PayBack is extremely disappointed to announce that, due to flooding, the SpeRUNking Sand Mine Challenge will not occur July 22, 2017 at the Crystal City Cave. This fundraiser is vital to PayBack’s mission of restorative justice, holding youth accountable, providing restitution to victims, and repairing the community.
PayBack remains hopeful that the cave will be restored and that we can tentatively schedule a February 2018 Sandmine Challenge. Stay tuned for the latest information on our Facebook page. Payback truly appreciates your loyalty to the Sandmine Challenge and to our cause. We look forward to working with you and welcoming you to the Sandmine Challenge in 2018!
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.
Date | 2018 date coming soon!
Location | Crystal City Underground, 700 Crystal City Avenue, Crystal City, MO 63019
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.
You must be at least 14 years old on race day to participate. Click here to register!
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.
More information coming soon!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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.