Nearly 200 Expected to Race the International Space Station This Saturday
Released by Janet Anderson, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
The fifth annual Racin’ the Station duathlon is coming up September 24, 2016, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Around 200 athletes will try to finish a specially designed course in the same amount of time that it takes the International Space Station, traveling at 17,000 mph, to complete one circuit around Earth — a little over 90 minutes.
The timed course for adults begins at 8:30am (CDT) with a 3.14 km run, followed by a 23 km bicycle ride, and finishing with another 3.14 km run. The start and finish line are the same — at Marshall’s Wellness Center Building 4315.
Race organizers arranged the distance to coincide with the number pi or π, approximately equal to 3.14. The race is officially over when the last person crosses the finish line and is followed by lunch and an awards ceremony at 11am.
Racers will pass many Army and Marshall facilities, including the Payload Operations Integration Center, the command post of space station science. At race headquarters in Marshall’s Activity Building 4316, they will have the opportunity to learn about NASA programs, including the International Space Station, the Space Launch System, Mighty Eagle, the United Launch Alliance Atlas IV and Delta V rockets, and US Army exhibits of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (aka, drones).
The event is organized by the Team Rocket Triathlon Club in Huntsville AL and by the Marshall Association, a professional employee service organization at Marshall whose members include civil service employees, retirees, and contractors.
Proceeds from the registration fee for the event go to the Marshall Association scholarship fund.