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Go the Social Distance!

Posted on November 6, 2020 in Blog

covenant health knoxville marathon logoMaybe you’ve always wanted to finish a 5K, but you’re just not sure you can go the distance. Now you can take your time and split the distance up over a week.

In cooperation with city and state guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic year, the 2020 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has gone virtual. It opens new opportunities for people who want to cross the finish line in the race to personal victory.

Instead of racing on one day, participants will be able to log miles at their convenience throughout the week of Nov. 7.  Results can be uploaded to a page on the marathon website.

In early November the start line, mile markers and finish line for all courses will be painted. Registrants can use the markers to run the actual route during the nine-day virtual race period or “go the social distance” wherever they choose, such as a greenway trail, on a treadmill or around their neighborhood.

Covenant Health fitness expert Missy Kane says it’s a great way to promote health, fitness and family. “With virtual race options we’re seeing more and more families getting out and exercising on the greenways together in Knoxville and the surrounding area,” Kane says.

Social media will be used to connect virtually, share photos, post personal records and provide support and encouragement leading up to and during the event window. Kane says the virtual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a new way to help East Tennesseans race toward a better quality of life.

“We already know exercise can help our immune system, lower stress and improve cardiovascular health,” Kane says. “Setting goals for this race can motivate us to get where we need to be, not only on a race course but in the course of life.”

To register or for more information, connect with Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon at KnoxvilleMarathon.com.

Read about 2020 marathon participant Matthew Porterfield.