| Covenant Health Knoxville
Marathon Set for March 26, 2006
August 26, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam, Covenant
Health CEO Tony Spezia and representatives of the Knoxville Track
Club announced the date, the new name and other details of the city's
2006 marathon at a news conference today at Neyland Stadium.
"Knoxville's inaugural marathon was a tremendous success,
not only did the runners have a great time, I think the folks who
volunteered and came out to cheer did too," Knoxville Mayor
Bill Haslam said. "For the next seven months, the city will
work with Covenant Health and the Knoxville Track Club to increase
the number of people participating and make the Covenant Health
Knoxville Marathon one of the best running events in the country."
newly re-named Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is set for Sunday,
March 26, 2006. Organizers expect the route to remain basically
the same - winding through the UT campus, Fort Sanders, Sequoyah
Hills, Fourth & Gill, Parkridge, Island Home and Old Sevier
neighborhoods, as well as downtown.
The race will end inside Neyland Stadium, and runners finishes
will be flashed upon the Jumbotron.
"We're already gearing up to help the Knoxville Track Club present
the city with another first-class event for participants and fans
that promotes good health and fun through fitness," Covenant
Health President and CEO Tony Spezia said. "Covenant Health is
committed to helping people adopt healthier, more active lifestyles,
but first we have to get their attention. By partnering with the track
club and the City of Knoxville, the marathon can help bring this important
message of health to thousands of men, women and children."
Proof of the inaugural success is reported in the recently published
profile and satisfaction study by the University of Tennessee. The
survey, conducted after the inaugural marathon in March, examined
marathon participants' demographics, their overall satisfaction, estimated
travel expenditures and the local economic impact generated by participants
and their friends and family.
reveals the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Countdown to
March 26, 2006.
The study estimated the inaugural marathon's economic impact on
Knoxville was more than $400,000, and 78 percent of survey respondents
indicated they would "absolutely" return for the next
In addition to the 26.2-mile marathon on March 26, young runners
can participate in the Cariten Kids Run, which is a 1.2-mile run
tailored for children.
Like the inaugural event, there also will be a four-person marathon
relay, half marathon at 13.1 miles and a 5k run, which is 3.1 miles.
All races will end in Neyland Stadium.
Participation in some of the events is capped, and pre-registration
is encouraged. For more information about the marathon or to register
online go to www.knoxvillemarathon.com. Information also is available
by calling the Knoxville Track Club at 865-684-4291.