Rocket City Microthon

Sun October 18, 2020 Huntsville, AL 35805 US Directions
Events

0.12K "Runner's" Package

2:00PM CDT - 4:00PM CDT

Slacker's Package

2:00PM CDT - 4:00PM CDT
Description

Registration is CLOSED but...


The Microthon won't be the same without you, so come on down on Sunday. We are asking for $30 for day of registrations, but we are also going to be out of medals and unless you wear L or XL you may not get a shirt you want (we do have a lot of Mediums from last year which got left at the print shop). but we promise not to run out of beer tickets. You do need to wait and "run" in Corrals 3 or 4, but this will give you time to get in shape for the race. I imagine you've procrastinated on your training as much as you have on registration.

 

What? AGAIN?

Call us crazy. Maybe we're addicted to the runner's high. Maybe we are just ready to get out of the house for an outdoor social activity. Maybe we like it when our special needs friends get to go to art camp. Whatever the reason, the Microthon is BACK baby!

The Rocket City Microthon is the most (the only?) prestigious event for the least elite non-athletes. Put on your numbered bib (just like the real racers!) and run, walk, crawl, skip, roll - whatever it takes to get across the 0.12K Butler Green at Campus 805 and claim your coveted Finisher's Medal (aka bottle opener) and oval "0.12K" sticker to let other drivers know "Hey I'm better than you." Don't let all the fun tents with cool stuff along the course distract you from your goal - visit them on your way to redeem your golden ticket at a participating Campus 805 brewery or restaurant! Maybe put on your race T-shirt first so everyone will be impressed with your non-athletic prowess. 

What about the 'Rona? The Butler Green is outdoors! You are welcome to bring a tent/umbrella and set up some chairs 6 feet away from everyone and the Campus 805 businesses will be encouraging social distancing in the food/drink lines. It's pretty much the safest event going in the Rocket City these days. We will wear masks at the registration table and will mark 6' spacing for our start line. We will follow the city/state's guidelines in place at the time of the event.

Not convinced this is the event for you? Well, you're wrong. Two years worth of racers agree with that assessement. Check out some media from past years: 2019 WZDX 2018 WZDX News 2019 WeRunHsv and LauchPadHsv.

You've done it twice and think "whew, now I can cross Microthon off my bucket list"? Not so fast buster. Are you going to be the one to tell the performers who presented you your previous medals that they've been to special needs arts camp twice and now can cross it off their list? I didn't think so either. 

One golden ticket not enough? Add our Golden Ticket package and get two MORE golden tickets (be sure to download the Uber or Lyft app before you come). Hopefully you'll figure out that this package is tickets ONLY, not race registration and all the accompanying swag. Feel free to just buy this if you just want to consume while watching the race. You will be presented with the option to buy 2 more golden tickets when you register for the race or the Slacker's Package. Buy the extra tickets! Tickets can be used at Straight to Ale, Yellowhammer, Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza, Hops & Guac, and Offbeat Coffee Studio (maybe we'll sweet-talk more vendors into taking the tickets) and are worth $6 each, and valid on the day of the event only (2pm-6pm).

0.12K too much for you? Would you consider 383 feet? No? Oh well, then the Slacker's Package is for you. You get all the swag and none of the sweat. Sure, it's double the price but if I know you, you'll pay anything not to have to run. Hit that Donate button again if the price isn't high enough to assuage your guilt.

Think you're not ready for an 0.12K? Then plan to like our Facebook page for our "Recliner to 0.12K" ('cause that 'other word for sofa to 5K' is copyrighted and they are a snippy bunch) training program led by Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp coach Joe Martin. RSVP to our event and share it on your own page - everyone will be impressed with your athletic ability (especially those who never learned their metric system).  RocketCityMicrothon FacebookYou can also check out our training videos at our YouTube page here (we suggest you follow the link, instead of searching YouTube for "Microthon", as just one more letter in there gets you videos having to do with people not wearing a lot of underwear): RocketCityMicrothon YouTube

What's the point of all this? Do you NEED a point to enjoy a fall Sunday afternoon of festivities and beer at Campus 805? Fine, then check out the Merrimack Hall section below - all funds from the event go to provide arts education (dance, drama, creative writing, visual arts, arts summer camp, yoga, etc.) to special needs children, youth, and adults. There's a LOT of awesomeness going on at Merrimack. Why not hit the "donate" button above and add a little somepin somepin?

Interested in sponsoring or helping out or know someone who has a lot of money they want to give us? Check out those sections below as well.

You only fit into ONE T-shirt size and it's not XL? Register by October 2 to ensure you get the T-shirt size you order. It takes 10 days to get shirts made people!

A few tips:

  • There are 510 parking spaces at Campus 805, and registration is open for 400 people. You rocket scientists can do the math. Why not carpool or Uber/Lyft/taxi there and make it easy on yourself? Then you can buy more Golden Tickets.
  • Please don't drive after you drink. Uber/Lyft/taxi is way cheaper than a DUI.
  • Registration is limited to 325 "runners". That's a lot of elite non-athletes moving across Butler Green at the same time, and we can't be bother this year to do more than ask the Bearded Warriors to hold a jump-roap. But we will do some special kids-only races at some undetermined point when we remember it. And how about spread out the times you show up at the registration tent too? Better yet - come Saturday for packet pickup 12-6 at Yellowhammer!
  • Don't drink beer? You're probably skinnier than us. Plus, you can use your golden tickets for non-alcoholic beverages and food at Yellowhammer Brewery, Straight to Ale, Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza, Ale's Kitchen, Hops and Guac, and Offbeat Coffee Studio. The ticket is worth $6 but you don't get change if you spend less. And you pay if you spend more. Cause we can do math.
  • Please please please please please please please tip your servers. They make a little from the golden tickets but are willing to put up with a crowd of athletes on a runner's high.
  • Did we steal this idea from Boerne, Texas? Yes of course. We're not that original.
  • We will have packet (your T-shirt and golden ticket(s)) pickup the day before the event, at Yellowhammer Brewery from 12-6. 
  • What if the weather's bad? Then basically you are getting the Slacker's Package for half the price - you get all the swag and you don't have to run. Put on your shirt and undeserved finisher's medal and cash in your tickets enjoy yourself inside Campus 805. In other words, no refunds.
  • We have to order the T-shirts two weeks before the event, so if you register after that, it's possible (nay, likely) that you'll get a choice of large or extra large (if you name is Spalding, you'll get nothing and like it). So please register by September 9. The first person to find the race director on race day and tell them who Spalding is gets an extra Golden Ticket.
  • Regular race registration is limited to 325, but there's no limit on the Slacker's Package (or the Golden Ticket (aka Beer Drinker's) packages!) so if you can't get in to race, you can still get all the swag. Pickup your packet on September 21 between 12 and 6 at Straight to Ale (details to be emailed Friday 10/16), or if you enjoy lines and confusion and disorganization, the day of the event at the registration tent.
Place
Butler Green at Campus 805
2620 Clinton Ave W
Huntsville, AL US 35805
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Sponsors
Sponsors

Our sponsors are the BEST - supporting a fantastic charity and making a fun event possible. Contact merrimackrg@gmail.com if you or your business are interested in sponsoring in any way!

 

Interested in Becoming A Sponsor?

Interested in sponsoring The Rocket City Microthon (and who wouldn't be)? We really need you 'cause $25 doesn't actually cover t-shirts, bottle openers, and vanity stickers. We are looking for a medal sponsor this year - your logo will be seen every time someone opens a refreshing beverage for years to come! There are opportunities to have your logo on our frequently-appearing-in-everyone's-clothes-rotation T-shirts, or perhaps across the top of one of the sure to be oft-visited tents along the course (sponsor our silliness, or set up your own demo/display/sales), or whatever awesome idea you may have. For a mere $100 you can have a personalized sign somewhere along the "length" of the course - encourage your favorite non-athlete in their great endeavor to complete the Microthon. Got an even better idea? Contact Lesley Burnette at merrimackrg@gmail.com.

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Volunteers

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Want to help hand out Finisher's Medals to the amazing non-athletes as they struggle, gasping, across the finish line? Are you good at video production and would document the event? Maybe you'd like to dress up like a naughty nurse and staff the first aid tent, or you've got an idea for another sort of fun R&R tent? Or you're just DYING to pick up trash after a 300 person event? Then we can help. We can give you that "I did something good for someone" feeling and it won't cost you a THING (but maybe 4 hours of your time). Please contact Contact Lesley Burnette at merrimackrg@gmail.com.

 

All money raised by The Rocket City Microthon will directly benefit children, youth, and adults with special needs through Merrimack Hall. Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Huntsville, Alabama. Their mission is to provide visual and performing arts education, and cultural activities, to children and adults with special needs and to provide quality professional entertainment to the community.  Merrimack Hall’s Arts Program provides year-round, comprehensive arts education and social and cultural opportunities to children, teens and adults with a range of physical and intellectual disabilities.

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