Inaugural Knoxville Marathon Set for March 20, 2005
July 12, 2004 - The Knoxville Marathon Organization,
in conjunction with the Knoxville Track Club, the City of Knoxville,
and the University of Tennessee, will host the inaugural Knoxville Marathon
on Sunday, March 20 th, 2005. This multi-faceted weekend will include
a pre-race EXPO and multiple racing opportunities: a full marathon,
a half marathon, a 5k, and a kids run.
"This is a fun event for Knoxville that will draw runners from
across the country," said Mayor Bill Haslam. "Organizers
are working hard to make this a memorable event for participants and
those who cheer them on through courses that showcase the diversity
and beauty of our area. The city is pleased to partner with the Knoxville
Marathon Organization to ensure a fun and safe race."
The full marathon will be a 26.2 mile run, starting at Worlds
Fair Park and ending at UTs Neyland stadium. The course will
highlight several portions of Knoxville. All race finishers will be
featured on the JumboTron, a massive 51 feet high by 132 feet wide
LED outdoor video board.
"The Greater Knoxville area is blessed with a large base of
runners and one of the largest track (running) clubs in the nation.
In this area, we have a chance to do a race almost every weekend throughout
the year which is far more than most communities. Our expanding greenway
system, mountain trails, and the cooperation of the City in making
road racing available is truly unique. This is the place and time
for a Marathon." Carl Sexton, Knoxville Track Club board
Although the larger cities such as Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville
already have marathons that receive national attention, several smaller
towns around the Southeast also host races.
"Ive run marathons in several cities including Nashville,
Birmingham, and Kiawah Island, South Carolina. All of those races
were a lot of fun but having an event like this in Knoxville
will be very exciting. Im looking forward to Knoxville hosting
some of the best runners in the country." - C. Zane Hagy
A total of $250,000 in a combination of entrance fees and sponsorships
must be raised to cover the expenses of the race. Sponsorship and
marketing information is available by email at Marketing@KnoxvilleMarathon.com
or on the web at www.knoxvillemarathon.com.
"For the city it will bring in revenues from out of town folks
and from many local runners who normally travel to run marathons.
It will also give our city some good exposure and will be a major
asset to the City and the University." Eddie Raymond,
owner, The Health Shoppe.
In order to become a sponsor, a minimum amount of cash will be required
to qualify for each level of sponsorship. This can be combined with
product or service over and above the minimum cash requirement to
reach the medal level.
Membership in the Directors Club, Contributor, or Friends
of the Marathon levels may be attained with cash or a combination
of cash and in-kind contributions.
Through sponsorship, you can take advantage of a significant charitable
Sponsorship utilizes your advertising and promotional dollars to their
Sponsorship strengthens your corporate leadership image.
Sponsorship can help capture a truly dedicated and targeted market.
Sponsorship affords involvement with a regional health-oriented
How to Register:
Register online or download the registration form to mail in at www.knoxvillemarathon.com.
Regular registration deadline is January 1, 2005.
Late registration is January 2, 2005 through March 5, 2005
Very late registration at the EXPO will be Saturday, March 19 from
10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
There will be no day-of-race registration for the marathon.
Full Marathon: Early $45, Late $55, Very Late $65.
Half Marathon: Early $35, Late $45, Very Late $55.
Relay Team (4 person team): Early $30/person, Late $35/person, Very
Late $45/person. (Note: Team Name along with individual names need
to be reflected on each team entry.)
5K run/walk: Early $25, Late $30, Very Late $35.
Kids 1.2 mile run: $8 Early, $10 Late, Very Late $12.
EXPO PASTA DINNER (OPTIONAL): $15