On Sunday, November 27, 2016, I ran the Space Coast Half Marathon in Cocoa Village, Florida for the fourth time in as many years. This was the fourth of five years running this race for the Big Bang Series. The Big Bang Series, is a five year plan, in which they will offer a finisher medal of one of the space shuttles each year, with a three year Milky Way Challenge medal, and a five year Intergalactic Challenge medal if you complete all five years.
This year, the medal recognized the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Endeavour was NASA’s fifth shuttle orbiter was built to replace Challenger, and had its first launch on May 7, 1992 as STS-49. It flew 25 missions.
On Sunday, November 29th I will run the Space Coast Half Marathon near Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa Beach, Florida. This will be the third of five races in their Big Bang Series.
The series started in 2013 and they are offering a different medal each year celebrating each of the five space shuttles. In 2013, we got the Columbia medal and last year we got the Challenger medal. This year is special in that we are able to get two medals. We will get the Discovery medal above, but we will also get a Milky Way Challenge medal for completing the first three legs of the race.
2013 Medal – Columbia
2014 Medal – Challenger
Here are all the medals if you finish all five years.
Finally, here are the race recaps from the previous two year: 2013 Space Coast Half Marathon & 2014 Space Coast Half Marathon.
It’s time for Lift Off!!!! Besides Disney races, this is the ultimate start to a race!
On Sunday, November 30, 2014, I participated in the Space Coast Half Marathon in Cocoa Village, Florida. This was my second of five years running this race for the Big Bang Series. The Big Bang Series, is a five year plan, in which they will offer a finisher medal of one of the space shuttles each year, with a three year Milky Way Challenge medal, and a five year intergalactic medal if you complete all five years.
Last year the medal was for the Space Shuttle Columbia.
This year, the medal recognized the Space Shuttle Challenger. The medal was very meaningful to me, because as a kid, I grew watching the shuttle program, and was watching the day Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. The medal has 7 stars on it to represent the lives of the astronauts we lost on that day.
The 2014 Space Coast Half Guide is now available for the 2014 Space Coast Half & Full Marathon on November 30, 2014. I cannot wait to run this for the 2nd year in the Big Bang Series, and get my Space Shuttle Challenger medal!
Registration opens for the 2014 Space Coast half/marathon on Friday, February 14th for anyone that qualifies for the Big Bang Series qualifying participants. It opens to the general public on Saturday, February 15th. In order to register early, you must use a provided code AND your name must match that in the database of 2013 participants.
Here are some notes my running buddy Stephanie posted.
1) The have moved the expo to the Radisson conference center. Hopefully this will alleviate the congestion problems that occurred at the Kennedy Space Center last year – that was crowded!!
2) Registration fees went up quite a bit from last year. Last year it was $70/80 for the half/full. This year it starts at $85/$95.
3) They expanded the full marathon field to 3400. The half field will remain at 3400, which is about what they had last year.
4) They are not allowing ANY switching between events this year – what you sign up for is what you must complete. There are also no transfers or deferrals (with the exception of deferrals allowed for deployed military with a copy of their orders – very happy to see that they are taking care of our military).
5) They are also switching to gender-specific shirts!!!
This year’s medal will represent the Challenger Shuttle.
Next Sunday, December 01, 2013, I will be doing the Space Coast Half Marathon near Kennedy Space Center. Starting this year, for the next five years, there will be a medal honoring each of the five space shuttles as a part of the Big Bang Series. Stay tuned the week after for a race recap.
This year the shuttle being honored is “Columbia”. Here is the finisher medal for this year.
Here is a link to the 2013 Space Coast Half Participant Guide.
Today the Space Coast Half/Full Marathon opened for registration. Boy did they unveil an awesome surprise. They have planned out 5 medals over the next 5 years, 1 each year to commemorate the 5 space shuttles. They have also included an additional medal if you complete 3 and/or 5 of the races.
With this I now have my December race planned for the next 5 years.
The race is December 1, 2013 and is $75 for the half until August 31, 2013. Trust me I will not be missing this so I will be registering well before August!
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. This is one of the most unique running and walking events in the country! 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.
THE ONLY SPACE-THEMED MARATHON & HALF MARATHON ON THE PLANET!!!
The 42nd running of the Space Coast Marathon will take place along the beautiful Indian River in Cocoa and Rockledge, Florida. We are capping the event this year at 4,000 participants.
As part of the celebration of the Space Coast, here are some of the amenities planned
Health First Health Plans Health & Fitness Expo at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex!
Custom “Space-themed” Medals
Electronic “Space” Certificate to recognize and commemorate their accomplishment of all finishers
Start your race to the roar of a Space Shuttle countdown and liftoff on the Jumbotron
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex admission discounts to participants
“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
NEW THIS YEAR: We are very excited to announce “The “BIG BANG” Series, featuring astronomical finisher medals
- Join the Ultimate Space Race!
- THE BIG BANG Series: 5 years = 5 space shuttle medals + 2 MEGA Challenge Medals!
- 5 shuttle medals from 2013-2017 commemorating the Space Shuttle Program. A unique shuttle medal for each of the shuttles within the shuttle fleet
- 2013: Columbia: STS – 1: 1st in flight shuttle to launch, 7 stars represent 7 lost astronauts
- 2014: Challenger: STS – 6: 1st ever spacewalk; 7 stars to honor the 7 lost astronauts
- 2015: Discovery: STS – 41 D: deployed NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope!
- 2016: Endeavour: STS – 49 : 1st repair mission for the Hubble Space Telescope (45th Space Coast Marathon Anniversary)
- 2017: Atlantis: STS – 51 J: sent probes to Venus and Jupiter. Final shuttle in program.
- Challenges: Earn Astronomical Medals
- MILKY WAY CHALLENGE
- Complete 3 Races in 5 years = MILKY WAY FINISHER
- Participation in either the full or half marathon for 3 out of the 5 years
- INTERGALACTIC CHALLENGE
- Complete 5 races in 5 years = INTERGALATIC FINISHER
- Participation in either the full or half marathon for all 5 consecutive years
§ Receive your medal at the finish line of your qualifying year.