- The Breakdown -"This was one of the most brutal and beautiful races I've ever done. Already looking forward to next year's race."
That's one of many similar comments we received. The Breakdown was a great success and the race will indeed return in 2014. Expect even more spectacular mountain scenery and rugged terrain.
This adrenaline-charged race is set in an area imposingly dubbed, “The Grand Canyon of the South”. Starting in the immense and spectacular gorge area of Breaks Interstate Park, we’re thrilled to bring you an adventure with miles of mountain-high single-track, scenic backcountry, and clear, gorgeous waters.
Surrounded by the Jefferson National Forest along the Kentucky and Virginia border, this quietly beautiful area has limitless opportunities for some great adventure. Additionally, as an early USARA qualifying race, teams looking to nab a spot for Nationals, will have an excellent opportunity!
race weekend schedule:
Race Check In -- 4:30pm to 7:30pm Friday, April 11A more detailed schedule with locations and much more information will be distributed to teams in the Racer Communication Package which will go out to all registered teams a few weeks before the race.
Pre Race Meeting -- 8:00pm Friday, April 11
Race Start -- 6:00am Saturday, April 12
Race Cut Off -- 9:00pm Saturday, April 12
Post Race Meal and Awards -- Shortly after the Finish
Registration is $150 per racer and includes: post race meal and party, MyTopo maps, discounted lodging, awards, USARA sanctioning, boats with optional paddle/PFDs, tech-shirt, and sponsored giveaways.
USARA: As a regional qualifier for the 2014 National Championship, the top 4 Coed and the top 4 Open (all male or all female) teams will receive an invitation to the 2014 USARA Adventure Race National Championship (note that 3 person and 4 person divisions will be combined for qualifying purposes). Additionally, the top placing Coed team will receive USARA Regional Champion Jackets along with a $500 Regional Qualifier sponsorship applied towards their entry fee into the 2014 USARA Adventure Race National Championship. Teams from Regional Qualifying Events receive 10 additional USARA National Ranking Points as well. All racers will need to either be USARA members or purchase a one day membership for $8.
Directions: You can find driving directions on the park website.
Rules: Complete race rules can be viewed and printed here.
Racer Communication: Here is the 2013 Racer Communication. We will of course be releasing an updated version for 2014, but this document will give you an idea of what you're in for.
Accommodations: Breaks Interstate Park has graciously hooked us up with some excellent discounts! Rooms at The Lodge are being offered at $65/night (which we can personally vouch are very nice rooms). Tent campsites will be $15/night. Camper sites will be $24/night with optional sewer hookup if needed. You must call The Park directly at (276) 865-4413 to receive this discount; just mention The Breakdown.
If your crew requires more precious accommodations, 3 Bedroom Cabins (which will sleep 8-10 depending on if someone is willing to sleep on an air mattress) can be reserved for $230/night. Cottages (which will sleep 6) are only $140/night. Reservations for cabins/cottages only, can be made through The Park's online reservations.
Obviously, all accommodations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Meals: A post-race meal/party is included in registration; additional tickets for the post-race can be purchased during racer check-in. All other eats can be had at The Park’s Rhododendron Restaurant. The restaurant offers a la carte menu items as well as buffets - breakfast/lunch buffets are $8.95/person; dinner buffets are $12.95/person. There are also a few local restaurants in the area worth checking out. Please contact us with any questions you may have.
And one other thing, there will be ...
The Breakdown Course Overview Video:
Warning: Contains content that may result in Adventure Racing.
live race coverage
If technology cooperates, on-course photos, live updates, and videos will be posted at The Breakdown Live page and on The Breakdown Facebook Page throughout the race weekend. Make sure to share these links with friends, family, and fans so they can check out your craziness as you're racing!
Click Here for the Mandatory Gear List. Boats are being provided to all racers, with the option of using your own paddles/PFDs.
resultsCheck out the Results Page for this and all other races. Results are always posted within a couple of days after the race. We'll also put the word out on our Facebook page when the results are posted.
get out and race
Check the race calendar for some suggested races and events going on this year. There's plenty to choose from, so get out and GO! As always, Topo Adventure Sports has some great races on the agenda as well, so check them out.