Ready, set, go!

Missy Kane poses with marathon team at Neyland Stadium

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.

The 17th annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon will be held Oct. 2 – 3, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and potential restrictions on public gatherings, all 2021 races and supporting events were shifted from March to October. Races will be held in person, with a virtual option available. More information is available at

New participants can register for the event at Participants who deferred their 2020 registration to the 2021 race should have received further instructions. 

Race Virtually in 2021

The virtual races will allow registrants to participate within a flexible time frame.

The virtual event will include the Covenant Kids Run, 5K, half marathon and marathon. Virtual Option participants will receive a t-shirt, medal, and goody bag. They will also be able to submit their time online into a separate results page from the live, in-person competitors. 


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 grounds of the historic Worlds Fair Park in downtown Knoxville.

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.

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 hand cycling, which is one of the races in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

Watch for more information soon about the official kick-off for the Covenant Kids Run. Kids can register at the Knoxville Zoo on the day of the kick-off, gain free admittance to the zoo, and run their first mile on a special course. Learn more about the Covenant Kids Run by clicking here.