 2014 marathon is set for Sunday, March 30, with the Covenant Kids Run scheduled for Saturday, March 29.

The Fittest Company Challenge and the Fittest School Challenge will again be part of the excitement leading up to and following the marathon weekend, along with the Health & Fitness Exposition held on Saturday before the kids run.

Proceeds from the marathon benefit the Knoxville Track Club’s scholarship and community fitness programs. In addition, a portion of the proceeds benefit Covenant Health’s Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC), which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities, including hand-cycling, which is one of the race categories in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

“As a nonprofit organization, the Knoxville Track Club is committed to giving back to our community through proceeds raised through the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. It is an honor and a privilege to present Patricia Neal Innovative Recreation Cooperative with a check today,” Altman said, and presented the IRC with a check for $3,661.

For more information on all marathon events, visit or call 865-684-4294.
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100 Fort Sanders West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 374-1000