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Space Race 3K returns to Kennedy Space Center in January

by Dave Parfitt

Ice down the Tang because the Kennedy Space Center Space Race 3K – a 1.86 mile fun run through the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex benefiting the United Way of Brevard – is back on Jan. 20, 2023.

Logo for the 2023 Space Race at Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center has served as the home of America’s space program for over 60 years. During your Spacewalk (or run) you will enjoy views of Kennedy Space Center’s historic Rocket Garden, the full-sized booster stack at the entrance to Space Shuttle Atlantis, and the Mercury 7 mural on the Heroes & Legends building.

Rockets on display at the Kennedy Space Center
Heroes and Legends building behind the Rocket Garden at the Kennedy Space Visitor’s Center
Photo by Dave Parfitt

After the Space Race 3K concludes, participants can strike a hero pose and join family, friends, and fellow astronauts for the after race party. Space Race award winners will receive their prizes from a veteran NASA astronaut. Entry fee for this evening event includes a race T-shirt, complimentary parking after 5 p.m., and a beer or wine at the after party. Non spacewalkers can join the family-friendly event with a suggested donation of $5.

Posing in front of the full-sized booster rocket stack at the entrance to Space Shuttle Atlantis
Space Shuttle Atlantis booster rocket stack at Kennedy Space Center
Photo by Dave Parfitt

Registration for the Space Race 3K is now open and costs $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. After Dec. 31, 2022, registration increases by $5 for both categories. If you don’t register, but wake up on January 20th, and choose to race “not because it is easy, but because it is hard,” well then, it will cost you $45 for adults and $30 for children.

Stuck at the International Space Station and not able to make it down to Florida in time for the Space Race? There’s a virtual option available as well. Complete the 3K wherever you are on Jan. 20, 2023, and receive the coveted Space Race t-shirt.

Visiting NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for the first time
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