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Rocketman Triathlon

Rocketman Triathlon

August 24, 2014

1.5-km swim / 40-km bike / 10-km run
Carrol D. Hudson Recreation Area
Redstone Arsenal, AL


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Welcome to the 21st Annual Rocketman Triathlon!

The Rocketman Triathlon is a USAT Sanctioned Olympic Distance Triathlon put on by the Team Rocket Tri-Club. 2014 marks the 21st year for the Rocketman Triathlon. Included is an Aquabike event, which covers the same distances for the Swim and Bike. The event takes place at 7:30 am on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the Carroll D. Hudson Recreation Area on Redstone Arsenal.

The Rocketman Triathlon is one of 8 events in the Southeast Triathlon Championship Series (SETCS).  Events in the series include:

May 3 Lake Guntersville Olympic and Sprint Triathlon (Guntersville, AL)

June 7 Mach Tenn Triathlon (Tullahoma, TN)

June 14 Monster Triathlon (Pulaski, TN)

July 19 Wet Dog Triathlon (Decatur, AL)

August 24 Rocketman Triathlon (Redstone Arsenal, AL)

Sep 6 Frantic Frog Triathlon (Scottsboro, AL)

Sep 7 Goosepond Island Half Distance Triathlon (Scottsboro, AL)


This race benefits the USMCR Toys for Tots Program. All participants and spectators are URGED to bring a new toy to the race. Toys can be turned in at packet pickup. 

The race is limited to 500 competitors.  Due to military security considerations, all online entries must be received by August 17, 2014.

Cut-Off Times

All participants must complete the event in under 4 hour 30 minutes. The swim must be completed in no more than 1 hour from the time the participant started. The bike must be completed in no more than 3 hours from the time the participant started. Event officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to meet the above time requirements.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel and receive a full refund for your registration fee if you notify the Race Director no later than August 1, 2014. After August 1st, you will be given a comp for Rocketman 2015.

Collegiate and Military Categories for Awards and Low Registration Fees

Collegiate: Must be a Full Time Student

Military: Currently Serving Uniformed Personnel (Active, Guard, Reserve). Does not apply to Military Retirees, spouses or children of Active or Retired Military Personnel.


Visit the IMAthlete Rocketman Registration page.


Course Description


The swim takes place in the Tennessee River. We are able to coordinate with TVA to have "minimum flow" released from both Guntersville and Wilson Dams.

Up to 30 men and women, with the fastest Estimated Finish Time, will begin via "Wave" start. They will be followed by a wave with Collegiate Male athletes, followed by a wave with Collegiate Female athletes.

All other participants will enter the water in a time trial format two at a time with a 3-5 second interval.

Swimmers will be seeded based upon the estimated swim time you provided during registration



Transition:  Please note the flow through the transition area.




Bike:  40 kilometers The bike course has a couple of rolling hills, but is primarily flat and fast. There is no water on the bike course. It is recommended that you carry two bottles on the bicycle


Run:  10-km course. The run course takes place on a combination of asphalt roads, gravel roads, and smooth gravel trail. The run will be challenging due to heat and several gradual hills. Please stay hydrated!!!


Schedule of Events

Saturday, August 23, 2013 (Monaco Theater)

The Monaco Theater is located at 370 The Bridge Street, NW, approximately one mile north of Redstone Arsenal Gate 9 at Research Park Blvd and Old Madison Pike.

Time Activity
12:00 - 6:00 Expo, Packet Pickup and Toys for Tots Drop-Off
1:00 - 2:00 Race Briefing in Theater (TBD)

50% Discounted Lunch at the Scene Restaurant for Athletes                    

Sunday, August 24, 2012 (Carroll D. Hudson Recreation Area, Redstone Arsenal)

Time Activity
5:30 - 7:15 Packet Pickup, Timing Chip Pickup, Body Marking, and Toys for Tots Drop-Off
6:45 - 7:00 Sunrise Service provided by FCA Endurance
7:00 - 7:15 Race Overview at Transition Area
7:15 Pre Race Instructions at Finish Line Area
7:25 Final Instructions at Race Start Point
7:30 Race Start
12:00 Awards Ceremony


Due to increased security on Redstone Arsenal from the events of September 11 you are reminded that all adults must have picture ID with them while entering. Also, all cars entering must have vehicle registration and proof of current automobile insurance. Weapons to include knives, guns, etc. are NOT ALLOWED on base. All vehicles are subject to be searched.

Gate 9 (Research Park Blvd/Rideout Road); As you enter Gate 9, Research Park Blvd becomes Rideout Rd. Take Rideout Rd south for approximately 3.2 miles to the traffic signal at Martin Rd. Turn left on Martin Rd going east for 2.3 miles to Patton Rd. Turn right on Patton Rd going south for 4.5 miles to Rayford Rd. Turn left onto Rayford Rd and continue east for 0.8 mile as it will take you straight to the Col Hudson Recreation Area.




The Westin at Bridge Street Town Centre is the Host Hotel for the Rocketman.

They have 30 rooms reserved for a rate of $119 plus tax (15 rooms have a King and 15 rooms have 2 double beds). Reservations must be made by August 2, 2014. Location is very convenient, as the Expo/Packet Pick-Up will be at the Monaco Theater right beside the Hotel and less than a mile from Gate 9.

For additional informtion about lodging, go the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at


1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall (Male and Female)
1st Masters, Age 40+ (Male and Female)
1st Grand Masters, Age 50+ (Male and Female)
1st, 2nd, 3rd Clydesdale and Athena
1st, 2nd, 3rd Military (Male and Female)
1st, 2nd, 3rd Collegiate (Male and Female)
1st, 2nd, 3rd 5-year age groups, starting with the 15 to 19 age group ending with 85+ year olds
1st Place Relay Teams (Male, Female, Mixed and Masters) For Masters Relay, all team members must be Age 40 or over.
1st Place Aquabike (Male and Female)






Mike GerrityContact Race Director

Rocketman Triathlon Race Director
(256) 508-9116