Triathlete Magazine, the world's leading triathlon magazine, has named the inaugural Rocketman Florida Triathlon as one of the United States' top three most anticipated races of 2013.



In its February issue that arrives on newsstands this week, Triathlete Magazine states, "Here's your chance to compete on the grounds of the Kennedy Space Center, where you'll ride past iconic space program landmarks, as well as the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Keep an eye out for bald eagles!" The first ever privately coordinated sporting event allowed on Kennedy Space Center property, the Rocketman Florida Triathlon will feature three race distances: Classic +, International + and Half Iron. The race also offers relay divisions in the Classic + and International +. "What a great endorsement for our race from triathlon's premiere magazine," said event producer Mitch Varnes. "Our team and the local communities are working very hard to make this a fun and memorable event, and we all looking forward to that first weekend of May." Not only are race coordinators using Kennedy Space Center as a back drop, but they've also selected some really scenic venues on Florida's Space Coast as well. The swim will be in the beautiful waters of the Indian River, followed by a run through historic downtown Titusville - one of Florida's older established towns also known as "The Gateway to Nature and Space." The bicycle portion of each of the three races will take athletes on the Canaveral National Seashore, the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and onto the secure areas of the Kennedy Space Center where they will ride past many types of wildlife and all of America's major landmarks, including the giant Vehicle Assembly Building and both Space Shuttle launch pads. Information, course photos and videos can all be found at