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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

2017: N/A
2016: 3.7%
2015: 3.4%

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 45th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 41st largest in 2015.

Last 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 429th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 404th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.74 ranks it as the 54th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th 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 223rd 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)


Recent Space Coast Marathon Reviews

4.9 Stars from 17 Reviews
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review of 2016 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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 2016 Space Coast Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Pros: Beautiful, relatively flat course, excellent support, huge medal.

Negatives: Very quiet (few spectators). Full Marathon starts AFTER Half, which is dumb. The later start subjects you to hotter conditions. In 2016, the Sun baked the 2nd half of the marathon, causing many to cramp. Marathon should start much earlier to avoid the FL heat. (Half Marathon was ideal).

Race Tips

It may be late November, but be prepared for FL high temps & humidity

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

Use the main parking lot at the mall, where there are plenty of buses to transport you.

review of 2016 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful course. Great party at the end. Great medals and beach towels. Amazing space theme.

Race Tips

First part of marathon is hilly - but Florida hilly - so essentially flat.

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

This is not a huge race so just give yourself time to park and enjoy pre-race festivities.

review of 2015 Space Coast Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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 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


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"!

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