By Jeff Mondlock/ WBIR
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (March 27, 2015) -- With the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon only days away, everyone in town is preparing for the big impact it will have on town. It's been around for 11 years and it closes down a number of roads for a part of the weekend.
This year, the big run lines up with Palm Sunday, which is one of the busier services for local churches. This causes some concerns when it comes to road closures.
Church Street United Methodist Church is just down the road from the starting line. When the race first began, that congregation had its worries about people making it to church.
"I think at first it was kind of a shock because normally Sunday mornings in Knoxville, there is not a lot of traffic. So I think that people were not used to that," said Caroline Lamar with Church Street United Methodist Church.
This year, they have found a way to incorporate the race into their service.