KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The largest competitive road race in East Tennessee is coming up soon. The 11th Annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a weekend long event and will take place Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29.
A press conference was held at Neyland Stadium Wednesday, March 18, about the upcoming marathon festivities.
There will be five race events, including a 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 half marathon, a 5K run, four person and two person relays and a one-mile kids run. Amy Miller says her kids have been preparing for their race for a month now.Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon course map
“Every Saturday morning for the last few weeks, we’ve been going to Fort Sanders and they’ve been running as a team together and its been a lot of fun,” said Miller.
Bryan Paschl will be participating his fifth marathon next weekend. He says running keeps him healthy.
“About four or five years ago, I was really sick and missed a about a year of work. I started gaining weight. After that, I was really weak. Went to the doctor and I found out I diabetes and other health issues,” said Paschl. “He just told me flat out either you’re going to run or going to have to go on to medicine, and running has made all the difference.
Amy says, more than anything, she’s excited to let her kids run off their extra energy.
“Obesity is such a huge problem in the country, especially in the state of Tennessee, but I just love that the kids can be in program. That helps them get healthy when their young. Running is something you can do all your life, so I’m so glad they wanted to be a part of it,” said Miller.
More online: Sign up to run or volunteer
The proceeds from the weekend will benefit both The Knoxville Track Club and The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, which encourages people with disabilities to pursue leisure and sport activities.
The marathon will result in street and lane closures throughout the weekend of March 28 and 29. All roads are expected to be back open by 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.
The Clinch Avenue Viaduct is the start for all races and will be closed to traffic from 2 p.m. Saturday until 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Parking will be prohibited on Clinch Avenue between 11th and 16th streets and vehicles parked there will be closed.
The Covenant Kids run on March 28 at 6 p.m. will result in the closures of 11th Street and World’s Fair Park Drive in front of the former Candy Factory building and Knoxville Museum of Art, and periodic closures of Cumberland Avenue at 11th Street and Estabrook Drive from 6 p.m. until about 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday morning, the marathon will require staggered road closures from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. throughout downtown Knoxville and the following neighborhoods: Fort Sanders, Sequoyah Hills, Fourth & Gill, Parkridge, Island Home and Old Sevier.
Full list of closures:
- World’s Fair Park Drive: Closed from start of race until half-marathon passes from 11th Street, then closure is moved to south of parking lot beside the Knoxville Museum of Art; closed on north end by Fort Kid.
- Clinch Avenue Viaduct from Henley to 11th streets: Closed throughout marathon weekend events.
- Clinch Avenue: Closed at the start of marathon, 5K and Covenant Kids Run from 11th to 16th streets.
- 16th Street: Closed at start of marathon, 5K and Covenant Kids Run from Clinch to Cumberland avenues.
- Volunteer Boulevard: Eastbound lanes closed for marathon and 5K to UT Drive on west end.
- Lake Loudoun Boulevard: Southbound lanes from Volunteer Boulevard to Neyland Drive closed for marathon.
- Neyland Drive: Eastbound lanes closed for marathon from Lake Loudoun Boulevard to Kingston Pike.
- Kingston Pike: Eastbound lanes closed; traffic will be two-way in westbound lanes.
- Cherokee Boulevard: Southbound lanes closed.
- Blows Ferry Road: Westbound lanes closed.
- Alta Vista Way: Northbound lane closed.
- Noelton Drive: Right lane closed from Alta Vista Way to Kingston Pike.
- Kingston Pike: Right lane closed westbound from Noelton Drive to Forest Park Boulevard.
- Forest Park Boulevard: Northbound right lane closed from Kingston Pike to Newcom Avenue.
- Newcom Avenue: Closed both ends from Forest Park Boulevard to Lebanon Street.
- Lebanon Street: Closed from Sutherland to Newcom avenues.
- Tyson Park: Closed at Kingston Pike entrance and road closed sign inside Tyson Park at Highway 129 overpass.
- Cumberland Avenue: Right westbound curb lane from 21st Street to Tyson Park; south curb eastbound from Phillip Fulmer Way to Estabrook Drive.
- 21st Street: Full closure from Forest to Cumberland avenues.
- Forest Avenue: Full closure from 17th to 21st streets, continued closure from 17th Street east to 13th Street.
- Highland Avenue: Eastbound lanes closed from 11th to 13th streets.
- Broadway: Right lane closed from World’s Fair Park Drive to Central Street.
- Central Street: Southbound right lane closed from Broadway to 3rd Avenue; northbound right lane closed from Magnolia to 4th avenues; southbound lane closed from Jackson to Cumberland avenues at S. Central Street.
- Winona Street: Northbound lanes closed from Magnolia to Woodbine avenues.
- Woodbine Avenue: Closed both ends from Winona to Bertrand streets; local traffic only.
- Patton Street: Road closed signs on both ends between Jackson Avenue and Willow Street.
- Jackson Avenue: Eastbound lane closed from Patton to Central streets.
- State Street: East curb closed in right northbound lane to allow runners a lane behind cones.
- Hill Avenue: Closed eastbound to James White Parkway southbound entrance ramp, starting at Gay Street.
- Sevier Avenue: Right lane closed from James White Parkway to Island Home Avenue; cones 6-8 feet from westbound curb for runner lane from Island Home Avenue to Gay Street.
- Island Home Avenue: Closed from Sevier Avenue to Maplewood Drive; westbound traffic to use Hillwood Drive.
- Gay Street: Northbound right lane closed from Hill to Wall avenues.
- Market Street: Closed from Union to Church avenues.
- Church Avenue: Westbound right lane closed from Market to Locust streets.
- Estabook Drive: Closed from Cumberland Avenue to Gate 25 at Neyland Stadium.