"As the largest health system in East Tennessee, Covenant Health
agreed to be the title sponsor of this event because we are committed
to the health and well-being of our community," Spezia said. "This
event has been the catalyst for many people to adopt healthier lifestyles
that include exercise and good eating habits that will prevent or
reduce their risk for many diseases, including heart disease, stroke
Kevin Skurski, president of the Knoxville Marathon, said support
from the community - including more than 800 volunteers on race
day - is what makes the event so successful.
"Because of the support of sponsors we are able to offer our runners
an even better experience than last year - including goody bags
filled with fun and cool swag, a post-race party at Thompson-Boling
Arena, a fittest company challenge and cash prizes for top finishers
in both the marathon and half-marathon," he said. . "Everyone has
pulled together to ensure that we have safe races and a fun weekend
for our guests."
The marathon and half-marathon will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday on the
Clinch Avenue bridge over World's Fair Park, followed by the Cariten
Kids Run and the 5K run. All races will inside the University of
Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. Each runner's finish will be broadcast
over the Jumbotron.
The event will necessitate road and lane closures through the city
- most streets will see staggered closures and re-openings - and
all streets are expected to be open by 2 p.m. Sunday.
Motorists needing to get to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
and East Tennessee Children's Hospital on Sunday morning should
take Cumberland Avenue to 19th Street.
In addition, parking will be prohibited on Clinch Avenue between
11th and 16th Street, and vehicles parked on bagged meters will
be towed Saturday evening.
"Motorists need to exercise caution and patience Sunday morning
and early afternoon as they drive through the city," Police
Chief Sterling Owen IV said. "Officers will be posted throughout
the course to direct traffic and they will need the cooperation
of drivers to ensure this is a safe event."
Maps of the course are available at www.knoxvillemarathon.com
and www.cityofknoxville.org as well as a listing of recommended