On Sunday, November 29, 2015, I ran the Space Coast Half Marathon in Cocoa Village, Florida for the third time in as many years. This was my third 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.
The previous two year medals were for Space Shuttles Columbia & Challenger.
This year, the medal recognized the Space Shuttle Discovery. Discovery was NASA’s third shuttle orbiter to launch in August 30, 1984. It flew 39 missions, and is best known for carrying the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit on STS-31 in April 1990. Discovery made 5,830 Earth Orbits, 148 million miles, and spent a total of 365 days in space (1 year).
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!
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.