August 15, 2006 - Amateur runners seeking
to kick it up a notch will have the chance to apply for a spot on
an elite team training for the 2007 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.
In announcing the new program today, Covenant Health fitness expert
Missy Kane encouraged individuals of all fitness abilities to apply.
"We are looking for men and women of varying ages and running experience,"
said Kane, who will coach the team. "Our training program will
be personalized so you will receive the power, strength and motivation
you need to run the 26.2 mile marathon with confidence."
people from the community will be selected to join the Covenant
Health Knoxville Marathon team that also includes celebrity team
members representing the event sponsors and news media. Team members
may train to run, jog or walk the full or half marathon, relay or
5K. There is no cost to apply or to participate, if selected. Adults
18 and over are eligible to apply and applications will be accepted
until September 30 and are available at www.knoxvillemarathon.com
or by calling Covenant Health at 865-541-4500.
Team members will be announced and begin training in November.
The team will be coached by a host of Covenant Health sports medicine
specialists, trainers, therapists, nutritionists and other clinicians.
Each team member will receive a comprehensive runner's evaluation
screening from Covenant Therapy Centers, a fitness evaluation from
Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center, and personalized training
from coach Missy Kane, former Lady Vol distance coach and Olympic
The ups and downs of the team members' training experience will
be featured in news media and other venues, and the team will make
public appearances to promote the marathon. WBIR will air a one-minute
film segment on the team's progress each week beginning in December
and leading up to the April 1 event. The film segments will also
be available on streaming video at www.knoxvillemarathon.com
"The training experiences of the team members will generate
interest in the marathon," Kane said. "We also hope their
stories will motivate other people to exercise and to incorporate
a physical activity into their everyday lives."
In addition to the 26.2-mile anchor race, the Covenant Health Knoxville
Marathon will offer a 4-person relay, 13.1-mile half marathon, a
3.1-mile (5K) run, and Cariten Kids' Run, all finishing at the 50-yard
line in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium.
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is presented by Covenant
Health and sponsored by the Knoxville Track Club, the City of Knoxville,
the University of Tennessee, WBIR Channel 10, the Knoxville News
Sentinel and The Point 93.1. The weekend event will include a pre-race
EXPO on Saturday, March 31 and the marathon and full running events
on April 1.
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.