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Covenant Health's 2012 Marathon Registration Opens

Beginning Monday, August 1st marathon enthusiasts can register to participate in Covenant Health's 2012 Marathon.

On April 1, 2012, thousands of runners will gather in downtown Knoxville to take part in the eighth 26.2-mile marathon, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a four-person marathon relay, and a 5k run.

"We're already gearing up for another first-class event for runners, spectators and the city of Knoxville," said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health. "The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon promotes good health and inspires hundreds of children and adults to make physical fitness a priority in their lives. We are very proud to sponsor this event."

A Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, March 31. All races will start on Clinch Avenue and finish on the 50-yard line inside the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium.

The 2011 event drew a record number of more than 6,500 participants.

Several incentives are being offered for early registration, including Early Bird Registration fees during the month of August and a prize for one lucky early registrant. The 210th person to register online will win a Garmin Forerunner 210 sports watch.

On August 1, applications will be accepted for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Biggest Winner Weight Loss Challenge. Six to 12 East Tennesseans will be chosen to compete against one another in a contest to lose weight and improve fitness levels.

Covenant Health fitness champion Missy Kane will lead the Biggest Winner Weight Loss Challenge team with assistance from registered dietitians, certified exercise physiologists and trainers from Covenant Weight Management Center and Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center. Information and contest rules are available at or by calling 865-541-4500.

Online registration and information about the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is available at or by calling 865-684-4294.

Published July 31, 2011

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