Hundreds of runners expected to lace up Dec. 8 for annual Rocket City Marathon

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  Runners are preparing to hit the streets Saturday, December 8 for the 43rd Rocket City Marathon.

Organizers expect up to 1,200 runners to take part in the annual marathon. Three hundred runners are expected to participate in the Half Marathon and 200 in the Kid’s Marathon. Start times are as follows:

  • Marathon: 7 a.m. on Monroe Street
  • Kid’s Marathon: 7:45 on Monroe Street
  • Half Marathon: 9 a.m. on Clinton Street.

The course winds through downtown Huntsville, past the Space and Rocket Center and through the Botanical Gardens before finishing inside the VBC. For course information, click here.

Drivers are advised to use caution due to the number of runners on the road and because of possible heavy downpours Saturday. Roads won’t be closed, but are expected. Monroe Street will be closed temporarily until after the Kid’s Marathon. Clinton Avenue is also expected to be congested starting around 8 a.m. due to the half marathon.

The award ceremony will take place at the VBC at 1:15 p.m.