Friday, May 11, 2012

Running Underground

You know SuperKate,  right? She’s the adventure-seeking, long distance running (and cycling and paddling), endurance racing mom who seems to be pretty much up for anything. Well, amazingly enough, she has never (as far as I can tell) mentioned running underground, even though there’s just such a race in her very own backyard (well, not literally her backyard, but close).

According to the Sand Mine Challenge  race website, "Sperunking: noun [spi-run-kin] – is the act of exploring caves while running, hurdling obstacles, crawling and tip-toeing through quicksand." The four mile course is completely underground and sounds like it hews to the spirit of sperunking pretty closely. Regardless of the weather outside, the cave stays a cool 56 degrees, not bad for running. The race is held in Crystal City, MO, in a mine that once supplied sandstone to the area’s glass manufacturers.

The 2012 edition was held in February, which also makes it an unusual race for Midwesterners used to bundling up for a race at that time of year. If you’re 14 years of age or older, feel free to consider this for next year. Chances are SuperKate will register once she finishes reading this.

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  1. Close(ish) to my backyard too. Sounds FUN! I'll totally do it if Kate does. :)

  2. That sounds like a LOT of fun. Were it closer I would definitely give it a go. Got concerned when I saw Sperunking - thought things were heading down a politically-incorrect, culturally-questionable path :)

  3. I totally think Kate should do that :D
    It sounds dark.

  4. That sounds pretty cool actually! I would do it!

  5. Sounds like fun! Kate might even let me give her a ride as long as we don't have to bring our bikes on the back of my car :-).


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