Knoxville Marathon Race weekend: What you need to know

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The 2017 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon weekend is coming up. The event is the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee, according to organizers. Organizers expect 8,600 people to participate during the weekend.

Race weekend will feature a Health and Fitness Expo, a kids run, 5K, half marathon, 2-person relay, 4-person relay and the marathon from April 1-2. WATE 6 On Your Side’s Kristin Farley will be a speaker at the expo at 4 p.m. The rest of the races and events will be on Sunday.

There will be live music acts playing throughout the course.

All of the races will be timed except for the kids run. Each of the races will go through parts of Downtown Knoxville and the University of Tennessee campus. All of the races will start on the Clinch Avenue bridge near the entrance of the Knoxville Convention Center. The finish line will be at Neyland Stadium.



  • 9 a.m.-8 p.m.: The Health & Fitness Expo in Exhibit Halls 1-3 of the Knoxville Convention & Exhibition Center; all participants for all events must pick up race packets at Saturday’s expo
  • 4 p.m.: Local sports/media celebrities panel at Health & Fitness Expo
  • 5:30 p.m.: Covenant Kids Run starts on the Clinch Avenue Viaduct and finishes in Neyland Stadium
  • 7 p.m.: 5K race starts on the Clinch Avenue Viaduct and finishes in Neyland Stadium
  • 8 p.m.: 5K Award Ceremony held at Neyland Stadium outside Gate 21


  • All races begin on the Clinch Avenue Viaduct and end on the 50-yard-line in Neyland Stadium.
  • 7:25 a.m.: Wheelchair and handcycle races start
  • 7:30 a.m.: Marathon, half marathon and relay races start
  • 11 a.m.: Half Marathon Award Ceremony held at Neyland Stadium outside Gate 21
    12:30 p.m.: Marathon and Marathon Relay Awards Ceremony held at Neyland Stadium outside Gate 21
  • 2:30 p.m.: Marathon course closes


Online registration is closed. There will be a limited number of open slots on Saturday. The 5K is full. There are still spots for the other races.

Packet pick-up

Mandatory packet pick-up will be at the Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday. Participants must bring a photo ID to receive their race day items.

Road Closures 

The Clinch Avenue Viaduct will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday until 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Parking is not allowed on Clinch between 11th and 16th streets.

World’s Fair Park in front of the Knoxville Museum of Art and 11th Street will be closed starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will be periodic closures on Cumberland Avenue at 11th Street and Estabrook Drive. Roads will open at 8:30 p.m.

There will be staggered road closures on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Downtown Knoxville and the neighborhoods of Fort Sanders, Sequoyah Hills, Fourth & Gill, Parkridge, Island home and Old Sevier.

People who need to reach Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on Sunday should take Alcoa Highway to the Cumberland Avenue/Kingston Pike exit. The Fort Sanders area can be reached by taking 20th Street. There will be directional signs.

Race courses

Other 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 22nd Street to Tyson Park; south curb eastbound from Phillip Fulmer Way to Estabrook Drive.
  • 22nd Street: Full closure from Forest to Cumberland avenues.
  • Forest Avenue: Full closure from 17th to 22nd 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 South Central Street.
  • Winona Street: Northbound lanes closed from Magnolia to Woodbine avenues.
  • Woodbine Avenue: Closed both ends from Winona Avenue to Bertrand Street; 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.
  • Estabrook Drive: Closed from Cumberland Avenue to Gate 25 at Neyland Stadium.


Parking on race day will be available in the city-owned lot or on the UT campus. Lot G10 is near Neyland Stadium and the 11th Street Parking Garage is 1 block from the start line.


There are many opportunities to volunteer during marathon weekend. Many tasks still have spots available including: kids run start line, post-race party 5K and kids run, course monitors and more. For information on opportunities, visit the marathon’s website.


Spectators can watch the marathon and other races in many spots. The start line is on Clinch Avenue Bridge. The marathon runners will come back through the start line at mile 25.5.

On Western Plaza, spectators can watch half-marathon and marathon runners.

Participants will travel down Third Creek Greenway, so people can watch at Tyson Park.

Marathoners will run near Caswell Park at the 16th mile. Spectators can see marathoners at Island Home between the 21-23 miles.

The finish line will be at Neyland Stadium. Spectators can sit in the stands and enter gate 21. Spectators are not allowed on the field.

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