Rocket City Marathon

The Rocket City Marathon is a 26 mile, 385 yard footrace through Huntsville, Alabama

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

Come run the Rocket City Marathon. For over 37 years the Rocket City Marathon has been a premiere marathon event in the South. The Rocket City Marathon is conducted by the Huntsville Track Club and scores double points on the Running Journal Grand Prix XXIX Championship Circuit. If you have run the Rocket City Marathon in the past you know what a quality event this is. If you have never run this Huntsville tradition then this is the year to add our event to your schedule.

The Rocket City Marathon is more than just a race. It is an “event” built around the race. We work just as hard creating exciting activities to make your trip to the Rocket City fun as we do conducting a flawless race on a fast course to produce an enjoyable race that should yield your maximum performance. The carbo supper is excellent and we feed about 500 each year so be sure to give it a try. These and the other Friday activities are provided to encourage you to run your best.

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: December 7, 2016

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


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Want to get involved?

Join your co-workers, family and friends and sponsor a mile at the Rocket City Marathon by making a $250 donation to a charity. If you are a charity you could earn $250. Spirit Team Application 2016

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 Suzanne Taylor at 256.650.7063 or

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.