Overall Rating
Overall Rating (17 Reviews)
4.5
(17 Ratings)(17 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.6
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.7
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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    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..

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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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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    4
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    5
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    4
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    5

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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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    5
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    4
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    5

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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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    5

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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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    2
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    5
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    5
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    5

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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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    geddings REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is the 5th year running this race in search of the 5 Year Big Bang Series. This is a great race, and has improved in the 5 years I … MORE

    This is the 5th year running this race in search of the 5 Year Big Bang Series. This is a great race, and has improved in the 5 years I have run it. Not a fan of the expo location. New 4 year series starting in 2018. Click my various blog posts for more details.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    3
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    5

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    geddings REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is the 4th year running this race in search of the 5 Year Big Bang Series. This is a great race, and has improved in the 4 years I … MORE

    This is the 4th year running this race in search of the 5 Year Big Bang Series. This is a great race, and has improved in the 4 years I have run it. Click my various blog posts for more details.

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    3
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    5
    My Report
    SCENERY
    4
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    4

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The winning full marathon time for 2016 was 2:38 and change! This is an out and back course. The half marathon is the second half of the full marathon. You … MORE

    The winning full marathon time for 2016 was 2:38 and change!

    This is an out and back course. The half marathon is the second half of the full marathon. You run along the coast of Cocoa beach so the views are nice. Bur keep in mind this is Fl in November. Humidity for this race is usually around 70%.

    The hotels are about an hour from MCO (Orlando International) so a car rental is a must. Best to share costs with people. This is a popular race. 2016 was the 45th anniversary of this race :).

    I plan on being back next year!

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    3
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    4
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    4
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    3

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    Our 100 Half Marathons Club members had voted this race one of the best in the nation. The half marathon sells out in one day. Friends swear by this race. … MORE

    Our 100 Half Marathons Club members had voted this race one of the best in the nation. The half marathon sells out in one day. Friends swear by this race. So, I registered and participated in 2015, and had a great time.

    The race is in Cocoa Beach, FL. The best airport is Orlando. The host hotel offers clean, affordable rooms. The expo was mid-sized and had a lot of great booths. Packet pickup was fast and easy. The race provides great information before the race about lodging, transportation, participant information, etc.

    The race shirt is amazing, and the medal is wonderful. Definitely among my all-time favorites. The medals change every year to honor a different shuttle.

    Race participants get a discount to visit the Kennedy Space Center. If you’ve never been (or haven’t been in years) and you are interested in NASA, it is a great side-trip. It was amazing to see all the Apollo rockets, to go on the tour of NASA property, see the Space X work area, see the actual Atlantis space shuttle, and see the memories they set up for the astronauts who died.

    The race course: the course is an out and back, flat and fast. Marathoners start at a different time and spot than the half marathoners, but the leaders will catch half marathon race walkers on the course. The course is very narrow and crowded at the start and will thin out around mile 6. The out and back gives you a great opportunity to see friends on the course. The volunteers were great- many dressed up in space outfits. The post-race food area has tons to offer- eggs and pancakes, pizza, soda, water, seating areas (room to sit on the grassy area), the chance to watch your friends run in to finish, and photo ops with statues of astronauts and the space shuttle. The finisher’s towel is great too- perfect for sitting on the grass area to relax after your race.

    The course is a hard cement surface that many people (especially from the north) may not be used to. You may feel this on your joints/feet.

    Weather- you may need a throwaway layer to keep warm before the sun comes up. Also, when the sun comes up, it’s going to get WARM. Keep hydrated.

    Shuttles from the hotel: this was the only iffy part. The shuttles have a few times leaving from the hotels. I went with the earlier shuttles to be safe. The post-race lines for the shuttles were quite long and confusing (no signage to tell you which line was what). Not the race’s fault: the shuttles were delayed from an accident on a nearby road, so I am sure that contributed to the long lines/delays.

    Overall a great experience and an enjoyable race, with beautiful views of the ocean front, palm trees, and gorgeous Florida houses.

    If you are planning on this race in the next few years, you need to be on your computer (or have someone do it for you) when registration opens. Since there is a special mulit-year medal challenge going on, people in the challenge have pre-registration, so general public registration fills immediately.

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    SLAbins REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I love this race! It is right along the water so views the whole way. It is also super flat. The race T Shirt has the space shuttle on it, … MORE

    I love this race! It is right along the water so views the whole way. It is also super flat. The race T Shirt has the space shuttle on it, so it’s pretty cool to wear around.

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    2
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    geddings REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This is the 3rd year running this race in search of the 5 Year Big Bang Series. This is a great race, and has improved in the 3 years I … MORE

    This is the 3rd year running this race in search of the 5 Year Big Bang Series. This is a great race, and has improved in the 3 years I have run in. Click my various blog posts for more details.

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    4
    My Report
    SCENERY
    4
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    5
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    geddings REPEAT RUNNER '14

    This was year 2 of the big bang series. The medal was of space shuttle challenger. This is an easy flat course. It is along the water, so there is … MORE

    This was year 2 of the big bang series. The medal was of space shuttle challenger. This is an easy flat course. It is along the water, so there is always a strong breeze. It is an out and back. There are 3 more years in the series!

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    3
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    5

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '13

    Check out the blog post for the full race review. This was the first year of the Big Bang Series to make a medal for each of the five shuttles. … MORE

    Check out the blog post for the full race review. This was the first year of the Big Bang Series to make a medal for each of the five shuttles. This year was Columbia. Great race.

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    3
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    5

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