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Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon selects 2024 Community Partner to benefit from upcoming races

September 22, 2023

Organizers of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon have selected, for the second consecutive year, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley as the marathon’s Community Partner. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to the nonprofit.

Back, from left, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Race Director Jason Altman and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV) President & CEO Bart McFadden announce the second-year Community Partnership between the two entities. Front, from left, BGCTNV members Antaesha Washington, Zahara Ray, Ocean Ray and Console Paterne  join the announcement.

Prior to and throughout the 2024 races, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley will cross-promote the event and the organization’s mission to encourage active lifestyles among East Tennessee youth.

“Working with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley has been amazing, and we welcomed the opportunity to continue this partnership for the 2024 races,” said Jason Altman, race director of the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. “Our organizations are aligned on improving the well-being of East Tennesseans, including our youth. By renewing our relationship, we hope even more children and their families will be inspired to participate and develop lifelong habits of physical fitness.”

The 2024 race weekend is set for April 6-7 in World’s Fair Park. Activities include the full and half marathons, relay races for teams of two or four people, 5K and the one-mile Covenant Kids Run. Race registration is open at and prices increase on Oct. 1.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley (BGCTNV) member Amaud Stinson catches a ball outside the Walter P. Taylor Club in East Knoxville. BGCTNV is the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Community Partner for the second consecutive year and will help members log activity for the Covenant Kids Run.

“After seeing the enthusiasm of our members at last year’s races, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley intends to have an even larger presence in 2024,” President & CEO Bart McFadden said. “Healthy lifestyles are key to enabling children to reach their full potential. Our partnership with the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon offers members another way to achieve, get involved with the community and improve their well-being.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley provides an array of youth development services to more than 7,200 children in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson and Claiborne counties. Young people of all backgrounds can access the nonprofit’s programs from Pre-K through high school at

The nonprofit facilitates a Healthy Lifestyles program that supports lifetime wellness activities, team sports, nutrition education and mental health services. Members of the clubs’ YouthForce, a workforce development program for teenagers, also will assist onsite at the marathon and cheer on participants.

Since 2005, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and the Knoxville Track Club have donated to local charities through the community contribution program. These donations have helped fund developments such as the Emerald Force Track & Field program and Patricia Neal Rehabilitation for its Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC) program.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well-being through running and walking.

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