March 29, 2006 - The third annual Covenant
Health Knoxville Marathon promises to be bigger than ever, with more
participants and greater involvement from the community and area businesses.
Representatives of Covenant Health, the City of Knoxville and the
Knoxville Track Club are pleased with overall participation and community
“This is a great event that has gotten better each year
and, like a few thousand other runners, I’m looking forward
to running on Sunday,” said Mayor Bill Haslam. “I know
we’ll have some great races and a wonderful time running
through Knoxville’s neighborhoods.”
Health is very proud to be the presenting sponsor of Knoxville’s largest
community fitness event. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon inspires
thousands of adults and children to exercise and to make physical
fitness a priority in their lives,” said Tony Spezia, president and
CEO of Covenant Health. Spezia said he was especially pleased that
the Cariten Kids’ Run has more than 400 children participating this
550 runners are expected to run this year’s marathon,
1600 runners are expected to run the half-marathon, 240
runners are part of four-person relay teams, 1000 are
participating in the 5K and over 400 children are expected
to participate in the Cariten Kids’ Run.
The race this year will follow the same course as last
year, beginning at 7 a.m. near the Knoxville Convention
Center and winding through the neighborhoods of Fort
Sanders, Sequoyah Hills, Fourth & Gill, Parkridge, Island
Home, and Old Sevier, as well as downtown and the University
of Tennessee campus.
Live entertainment will be featured at 19 different
sites, and the Party Boys DJ Show will be at the start,
finish, Pilot post-race party and several other locations.
Jason Altman, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race
co-director, said community support – including more than
800 volunteers on race day – is what makes the event so
successful. “We are able to offer race participants the experience of a lifetime. Everyone has pulled together to
ensure we have safe races and a great time.”
Race Co-director Mike Schoenberger added, “With the
support of sponsors, we are able to offer race participants
a wonderful experience – goody bags, the Pilot post-race
party at the Carolyn P. Brown University Center, the Fittest
Company Challenge and cash prizes for top finishers in both
the marathon and half-marathon.”
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 finish on the 50-yard line inside the University of
Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium. Each runner’s finish will be
broadcast over the stadium’s JumboTron.
The event will necessitate road and lane closures
through the city – most streets will see staggered closures
and re-openings. All streets are expected to be open by 2
Motorists who need to reach Fort Sanders Regional
Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on
Sunday morning should take Alcoa Highway to the Cumberland
Avenue exit and enter the Fort Sanders area via 20th Street.
In addition, parking will be prohibited on Clinch Avenue
Street, and vehicles parked on the
street will be towed Saturday evening.
Maps of the course and recommended spectator viewing
sites are available at www.knoxvillemarathon.com and
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier
event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit
501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of
physical well being through running, jogging, competitive
road racing, racewalking, fun runs, cross country, and track
Covenant Health is a community-owned health system
providing comprehensive health services throughout East
Tennessee. Headquartered in Knoxville, Covenant Health
includes five acute care hospitals with a total of more than
1500 licensed beds, as well as numerous outpatient services.
The health system also includes specialty providers of
behavioral, oncology, and rehabilitation services, along
with home care, physician clinics, community wellness
programs and managed care products and services. Covenant
Health has more than 1000 affiliated physicians and 8000