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Marathon Team

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As East Tennessee’s premier healthcare provider, Covenant Health has a strong commitment to improving the quality of life in our region through better health. As part of that mission, Covenant Health assembles a team of individuals each year to serve as ambassadors for health and fitness while they train together for events in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

The 2019 marathon team members came from all walks of life, but had something in common. They were military veterans who headed for the finish line in honor of those who have gone before them. It was an honor to come alongside them as they encouraged others to  pursue a better quality of life through health and fitness. We thank them for their service.

See the team’s race day photos here

The 2019 Covenant Health Marathon Team: (front row, l to r) Thomas Barclay, David Neumer, Dennis Clark, Craig Brown, (back row, l to r) Darrell Crowe, Kaycee Russell, Connie Wilson, Coach Missy Kane, Julie Childress, FSHFC Trainer Chris O’Hearn

Click on a name to read team profiles from the start of training:

Thomas Barclay, U.S. Air Force
Craig Brown, U.S. Army
Julie Childress, U.S. Army
Dennis Clark, U.S. Navy
Darrell Crowe, U.S. Air Force
Elvira Keeble, U.S. Marine Corps/U.S. Coast Guard
David Neumer, U.S. Army
Kaycee Russell, U.S. Marine Corps
Connie Wilson, U.S. Navy
Gena Tussey, Team Photographer, U.S. Air Force

Media Team Members

Assistant Coach Phil Kaplan 

Sports editor for the Knoxville News Sentinel, Phil became sold on the program when he went through it as a team member in 2011. He offers valuable advice and support to the team.

Todd Howell 

Todd can be seen on WBIR-TV reporting the weather in every season, which is no easy task in our ever changing East Tennessee hills. He strives to stay fit for his job and for his family, and training for a Covenant  Health Knoxville Marathon event his latest effort to that end.


About the coach

Missy Kane is fitness promotion coordinator for Covenant Health, and her passion is helping others take steps toward a healthy lifestyle, whether they’re longtime athletes or have been sedentary for years. Missy is a former collegiate track and field coach, an Olympic athlete, a Pan American Games medalist, and a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, and the Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame. This is her 15th time coaching a team for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

The personal trainer

Coach Missy Kane and Assistant Coach Phil Kaplan are pleased to have help from Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center trainer Chris O’Hearn. Chris is a highly respected personal trainer and life coach who helps our team members strengthen mind, body and spirit for a successful finish.