Sunday, November 27, 2016 • Cocoa, FL • Course Map
A long, scenic marathon and half-marathon event that takes runners along a course that unfolds entirely along the waters of the Indian River that flows between the cities of Cocoa and Cocoa Beach, the Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon features a course known for long, flat stretches shaded by the ever-present palm trees along the roads.
It’s also famous for its few long, sloping gentle hills, and for being Florida’s oldest marathon road race event, as race organizers and runners will celebrate its 45th annual running in the late fall of 2016. Both the 13.1-mile half marathon and the 26.2-mile full marathon start on Brevard Avenue near Cocoa’s Riverfront Park, whose pavilion serves as the finish line for both races as well.
From the starting line, runners follow an out-and-back course that takes them northward along Indian River Drive for the entire length of the course, for a long straightway for six and a half miles out and then a long straightaway return run for six and a half miles back in toward the finish line.
The turnaround point lies at the intersection of Indian River Drive and Belmont Avenue, where the field begins the long trek back along the course they’ve just run. Because this is Florida and the race is run near sea level along the river, the course features only mild changes in elevation as the road rises and falls along the way.
The elevation never drops below 10 feet above sea level or rises above 40 feet above sea level, and what hills there are, are long and gradual. Both the half and full marathon course are certified by USA Track and Field, and can be used as qualifying courses for prospective Boston Marathon entrants.
And because this is the “Space Coast” marathon & half marathon — the race course lies just a few miles away from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center — race organizers note that many runners come out and run the race in costume each year, wearing everything from Star Trek-inspired Klingon outfits to Star Wars-inspired Princess Leia costumes.
The race limits the number of entrants for each race: a cap of 3,600 entrants in the half marathon and 3,600 for the full marathon — 7,200 for both races combined.
Race Weather & Climate
Perched along a four-mile stretch of Florida’s Indian River, the city of Cocoa lies about 50 miles east of Orlando and enjoys mild, moderate weather conditions in the fall, with moderate precipitation.
In November, temperatures average between 59°F and 78°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Nov. 27), the average low is 56°F and the average high is 75°F.
- 2015 Space Coast Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Space Coast Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Space Coast Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Space Coast Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Space Coast Half Marathon Results
- 6:00 AM – half marathon
- 6:30 AM – full marathon
- $90 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2016
- $95 between April 1 – September 30
- $105 after September 30
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Cocoa’s Space Coast Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at RunSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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