On 12/8, I completed marathon #6 in my #50in50 goal (50 marathons, 50 states, 50 weeks) at the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, AL. We are gaining more awareness for our foundation and its mission.
I arrived early on 12/7 into Huntsville and headed over to the Huntsville Museum of Arts to pick up my packet.
It was a small expo with a relaxed atmosphere and small town feel
I got my race bib, 1776, which I thought was kind of cool.
The next morning I arrived at the race start, prepared to in cold and rainy conditions. I had an unused rain poncho from the Seattle Marathon from a couple of marathons ago. It came in handy this marathon.
Many of the runners waited inside the Von Braun Center, where the marathon starts and finishes, to stay out of the cold and rain.
Finally, at 7:00am on the dot, the race started. I thought about running a 4:04-4:05 marathon, but decided to run with the 4:15 group instead because of the weather. I didn’t want to wear myself out early and wanted to play it safe.
The course was pretty nice with some small rolling hills. The course winded by the US Space and Rocket Center where runners got to see several rockets and space vehicles. The biggest challenge was the weather. It was rainy and cold the entire time. It reminded me a bit of the Hyannis Marathon that I’ve run for the past 2 years. It takes place in Cape Cod, MA. It’s been cold and rainy for the 2 years that I’ve run it. I finished the race in 4:15 thanks to my pacer Katie.
The post race food was great. They had bagel, PB&J, and soup.
The medals are really cool.
I got my obligatory pic with the race’s signage.
After the race, I showered up then drove down to Birmingham to see my old co-workers/friends from my Mental Floss magazine days with Will, Cary and Winslow.
Will’s family took me to see Birmingham’s famous Vulcan statue.
We got a couple of pics with the statue.
Here’s the view of Birmingham from the observation deck.
And a view from inside the informational exhibit next to statue.
Overall, I enjoyed the Rocket City Marathon and recommend if you are looking for a southern marathon in the December. It’s a nice small town marathon with easy, rolling hills.
Next marathons on the schedule:
AL (Rocket City in Huntsville) 1/13
FL (Walt Disney in Orlando) 1/20
LA (Baton Rouge) 1/26
MS (Mississippi Blues in Jackson) 2/9
TX (Austin) 2/17
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