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Cathedral Caverns Trail Run

Cathedral Caverns 5K & 15k Trail Run 

November 23, 2019: 8:00am 

Cathedral Caverns State Park: 637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776

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Welcome to the 2019 Cathedral Caverns Trail Run! The race starts in a beautiful valley with picturesque mountains and fields in the background. This trail race is designed for both new and experienced trail runners alike. The last 1.2 miles of the 5k and 15k runs through the cave is an out and back 0.6mi segment that is wide enough for 2 way traffic. Runners will pick up a glow stick at the turn around point and the decorative lighting will be on at all times. The average temperatures for race day are a low of 40F, high of 61F. Meanwhile inside the cave the year round temperature is a cool 58F. This will truly be a race like no other.  Cathedral Caverns Trail Race

Aid stations will be provided on the course with everything from water, Gatorade, Coke, pretzels, M&M's, and more. Follow the race on Facebook.

Check out this awesome video on Cathedral Caverns State Park to get an idea of the beautiful scenery.

 

 

Overview

Course Maps & Elevation profiles:
15K: https://www.strava.com/routes/20364591
5K: Follows the same route until 1.7mi mark before crossing the road and running east toward the cave (finishing stretch of the 15k)

Driving distance from:

Huntsville: 31 miles
Chattanooga: 83 miles
Birmingham: 93 miles
Florence: 103 miles
Nashville: 139 miles
Atlanta: 161 miles

Registration

The 5K race is capped at 200 runners. The 15K is capped at 300 runners.

All runners who sign up for the race will receive a t-shirt and awesome finisher medal.

Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be on Friday, November 22nd @ Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville from 12-6pm. Fleet Feet is located at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. Also, there will race day packet pick up at Cathedral Caverns State Park under the tent in the parking area (start line) from 630am-745am but we encourage you to get there as early as possible!

Shirts & Awards

The race shirt will be a tri blend t-shirt shirt. Age groups will be ten years: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ for the 5K and 15K. ALL runners will receive a sweet finisher medal.

Weather & Cutoffs

These are low-traffic trails, so we expect this race to go off rain or shine. In the event of severe weather (highly unlikely in November) we will delay the start as necessary to avoid lightening. If severe weather threatens the entire day and does not appear to let up, we may be forced to cancel. However this is not typical for this area during this time of year.

Average Temperatures: Low: 40F, High: 61F

The cutoff for the 5K is 1hr15min. This works out to be 24:00min /mi pace. The 15K cutoff is 2hr30min or 16:40min/ mi pace. If you cannot maintain 16min pace we ask that you please consider running the 5K. There are cave tours that will start after the race so we must adhere to these strict cutoffs.

Will Christian

I was a 2:27 marathoner that seemed to have hit the ceiling. It seemed that I couldn't break that time. I ran a 2:20 marathon this past fall and a big reason for that success was due to coaching and guidance. Coaching is like having a second set of eyes on a problem.

As an active duty service member we are taught "Attention to Detail." I was focusing on my stronger attributes while neglecting my weaker ones. My personal coach pointed a few things out and changed a few of my workouts and like magic; I smashed my PR in the marathon.