This race is a unique fundraiser that is entirely underground in the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis. It is a two loop course that began near the mouth of the cave and wound around and past the many business that make their home underground.
We passed Hallmark, a U.S. Post Office and many more. The floor of the cave is paved as a street would be and the pillars are covered with a protective coating to (presumably) combat crumbling. The ceiling was unfinished and reminded us, as we ran, that we were in a cave!
|The mouth of the cave.|
|Me and my running buddies.|
|Street signs at the start.|
I was surprised at how many aid stations there were! We passed one every mile with volunteers handing out water and a porta-john just in case. The SubTropolis maintains a temperature of 65-70F all year round, so it wasn't too hot (or to cold). I didn't stop for any water - didn't need it.
|Cool how the lights snake around on the ceiling.|
The finish line was fun, with a person in a groundhog costume giving high fives! I couldn't believe the food at the finish of this 10k! There was water, chocolate milk, bananas, oranges, tortilla roll ups (!!) with meat and cheese, and piles and piles of Kashi bars. I was really surprised!
All-in-all a great race. My only complaint was that there were no safety pins in the packet. I think there were some in a bowl on the table at packet pick up - but c'mon folks, put them in the envelope with the bib! Dave ended up making a trip to Wal-Mart before the race to get a few to keep in the car.