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Overall Rating (33 Reviews)
4.8
(33 Ratings)(33 Reviews)
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2.7
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4.8
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Rocket City Marathon has been a fixture for over 40 years in North Alabama. Enjoy a flat course Boston Marathon qualifier. Come run the Rocket City Marathon. For over 40 years the Rocket City Marathon has been a premiere marathon event in the South. The Rocket City Marathon is conducted … MORE
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    mhuntmd REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Always we’ll put together. Brooks long sleeve tech shirt (actually good for running). Finishes INSIDE arena which is nice for December. Tons of aid stations. Run under the frickin space … MORE

    Always we’ll put together. Brooks long sleeve tech shirt (actually good for running). Finishes INSIDE arena which is nice for December. Tons of aid stations. Run under the frickin space shuttle. Only bad is weather unpredictable and mildly boring first 13.

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    bmcilwain REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a GREAT course for a first time marathoner or someone trying to qualify for Boston! I loved the way the course wound through downtown Huntsville and out and … MORE

    This is a GREAT course for a first time marathoner or someone trying to qualify for Boston! I loved the way the course wound through downtown Huntsville and out and back from the Space and Rocket Center. The aid stations were very stocked with helpful volunteers and the course was very well marked. I definitely plan on coming back!

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    techhmt FIRST-TIMER '18

    Nice expo and pre-race pasta dinner with impressive guest speaker. Indoor pre-race staging area/bag drop, indoor finish and post-race events. Plentiful real bathrooms pre- and post-race (it's a 6,000 seat … MORE

    Nice expo and pre-race pasta dinner with impressive guest speaker.
    Indoor pre-race staging area/bag drop, indoor finish and post-race events.
    Plentiful real bathrooms pre- and post-race (it’s a 6,000 seat sports arena).
    Nice medal, first time marathoner gift (individual certificate) and finisher gift (beanie hat).
    Great crowd support along race course despite unfortunate weather (chilly weather around 40F with steady light rain all day and occasional wind gusts).
    Several musicians out on the course at strategic spots.
    New half-marathon started 2 hours after full, so wasn’t a factor at all for faster runners as far as course congestion or confusion.
    Good Pace Teams for a nice range of times from 3 hours on up, including all BQ Qualifying times. Ran their promised paces and advised newbie marathoners like me when to take nutrition and hydration, when to expect hills, etc.
    Fun town, friendly people, well-run event
    Race Directors thought of everything and were prepared despite the non-ideal weather conditions. They put on a great event. I would happily return.

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    jlrodgers71 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Race is perfect for both rookie and veteran marathoners seeking a nice, fast course. The experience of the staff is evident in producing a well managed event. Traffic and crowd … MORE

    Race is perfect for both rookie and veteran marathoners seeking a nice, fast course. The experience of the staff is evident in producing a well managed event. Traffic and crowd control is excellent with fully staffed aid stations. Great race providing the runner an opportunity to race against others from all over the US without the crowd and traffic you have with some of the larger events.

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    sturanyi REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I did this race to get Alabama. The pre-race communication was excellent, race director is super responsive. The race itself is well organized. One of the easiest logistics ever. You … MORE

    I did this race to get Alabama. The pre-race communication was excellent, race director is super responsive.
    The race itself is well organized. One of the easiest logistics ever. You can park right by the start/finish line, and then spend time inside till the start, which was great, because it was raining. It’s fairly flat, not super flat but not too taxing either. First half is residential, but second half takes you through the rocket park and the gorgeous botanical gardens, which are very cool. Finish is inside, which again was great, since the cold rain. Post race is also well done, there is hot soup, and massage with NO line!
    It definitely could be a PR race, if the weather cooperates. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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    Guido_Hussels REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The race was well organized and the support tram was awsome. Liked the finish indoor and enjoyed the food and care after the race.Aleady signed up for 2019. MORE

    The race was well organized and the support tram was awsome. Liked the finish indoor and enjoyed the food and care after the race.Aleady signed up for 2019.

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    BamaG FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my second marathon ever, but my first RCM. The start is right in front of the Von Braun Center (VBC), and the finish is inside the VBC arena. … MORE

    This was my second marathon ever, but my first RCM. The start is right in front of the Von Braun Center (VBC), and the finish is inside the VBC arena. This was really great especially considering the rainy, cold weather we had this year. If you are traveling to this race, get a room at the Embassy Suites that is attached to the VBC by a heated/cooled catwalk. I didn’t have to get out in the rain and cold until it was time to start the race, which was awesome.

    This is definitely a PR-friendly course! The course has rolling hills, but none that are particularly steep. It does feel like there are more hills in the second half of the course, but the scenery in the late part of the course made up for it – you run right by the US Space and Rocket Center and through the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, where the Christmas lights were lit up for us on race day. Lots of the route goes through residential areas, which can be a little quiet, but I enjoyed it.

    In 2018, RCM introduced a 13.1 option (Half The Marathon), which started at 9:00am, 2 hours after the marathon start. The half runners ran the back half of the course with the marathoners. It was nice to have all of the additional runners late in the course for the extra energy.

    The medal design this year was cool, and at the finish they had a gong set up that you could hit if you PR’ed that day, which was pretty fun! Hot soup at the end was also a welcome sight (in addition to the usual bananas, oranges, chocolate milk, water, etc.). All in all, this is a really well-supported event, and you will not be disappointed if you choose to run this one!

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    dvgarrett REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I have run this race 3 times. There are plenty Porto potties, aid stations, medical tents spaced pretty evenly throughout the race. I never needed anything that wasnt there. You … MORE

    I have run this race 3 times. There are plenty Porto potties, aid stations, medical tents spaced pretty evenly throughout the race. I never needed anything that wasnt there. You get to tour the city and run through the Space and Rocket center! The spectator support is better than any other race I have run. People come out of their homes in the neighborhoods and cheer you on. Some even have their own aid stations! The food post race is plentiful with many choices. Finishers always get something in addition to a medal. You pass the starting and ending point at the halfway mark so if you had a family member who wanted to wait there and is unable to meet you on the course they could simply step outside and cheer u on at the halfway point. They could also give u a dry jacket or shoes if it’s raining at the halfway point.

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    rfranklin911 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is extremely well organized. Communication is quick. Only downside to the race is that aside from the section in the Space and Rocket Center it is a pretty … MORE

    This race is extremely well organized. Communication is quick. Only downside to the race is that aside from the section in the Space and Rocket Center it is a pretty boring course. For the speedy runners they probably don’t notice but for the back of the pack runners like myself, I needed some distractions. Music via headphones would have been nice. The race is relatively small so again, the back of the pack runners get very spread out meaning it has a lonely feeling to it. Grab a buddy and stay together on this course. Course support was excellent and finishers area is top notch

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    RocketCityMarathon Dec 12, 2018 at 5:32am

    I'm wondering if the addition of the Half the Marathon runners helped that "spread out" feeling? That's what we were hoping would happen. Also...watch for some course changes that will help the "scenic" factor either 2019 or 2020!! :D

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    kamclendon REPEAT RUNNER '18

    LOVED everything about this race (minus weather). The volunteers and support crew were fantastic. It made me want to volunteer at a race. The scenery was fascinating! Loved this race … MORE

    LOVED everything about this race (minus weather). The volunteers and support crew were fantastic. It made me want to volunteer at a race. The scenery was fascinating! Loved this race so much (it’s FLAT!). I will absolutely recommend it to my running friends & community!

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    jnguyen627 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my 3rd marathon but my first time running Rocket City. Dana and Dewayne, the race directors, did an awesome job organizing this race. The course was a bit … MORE

    This was my 3rd marathon but my first time running Rocket City. Dana and Dewayne, the race directors, did an awesome job organizing this race. The course was a bit challenging at times, but not too difficult. The scenery was great, the volunteers were amazing, the swag had swagger and the bling was blingy! If you want to be a part of an awesome race in Alabama, this is it!

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    This was one of the best organized and well run races I've done. Lots of clear communication, and not a detail left overlooked. I Would definitely recommend! MORE

    This was one of the best organized and well run races I’ve done. Lots of clear communication, and not a detail left overlooked. I Would definitely recommend!

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    clark7707 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a fun race! The atmosphere was amazing! The first half was beautiful and full of supporters and cheers. Aide station were wonderful and friendly. The back half had … MORE

    This was a fun race! The atmosphere was amazing! The first half was beautiful and full of supporters and cheers. Aide station were wonderful and friendly. The back half had a lot more turns through residential areas and the spectaculars were few…I would have liked to see more, just because you need it then the most! Overall it was an incredible race and I’m looking forward to take on the full next year!

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    snowdrce FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race was excellent overall, only slightly dampened by the cold rain that fell for the entire course. Starting and finishing at the Von Braun Center was a great bonus, … MORE

    The race was excellent overall, only slightly dampened by the cold rain that fell for the entire course. Starting and finishing at the Von Braun Center was a great bonus, as it provided an excellent shelter from the elements pre-start and at the finish. Pre-race packet pick-up was uneventful and well organized. The local running companies did a good job supporting the small expo.
    The start was not corralled, but runners did not do a bad job stratifying and I did not end up behind a lot of traffic at the start. The pace groups did a great job locating in areas that made sense.
    The course was exceptionally well marked and there were volunteers all over. There were a few areas where the course was open, but traffic was respectful and not a factor. The only problem I encountered was the rain ponding on the roads, in construction areas, and in potholes. Nothing the race could do about that.
    Aid stations were well run. Paper cups! For some reason, the last two races I did had plastic cups and I was so happy to see paper… Gatorade and water was plentiful as were the volunteers. They also had GU available at many of the stations as well.
    The finish area was in the hockey rink at the Von Braun Center, and spectators were able to view the end. It was a great location. The finish area was well run, but the corralling through the post race food and water was a bit of a disappointment. Liquid was at the front (cold chocolate milk was great!) and food at the end down a long hallway. The selection was fine, but once you past the bottled water area at the start, there was no additional water. The only was to get to it would have been to wade back through the crowded hallway. Not a really big problem, but an observation.
    Overall, a very well run race all around.

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    RocketCityMarathon Dec 11, 2018 at 7:32am

    THANK YOU for that helpful observation! We are always looking for ways to improve! We will make a note now and make a change later! And, thank you for your kind words about our race! ❤️ We hope you'll join us again.

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    brookeholt1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Beautiful race, wonderful aid stations, plenty of bathrooms I never saw a line for any of them. Through the wind, rain and cold it was still one of my favorite … MORE

    Beautiful race, wonderful aid stations, plenty of bathrooms I never saw a line for any of them. Through the wind, rain and cold it was still one of my favorite races. I can’t wait to do it again in better weather conditions!!

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    justahotmess FIRST-TIMER '18

    Space and rocket center and botanical gardens are the best parts of the route. The rest is in neighborhoods. For the first timer the helpfulness of staff was super appreciated! MORE

    Space and rocket center and botanical gardens are the best parts of the route. The rest is in neighborhoods. For the first timer the helpfulness of staff was super appreciated!

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    RocketCityMarathon Dec 11, 2018 at 7:34am

    THANK YOU!! :D ❤️❤️❤️

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    simplyvcv REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Awesome post race food, aid station spacing. Loved finishing inside. Only complaint..awards ceremony took too long and seemed a bit unorganized. MORE

    Awesome post race food, aid station spacing. Loved finishing inside. Only complaint..awards ceremony took too long and seemed a bit unorganized.

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    RocketCityMarathon Dec 11, 2018 at 7:37am

    Yes...it was too long, and was unorganized! That was a 100% new venture. In the past it's been a much smaller affair and age groupers aren't recognized. We wanted it to be a "ceremony" but we neglected to fully plan that out. We have already begun to make plans for next year. We have to balance out the desire to recognize age groupers and the logistics of being able to make that happen but we have some really good ideas! Thank you for your feed back!

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    clandavis.ed REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Aid stations perfectly spaced with a lot of volunteers to pass out water and Gatorade. Even in the rain, some pretty good music provided along the whole course, course security … MORE

    Aid stations perfectly spaced with a lot of volunteers to pass out water and Gatorade. Even in the rain, some pretty good music provided along the whole course, course security was on point, running around the Space and Rocket center the second half is great, and downhill finish a plus!

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    mommypirtle FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race was my first time. You expect your first time to be exciting, sweaty, and sore. Well...let’s just say it ended up as most first times; sore, wet, and … MORE

    This race was my first time. You expect your first time to be exciting, sweaty, and sore. Well…let’s just say it ended up as most first times; sore, wet, and exhausted lol I trained for this race for 6 months. I was so excited to hear it was a flat course and that first time marathoners got extra prizes. Come race day and everything was against me. 100% rainfall, 40 degree weather, and a sore foot. But the race directors made this race amazing! I enjoyed every minute! Their happy demeanor and willingness to post videos and information to make sure Runners were ready and happy go above and beyond. I enjoyed the scenery and the spirit teams. Even with all the rain and cold, everyone tried so hard to make it exciting and fun. And they exceeded! The course was relatively flat and even the hill at 19 was not too bad (I trained much higher hills). The views through the rocket and space center was amazing. However a little slick when we hit the trail area with all the mud. They had plenty of cops and volunteers to ensure runners were safe on the streets and to direct us in the right direction. Even as I got close to the end, people were still cheering after 5 hours and saying I was right there. I absolutely loved that the finish was in the von braun center so my four little ones and husband did not have to sit in the cold and rain waiting for me. I ran in crying with a huge smile on my face to see the finish, that I had accomplished it, and to see them yelling “go mommy”. I have ran many races (this was my first full) and this is my favorite thus far! I definitely recommend this for newbies and veterans alike!

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    RocketCityMarathon Dec 11, 2018 at 7:41am

    You should have given me a tissue warning! I'm crying happy tears for you!! ❤️ Congratulations!! Did you get your first time finisher map?? If not email us so we can get it to you!

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    mommypirtle Dec 11, 2018 at 8:40am

    Awe!!! Not a dry eye to go around! Lol I actually did not get it. I was unsure whether it was the beanie we received or something else. I see now it is a personalized map! I did message on Facebook about it. :) can’t wait to see it!

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    RocketCityMarathon Dec 11, 2018 at 3:27pm

    I'll send it out ASAP! :D I hope you love it as much as we do! :D

     

    Amazing scenery of the beautiful Huntsville Alabama!!! Never a moment alone. This town truly comes together to support the runners. Despite the crazy weather so much support was still out … MORE

    Amazing scenery of the beautiful Huntsville Alabama!!! Never a moment alone. This town truly comes together to support the runners. Despite the crazy weather so much support was still out there. The rolling hills were subtle but not overwhelming perfect course for any athletic abilities.

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