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 South Hall.
RCM serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier, and is the host marathon for this year’s RRCA State Marathon Championship.
Pre-race excitement begins the day before the marathon at the South Hall of Von Braun Center where runners can pick up their race packets, visit the expo, and see the actual finish line. In addition, there will be a guided, easy run through Historic Downtown Huntsville. The fun continues as the kids registered for the Kids Marathon run their final mile at 4:30pm. For many, the day will be capped by attending the Pre-Race Dinner (tickets required) featuring Hoot Gibson, fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut with 5 missions to space, including 4 as Mission Commander.
On race day, spectators can easily view the start of the race on Church Street which is just a short walk from the South Hall where the runners will finish. Several large screens will be available inside to monitor progress; however, with the new finish route, some may want to watch the final 3/4 of a mile wind through Big Spring Park.
For those watching or running, having the finish line inside an enormous hall 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.