Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.8
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.5
RACE TO THE CAVE IS HAPPENING IN 2021! Creators of Conquer the Cave 5K present to you, the Cave Race Half Marathon! This is all the glory of a road half marathon, with a beautiful cave finish! Join us at the crown jewel of caves, Cathedral Caverns State Park! The … MORE
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    2pugdogmom FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great race that I'd do again. Scenery was great and cave finish was unique and well organized. Finish line food, snacks, cave gift shop were all awesome. Only improvement I'd … MORE

    Great race that I’d do again. Scenery was great and cave finish was unique and well organized. Finish line food, snacks, cave gift shop were all awesome.
    Only improvement I’d recommend is more port-a-potties at the start. Lines were way too long to wait.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    ssabol1562 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Normally Woodville, AL would not be at the top of my destinations list but when I saw that the last mile plus of the race would be inside a cave, … MORE

    Normally Woodville, AL would not be at the top of my destinations list but when I saw that the last mile plus of the race would be inside a cave, I had to check it out.

    Most of the course was rolling hills with killer around mile 11 that you have to climb before you get to go into the cave. The start was very well organized with about 50 runners released every 15 minutes. I hope they keep this because it helped spread everyone out going into the cave.

    The Cave was by far the best part of this race. It was dark and a little slippery so it definitely slowed me down but then again, I wanted to enjoy the view a little bit so I’m not complaining. You aren’t going to set a PR here but you will really enjoy the race. NOTE: my camera made the cave look much brighter than it really is!

    I can honesty see them adding a great post-race party once life returns back to normal after Covid. I definitely recommend giving this race a go.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    jgclark54 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Half #175 in now in the books!! After a fun flat race in Greenwood MS at the Viking Half Saturday, we headed to Huntsville AL and Race to the Cave … MORE

    Half #175 in now in the books!!

    After a fun flat race in Greenwood MS at the Viking Half Saturday, we headed to Huntsville AL and Race to the Cave at the Cathedral Caverns in Woodville. And it was NOT flat!!

    Sunday morning came early as a number of us met for pictures before the race began. The race was practicing Covid-19 protocols with a staggered start, runners in groups starting in 5 minute intervals.

    At first, we ran on a gravel road that immediately went up a hill for a quarter of a mile and then onto a paved road that went down. We were on the road that had us exit the Cathedral Caverns State Park and out to the highway.
    For about the next 2 1/2 or 3 miles it was nice and flat… you thought “this won’t be so bad!” But it was deceptively flat. You turned a corner and ran about half a mile and then came the hills… lots of them!!

    The run through the countryside was quite nice, with beautiful pastures, woods, and interesting homesteads. The aid stations had plenty of goodies and the volunteers were awesome. The county deputies and State Park officers, we great, very friendly and helpful. Only one problem with the stations that I will cover later!

    Hills are created for one thing… to give you something to moan about, cuss a bit and make primitive guttural sounds. Right as you come to Mile 11, it flattens out just a tad bit and until you turn the corner back into the park and there is another hill. You think, this one is not too bad until you get close and you see The Hill! I swear it was 45 degrees up!! It looked like the banking at a NASCAR Super Speedway like Talledaga! The only thing you could do was lean forward and hope for the best!

    Finally you are at the Caverns!
    Let me stop here to make this point!If you came to this race the set a PR, maintain a sub 2:00, sub 3:00 or sub whatever, you are missing the point of this event! You need to enter the Caverns ready to walk, to stop, to take pictures, to enjoy one of Earth’s natural beauties!

    This is what I did! I probably could have finished with a much better time but I would have missed a great opportunity to just relax and enjoy the moment. It was beautiful! I finished the race with Terry Bourg and as we came out of the cavern, David and his cowbell was there to greet us.
    This race wasn’t conducive to him being able to cheer on the course so he pretty much stayed near the finish! Myself and a number of others missed the sound of the cowbell!!

    The Medal is awesome! They had a sack lunch for everyone with a delicious BBQ pork sandwich!

    This was an inaugural 1/2 Marathon. The had held 5Ks and 15Ks there before. For a first time Half, they did very well. There are three areas that they can improve on for next year:
    1. They only had three aid stations on the course at Mile 3, Mile 8 and Mile 11.They had locations that they could have used. They just need to plan to add a couple more.
    2. There were no Porta Potties out on the course. Only at the beginning and restrooms at the end. They need at least two more on the course!
    3. This is a hard one… the Cavern was lit for tour groups, not runners. However too much light takes away from the beauty! But they need to look at solutions to light the actual path just a little more, but only use a temporary lighting.

    When we first heard about this race we thought how cool it sounded and began to try to create some FOMO in the groups we belong to! It exceeded our expectation and it was awesome to see so many old friends and meet new ones! Interesting statistic: David heard from one of the Park Supervisors… only 35% of the runners were from Alabama!!

    Would I come back on my own to run it again? Maybe not… but would I come back again if more of you put it on your calendar? Absolutely and hopefully I will see a bunch of y’all next year!!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    plucas45 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Rolling hills and the cave at the end was perfect. The scenery throughout the entire run kept my mind off the actual race. The organizers did a fantastic job and … MORE

    Rolling hills and the cave at the end was perfect. The scenery throughout the entire run kept my mind off the actual race. The organizers did a fantastic job and there was plenty of water and other goodies on the course. This is definitely a “run again” race. Highly recommended.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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