Pre-race bike rides:
NASA prohibits bicyclists on their paved public roads (SR. 406/402, SR 3) on Monday-Friday 6 am-9 am AND 3 pm – 6 pm. NASA posted signs at all of their entrances, but they are easy to miss. There are not prohibitions on weekends for bicyclists, although there is a lack of road shoulders and the posted vehicle speed is high. There are not specific regulations on cycling on SR 405, but use caution as it is an open road with tourist and local traffic and little shoulder areas.
Are spectators allowed?
Will family/friends would be allowed along the course? Spectators will be allowed for the swim and run portions of the course, but they will not be allowed on the space center for security reasons. They may view the bike from transition areas and near the Astronaut Hall of Fame, but spectators will NOT be allowed on State Road 405. Visit the Spectator Viewing page for more.
Are there alligators in the area?
Alligators are scarce in the Indian River (salt water) but they have been seen there. We have put on many triathlons in the Indian River and never seen one nor had any issues with them. We will have lots of water patrol and lifeguards and will be cognizant of the potential for alligators but are not overly concerned with the issue. You may, however, encounter manatees and porpoises.
What is the course time limit?
The race will officially end 8 hours after the last wave starts. the swim course will close at 9:30am.
Can I use my beach cruiser?
Beach cruisers are not allowed, as it would be difficult to maintain a 14mph speed. You can however, rent a bike from Bob’s Bicycles (link above).
Is there an elite division?
Will there be shuttles on the pads?
NASA retired the shuttle fleet in 2011. Shuttles are located in museums around the country, including Atlantis which is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
What are the water conditions?
Water conditions will be similar to a large lake, with potential surface chop and little or no current. The water temperature will be in the mid-70s. Water depth is 3 to 14 feet deep on the swim. Average depth is 8 feet. All swimmers will have to wade about 100 yards to the swim start and then run back the same distance after the swim to reach the shore.
At what temperature can I wear my wet suit?
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.
Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite/pros at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater.
What is the water temperature? Averages around 75 degrees in October. *Recent reading was 81 degrees.
Why is your entry fee pricing higher than most other area triathlons?
This is a race venue like no other, and our pricing is actually in line with or less than that of other iconic race venues such as Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, the New York City Triathlon, the Nation’s Triathlon, Malibu Triathlon, South Beach Triathlon, etc…
Additionally, with this being a secured government facility, we are required to have additional safety and security personnel and vehicle on the KSC portion of the bike course.
A significant part of the entry fee is due to our agreement requirement to buy a full price Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center tour ticket ($53.00) for each entrant who rides onto the secured grounds of the Kennedy Space Center.
So, my entry in the Rocketman Florida Triathlon includes a Free ticket to the Visitor Center and a bus tour?
Yes, each individual entrant receives a single day ticket (valid for 1 year) which allows the following:
Included with General Admission:
• Space Shuttle Atlantis℠
• Twin IMAX® Theater 3D Films
• Shuttle Launch Experience®
• Special Viewing for Rocket Launches
• Angry Birds™ Space Encounter
• Numerous Shows and Exhibits
• General Bus Tour
• Meet an astronaut
• FREE 2-day admission to Astronaut Hall of Fame® (if used within seven days)
Do Relay team members also receive a ticket for the tour?
One KSC tour ticket will be given to each relay team. That ticket is intended for the person doing the bike leg of the relay but may be used by any member of the team.
Bike check in – On Saturday during packet pick up hours or race morning. However, there will be NO packet pick up on race morning.
Can my friend pick up my packet? NO, NO EXCEPTIONS (USAT RULE)
What if I leave my ID at home on race day or packet pickup? You cannot race!
What time does transition area open up on race morning? Transition opens at 5am. Bike MUST be checked in on Saturday. ONCE YOUR BIKE IS PARKED, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE IT OUT OF TRANSITION.
What time does the transition area close on race morning? 6:45am
What are the rules to avoid penalties? Click Here
What time should I arrive? Transition opens at 5:30am and closes at 6:45am.
What time do I start swimming? Official wave start times will be available about two weeks prior to the event on the Wave Start Times page.
Where do I wear the timing chip? on your ankle
Is there prize money for this race? NO
Are head phones or ipods allowed? NO