The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which was previously rescheduled, has been moved to a virtual format.
The virtual format will allow participants to participate from Nov. 7-15 to try and combat the spread of COVID-19. In early November, the start lines, mile markers and finish lines for all courses will be painted for runners to follow.
The Covenant Kids Run, 5K, half marathon, marathon, and relay events will all be marked, and registrants will be able to upload their finishing times via the marathon’s website.
“The move to a virtual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon event helps ensure the health and safety of our community, runners and volunteers,” Jason Altman, the race director of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, said in a release. “Additionally, it’s our responsibility to follow local government mandates and regulations that do not make in-person events of this size feasible at this time.
“While we can’t run together in downtown Knoxville, we can take steps to prioritize health and fitness wherever we are and join together in spirit to continue this iconic event reimagined for current times.”
If participants are not comfortable with running on the pre-marked trails during the nine-day period, they are encouraged to run in the marathon events from any other preferred location, such as a greenway trail or from a treadmill.
Registrants will receive virtual training logs and a custom digital bib, and are encouraged to connect with others through social media on Facebook, @chknoxmarathon on Twitter and @knoxvillemarathon on Instagram.
New participants can register for the virtual event starting Sept. 15. Those that have already registered for the original event do not have to re-register for the virtual event.