The countdown to the 39th Annual Space Coast Marathon in Cocoa Village, Florida has begun! Running Zone and the Space Coast Runners welcome you to the only space themed marathon in the country. This unique event will blast off on Sunday, November 28, 2010, on a beautiful USATF certified waterfront course along Florida's famed east coast.
The Space Coast Marathon is renowned for providing runners with a quality exceptionally well organized race experience with thrills beyond compare in road racing. Last year's event drew over 2,500 athletes from 41 states and 17 countries! This year's race is shaping up to be better than ever. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is proud to partner with the Space Coast Marathon by hosting the Pre-Race Pasta Party and the Health First Health Plans Health and Fitness Expo.
There aren't many earthlings who will be able to resist the absolutely delightful space themed activities that are part of this fabulous running event. Get ready for fun with the best space costume contest, custom astronaut medals, space certificates, photo opportunities with astronauts, official long sleeve technical t-shirts, discount coupons to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex and much more!
Runner's World has distinguished the Space Coast Marathon as the race with the best participant perks and as "the race of the month" for the November of 2008 issue.
Just one of the exciting perks is the opportunity for race participants to win tickets to Astronaut in Training Experience at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This amazing interactive program offers participants a true taste of the space flight experience. Exciting and intense, the Astronaut in Training Experience offers a realistic look at what goes on every time NASA launches a manned mission. For more information on these programs, please visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com
Start your race to the roar of a space shuttle countdown and liftoff rumbling from the Jumbotron overhead. Enjoy the space themed props along the way and at the finish line. The spectacular sunrise is just the beginning of this rare treat as you race along the lovely Indian River and Intracoastal Waterway. Participants will be treated to 14 space-themed aid stations offering water and sports drinks along the USATF-certified, partially shaded and mostly flat course that parallels the Indian River. This year's start will first send the marathoners north while the half-marathoners head south. The finish line for all runners is the Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village.
Set a PR with this year's pace teams. Pace groups provide fun and excitement for both first time and experienced marathoners who are looking to reach their running goals. The space coast marathon will be offering pace groups led by experienced pacers for a wide variety of finishing times, including Boston Marathon qualifying standards. Check the race website for more information.
Post Race Celebration
Celebrate your triumphant finish with a delicious, complimentary pancake, egg and sausage breakfast and pizza following the race. All finishers will also receive a large beach towel with the race logo, space certificates and uniquely designed medals and photo opportunities with astronauts.
The awards ceremony for both the marathon and half-marathon will take place at Riverfront Park Pavilion. This year's ceremonies will be enhanced by a terrific keynote speaker, Mike McCulley, a former president and CEO of United Space Alliance and space shuttle pilot. Mr. McCulley flew on STS-34 in 1989 and has logged a total of 119 hours and 41 minutes in space!