Health and Fitness Expo
Saturday, November 24th, 9 AM – 5 PM at Radisson Resort at the Port
The 2018 Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Radisson Resort at the Port, Conference Center: 8701 Astronaut Blvd. Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
Exhibitors will feature the newest designs in running gear, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. Race packet pickup is also available during the expo. This 1-day Expo is open to the public, so bring your friends and family. Just a short drive from most partner hotels in Cocoa Beach.
NEW! PARKING INFORMATION
We have expanded this year’s Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon to include the Radisson Resort’s main convention hall as well as the large pavilion (next to the convention hall). As a result, we have secured some great new off-site parking directly across from the Radisson Resort.
Parking is extremely limited at the Radisson Resort this weekend. We highly recommend using the off-site parking (directly across the street from the Radisson Resort) as it will be much easier than trying to park at the Radisson Resort.
There will two officer’s assisting with crossing to/from the off-site parking areas at this year’s Health & Fitness Expo. Please use the Expo Area Map below for further details.
- Pick-up your bib and timing d-tag
- Don’t forget to pickup our awesome race shirt
- Enjoy the expo with giveaways, amazing vendors, and the latest running gear from BROOKS
VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan ahead for packet pickup: print your registration confirmation that includes your race number and bring it to packet pickup on race weekend. **PHOTO ID REQUIRED**Please note you will be required to bring your Drivers License or Photo ID when picking up your race packet. Each participant will be required to pick up their own packet. Wondering why? See our FAQs
PACKET PICKUP SCHEDULE
(Week Before Race Day)
Monday – Running Zone
Tuesday – Running Zone
Wednesday – Running Zone
Thanksgiving – None
Friday – Running Zone
Saturday – Expo
Packet pickup will be available starting Monday, Nov. 19th through Friday, Nov. 23rd from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m at Running Zone. (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
RACE HEADQUARTERS: Running Zone, 3696 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935. Running Zone is just south of the King Center and Eastern Florida State College (formally Brevard Community College) between Post and Parkway Road. P: (321) 751-8890
2018 Expo Vendors will be updated soon!
Saturday, November 24th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
*must be ready by 8:45 am
10′ x 10′ booth: $850
– 6′ draped table
– two chairs
– 2 meals included: breakfast & lunch
For additional information and how to join us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Guest: Laura Shepard Churchley
Laura Shepard Churchley is the eldest daughter of Alan B. Shepard, the first American in space. She is active in the space and astronaut community.
She is currently the Chair of the Astronauts Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees at Kennedy Space Center. She also sits on the boards of the Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. She is involved with Astro Kids Club with Ed White III, whose father and two fellow astronauts perished in 1965 when their launch vehicle caught on fire during a training exercise. Mrs. Churchley is an honorary consultant to the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium and is a lifetime member of the Society of Sponsors for the U. S. Navy. She is a retail business owner, serves on several local committees in her hometown of Evergreen, CO.
Laura Churchley makes presentations and speaking engagements donning her father’s flight suit and showing artifacts that have traveled to the moon and back.
But while the rest of the country reveres her father as a fearless Navy test pilot, the first American to travel in space and the capable mission commander of America’s third manned moon shot, to Laura he remains just plain “Daddy.”
On May 5, 1961, less than a month after Soviet astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth, Shepard put the U.S. on the scoreboard with a perilous suborbital space flight aboard Friendship 7. Despite the fact that her father had what was arguably the most dangerous job in the world, Alan and Louise Shepard managed to spare Laura and her two younger sisters much of the worry that came with the territory.
“I’m grateful that my parents introduced the whole thing to us without fear,” explained Churchley, who, as a Navy brat with a very talented father, attended six schools before the ninth grade. “In 1961 there wasn’t really a word for what Daddy did — ‘astronaut’ wasn’t in the dictionary yet. We weren’t afraid for him because, to us, Daddy was just doing what he was supposed to do. He was just doing his job.”
“Our lives changed overnight. Nobody was ready for the publicity. Everybody wanted to shake Daddy’s hand; everybody wanted his autograph. Even today our family still deals with the publicity. When my daughter graduated high school in 1991, her grandfather didn’t come to the ceremony, not because he didn’t want to be there, but because he wanted her to have her own day in the sun.”
Churchley has her father’s leather flight jacket (“The Smithsonian would love to get their hands on this”), dark and supple with age, and thickly sewn with the accumulated patches that tell a pilot’s story more surely than words.
Churchley also has a collapsible metal tube with a sturdy wedge attached at one end. Before becoming the first human being to golf in one-sixth gravity, her dad commissioned a guy to weld a driving head onto a kind of all-purpose astronaut tool just to make sure it could be done. And the rest, as they say at St. Andrews, is duffer history.
“Look at all the great things that came out of the space program, like medical technologies, computers, cell phones, even Velcro,” she said. “We need to go to Mars; we need to get back into space. That adventurous spirit is what keeps us moving forward.”
We’ve Gone Green!
To ‘go green’ and improve our future, the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Weekend partnered with Virtual Race Bags and the out-of-this-world sponsors of the race to create a Virtual Goody Bag.
Every Marathon and Half Marathon registered participant that provides a correct and LEGIBLE email address will receive an email invitation to the Virtual Bag one week prior to the event. Access your bag here
The Virtual Bag will include Official Race Weekend Information, exclusive offers, coupons, giveaways and messages from Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Race Weekend event sponsors.
After the race, we will send a link to the Official Race results with a reminder to a final opportunity to take claim the offers before the bag closes.
Interested in placing an ad in the 2018 Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon Virtual Goody Bag? Please contact us to find out more information.