To prioritize group well being and security, the 16th annual Covenant Well being Knoxville Marathon occasions are shifting to a digital format to keep away from the potential unfold of COVID-19 and permit runners to soundly take part whereas attaining their private targets in 2020.
“The transfer to a digital Covenant Well being Knoxville Marathon occasion helps make sure the well being and security of our group, runners and volunteers,” mentioned Jason Altman, race director of the Covenant Well being Knoxville Marathon. “Moreover, it’s our accountability to observe native authorities mandates and laws that don’t make in-person occasions of this measurement possible at the moment. Whereas we are able to’t run collectively in downtown Knoxville, we are able to take steps to prioritize well being and health wherever we’re and be part of collectively in spirit to proceed this iconic occasion reimagined for present instances.”
The digital races will permit registrants to take part inside a versatile time-frame all through the week of Nov. 7-15.
“Transferring to a digital race format will likely be a primary for the Covenant Well being Knoxville Marathon and one of the simplest ways to maneuver ahead so the group can take part safely,” Covenant Well being CEO Jim VanderSteeg mentioned. “With each step, our runners, volunteers, sponsors and organizers have embraced mandatory modifications and provided inventive options to take pleasure in this annual custom. We admire the help and encourage everybody to remain wholesome and hold shifting. We’re trying ahead to seeing how everybody finishes their race – no matter when, the place, how far or how briskly – so long as you meet your private objective.”
The digital occasion will embody the Covenant Youngsters Run, 5K, half marathon, marathon, and relay occasions, and members will be capable to add their outcomes by way of the Covenant Well being Knoxville Marathon web site. In early November, the beginning line, mile markers and end line for all programs will likely be painted. Registrants can use the markers to run the precise route through the 9-day digital race interval, or they’ll full their run or stroll at their most well-liked location, comparable to in a neighborhood, on a greenway path or on a treadmill.
Along with digital coaching logs and customized digital race bibs, social media will likely be used to attach just about, share photographs, put up private data, and supply help and encouragement main as much as and through the 9-day occasion window. As extra particulars of the occasion are confirmed, updates will likely be posted to the race web site at KnoxvilleMarathon.com.
Members who have already got registered for the 2020 Covenant Well being Knoxville Marathon might take part in 2020 digital occasion, defer their registration to the 2021 race (the date just isn’t but confirmed), obtain a refund for the registration payment, or donate the registration payment to the Knoxville Monitor Membership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Race members will obtain extra info by way of electronic mail concerning methods to choose an choice.
New members can register for the digital occasion at KnoxvilleMarathon.com beginning Sept. 15. For extra info, go to knoxvillemarathon.com or name 888-217-5635.
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