Breaks Interstate Park is one of only two such interstate parks in the United States. Located on the Kentucky-Virginia border, “The Grand Canyon Of The South” received its name by the “break” caused in the rugged Pine Mountain by millions of years of erosion by the nearby Russel Fork River. It is the largest canyon east of the Mississippi River and reaches craggy depths of over 1,600’. Daniel Boone is often credited for being the first person of European descent to discover the 5-mile long gorge in 1767.
The Breaks Ultra trail race is an extreme challenge for any runner. Starting and finishing within Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia, the race takes runners back and forth across the Kentucky-Virginia border and up and over the ruggedly tough Pine Mountain numerous times. Your breath will be taken away by the beauty of the scenery and the extreme challenge of the terrain at the same time. This 45(ish) mile race will challenge even the best trail runners out there.
Distance: 45(ish) miles
Elevation Gain*: 12,000’
Start Time: 6:00am on Saturday, September 7, 2019
Cut Off: 10:00pm on Saturday, September 7, 2019 (16 hours!)
*This number is an average. Elevation data varies based on your tracking device. Previous Breaks runners have clocked as little as 11,200’ and as much as 14,500’ of vertical gain.
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Information about the event is available in : English