Hundreds race to finish line at Covenant Kids Run kickoff

Susan EspirituOur Town Youth

The 20th annual Covenant Kids Run marathon challenge got underway on February 10, 2024, at Dick’s House of Sport.

The 1-mile run outside West Town Mall, starting and finishing at Dick’s House of Sport was attended by hundreds of East Tennessee students racing to raise money for their schools.

This initial event is part of the 2024 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and encourages kids to complete the exercise equivalent of a marathon in about two months. The schools with the highest percentage of participation will win prize money in the Fittest School Challenge, sponsored by Dollywood.

Registration is open at Children will finish the final mile of their marathon together on Saturday, April 6, at World’s Fair Park.

Students in both area schools and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley can participate in the Covenant Kids Run. The free mileage log is available online to track 25 miles of walking, running or the exercise equivalent, such as 30 minutes of active playtime.

Each child, eighth grade and younger, who participates in the Covenant Kids Run will earn one point for the school or club in the Fittest School Challenge.

Schools register for the Covenant Kids Run and provide a total student enrollment count. The top five schools in the categories of small school (fewer than 300 students) and large school (301+ students) with the highest percentage of student participation in the race win prize money and a Fittest School Challenge plaque.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley members can get involved by contacting their club and then complete the marathon challenge at their local club and win titles such as club with the most participants and first club to finish the marathon challenge.

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