Have you ever thought about running a triathlon? And are you a big nerd? Well, you're reading Gizmodo so chances are you're at least half way there. Next year, for the first time ever, the Kennedy Space Center is going to open their gates for an awesome sporting event.

The Rocketman Triathlon, which wins for coolest-sounding race ever, will take place in Florida's Space Coast, with a large portion of the bike stage looping you through and around major space program landmarks, including the space shuttle launch pads. There are three different distances you can choose from:

Classic +
• Swim 1/2 mile, Bike 34 miles (approx.), Run 4 miles
International +
• Swim .93 miles, Bike 34 miles (approx.), Run 6.2 miles
Half Iron
• Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles

The + above is because the bike section will be extended slightly to incorporate more landmarks. The race will be May 5th, 2013, and registration begins September 1st. And remember, if you're not sure what gear to buy for your first triathlon, we've got you covered. I can't think of cooler scenery to be staring at while simultaneously hoping you aren't going to pee blood. [Rocketman Triathlon via Universe Today via Before It's News]

Thanks, Sy!