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Racin' the Station Duathlon

Racin' the Station Duathlon
Saturday, September 28, 2013 8:30 AM

Join Team Rocket Tri Club for the 2nd "Racin' the Station" Duathlon!

"Racin' the Station" Duathlon is non-sanctioned USAT Run/Bike/Run event where the participants will "race" the International Space Station (ISS) as it completes one Earth orbit. The ISS completes an orbit every 91 minutes 12 seconds. We will track the starting location of the ISS at the race start time and see who "beats" the space station by completing the event by the 91 minute 12 second mark.

The event will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), which is on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The race will begin at 8:30 am.

This year we've added a "Youth long" and a "Youth short" course!

Race Distance

The distances are in three "translations":
Run pi (km) / Bike e^pi (km) / Run pi (km)
Run 3.14 km / Bike 23 km / Run 3.14 km
Run 1.95 miles / Bike 14.3 miles / Run 1.95 miles

The run course is very flat (same for both legs) and the bike course has a few small hills, but is overall very flat as well.

Youth Courses

For the youth, the normal duathlon order of Run-Bike-Run is reversed, or called an "anti-duathlon", if you will.  Similar to matter and anti-matter having opposite charges ("Dork!" as my wife would say to me).  Anywho... the youth will be BIKE-RUN-BIKE.  (the youth event is cheaper than main event)

Starting AFTER the main event (around 10:45-11:00), the youth portions will begin together.

The long and short will be on the course together, but "long course" will start first followed by "short course"... they will all start 2 or 3 at a time to reduce chaos and improve safety (no worries about timing... they will be chip timed!)

For the Youth Courses, pick based off ability, but possible age groups are in parenthesis below:

Youth short (6-8):  BIKE 2 miles - RUN 0.5 miles - BIKE - 2 miles

Youth long (9-13):  BIKE 4 miles - RUN 1 mile - BIKE - 4 miles



Race Location & Directions

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. Building 4316 Activities Center.


You must come in gate 9 of Redstone Arsenal (this is exit off I-565). Research Park Blvd turns into Rideout Road once you go through the gate.

Must have valid driver's license, up-to-date tag receipt and up-to-date insurance card. No weapons allowed on the Arsenal. For more info:

Additional Information

Race shirts are gender specific tech shirts! (kids get one too)


Registration is open on!

As you register, choose event (main, youth long or youth short... and within thoses categories, choose based off your existing Redstone access or if you need me to coordinate your access by choosing "without" Redstone access.

Registration will be capped @ 400 racers at this time.

  Individual  Relay

Regular Registration with Redstone access



Regular Registration without Redstone access
$45 $80

Additional $10 late fee applies to individual and team registrations after 9/6. See imATHLETE for all registration fees. Those without Redstone Arsenal access will be permitted to register only if you are a US Citizen.
Also, those without access will be not permitted to register after September 24, 2013.



At a glance
Getting There & Buildings
BIke (yellow) and Run (red) Courses
Run Course
Bike Course

Youth Courses


Day/Time Activity

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 11 AM - 6 PM
Fleet Feet Sports
2722 Carl T. Jones Suite B2
Huntsville, AL 35802

Packet Pickup
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 6:30 - 7:45 AM
MSFC 4316 Activities Center
Huntsville, AL

Race Day Packet Pickup

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 8:00 - 8:20 AM
MSFC 4316 Activities Center
Huntsville, AL
Opening Ceremonies

Main event Race Start


10:45 AM or 11:00 AM

Youth Long and Short Start

Race Director

Kenneth Criswell


Fleet Feet Sports


amanda cutright's picture

Can you register for the racin the station duathlon?

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