The Huntsville Track Club proudly presents the Rocket City Marathon, one of the premiere races in the south for over 40 years. Our course winds through downtown Huntsville, past historic homes and sites, out to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and back to an exciting finish inside the Von Braun Center.
RCM serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier, scores double points on the Running Journal Grand Prix 40 Championship Circuit, and is the host marathon for this year’s RRCA State Marathon Championship.
Pre-race excitement begins the day before the marathon at the Huntsville Museum of Art where runners can pick up their race packets, visit the expo, and attend the Pre-Race Dinner (tickets required) featuring Mike Durant, American pilot, author, and subject of the movie Black Hawk Down. In addition, there will be a guided, easy run through Historic Downtown Huntsville.
Spectators can easily view the start of the race, watch the runners pass at the halfway mark, and settle in to comfortable seats inside the VBC to watch the remainder of the event on the big screen. For those watching or running, having the finish line inside an arena full of cheerleaders where everyone has a good view makes for one of the most exciting finishes around. For the more adventurous who wish to drive around, a detailed map highlighting the course and optimal viewing sites will be provided.
Whether the goal is a PR, qualifying for Boston, completing that first marathon, or striving for a personal goal, RCM is the way to achieve it.