Cathedral Caverns State Park

Race to the Cave Half Marathon

Race to the Cave Half Marathon and 10K Run


Yearly half marathon and 10K runs held in March!

The race starts on the roads of a beautiful valley and ends with a 1.2 mile finish through the Cathedral Cavern Cave! 

Average Temperatures at this time of year range from 40-63 degrees 



The race shirt will be a tri blend t-shirt shirt (unisex sizing). 

Age group awards will be: 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+ for the half marathon.

ALL runners will receive a sweet finisher medal.



Packet pickup will be on Saturday, March 19th, 2021 @ Fleet Feet Sports Huntsville from 12-5pm. Fleet Feet is located at 2722 Carl T Jones Dr SE B2, Huntsville, AL 35802. Also, there will race day packet pick up at Cathedral Caverns State Park under the tent in the parking area (start line) from 630am-7:45am but we encourage you to get there as early as possible!

Where: Cathedral Caverns State Park: 637 Cave Rd, Woodville, AL 35776

Start Time: 8:00 

Driving distance from:

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

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.


Aid stations will be provided on the course with everything from water, gatorade, coke, pretzels, m&m's, and more.


Half Marathon Course 

(Does not include the Cave Portion as GPS doesn't register the Cave) The cave is ~1.2 miles worth of running! 

10K Course Map:


The race cutoff time for the half marathon is 4 hours (18:20 mi/pace) and 2.5 hours (25:00 mi/pace) for the 10K.


After the race, each participant will receive a free pulled pork barbeque sandwich and chips. 

Other snack options are available for purchase inside the park gift store. 


The Lake Guntersville State Park Lodge is a magnificent resort with fabulous views. ALL runners will receive deeply discounted (25% off regular pricing) lodging rates of $110.00 for bluff view rooms with two beds and $99.00 for park side rooms with one queen bed. Rates reflect occupancy by up to 2 people, there is a $10 per person charge for each additional person. Check-in begins at 4:00pm and guests may check out any time before 11:00am. 

You will need to contact the Guntersville State Park Lodge to make reservations: 256-505-6621. To ensure you get the special discounted rate, please mention you are running Race to the Cave Half Marathon - GROUP CODE 9468. Please note that a deposit is required for each reservation. Deposits are the sum of one night's lodging plus taxes and are due at time reservation is made.  

The Lodge is at Lake Guntersville State Park, approximately 35 minutes away from Cathedral Caverns State Park where the race is held.

There are very small number of new cabins at Cathedral Caverns State Park. These will be first come first serve and you can learn more about them here:


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Race to the Cave Half Marathon