The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon needs volunteers for the April 1-2 race weekend to help participants hit the ground running for the event.
“It takes 1,200 people to make the marathon weekend happen,” said Jason Altman, executive director for Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. “There are plenty of ways to help from packet pickup to water distribution. Volunteers have the opportunity to show the true spirit of Southern hospitality to the participants of whom one-third come from outside Knoxville and beyond East Tennessee.”
The variety of duties for volunteers range from distributing race packets, passing out water to runners, giving directions along the route, serving as course marshals, providing support at the post-race party, working at the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Health and Fitness Expo and cheering on runners at the start and finish lines.
Volunteers can register as individuals or recruit others to sign up as support groups of friends, family, coworkers, schools, churches, nonprofits and other organizations.
There are plenty of volunteer activities both Saturday and Sunday. The Health and Fitness Expo, Covenant Kids Run and 5K take place Saturday, and the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relays and handcyclist races are scheduled for Sunday.
“Hosting an event of this size in our city really is an all hands on deck – or in our case, all shoes on the pavement – situation,” Altman said. “Because so many East Tennesseans support this event on a recurring basis, Knoxville has a reputation of being a great race experience.”
Volunteers can complete online registration at www.knoxvillemarathon.com/volunteer. When registering, the option is given to choose day, time and task that best suits a volunteer’s capabilities.
For more information, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com or call 865-684-4294.
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About Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well being through running, jogging, competitive road racing, race-walking, fun runs, cross-country and track and field.