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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, November 26, 2017
2016: Sunday, November 27, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 64°F (17°C)
Average High: 71°F (21°C)
Average Low: 56° F (13°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.38
Course Score: 99.74

Race Size

2016: 1,955 Finishers
2015: 2,286 Finishers
2014: 2,488 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 3.7%
2015: 3.4%
2014: 5.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

Although the Space Coast Marathon course is very flat, the relatively warm and often humid race day temperatures may keep finishing times slower for some runners.


Marathon Rankings

The Space Coast Marathon was the 41st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 41st largest in 2014.

This year 3.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Space Coast Marathon the 420th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 398th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 99.74 ranks it as the 49th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in Florida.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Space Coast Marathon a PR Score of 98.38. This PR Score ranks it as the 212th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 10th fastest in Florida.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 33 feet (10m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Space Coast Marathon

5 Stars from 15 Reviews



review of 2016 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Awesome course, very well run event.

Race Tips

Be wary of the second half hills.

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

Arrive early. Parking was a challenge for marathoners.



review of 2015 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

i absolutely love both the marathon and half marathon!! My loves - beautiful race course, great organization, wonderful volunteers, terrific post race party, great finisher's medal and tech shirts...you even receive a beach towel at the finish.

Race Tips

The full and half are both scenic, flat and fast courses. Just be careful of local traffic towards the end of the race. Enjoy the on-course bacon station and mimosas. :-)

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

Stay at a Cocoa Beach hotel if you are coming from out of town. The shuttle bus system is okay, but there are enough close by parking lots that would can drive to the start/finish...just get there early.



review of 2015 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Flat and shady. Scenic with views of historic plantation homes on one side and the Indian River on the other (think: dolphins and pelicans). Loved the jumbo-tron replay of a shuttle launch to coincide with the marathon start...a total adrenaline rush! Well-supported by NASA employee volunteers in astronaut attire, Great pre-race dinner keynote speakers like Joan Benoit Samuelson, etc.

Race Tips

Usually held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Balmy weather with gentle coastal breezes usually, but can be a bit hot. Spectator friendly.

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

Stay in Cocoa Beach and treat yourself to an oceanfront room! You'll love the "zen"!



review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Well Organized, Great Bling....

Race Tips

Pretty flat out and back through nice neighborhoods where some residents will come out to cheer and provide drinks and fruits. Even an occasional, Bloody Mary and a pancake or two!!

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

Parking is critical, if you use one of the host hotels they provide a shuttle bus.



review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Awesome course relatively flat, limited participants so there was little to no crowding. It's essentially two out and backs so you get to cross paths with all of the other participants. Great crowd support and post race.

Race Tips

Arrive early parking can be tricky. Great park at near the finish so bring the kids.

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review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Very scenic, flat and fast. Great medals.

Race Tips

Must sign up early as it fills up fast.

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

Arrive early as long lines for port a potties.



review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course and the organization is one of the best ones.

Race Tips

The course is close to the NASA and you could appreciate the iconic NASA buildings.

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

Better to arrive on Friday.



review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Beautiful course that winds along the banks of the Indian River; lovely old homes, new McMansions and old cracker houses share the space. Great volunteers and a wonderful post race party in the park. Plus, where else would you get a beach towel instead of a mylar blanket?

Race Tips

Register early and prepare to wake up early the day of the race!!!

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

Can't park there unless you come very early so riding the bus from one of the hotels is best. You can drive to any hotel on the bus list and park there if you are staying with friends or you are local.



review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Truly one of the best courses I have run and THE BEST MEDAL I have seen.

Race Tips

It's pretty flat and great crowd support. Usually cool at the start and warms up so take it easy as to not burn out once it warms up. Although it is shady most of the course the 2 miles are in the direct sun.

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

Stay at a host hotel and take the shuttles. Very organized.



review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course, great support, great bling.

Race Tips

Plan for weather!

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review of 2014 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2013 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Gently rolling hills on the first half prepare your legs for the pancake flat back half. If you enjoy running on a super fast course while watching a gorgeous sunrise and dolphins play in the surf all 26.2 miles, then this is the marathon for you. The best bling ever, as well! The weather cannot be beat. Just do it!!!

Race Tips

My advice is to run a conservative first half so you can appreciate the flat back half. There are space-themed aid stations at every mile, along with cola on the last miles for that extra kick. Amazing. I've run this course the last four years and always sub-4:00'd it. Signing up for number 5 as soon as it opens!!!

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

Book your hotel as soon as you are registered. Pick the Hilton or the Marriott. They offer amazing marathon rates and have late check-outs. Reservations for pre-race dinner location is recommended, too.



review of 2012 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

River front residential level course.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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