•We RunKNOX!•


The RunKNOX mission is to develop a bonded community of runners who achieve balanced, healthy lifestyles and reach individual potential through the support of group training and the guidance of experienced coaches. We strive to offer training for runners of all abilities, targeting races from the 5k to the marathon. Training for the marathon? Sign up today for the RunKNOX Winter Training Program. Training for the half marathon or 5K? Join us for RunKNOX Foundations until those programs kick off. 

2015 RunKNOX Winter Training Program

RunKNOX will be offering three training programs leading up to the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon including an 18 week full marathon session beginning on November 28; a 14 week half marathon session beginning on December 27; and an 8 week 5k session beginning on February 7, 2016. All three programs build toward the goal events on April 2 and 3. The RunKNOX training philosophy follows a traditional, periodized approach. We emphasize a deliberate progression to safely build an aerobic base before transitioning into higher intensity and race specific pace training. We finish with a short taper to arrive at the starting line fresh and prepared to perform at our best.


• Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm
• Thursday 5:45 am option or 6:00 pm for optional yoga/core circuit
• Saturday morning at 8:00am - long run – meet at various locations. (RunKNOX will be meeting up with the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Training Runs presented by Eddie's Health Shoppe)

In addition to these official meeting times, each participant will receive the weekly "RunDOWN" via email. The RunDOWN reviews the previous week's training, explains the upcoming week's schedule, and includes brief educational lessons and tips to help the participant understand the RunKNOX training process.


• Full Marathon Training Program – November 29, 2015
• Half Marathon Training Program – December 27, 2015
• 5k Training Program – February 7, 2016


Tennessee Sports Medicine Group/Cherokee Mills Fitness Center
2260 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN


• Full Marathon Program - $225 
• Half Marathon Program - $175 
• 5k Program - $100

Note: KTC Members receive 10% discount that will be automatically deducted when registering.

RunKNOX Foundations

Do you want to start running, but don’t know where to begin?

Are you considering joining a training group, but not ready for a long term commitment?

Are you stuck in a rut and struggling to keep yourself motivated?

Are you planning a Spring Race and currently find yourself in the “in-between races” mode?

RunKNOX Foundations has you covered!

For the first time ever, we are now offering a month to month Base Training Membership Program. Whether you are taking your first steps towards a new you, or looking to log miles until your next training program starts, we want to ensure that you are laying a strong foundation for future running success. We believe that fitness starts with the Base Foundation, therefore there is no speed, tempo, or other advanced workouts in this program. The focus is solely upon steady running and/or walking to prepare you for future participation in more strenuous workouts/races.


• “The RunDOWN”, our weekly newsletter which outlines your training recommendations and provides educational insight into how to properly work to achieve your goals.
• Access to all RunKNOX Workouts.
• Support of coaches and other participants, so you’ll never have to run alone.


• December 1st, 2015


• $25 per month (and YES KTC Volunteer Coupons can be used!)

For more information visit or click here to register.

RunKNOX Interim Director: Scott Schmidt

Scott Schmidt is the Interim Director of the RunKNOX program. He grew up in Middle Tennessee and moved to Knoxville in 1999 to attend the University of Tennessee. He received his bachelor's degree in Education (Exercise Science concentration) in 2003 and master's degree in Exercise Physiology in 2006. He works for the Department of Energy as an Exercise Physiologist, focusing on employee physical fitness testing, training, and wellness promotion. He and his wife, Angie, are extremely active in the Knoxville Track Club and received the 2013 Ginny Canfield Memorial Service Award in appreciation of their volunteer efforts.  Scott ran the 2007 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon to check "marathon" off of his bucket list. That "one and done" marathon has turned into 19, with the most recent being the 2015 Boston Marathon. Scott is a current Board Member, and is chair of the Road Race Committee and Race Director for the Carter Mill 10k.

RunKNOX Assistant Coach: Kelsey Kane

Kelsey has been an advocate of health and fitness from an early age and she has prepared herself to help others pursue the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle. She earned her Graduate Degree in Kinesiology, Recreation and Sports Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2015 with a concentration in Sport Psychology. Kelsey is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer by the AAAI/ISMA. She has also excelled at the elite level of collegiate sport as a member of the Lady Vol Cross Country and Track Team. She has also recently trained and competed in regional fitness competitions. Kelsey's mother is former Olympian and Lady Vol coach and runner Missy Kane Bemiller and her father is a gold medalist coach, Jim Bemiller so she has been around the sport her entire life and is excited to start her own coaching journey.


A Testimonial from a First Time RunKNOX participant

RunKNOX was such a wonderful opportunity. I have never been a “runner,” and couldn’t physically run a mile without stopping. I knew the benefits of running were great for physical health and needed to get into shape after breaking my foot. I am still in awe of the mental benefits I received from RunKNOX. The friendly group made weekly runs so much fun. I learned about Knoxville outdoor spaces and running trails that I didn’t know existed. The group challenged me beyond what I couldn’t have ever done on my own in a very encouraging culture. I highly recommend this year to beginners or seasoned runners. The program to adaptable to any level. I am proud that I completed my first 5k and will continue to run with RunKNOX.

Danielle Benson
Director of Training
Alliance for Better Nonprofits
Knoxville TN