Course

Run through history and a Florida landscape largely the same as it was nearly 70 years ago when Cape Canaveral was chosen asAmerica’s Space Base!

Our “Space Race on a Space Base” is open to runners and walkers.

However, there is a HARD 3 hour, 30 minute time limit on the course. Any entrants still on the course at this time will be picked up by a support vehicle and taken to the finish line area.

The post-race festivities will end by 11:30 a.m. and all runners bused back to pre-race staging areas by this time.

This is a point-to-point course. All runners & spectators will be transported from the finish line party at the lighthouse to the starting area where your cars will be located.

Here are some highlights from the course:

10 K MAP + 1/2 MARATHON

1/2 MARATHON TO FINISH LINE MAP (3.1 MILE LOOP)


When your November 11 half-marathon and 10-k course is here and has street names like this, you’ve got something special….
“A SPACE RACE ON A SPACE BASE”

* Start on Phillips Parkway
* Right on Pier Road
* Left to enter Museum Circle
* Left on Lighthouse Road
* Right on IRBM Road
* Right on Flight Control Road
* Merge onto Lighthouse Road (finish line for 10K runners)
* Left on Control Tower Road (for half marathon runners)
* Enter Historic Skid Strip Runway
* Exit Skid Strip
* Right on Skid Strip Road
* Right on Mercury Gemini Road
* Right on Central Control Road
* Right on Lighthouse Road and past Complex 36 Blue Origin Launch Site to finish line at Florida’s 150-year-old Lighthouse.


Pre-Race Staging

February 1, 2018

Runners will stage pre-race just outside the gates of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and with pre-dawn views of NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building and Kennedy Space Center in the distance.

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Race Start

March 1, 2018

Start near the Air Force’s Sands Space History Center and the SpaceX Launch & Landing Control building.  

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Gates of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

March 3, 2018

The gates of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will open to our runners the morning of November 11, 2018.  

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Bunkers & Blockhouses

March 4, 2018

Bunkers and blockhouses from the pioneering days of our space program are part of our route.

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The Real Florida

March 4, 2018

Beautiful and natural Florida vegetation untouched for more than six decades is a recurring part of our route.

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Launch Tower

March 4, 2018

One of several launch complexes and towers on our route

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Skid Strip

March 11, 2018

Run on the Skid Strip, one of the world’s longest runways, which has hosted the landing of world leaders, astronauts, and US Presidents (including John F. Kennedy, who visited the Cape on November 16, 1963). Now, it is predominantly used for the delivery of satellites and rocket parts.  

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Air Force Space Museum

March 13, 2018

Run past the Air Force Space Museum and past a Redstone Rocket identical to the one that hoisted Alan Shepard into space on May 5, 1961, making him the first American in space.

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Explorer 1 Launchpad

March 15, 2018

Runners will pass directly by where it all started in 1958 — launch pad used for Explorer 1, America’s First Satellite launch aboard a Bumper rocket.

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Race Ends

March 31, 2018

Our race officially ends at our historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse with a post-race celebration featuring refreshments, pizza, beer and our awards ceremony.

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The race will be chip-timed by Sommer Sports of Clermont, Florida.

The event will be sanctioned by USA Track & Field.