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Cathedral Caverns 5K / 15K
All registrations inside 2 weeks of the event are outside of the guaranteed t-shirt window. We should have enough but in the event that we run out of sizes, those who registered last may receive a RunningLane shirt instead.
Welcome to the 2023 Cathedral Caverns 5K & 15K 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 44F, high of 67F. Meanwhile inside the cave the year round temperature is a cool 58F. This will truly be a race like no other.
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: https://www.facebook.com/RunningLaneEvents/
Check out this awesome video on Cathedral Caverns State Park to get an idea of the beautiful scenery.
Where? Cathedral Caverns State Park: 637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776
Course Maps & Elevation profiles:
The 5K route is now updated to handle the increased number of participants in the race. The first 0.9mi will be on gravel road / paved road to give everyone time to spread out before entering the single track trail. Notice the 5K start time is 8:15AM vs the 15K start time of 8:00AM
Driving distance from:
Huntsville: 31 miles
Chattanooga: 83 miles
Birmingham: 93 miles
Florence: 103 miles
Nashville: 139 miles
Atlanta: 161 miles
The 5K race is capped at 300 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 will be on Friday, November 10th, 2023 @ Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. Fleet Feet is located at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. Also, there will be race day packet pick up at Cathedral Caverns State Park under the tent in the parking area (start line) from 6:30am - 7:45am 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: 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ 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: 44F, High: 67F
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.
There are no refunds, credits or friend/ family transfers on entries. We do not mail shirts or medals to participants unable to make the event as left over shirts are donated.
Lodging will be available at the Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge. Call 256-505-6621 to make a reservation. To ensure that you receive the special rate extended to the race, please mention you are with the Cathedral Caverns Trail Run – Group Code 9613. The Lodge is approximately 35-40 minute away from Cathedral Caverns State Park (race site).
Event's current local time: 3:10 AM CT
There are limited cabins available at Cathedral Caverns State Park which can be found here: https://www.alapark.com/parks/cathedral-caverns-state-park/cabins-caverns