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Knoxville Marathon

Knoxville, TN

Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 25, 2018
2017: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 42° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.56
Course Score: 97.56

Race Size

2017: 567 Finishers
2016: 529 Finishers
2015: 569 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 9.5%
2016: 6.6%
2015: 9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Knoxville Marathon course has several rolling hills, particularly in the first half of the marathon. The rolling hills are broken up by some flat sections along the river.

Marathon Rankings

The Knoxville Marathon was the 136th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 134th largest in 2015.

This year 9.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.6% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Knoxville Marathon the 331st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 46th highest percentage so far in 2017.

Its Course Score of 97.56 ranks it as the 334th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th fastest course in Tennessee.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Knoxville Marathon a PR Score of 97.56. This PR Score ranks it as the 292nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 5th fastest in Tennessee.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 967 feet (294m)
Min Elevation: 818 feet (249m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Knoxville Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2016 Knoxville Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great course through interesting neighborhoods and downtown. Can be hilly in the first half, so not a PR course. Huge atmosphere, but not too big like a big city marathon

Race Tips

Keep some energy for the last hill to the Gay St. bridge

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Park near downtown in Market square garage (free on weekends and 5 blocks from start)

Finish Time Equivalent

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