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Overall Rating (28 Reviews)
4.4
(28 Ratings)  (28 Reviews)
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Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners welcome you to the Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon – Florida’s oldest marathon and the final year of the Big Bang Series.  We invite runners and walkers alike to experience one of the most beautiful USATF certified waterfront courses on the east … MORE
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    ofshadowsgrey REPEAT RUNNER '21

    I have run this race several times and always enjoy it. It's well organized, good communication, great swag, and amazing medals. Challenge medals for consecutive years are a big incentive … MORE

    I have run this race several times and always enjoy it. It’s well organized, good communication, great swag, and amazing medals. Challenge medals for consecutive years are a big incentive to come back. For the half marathon there are two course options; If you want to take it easy then south and if you want to run and not dodge walkers go north.

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    mnjogger FIRST-TIMER '21

    I signed up to run this just a few weeks ahead of the race, too late to take advantage of the partner hotel discounts which were very good compared to … MORE

    I signed up to run this just a few weeks ahead of the race, too late to take advantage of the partner hotel discounts which were very good compared to what I paid. I went to the running store to pick up my bib, shirt, and medal once I arrived in town, so cannot comment on the expo. I didn’t have any goal in mind other than to finish the race.

    There were ample school buses that picked up and dropped off at host hotels. (I didn’t stay at a host hotel but walked over to one.) I road the 4 am bus which was a bit early for the 6am start. I and many others sat in a park near the start for over an hour waiting for the events to get started. Music played to keep us entertained. Water was available and portaloos were plentiful. Skies were overcast, temps low 50s at the start and mid 60s at the end, humidity high but at that temp not as impactful to me.

    The course is broken into 2 half marathons, a north half and a south half and each is an out-and-back. The marathon started at 6am before the sunrise. The first 30-40 minutes or so were running in the dark on the north course. House lights and the occasional street light were sufficient to see with: I didn’t think a headlamp was necessary. We had a beautiful sunrise but needed to turn 120 degrees to see it. Tt was the first time I’ve raced in the dark. We ran along mostly tree-lined asphalt roads in view of the water most of the way. Lovely scenery. Though the hills were manageable, I was expecting a flatter course that close to the water. I thought the 13th mile contained a bit of a cruel hill as you transitioned from the north route to the south route. The south route wasn’t any less hilly. Mind you these aren’t large hills like Big Sur, but undulating enough that I noticed them. I noticed the side slope of the road moreso in the south route than the north, so ran more in the middle of the road. Another reviewer commented about catching up to the walkers and needing to run around them: Yes, that’s true. In that last half mile the finish line seemed to take forever to reach with a few turns thrown in. Crossing the finish line yielded a finisher towel.

    There weren’t many out for fan support, but there were some. Water stations were sufficiently stocked with supplies and enthusiastic volunteers. Post race recovery food and drink were nice but I didn’t stay long. During these Covid times I find myself missing the ceremony of someone awarding you a medal around your neck once you finish. Overall I thought this was a well run race and one I’d recommend.

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    mike1234 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    There are actually three races going on simultaneously with this event: a full marathon, and two half marathons (north course and south course). The full marathon runners and the north … MORE

    There are actually three races going on simultaneously with this event: a full marathon, and two half marathons (north course and south course). The full marathon runners and the north course runners start together with the full marathon joining the south course halfway into the race.

    There is, unfortunately, one huge issue with this arrangement. Full marathon runners must dodge several thousand walkers on the south course. Many of these individuals are wearing headphones and have no idea of basic race etiquette.

    In my case, I caught the back of the south course half marathon around mile 16 or so and spent the remainder of the race dodging people who were walking 4 or 5 abreast as well as a lot of folks who were walking/jogging down the middle of the road with headphones on and couldn’t hear anyone coming up behind them.

    I guess this race is supposed to be more of a party than a serious run. As such, I cannot recommend the full marathon to anyone that wants to save the partying for after the race.

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    nydogman10 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Very nice race shirt! Really good after party with plenty of food, beer, and music! All finishers also received a commemorative beach towel. MORE

    Very nice race shirt! Really good after party with plenty of food, beer, and music! All finishers also received a commemorative beach towel.

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    duclos REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Great swag flat out and back and shaded on south half , great food, if you a under 1.40 half runnner plan getting up front at the start or you … MORE

    Great swag flat out and back and shaded on south half , great food, if you a under 1.40 half runnner plan getting up front at the start or you will held back a little

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    labrew2 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was my first marathon attempt and I did not finish. And it was on my 50th birthday. I did get to mile 24 so I covered a lot of … MORE

    This was my first marathon attempt and I did not finish. And it was on my 50th birthday. I did get to mile 24 so I covered a lot of it. This is a very scenic marathon. Super nice area with great views of the bay. Downside, there were not enough aid stations, in my opinion. Also, it was very hot and humid for the end of November but hey it’s Florida. Nice medal!

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    gator2u2 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    This was my 1st live race since the whole Covid shutdowns. With all the unexpected, I never felt unsafe or concerned with anything. They did a great job of doing … MORE

    This was my 1st live race since the whole Covid shutdowns. With all the unexpected, I never felt unsafe or concerned with anything. They did a great job of doing everything possible to space all runners out. And as always the medal is AMAZING!!

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    gretchenbolson FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was my third marathon during COVID-19, but by far the largest, with about 3,000 runners between the marathon and two half marathons. COVID-19 protocols were in place. Runners were … MORE

    This was my third marathon during COVID-19, but by far the largest, with about 3,000 runners between the marathon and two half marathons. COVID-19 protocols were in place. Runners were masked at the start and finish. We were placed in corrals based on expected finish times. There were supposed to be staggered starts, but it ended up just being a crowd to the start.

    The course was gorgeous; I loved seeing the sunrise over the water (even though it was behind me so I kept craning my neck for the view!). Normally I can’t stand out-and-back courses, but this one is great! Perhaps because the scenery is so beautiful–you run along the water the entire time. The weather was hot and humid, but I live in FL so am used to that. Otherwise, dress appropriately for the heat. Aid stations were plentiful with bottled water and Powerade.

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    john.myrick FIRST-TIMER '19

    Well run race with lots of perks. I particularly liked being able to use the race pacers that were made available and the real time tracking. Nice people running the … MORE

    Well run race with lots of perks. I particularly liked being able to use the race pacers that were made available and the real time tracking. Nice people running the race and great for all skill levels.

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    brianwyarbrough FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is an amazing race with a breathtaking course. There are aid stations every mile, and the for a there and back course, it is the most beautiful i have … MORE

    This is an amazing race with a breathtaking course. There are aid stations every mile, and the for a there and back course, it is the most beautiful i have seen. The Shirt is top notch, and the medal is beautiful. The only issue with the race is the days before the race day. The pre-race party that was listed was not known to the hotel it was supposed to be at, and the expo was fairly plain.

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    johnmallonee FIRST-TIMER '19

    Heard good things about this race and had to try it. There were many positives with a few glitches in the experience. Expo was good - be careful to watch … MORE

    Heard good things about this race and had to try it. There were many positives with a few glitches in the experience.

    Expo was good – be careful to watch for volunteers directing traffic to parking across the street. This was challenging for a first timer. There are no real choices for hotels near course start, but many hotels are locations with shuttle service. It is an early race so shuttles are earlier. Be prepared and set expectations accordingly.

    There are two options for the Half, and I chose the South course. Route is mostly flat through quaint homes along the River with decent support from locals for our and back course. Watch for faster runners in left lane on their return. Some runner bunching can occur as a result. Gatorade and water stations every mile to mile and a half which was welcome. Temps warmed as the sun came up, but December can be variable.

    The medal was heavy and unique with space theme which is big part of the draw. Finishers also got space themed beach towel. Appreciated the post race food including bananas and hot pizza!

    Path back to buses was not very clear and it was hard to find them for me. When I did find them, runners were waiting for about a half an hour until several showed up to return to the host hotels. Still not sure what happened there.

    Overall was a fun race with great bling and support, but had logistical challenges with transportation. I know some folks who love the race, so I’ll temper my opinion on those challenges. The race shirt, finisher medal, and beach towel are all great mementos of the race.

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    dearmoonachoi FIRST-TIMER '18

    So great race.. I had great experience ~ Great view and most of all great weather... Many people come down encouraged our runners.. So hard to run but finally I … MORE

    So great race.. I had great experience ~
    Great view and most of all great weather…
    Many people come down encouraged our runners.. So hard to run but finally I finished it.. Medal is so amazing..

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    meredith.hoofnagle REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Space Coast is such a well put on race. Packet pickup is fun, organized, and strict, which is a good thing to protect participants and not allow cheating. The race … MORE

    Space Coast is such a well put on race. Packet pickup is fun, organized, and strict, which is a good thing to protect participants and not allow cheating. The race is a huge community event. Neighbors and locals come out to cheer on the runners with signs, food, refreshments and smiles. This and the awesome after party are my favorite aspects of this race. I will be back this year for round 3 and year 2 of the new series. I cannot wait!

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    apallowick REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The race management of this race is always excellent. Registration is easy. Changes can be made to distances, but not at the last minute. The expo has a lot of … MORE

    The race management of this race is always excellent. Registration is easy. Changes can be made to distances, but not at the last minute. The expo has a lot of good offers on future races and gear. The after party includes free massage!

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    dbierness FIRST-TIMER '18

    1. Shuttles run a little late, but they get there. 2. Expo is cool, but separated (like many) 3. Love the south half marathon course and public participation! Pluto's Orbit … MORE

    1. Shuttles run a little late, but they get there.
    2. Expo is cool, but separated (like many)
    3. Love the south half marathon course and public participation! Pluto’s Orbit runs south along the Banana River (watch for the dolphins and the sunrise!), then through lovely neighborhoods where the residents come out, grill kleibasa, and hand out candy and drinks like there’s no tomorrow.
    4. Finish line festival was fantastic! Pancakes AND Pizza, if you want it. Beer (and tasty beer at that), drinks. other food for purchase, entertainment.
    5. Outstanding swag! Medals are huge, shirts are beyond good-looking and technical, AND the beach towel is actually a beach towel!.

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    Margo7 FIRST-TIMER '18

    As a general rule, I try to avoid races that go there and back again. I find them to be psychologically more challenging than going on a loop, or from … MORE

    As a general rule, I try to avoid races that go there and back again. I find them to be psychologically more challenging than going on a loop, or from point A to point B. Either way, I decided to participate in this event because it is after all the oldest race in the state of Florida, it is close by and I really like the space exploration theme. Also, this year begins a three to four year challenge, the so-called Big Bang Series. I do not regret being part of this beautiful celebration of manned space flight. This year’s theme was the Mercury Project, the first human spaceflight program. The organization was nothing short of perfect with buses circulating regularly to and from the start-finish line, great support with fantastic volunteers and lots of aid stations. The weather cooperated as it was a cool and overcast morning and the route enchanted us with the picturesque vistas of the Indian River Lagoon. There were two half-marathon routes this year, the slightly slower south route and the faster north route. I was on the north route. The after race support was fantastic with lots of fruits, drinks, delicious muffins and even fried eggs with pancakes for those with bigger appetites. I intend to participate in the four year challenge.

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    papafox FIRST-TIMER '18

    Very well supported from providing off-site parking with frequent shuttle buses to and from venue, to a fantastic, scenic route, which was very well supported with aide stations, to a … MORE

    Very well supported from providing off-site parking with frequent shuttle buses to and from venue, to a fantastic, scenic route, which was very well supported with aide stations, to a great after race party and awards ceremony. Very “Space” oriented, which is fantastic. This was the inaugural event of a series, and I hope to be there for the next three. I highly recommend this event!

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    hondacivic5367 FIRST-TIMER '18

    A great race overall!! Great communication, management. Northern half of the race is a bit hilly, but south is flat. I love the space theme. MORE

    A great race overall!! Great communication, management. Northern half of the race is a bit hilly, but south is flat. I love the space theme.

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    Druadams REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Nice easy race with a generally flat course. Running along the Indian River gives you some beautiful sunrises and many times there are dolphins playing out in the river. People … MORE

    Nice easy race with a generally flat course. Running along the Indian River gives you some beautiful sunrises and many times there are dolphins playing out in the river. People along the course come out to cheer you on and offer various refreshments, from fresh cooked Bacon to Blue Moon Beer and random other beverages. Unlike most races, you don’t get a Mylar blanket at the finish, instead they have given out Beach towels which are way cooler. Bling is nice and Space related and if you qualify for one of the Series (Big Bang was last one) you can earn extra Bling for being a repeat finisher. After Race refreshments include breakfast eggs bacon pancakes fruit, etc… Pizza and Beer are also available as well as water, soda juice,
    I have been running this race on and off now for over a decade and due to limited vacation time, I chose this one over the WDW Marathon weekend as this race still has that relaxed feel about it and isnt the commercial Monster that the other races are.

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a really nice flat course. It's out and back. My main advise would be to rent a car. The area this race is in, Cocoa Beach, FL, is … MORE

    This is a really nice flat course. It’s out and back.
    My main advise would be to rent a car. The area this race is in, Cocoa Beach, FL, is very spread out and having a car is super helpful. That being said if you stay at a host hotel race morning shuttle service is provided and I’ve never had a problem with it.
    The locals are super fun! Along the half there are always about 3-4 alcohol stations. Super fun.
    Nice big medals. They also usually offer multi year challenges. 2021 will be the 50th anniversary for this race.

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