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Rocket City Marathon

Huntsville, AL

Race Dates

2016: Saturday, December 10, 2016
2015: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 45°F (7°C)
Average High: 55°F (12°C)
Average Low: 35° F (1°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.58
Course Score: 98.58

Race Size

2015: 1,272 Finishers
2014: 1,465 Finishers
2013: 1,346 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 10%
2014: 13.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Rocket City Marathon course is mostly flat with some small rolling hills.

Marathon Rankings

The Rocket City Marathon was the 75th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 73rd largest in 2014.

Last year 10% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Rocket City Marathon the 188th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 95th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.58 ranks it as the 245th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Alabama.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Rocket City Marathon a PR Score of 98.58. This PR Score ranks it as the 191st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Alabama.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 721 feet (219m)
Min Elevation: 596 feet (181m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Rocket City Marathon

5 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2015 Rocket City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Very well organized. Very convenient start if you stay in Embassy Suites. You do not have to walk outside until the start. The new course is very fair.

Race Tips

Be prepared for any type of weather.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay in Embassy Suites for convenience to the start and finish.

review of 2012 Rocket City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a fantastic race for first-time marathoners! Aid stations at almost every mile, plenty of bathrooms, inexpensive registration fee and hotel cost. Nice swag: colorful tech shirt, nice medal and finisher's hat, good food after finish line and nice finish line pics.

Race Tips

Sign up early, as this race is small and fills up very quickly. Be sure to save energy between miles 14-15 for the incline at mile 16. Mostly flat w/ a small incline at miles 7 and 16; very fast finish.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Holiday Inn and downtown hotels are all on top of the start/finish line. I highly recommend Pane E Vino at the art museum for excellent, reasonably priced Italian food w/ pretty views of Big Spring Park (across from Holiday Inn).

review of 2010 Rocket City Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


If I could give more stars I would. From top to bottom this is the best marathon I have run in the 15 years since I started. Organization is great. You can tell it is put on by runners for runners.

Race Tips

It's really a flat course. There are some minor elevation changes, but nothing of note. I had a pretty big negative split. The last mile+ is all downhill and really fast. Not the most scenic course though.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The race starts in front of two hotels. Holiday Inn and Embassy Suites. The Holiday Inn is the race headquarters. You step out the door of each and you are literally at the start line. I stayed at a Holiday Inn 4-5 miles away and had to drive to the start. There was parking close by along the park on the street.

Finish Time Equivalent

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