The SandMine ChallengeAn amazing adventure where you run through an abandoned sandmine while avoiding obstacles! CNN called it one of the 10 Ultimate U.S. Adventures.
Due to flooding in the cave, the race scheduled on March 19th, 2016 has been canceled. Click HERE for more information.
What is the SandMine Challenge?
Run around the underground! If you're looking for a new running adventure, then the SpeRUNking Sandmine Challenge is the event for you. The 3-mile(ish) obstacled course is entirely within the 56º Crystal City sand mine, which has 30 to 40 foot ceilings, sand dunes, and a huge underground lake. The course is on a sand surface; some wet, some dry. You will crawl, climb, wade, balance, & jump through various obstacles. We strongly suggest a headlamp for the race & shoes that can get wet! This approximate 3 mile run will be like no other event you've ever done. SpeRUNking! has been featured in CNN's Top 10 U.S. Adventures.
The Obstacle Course
There are two races to choose from. The "Original" Sandmine Challenge is almost 3 miles. For those into EXTREME challenges... is the "Extreme Quad". Quad runners will complete 4 laps on the same course as the original race, equaling almost 12 miles!! The course is all in the 56 degree sand mine which has 30 to 40 foot ceilings, sand dunes, and a huge underground lake. Obstacles are around every 1/2 mile. The course is on a sand surface, some wet, some dry. You will crawl, climb, wade, balance, & jump thru various obstacles. Chip timing will be used for all participants. We strongly suggest a headlamp for the race & shoes that can get wet!
How Much Does the SandMine Challenge Cost
The "Original" Sandmine Challenge(5k) is $50.00 if registered by December 31st, 2015. $60.00 until 2/18/16 thereafter $70.00. The Extreme Quad (almost 12 miles) is $85.00 if registered by 12/31/15, $95 until 3/17/16. No race day registration for the Extreme Quad. Online registrations have a 6% +$1 convenience fee. No refunds.
What Time Does the Race Start?
Wave start begins at 9:10 a.m. & will proceed in 5 minute intervals. You & your friends get to pick your starting time up to a 11:00am start! Please fill in requested start time on form above or chose an available time wave on the online registration. We recommend walkers register for a start-time of 11:30 a.m. or later to avoid race congestion. PLEASE NOTE!!!!! The 9:00 and 9:05 waves are reserved SOLELY for the Extreme Quad runners. Participants are guaranteed a shirt if registered by February 8th.
Race Packet Pick-Up
Once participants have registered they can pick-up their racing packets on... - Friday, March 18th from 12pm-8pm at FLEET FEET - Des Peres
Entry to the SandMine Challenge
Sandmine Challenge Registration
$50 through December 31, 2014. $60 until 3/17/16, $70 thereafter. Race day registration $70.00. Race Day registration ends at 11:00. Registration is limited to 1250 people.
After the Race
ALL finishers receive a finisher's medal and dri-fit t-shirt! The Extreme Quad runners will receive a Long Sleeve Dri-Fit Extreme Quad T-shirt & Extreme medal celebrating their survival!!! Plaques will be given for the overall male & female winners. Place medals will be awarded to age group winners. To receive an award, you cannot skip obstacles. There will be water available on the course and food bars will be available after the race.
Awards for the Sandmine Challenge will be given to the top three men and women overall, as well as the top 3 men and women in the following age categories: 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over. To receive an award, you cannot skip obstacles. Awards will be given to the top 3 men and women overall in the Extreme Quad.
Stuff to Know About the Race
If you would like to volunteer to set up the course or be a course marshal on race day, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must be at least 14 years old on race day to enter. We will run in just about any conditions as the mine is protected from the weather, but we do reserve the right to cancel if we deem weather too extreme or dangerous for travel. No refunds. See our website for full rules. JOIN US on Facebook to see pictures of past races and to stay up to date on race information!