Knoxville marathon weekend is fast approaching

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Marathon weekend will get underway in Knoxville Saturday, March 30.

The 2019 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Half marathon, 2-person relay and 4-person relay participants also set off at that time. Before the big event, there are other races on Saturday, including a 5K and the Covenant Kids Run.

There is a $95 cost to run the full marathon. Pricing for all races increases after 11:59 p.m., March 25. To register for a race click here.

Race organizers say the marathon will conclude at World’s Fair Park instead of Neyland Stadium this year. We’re told there will be post-race festivities for finishers, family and fans to enjoy.

Road Closures

The Clinch Avenue Viaduct will be closed to traffic starting 2 p.m. Saturday until 2:30 p.m. Sunday. No parking will be allowed on Clinch Avenue between 11th and 16th streets and vehicles parked there will be towed Saturday evening.

A number of roads will be closed during the marathon:

  • World’s Fair Park Drive: Closed from start of race until the half marathon passes from 11th Street, then the closure is moved to south of the parking lot beside the Knoxville Museum of Art; closed on north end by Fort Kid;
  • Clinch Avenue Viaduct from Henley to 11th streets: Closed throughout the marathon weekend events;
  • Clinch Avenue: Closed at the start of the marathon, 5K and Covenant Kids Run from 11th to James Agee Street and at end of marathon between Union Avenue and World’s Park Drive;
  • James Agee Street: Closed at the start of the marathon and Covenant Kids Run from Clinch to Cumberland avenues;
  • Volunteer Boulevard: Closed for 5K to UT Drive on the west end;
  • Lake Loudoun Boulevard: Southbound lanes from Todd Helton Lane to Neyland Drive closed for the marathon;
  • Neyland Drive: Eastbound and westbound lanes closed for the marathon from Walnut Street to Kingston Pike until the turnaround is complete;
  • Kingston Pike: Eastbound lanes closed between Neyland Drive and Cherokee Boulevard; traffic will be two-way in westbound lanes;
  • Cherokee Boulevard: Southbound lanes closed;
  • Blows Ferry Road: Westbound lanes closed;
  • Alta Vista Way: Northbound lane closed;
  • Noelton Drive: Right lane closed from Alta Vista Way to Kingston Pike;
  • Kingston Pike: Right lane closed westbound from Noelton Drive to Forest Park Boulevard;
  • Forest Park Boulevard: Northbound right lane closed from Kingston Pike to Newcom Avenue;
  • Newcom Avenue: Closed from Forest Park Boulevard to Lebanon Street;
  • Lebanon Street: Closed from Newcom Avenue to Third Creek Greenway;
  • Tyson Park: Closed at Kingston Pike entrance and the road closure sign inside Tyson Park at the U.S. 129 overpass;
  • Cumberland Avenue: Right westbound curb lane closed from Tyson Park to 22nd Street;
  • 22nd Street: Closed from Forest to Cumberland avenues;
  • Forest Avenue: Closed from 17th to 22nd streets; continued closure from 17th Street east to 13th Street;
  • Highland Avenue: Eastbound lanes closed from 11th to 13th streets;
  • 11th Street: Closed from Highland Avenue to Western Avenue;
  • Grand Avenue: Closed between both intersections with World’s Fair Park Drive;
  • L & N Station Drive: Closed between World’s Fair Park Drive and Western Avenue;
  • Summit Hill Drive: Closed between L & N Station Drive and Gay Street;
  • Gay Street: Northbound right lane closed from West Summit Hill Drive to Council Street;
  • Magnolia Avenue: Closed between Gay Street and North Central Street;
  • Central Street: Closed between Magnolia Avenue and Broadway;
  • 3rd Avenue: Closed between North Central and Eleanor streets;
  • Deery Street: Closed between 4th and Lovenia avenues;
  • Lovenia Avenue: Closed between Deery and Luttrell streets;
  • Luttrell Street: Closed between Lovenia and Wells avenues;
  • Wells Avenue: Closed between Luttrell and Eleanor streets;
  • Eleanor Street: Closed between Wells and 3rd avenues;
  • Fourth Avenue: Closed between Deery to Central streets;
  • 5th Avenue: Closed between Hall of Fame Drive and Winona Street;
  • Hall of Fame Drive: Closed between the two intersections with 5th Avenue;
  • Winona Street: Northbound lane closed between 5th and Washington avenues;
  • Washington Avenue: Closed between Winona and North Bertrand streets;
  • N. Bertrand Street: Closed from Washington to McCalla avenues;
  • McCalla Avenue: Closed from North Bertrand Street to Willow Avenue;
  • Willow Avenue: Closed from McCalla Avenue to Patton Street;
  • Patton Street: Closed from Willow to Jackson avenues;
  • Jackson Avenue: Eastbound lane closed from Patton Street to Central Street;
  • Cumberland Avenue: Closed between Central and State streets;
  • State Street: Closed between Cumberland Avenue and Hill Avenue;
  • Hill Avenue: Closed between State Street and the James White Connector;
  • James White Parkway: Closed between State Street Connector to Sevier         Avenue ramp;
  • Sevier Avenue: Right lane closed from James White Parkway to Island Home Avenue; cones 6-8 feet from the westbound curb for a runner lane from Island Home Avenue to Council Place;
  • Island Home Avenue: Closed from Sevier Avenue to Maplewood Drive; westbound traffic to use Hillwood Drive;
  • Council Place: Closed between Sevier Avenue and Gay Street;
  • Wall Avenue: Closed between Gay Street and Market Square;
  • Union Avenue: Closed between Market Square and Locust Street; and
  • Locust Street: Closed between Union and Clinch avenues.

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