Rocket City Marathon

The Rocket City Marathon is a 26 mile, 385 yard footrace through Huntsville, Alabama
Race day is December 9th,2017

Have you always wanted to run a marathon What are you waiting for?

Rocket City Marathon has been a fixture for over 35 years in North Alabama. Enjoy a flat course Boston Marathon qualifier.

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Welcome to the Rocket City Marathon

Rocket City Marathon has been a fixture for over 40 years in North Alabama. Enjoy a flat course Boston Marathon qualifier.

Come run the Rocket City Marathon, a premiere marathon of the south for over 40 years! Runners enjoy a flat, fast course that is also a Boston Marathon qualifier and scores double points on the Running Journal Grand Prix XXIX Championship Circuit.

The Huntsville Track Club proudly presents the Rocket City Marathon, a Huntsville tradition which is more than just a race, it’s an experience! The Rocket City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo promises to have something for runners and spectators alike. After visiting the expo and packet pick up join us for a guided run through Historic Downtown Huntsville. Be sure to get your tickets for the Carbo Dinner featuring Michael Wardian, award winning Marathoner and Ultra-Marathoner.

We work as hard creating exciting activities for you and your family as we do conducting a flawless race on a fast course to produce an enjoyable race that should yield your maximum performance. Whether you are looking to PR, Boston Qualify, or run your first marathon, The Rocket City Marathon is the race for you! Register today.

Race Day Temperatures:
Normal low temperature is 34 and normal high is 54.

A.W. Jackson

I have always dreamed of starting and finishing a marathon. The Rocket City Marathon was a blast. Friendly volunteers, flat course and great city! Thank you for fulfilling a lifelong dream!

— A.W. Jackson

John Parrish

This was my 5th time to run the Rocket City Marathon and I have enjoyed it every year. Great course and awesome volunteers. Thank you for such a great race.

— John Parrish

Carmen J. Thompson

I have run marathons all over the southeast United States and this is one of my favorite events. Great hospitality, a flat course, cool temperatures and a great host city. We will be back again.

— Carmen J. Thompson

Recent News

Updated: November 28, 2017

Visit to read the latest news, open registration (Memorial Day), new sponsors, and volunteer details.


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Want to get involved?

Want to cheer on runners on the course. Join your family, friends, or co-workers and sign up to be a Spirit Team. Winning teams are eligible
for $500 in cash prizes. Spirit Team Application

Race Sponsors

The Rocket City Marathon is actively seeking additional sponsorships. If you or your company are interesting in sponsoring the Rocket City Marathon please contact Dwayne & Dana Debardelaben.  256-226-3556 (Dwayne); 256-714-2681 (Dana);

Course Maps

GENTLY ROLLING & FAST: New Race Course route will take you through Historic Downtown Huntsville, Huntsville Botanical Gardens and the Space and Rocket Center.