Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners welcome you to the 42nd running of the Space Coast Marathon and Half-Marathon – Florida’s oldest marathon. We invite runners and walkers alike to experience one of the most beautiful USATF certified waterfront courses on the east coast of Florida.
Both races start in the historic and quaint Cocoa Village, and finish with a lap around the Riverfront Park amphitheatre where family and friends can cheer and watch your finish live and on the JumboTron.
As our race is held within the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, the entire event revolves around a space theme sure to delight and energize our participants.
As part of the celebration of the Space Coast, here are some of the amenities planned this year:
- Custom “Space Shuttle” Medal and a “Space” Certificate to recognize and commemorate your accomplishment
- Start your race to the roar of a Space Shuttle countdown and liftoff on the Jumbotron
- The Health First Health Plans Health & Fitness Expo will be held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For more details, see the Expo page and Participant Perks page.
- “Space” Props along course and at finish line area
- “Space” Themed Water/Aid Stations all along course
- Volunteers in NASA-like uniforms and hats
- “Space" Photo opportunity with astronauts walking around the race site
- Opportunity to win a “One Day Space Adventure” for up to a family of four!
- You may have seen us at many running events' expos around the country handing out MoonPies at the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon booth. (astronaut booth) Moonpie is the Official "Space" Snack of the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon. All registrants will now receive a Moonpie at our Health & Fitness expo the day before race day!
GO GREEN FOR OUR FUTURE!
Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon instituted plans to reduce the environmental impact through Virtual Race Bags, Waste Management Recycling Program, and numerous other programs. Please look for these boxes around the race to recycle and help us improve our future!
We are extremely excited to announce a 5-year journey with the Big Bang Series! Big Bang Theory is "in short" a theory about the creation of the universe through an expansion. We chose the name "Big Bang Series" for the creation of an amazing expansion to our "universe" a 5-year series for the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon. We added the space theme to the race in 2007 and designed this new program to honor the Space Shuttle Program and for the accomplishments and sacrifices of all those involved. We feel a deep sense of pride here along the Space Coast with all of the tremendous accomplishments of the Shuttle Space program. We “launched” the Big Bang Series in honor of these accomplishments.
We hope you join us in this mission. See you at the finish line.
- Please check out all of the details about the Big Bang Series!
Experience one of the most beautiful waterfront courses on the east coast. 14 “space” themed aid stations along a partially shaded mostly flat course. A USATF certified course and a great Boston qualifier
430 Delannoy Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922
The course starts in beautiful Cocoa Village. A detailed area map will be available for download soon.
The marathon course heads north on Brevard Ave across 520 running along Indian River Drive until the turnaround heading back towards Cocoa Village. The marathon course will then continue south on Rockledge Drive and the half marathon course. The half marathoners head south on Rockledge Drive to the turnaround and will finish back at Riverfront Park.
Both the full and half marathon courses are USAT certified.
(#FL10070EBM & FL10071EBM)
Maps & Google Earth Videos will be available soon.
- 2013 Half Marathon Interactive Map
- 2013 Half Marathon Video (Google Earth Plugin Required)
- 2013 Marathon Interactive Map
- 2013 Marathon Video (Google Earth Plugin Required)
2013 HALF-MARATHON ELEVATION PROFILE
Download the Half-Marathon Elevation Map. The course is mostly flat and fast.
2013 MARATHON ELEVATION PROFILE
The course is mostly flat and fast.
Cocoa Village: Race Central 430 Delannoy Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922
To get to the START LINE from Cocoa Village Riverfront Park, proceed west to Brevard Ave.
The start of the race is just south of the corner of Brevard Ave. and SR 520. Please be at the Start no later than 5:45 am.
Race Central Map with Parking options. There will be parking available adjacent in Riverfront Park, in the Cocoa Village Public Parking area and Bank of America(SR 520 between Brevard Ave & Delannoy Ave). The Cocoa Library is also available for parking until 1:00 pm.
There's additional parking on the streets in Cocoa Village.
We will be providing bus service from the host hotels Sunday morning starting at 4:30 am.
Although race day temperatures have averaged 53 for the low and 73 for the high, be prepared for cool as well as warm weather. Florida weather is somewhat unpredictable in the later months of the year.
TIMING, COURSE CERTIFICATION & CUT-OFF
Chronotrack timing (disposable tag) will be used for scoring. Both the official time and "net" time will be calculated. Both the marathon and half marathon are USATF certified courses. You can use this beautiful flat course as a Boston qualifier. Course officially closes at 1:15 pm on Sunday afternoon. (7-hour time limit)
At Cocoa Riverfront Park open until 5:45am for bag-check; available after the race until 1:15pm. (course limit)
A corral system at the start is aligned according to expected finishing time. Please make sure to fill in the expected finishing time on the registration form or when registering online. (If you are unsure of your expected finishing time, please estimate your expected finishing time based on your average pace per mile).
If anyone is in need of medical assistance, please notify any volunteer and they will help you in obtaining medical assistance. A first aid station will be available at numerous locations along the course as well as the finish line area.
Aid stations will be available on the course as well as at the finish line. Water and Gatorade Endurance sports drink will be available at every aid station. GU brand gels will be available at mile 8 and every aid station from mile 14 through the finish.
We will have Pacers for both the full marathon and half marathon.
We will have the following pace groups: (additional pace groups may be added so please ask at the expo)
- Marathon Groups: 3:25/7:49, 3:35/8:12, 3:45/8:35, 3:55/8:58, 4:00/9:10, 4:10/9:33, 4:25/10:07, 4:40/10:41, 5:00/11:27.
- Half-Marathon Groups: 1:35/7:15, 1:40/7:38, 1:45/8.01, 1:50/8:24, 1:55/8:47, 2:00/9:10, 2:10/9:55, 2:15/10:18, 2:20/10:41, 2:30/11:27.
A pace team is a group of runners led by an experienced leader who run together in the marathon. The pace leader runs a steady pace and keeps track of that pace so that the group can achieve their goal of finishing the marathon at a particular time. There are wonderful benefits of running with a pace group. You'll be supported by a cheerful leader and will be side by side with other runners sharing the same goal as you. One of the biggest mistakes that marathoners make is starting out too fast and then hitting the wall in the later portions of the race. The pace team will run at an even pace per mile. If the pace feels too slow in the beginning of the race that's normal. Just stay with the group and ask the pace leader about an appropriate strategy for the second half. If you find the pace too fast in the early miles, then slow down and drop back from the team so you'll be able to finish the race.
The Pace Team promises to provide fun and excitement for both first time, and experienced marathoners looking to reach their goals - whether that's a personal best, or just getting across the finish line.
- For information about Marathon Pacing, please contact Jim Crist
The Half Marathon Awards Ceremony will start at 9:30am and the Marathon Awards Ceremony will start at 11:30am at Riverfront Park Pavilion. Mr. Jeff Galloway, our keynote speaker and Mike McCulley, former President and CEO of United Space Alliance will be part of the Sunday morning ceremonies. Mr. McCulley flew on STS-34 in 1989 and has logged a total of 119 hours and 41 minutes in space.