Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Announces “Race to the Moon”

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Friday, May 31, 2019 - 12:00pm

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Apollo 50th Anniversary Event Challenges Runners Across the Nation

The National Air and Space Museum has announced its latest commemorative activity, Race to the Moon, as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Apollo 11 was the collective achievement of 400,000 individuals working towards a common goal. To celebrate this shared experience, the museum is challenging a new generation. Race to the Moon is a 50-day virtual race on the social fitness app Strava that will challenge participants to run 50 miles in 50 days. The race starts June 1 and ends July 20.

Race participants are encouraged to share photos of themselves using #RacetotheMoon, connect with other runners across the country and enter to win exclusive Apollo 50 content and prizes. At the end of the challenge, all challenge participants will receive a surprise. Official rules and information on how to join the race are available at:

More information and updates on the museum’s Apollo 50th anniversary programs and events, as well as rich historical content on the Apollo program, can be found on the museum’s Apollo website.

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is located at Sixth Street and Independence Avenue S.W. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is located in Chantilly, Virginia, near Washington Dulles International Airport. Both facilities are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free, but there is a $15 fee for parking at the Udvar-Hazy Center.

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