Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Sperunking: noun [spi-run-kin] - the act of exploring caves while running, hurdling obstacles, crawling and tip-toeing through quicksand.

The SandMine Challenge

An amazing adventure where you run through an abandoned sandmine while avoiding obstacles! CNN called it one of the 10 Ultimate U.S. Adventures. divider
Register for the Race

What is the SandMine Challenge?

~4 Mile Underground Challenge Run!
Run through obstacles in an old sand mine then enjoy a post-race party with music, beer, and food at the finish line!

The Obstacle Course

There are two races to choose from. The "Original" Sandmine Challenge is almost 4 miles. For those into EXTREME challenges... NEW THIS YEAR... is the "Extreme Quad". Quad runners will complete 4 laps on the same course as the original race, equaling almost 16 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(4 miles) is $50.00 if registered by January 1st, 2014. $60.00 thereafter. Race day registration is $75.00. The Extreme Quad (almost 16 miles) is $85.00 (registration thru Feb 15, 2013). No race day registration for the Extreme Quad. All online registrations have a $2.50 convenience fee.

What Time Does the Race Start?

Wave start begins at 10:00 a.m. & will proceed in 5 minute intervals. NEW THIS YEAR... you & your friends get to pick your starting time up to a 12:00 (noon) 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 10:20 wave is reserved SOLELY for Saint Louis Adventure Group (SLAG) members. The 10:25 & 10:30 start times are reserved SOLELY for the Extreme Quad runners. Extreme Quad runners do not need to list a start-time.

Race Packet Pick-Up

To be announced...

Entry to the SandMine Challenge

Sandmine Challenge Registration

$45 through January 12, 2014. $50 thereafter. Race day registration $55.00. Late registration ends at 11:00.

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!!! Special trophies 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 Gatorade and water available on the course. Post Race Party with music, beer, & food at the finish line!

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, please let us know!! Food, drink, headlamps, & gloves will be for sale at the staging area. 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 and a news video about the race. JOIN US on Facebook to see pictures of past races and to stay up to date on race information!