43rd Space Coast Marathon Set For Nov. 30

By  //  November 25, 2014

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Florida’s oldest marathon



BREVARD COUNTY • THE SPACE COAST, FLORIDA – The Running Zone Foundation and Space Coast Runners will present the 43rd running of the Space Coast Marathon and Half-Marathon – Florida’s oldest marathon – next Sunday, Nov. 30.

“We invite runners and walkers alike to experience one of the most beautiful USATF certified waterfront courses on the east coast of Florida,” said event organizer Denise Piercy.

“Both races start in the historic and quaint Cocoa Village, and finish with a lap around the Riverfront Park amphitheatre where family and friends can cheer and watch your finish live and on the JumboTron. As our race is held within the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center, the entire event revolves around a space theme sure to delight and energize our participants.”


“We are extremely excited to continue our five-year journey (2013 -2017) with the Big Bang Series,” said Piercy.

Denise Piercy
Denise Piercy

“We chose the name Big Bang Series for the creation of an amazing expansion to our universe a five-year series for the Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon. We added the space theme to the race in 2007 and designed this new program to honor the Space Shuttle Program and for the accomplishments and sacrifices of all those involved.

“We feel a deep sense of pride here along the Space Coast with all of the tremendous accomplishments of the Shuttle Space program. We launched the Big Bang Series in honor of these accomplishments.”

The 2014 Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Radisson Resort at the Port, Conference Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Exhibitors will feature the newest designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. Race packet pickup is also available during the expo.

Bart Yasso
Bart Yasso

This one day Expo is open to the public and Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer for Runners World, is the keynote speaker.

Yasso launched the magazine’s sponsorship program, which now works with 6,500 races representing 3.5 million runners each year.  He is also the creator of the “Yasso 800s,” a workout that predicts marathon race pace by running 800 meters 10 times. This technique is extremely popular in Europe and in Italy.

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Yasso has run marathons worldwide – from Boston and New York to Antarctica and Mount Kilimanjaro, and at least one on all seven continents.

One of the relatively few hardcore ultra-endurance runners to complete the Badwater – at 146-miles running race considered the toughest run in the U.S 1989. Bart was also inducted into the Running USA Hall of Champions.


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