Thousands compete in 9th Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

Thousands compete in 9th Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

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Runners started the race from World's Fair Park and ended at Neyland Stadium. Runners started the race from World's Fair Park and ended at Neyland Stadium.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - About 7,500 runners and wheelchair athletes competed Sunday morning in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

This was the ninth year of the marathon, which is organized by the Knoxville Track Club.

Wojciech Kopec of Searcy, Ark., won the men's full marathon. He finished the race in two hours, 22 minutes and 15 seconds.

In the women's category, the top spot went to Courtney Cooper of Boone, N.C. Her time was three hours, one minute and 50 seconds.

The course for the marathon spanned from downtown Knoxville to Sequoyah Hills and the Fourth and Gill neighborhood. The finish line was in Neyland Stadium.

In addition to the marathon, there was a half marathon, a 5K and a children's race.

"The marathon has grown in size and reputation every year. It is now the largest road race in East Tennessee," said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health, the marathon's title sponsor.

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