To connect thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honor the past while building a stairway to the future. Yuri’s Night continues to bring the excitement, passion and promise of space travel closer to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
The 2014 event will take place Sat April 5th.
Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of human space achievement, held on the anniversaries of the first human into space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (12th April 1967), and the flight of the first American space shuttle, Columbia (12th April 1987). This is a 5 km run/walk through Nassau Bay is held as part of the Yuri’s Night Houston celebration. It will begin at 8:15 a.m. A 1K Kid’s Run will also be held at 8:00 a.m. All proceeds from this event benefit the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.
For the first nine years, we held our race at Challenger 7 Memorial Park in Webster, TX. Named in memory of the astronauts who dedicated their lives to the exploration of space, Challenger Park has been an ideal location for an event that celebrates human spaceflight. . However, the race has outgrown the park, and so in 2013 the event was moved.
An important factor in determining the new location was that it holds an aspect of significance to human spaceflight. After considering several different possibilities, the decision has been made to move our race to the City of Nassau Bay, where many astronauts, engineers, technicians and flight directors have lived from the early days of the Apollo program to the current day. Our 2nd year with the new course will take runners by former homes of many of the early era astronauts that lived in the city.