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SpeRUNking Sandmine Challenge

Saturday, July 22, 2017

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FLOODING UPDATE:
With the heavy rains over the past weekend and the current river forecast from the US Army Corps of Engineers, there is a high chance of flooding occurring this week at the Crystal City Underground.  Several volunteers were out this past weekend and built many dams around the property to try and prevent the flooding, but the latest forecasts are projected to be above those walls.  Knowing there is a real possibility of the venue flooding, and therefore making our race date of July 22nd not likely, we have decided to postpone the opening of registration until we know the status of the venue.  If flooding occurs, we will reassess the situation and keep you all informed of the status of the event.  The river is expected to crest this Friday and we will have an update on the status of the event early next week.  

It's back!!!  Come run around underground again! After the devastating flooding in 2015, the cave is finally ready for the challenge.  If you're looking or a new running adventure, then the SpeRUNking Sandmine Challenge is the event for you. The 3-mile(ish) course with natural obstacles is entirely within the 56 degree 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, and jump through various obstacles. We strongly suggest a headlamp for the race and shoes that can get wet! This approximate 3 mile run will be like no other event you've ever done. SpeRUNking Sandmine Challenge has been featured in CNN's Top 10 U.S. Adventures and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Participants can choose between two race distances; the "Original" Sandmine Challenge or for those into EXTREME Quad Challenge.  The "Extreme Quad". Quad runners will complete four laps on the same course as the original ~3 mile course, equaling ~12 miles.

Proceeds from the event benefit the charity PayBack, Inc.  PayBack, Inc. is a local nonprofit 501 C(3) organization who works in partnership with Metropolitan St. Louis Area Family Courts to help children, their families, and our community break the cycle of juvenile delinquency. Our goal is to fund and administer restorative justice programs for juvenile offenders and victims by raising restitution funds, locating job sites, and restoring the juvenile sense of self through personal accountability, community service, and job skills.

3 Mile Course Wave Times Extreme Quad Wave Times

Participant List

Date | Saturday, July 22, 2017

Location | Crystal City Underground, 700 Crystal City Avenue, Crystal City, MO 63019

Event Timeline

  • 7:00am | Parking, Race day Packet Pick-up, Registration, Gear check open
  • 9:00am & 9:00am |  Extreme Quad Heats 
  • 9:10-11:00am | 3 Mile Course Heats
  • 10:00am | Post-race Party begins
  • 11:30pm | Awards
Distances
There are two distances to choose from; the "Original" Sandmine Challenge ~3 miles course and the Extreme Quad Challenge.  Extreme Quad runners will complete 4 laps on the same course as the original race, equaling ~12 miles! The entire ~3M course is underground in an old sandmine cave which features a year round temperature of 56 degree, 30 to 40 foot ceilings, sand dunes, and a large underground lake. Natural cave obstacles are throughout the course and require sand dune climbs and slides, crawling through rocky tunnels, and underground water crossings. The course is on a sand surface, some wet, some dry. You will crawl, climb, wade, balance, & jump thru various natural obstacles. 


Swag
New this year participants can choose their swag option, or choose both!  Extreme Quad participants will automatically receive both swag items.  The 3 Mile participants can choose between a custom technical hat by BOCO or Bella + Canvas unisex short sleeve jersey tee.  Participants who are interested in both items have the option to purchase the hat for an additional $20 when registering. Register by July 10th to guarantee your shirt size. 

  • Boco Hat: Custom Technical Trucker hat by BOCO Gear.  Hat features performance woven material on the front panel, BOCO wicking performance mesh internal sweatband, structured front panels, mesh side and back panels, adjustable plastic snap back closure, curved bill. One size fits most. BOCO Hats are limited, first-come, first-serve when registering.  There is a $2.00 added fee for this swag item. Additional hats can be purchased through registration for $20.  
  • Jersey Tee: Custom unisex tee is 52/48 combed and ringspun cotton/polyester jersey giving the shirt an ultra soft feel. It features a heather clay color.  Available sizes are XS to 2XL.  Those who register by July 10th will be guaranteed a race shirt in their size.  Shirt sizes are first-come, first-served for those who register after July 10th. 

Registration Fee
You must be at least 14 years old on race day to participate.  Click here to register!  

  • $50 | 3M course | through May 25
  • $60 | 3M course | May 26-July 9
  • $70 | 3M course | July 10-July 20
  • $80 | 3M course | July 21-Race Day
  • $85 | Extreme Quad | through May 25
  • $90 | Extreme Quad | May 26-July 9
  • $100 | Extreme Quad | July 10-July 20
  • $110 | Extreme Quad | July 21-Race Day

Packet Pick-Up 

Finisher Medals & Awards 
Finisher will receive a custom even medal feature the SpeRUNking Sandmine logo.  Plaques will be awarded in the 3 Mile challenge, awards will be given to the top three men and women overall and the top 3 men and women in the following age categories: 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over.   Plaques for the Extreme Quad will be awarded to the top 3 men and women overall.

Post-Race Party
More information coming soon! 

Volunteers
Many volunteers are needed to help make this event a success.  Volunteers will receive a custom event shirt, access to the post-race party and a gift card to Fleet Feet Sports - St. Louis. If interested in volunteering please email Jules (jules@fleetfeetstlouis.com) for more information

Additional Information 

  • A complete list of race rules is available on the rules page of the event website.
  • Since the mine is well protected from the weather, the race can be held in just about any conditions.  The race directors do, however, reserve the right to cancel the event if they deem the weather too extreme or dangerous for travel.  No refunds will be provided in case of cancellation.

PayBackPresenting Charity
Proceeds from SpeRUNking Sandmine Challenge benefit the charity PayBack, Inc.  PayBack, Inc. is a local nonprofit 501 C(3) organization housed in the St. Louis City Family Courts building in an office generously donated by the Courts. Sustained through the generous donations of private individuals, businesses, grants and fund-raising events, PayBack works with an operating budget of just over $100,000, 15 volunteer Board Members, and 1 paid Administrative Assistant.  PayBack works in partnership with Metropolitan St. Louis Area Family Courts to help children, their families and our community, break the cycle of juvenile delinquency. Our goal is to fund and administer restorative justice programs for juvenile offenders and victims by raising restitution funds, locating job sites, and restoring the juvenile sense of self through personal accountability, community service and job skills. Payback is celebrating serving the community for over 30 years and happily reports that more than 70% of the juveniles who participate in their program never return to the Family Courts as re-offenders. In addition, more than half a million dollars have been returned to metro area crime victims by youth in the PayBack program.


 

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