•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.

Have you been considering joining a training group, but don’t know where to start?

Are you ready to run your FIRST or FASTEST race?

Do you want the fun of a running group plus the guidance of experienced coaches?

The Knoxville Track Club’s RunKNOX program has you covered! Whether you’re new to running, targeting a personal record race performance, or just looking to log miles with friends, we have a space for you in one of our RunKNOX sessions.

What do you get?

• “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 each week. 3 evening meetings: Monday (new boot-camp option!), Tuesday (run), & Thursday (core/yoga). 2 morning meetings: Wednesday (run in lieu of Tuesday evening workout) and Saturday (run) at various times/locations.

• Support of coaches and other participants, so you’ll never have to run alone.

What does it cost?

$10/week for Seasonal Sessions or $50/month for month-to-month (RunKNOX Alumni, Students, & Current KTC Membership discounts available)

When does it start?

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Sign up now for RunKNOX 2018

RunKNOX Director: Scott Schmidt

Scott is the Head Coach and Program Director of RunKNOX. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, receiving 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. Scott is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and RRCA Certified Running Coach. Scott ran the 2007 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon to check "marathon" off of his bucket list. That "one and done" marathon has turned into 20+ as he’s now working toward checking a marathon in all 50 states off of his list. 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 volunteers time by serving on the Board of Directors, Road Race Committee, and as a Race Director.

Eden Slater

Eden is an assistant coach with RunKNOX. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Communications and a former runner on the Missouri Track and Field and Cross Country Teams. Although her day job is Volunteer Coordinator at the CAC Office on Aging, running has always been a leading passion in her life. Eden started going for solo runs at age 11, was MVP for both her high school track and cross country teams, and walked onto the Missouri Track and Field Team her sophomore year of college. Since living in Knoxville, Eden has expanded her running into trail races and longer distances - running the KTC Trail series, multiple half marathons, and placing 3rd in the 2017 Knoxville Marathon. She has worked with RunKNOX since 2015 and recently attended the RRCA Certified Running Coach Course.

Sarah Hopkins

Sarah is an assistant coach with RunKNOX. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Education (Kinesiology). She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Kinesiology as well. Sarah has worked as a Graduate Assistant, Strength and Conditioning Intern, Group Fitness Instructor, and as a Gymnastics Coach. She began working with RunKNOX during the Fall 2016 Session and recently attended the RRCA Certified Running Coach Course. Sarah has been running competitively since 2007. She was on her High School’s Varsity Cross Country and Track Teams and is a member of the Tennessee Running Club.

What Our Participants Say About RunKNOX

“I completed a long-term goal, I got a shiny (and hefty) medal that I've been looking to get for years. The program itself is a great guide on what to follow to meet specific running goals.”

“For somebody who was a lightly experienced, lone runner that was not even coming close to hitting their goals I can say I liked this program more than I expected. The participants are wildly supportive and sociable. Improvement was immediate and my goals became more ambitious as the weeks rolled by. Coaches Scott, Eden and Sarah do a great job of keeping a group moving toward their own personal goals and will have you excited about logging lots of miles.”

“The friendship, the accountability, the training buddies, 100% make the program. It's so much easier to train in the bleak darkness of winter with friends.”

“Couldn't ask for a better group to run with. The Tuesday workouts are great and something I would not do on my own on most weeks.”

“Love how welcoming and positive everyone is.”

“Really love the support everyone gives each other.”

“Running with RunKNOX is awesome and keeps me on track with running. The community and coach have helped me go way above and beyond reaching my goals. Now to figure out what the next goal to chase will be...”

“The camaraderie, support, and structure - I really appreciate the organization of the weekly RunDOWN and check-in emails and Facebook updates.”

"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.”

“Before RunKNOX, I loved running, but I wasn't training. My approach was just to get in the miles and nothing else. RunKNOX taught me run smart training - the value of having a goal and making each run a step to reach it.”

“I couldn't say enough good things about RunKNOX. The program really helped me build confidence and improve as a runner. The training schedules were a huge help too. if you're busy and bad at planning like me, having an easy-to-follow schedule sent to you every week takes a lot of work out of training. The program gets extra points for being affordable and easy to sign up for. Highly recommended.”

“This is an awesome program! It was a lot of fun training with other people for the marathon and even on the cold, rainy, windy, etc. days, it gave me encouragement to have other awesome people to train with. I will highly recommend this to anyone looking to have fun and learn more about running.”


KTC Safety Policy: KTC's mission is to encourage lifelong physical well-being through running and walking. That is accomplished through a variety of events and programming.

The Knoxville Track Club puts the safety of its participants, spectators, staff and volunteers first. Dangerous weather conditions pose a unique challenge to an event of any size, distance or location.

Therefore, KTC has adopted the following Inclement Weather Policy:

Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds, extreme temperatures and humidity. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these conditions on Knoxville Track Club’s website (, as well as through other available means of communication such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and public address announcements.

The Executive Director and Race Director in consultation, when available, with law enforcement, fire/EMS, other medical officers and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: Altering the start time, altering the course, or in extreme situations cancellation of the event. Visible lightning occurring within 30 minutes of the scheduled start will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 30-minute increments up to a maximum of 3 delays.

Race personnel reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race or modify the course due to inclement weather. As stated on registration and race pages, there are no refunds or transfers. Participants must abandon the race if ordered to do so by the race personnel, medical staff, fire/paramedics or police personnel.