Covenant Health is proud to serve as the title sponsor of the Knoxville Marathon. Our sponsorship reflects Covenant Health’s mission to improve the health and quality of life in East Tennessee.
From the inaugural marathon in 2005 to today, Covenant Health’s sports medicine specialists, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and fitness professionals help thousands of runners and walkers train and prepare for the event. Our hope is that the marathon will increase community awareness of the many benefits of regular exercise and motivate people to pursue active and healthier lifestyles.
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon includes a 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half-marathon, four-person marathon relay, 5K run and one-mile fun run for children 12 and under.
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has grown to become the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee. As in previous years, all races will have an exciting finish on the 50-yard line inside Neyland Stadium. For many, it is the thrill of seeing themselves on the JumboTron as they cross the finish line that inspires them to run the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.
But participants may soon realize that the best reward is what they gain by the entire experience, according to Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health.
“We can point with pride to many people who have been motivated by the marathon to start exercising and to improve their health,” Spezia said. “The event raises public awareness of the importance of physical fitness and supports our organization’s mission to improve the health and quality of life in our community.”
Proceeds from the marathon benefit the Knoxville Track Club’s youth athletic program as well as Covenant’s Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC), which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sports activities including handcycling, which is one of the races in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.