Rocket City Marathon, Half Marathon, and Marathon Relay (Huntsville)




GENTLY ROLLING & FAST: Starting from the Von Braun Center and Big Spring Park, the course embarks on a tour of downtown Huntsville that includes large antebellum homes and the historic courthouse square before heading northeast to make a 10 mile loop through scenic residential streets and the historic districts of Old Town, Dallas Mill Village and Five Points. After sweeping near downtown Huntsville for the halfway point, the course heads out again making a loop through the southwest part of town that includes running beneath rockets and the space shuttle at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and meandering through the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. The course finishes inside the VBC South Hall to a celebration with music, food, and fun. There is a total elevation gain of about 600 feet.

Sentries are located at all major turns, and the course is permanently marked with clearly visible indicators painted on the streets. In addition, split timers will have mileage posted on large flags. Aid stations are located about every 2 to 3 miles along with numerous port-0-let locations.

Intersection control, traffic restriction and course monitoring provided by HPD (Huntsville Police Department).

Communications along the course provided by the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club.

Medical support provided by HEMSI (Huntsville Emergency Medical Services).

For those unable to finish within the alloted time of 6 hours, SAG vehicles will offer rides back to the VBC.

The typical low temperature for Huntsville in early December is 34, and the normal high is 53.


Marathon Schedule

dec 13

  • 11am – 7pm … RCM Expo, FREE and Open to Public (VBC South Hall)

  • 11am – 9pm … RCM Packet Pick-up

  • 11am - 9pm … Half the Marathon Packet Pick-up

  • 11am – 4pm … Kids Marathon Packet Pick-up

  • 11am - 4pm/ 5:30pm - 9pm … RCM Relay Packet Pick-up (note: Relay packet pickup will be closed during the Kids Marathon)

  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm … Historic Huntsville Group Runs, 3 miles, FREE

  • 4:30pm … Kids Marathon Start

  • 6pm … RCM Race Dinner with guest speaker: Captain Robert “Hoot” Gibson, astronaut

race day
dec 14


  • 6am - 6:45am … Bag Drop

  • 7am … Marathon Start

  • 8:45am … Half the Marathon Staging

  • 9am … Half the Marathon Start

  • 10:30am – 2pm … Post Race Party (Von Braun Center South Hall)

  • 1:15pm … Awards & Celebration

Post race massage provided by Massage Envy

  • all times are Central Standard