Cathedral Caverns State Park

Conquer The Cave 5K Run

Event Dates:
September 27, 2020, 11:30 am
September 27, 2020, 6:00 pm
CCSP Conquer the Cave 5K Pic Flyer

Race Registration and Web Site

Opens May 1, 2020

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Sunday, September 27, 2020 from 11:30AM-6PM



Cathedral Caverns State Park

637 Cave Road

Woodville, AL 35776



Welcome to the 2020 Conquer the Cave 5K! The race starts in a beautiful valley with picturesque mountains and fields in the background. Once runners get to the 1.9 mile mark they will enter the crown jewel of caves in the Southeast. The portion of the 5k course that runs through the cave is an out and back 0.6mi 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 54F, high of 79F. Meanwhile inside the cave the year round temperature is a cool 58F. This will truly be a race like no other.

Packet pickup will be at Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville on SATURDAY September 26th from 12-5pm. Fleet Feet is located at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. There will also be packet pickup at the race on Sunday from 10am-3:00pm. Please note that even if you are in a later wave, you must pick up your packet by 1:45pm as runners will be using the entrance road into the park.

Due to the interest in this race and the size of the cave, we will have multiple heats or "waves" of 100 runners each. Each wave will go off 30 minutes after the first.
 WAVE 1 (11:30am)  WAVE 2 (12:00pm) WAVE 3 (12:30pm) WAVE 4 (1:00pm) WAVE 5 (1:30pm) WAVE 6 (2:00pm)  WAVE 7 (2:30pm) WAVE 8 (3:00pm) WAVE 9 (3:30pm)  WAVE 10 (4:00pm)

We are unable to move runners from different waves based on the wave you select during registration. Please check with family and friends on which wave you want to participate in BEFORE registering that way you are able to run/ walk together.


Shirts & Awards, Weather & Cutoffs

The race shirt will be a short sleeve tri-blend shirt. ALL participants will receive an awesome finisher medal.

Age groups will be ten years: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ 

In the event of severe weather 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.

There will be very loose cutoffs. Our goal is for everyone to have a blast and a one of a kind experience running through a natural wonder, no matter what your experience level is. There will be a 1hr and 5min cutoff. We ask that you please respect the state park and volunteers and adhere to this cutoff time.

There are no refunds, credits or friend/ family transfers on entries.



Course Maps & Elevation profiles:


Driving distance from:

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