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.
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.