Sponsored by the Illinois Mining Institute, this is one of the region’s fiercest mining competitions – and the competitors take this drill serious. Every minute counts in a mining rescue, and sharp skills, honed expertise and preparedness save lives.


The competition will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 beginning at 8 a.m. Approximately 20 mine-rescue teams will compete for the top spot.

2017 Results:

  • 1st Place: Viper Blue, Arch Coal

  • 2nd Place: Wildcat Hills Mine, Peabody Energy

  • 3rd Place: North Team-Blue, Foresight Energy

For more information about the 2018 competition, click here.