The 39th Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon – Florida’s Oldest and Most Exciting Marathon
Simply Out of this World: You can search the galaxy far and wide but there is no other race like this! Get ready for a gorgeous, waterfront marathon and half marathon course, unique space themed amenities and prizes galore.
Posted Wednesday, 10 November, 2010
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!
Unique awards will be given to the top three overall male and female masters (over 40), top three male and female grand master (over 50) the top three finishers starting with 15-19 and ending with 75+. Eighteen is the minimum age for participation in the marathon. Please visit the race website for more information and details about awards. There will also be awards for the best space costume. Those wearing the top two best costumes as judged by participant applause will win cash prizes. For additional details, please visit http:// wwwspacecoastmarathon.com./
Meet Dick Beardsley
The Space Coast Marathon is pleased to announce best selling author, motivational speaker and world class marathon champion Dick Beardsley as the guest speaker sponsored by New Balance. Motivating, inspirational and captivating, Mr. Beardsley will be the keynote speaker at the Pre- Race Pasta Dinner on Saturday, November 27th at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. He will also be a part of the Sunday morning activities including the awards ceremony.
Best known for his 1982 Boston Marathon “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar, Dick is also a two-time Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier. He is a two-time winner and course record holder of the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth Minnesota and has won the London and Napa Valley Marathons. His best selling book Staying the Course chronicles the stunning race that made him a celebrity and the difficult years that followed including his recovery from a near fatal farm accident. Dick is a highly acclaimed speaker brimming with enthusiasm for the sport of running and the trials and tribulations of life. You won’t want to miss learning about his unique journey of self discovery.
Pre- Race Pasta Party
This thrilling event will take place at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Saturday, November 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don’t miss this chance to dine under the historical and colossal Saturn V moon rocket which will be suspended above the tables. Enjoy dramatic multi-media shows and hand on displays that provide an inspirational look into America’s quest to reach the moon.
Health and Fitness Expo
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be the site of the fantastic one day expo sponsored by Health First Health Plans. The expo will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on November 27th. Exhibiters will feature the newest designs in running gear and shoes as well as the latest developments in training, fitness and nutrition. Be sure to bring your family and friends to this fun filled event.
Florida’s Space Coast Region
Discover Florida’s Space Coast and see why it is both a nature lover’s paradise and a space fanatic’s dream. Located just 35 miles from Walt Disney World, this sun-kissed destination has an amazing 72 miles of Atlantic shore that includes salt water estuaries, top rated beaches and quaint towns. There are endless possibilities for fun in the sun. With 250 square miles of wildlife refuges, this area is perfect for bird and wildlife observations fishing and boating.
One of the most picturesque locations along the coast is Cocoa Village, the home port of the Space Coast Marathon. Cocoa Village boasts a kind of nostalgic charm that will make your visit an enchanting experience. You will find lovely tree lined streets, historic buildings and a multitude of shops and restaurants. It is easily accessible by both the Orlando International airport as well as the Melbourne International Airport.
No visit to the Space Coast is complete without a trip to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Just minutes away from the race site and host hotels, NASA’s launch center is the only place on earth where you can tour launch areas, meet astronauts, see giant rockets and train in spaceflight simulators. The Center has hosted millions of guests from around the world for more than 30 years, telling the story of America’s space program and the mysteries of the cosmos.
Take advantage of on line registration today. Be a part of the only space-themed marathon in the country and Florida’s oldest marathon. Begin your countdown to this out–of-this-world adventure in running that is sure to be a memorable experience for years to come. Please visit the race website http://www spacecoastmarathon.com/