NASA To Host Rocketman Triathlon

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Athletes looking for a unique new event to compete in next year may be interested to hear that NASA will play host to a triathlon on the grounds of Kennedy Space Center. The event, appropriately named the Rocketman Triathlon, will take place on May 5, 2013, with the biking leg running through the Cape and past some very important historical sites for the American space program.

The Rocketman Tri will feature three lengths, giving everyone who would like to compete an opportunity to enter. Those lengths include the following:

• Classic +
Swim 1/2 mile, Bike 34 miles (approx.), Run 4 miles 

• International +
Swim .93 miles, Bike 34 miles (approx.), Run 6.2 miles

• Half Iron
Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles

Registration is set to open on September 1st, which gives you eight months to train for the race.

On a personal note, I visited Kennedy Space Center a number of years back and found it to be quite an interesting place. In addition to all of the space related exhibits and sites to explore, the area also happens to be the site of Canaveral National Seashore and Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. As a result, KSC isn’t just fascinating for all the history there, but for it’s close proximity to some spectacular natural beauty as well. It seems like it should be a fun place to hold a triathlon.

Kraig Becker