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Brake the Habit—Fifteen Hour Race March 26–27, 2021     Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia



$150 per person

(Early registration through Sunday, January 10)

$175 per person

(Regular registration January 11 through Sunday, February 28)

$200 per person

(Late registration March 1 thru
March 14)

Due to race day logistics, there is no race day registration.

Note: A small registration fee and sales tax are added by the registration company onto the race cost.


What You’ll Get:

  • Beautiful Map(s)

  • Boats and Paddle Gear Provided

  • Sweet Finish Line Schwag

  • Cool Prizes

  • Fabulous Post-Race Food and Beverages

  • A Great Day Outside with Old and New Friends

A note about Schwag: 

In an effort to eliminate waste and giving you stuff you don’t want, we have made a change to the registration process and our fees. Moving forward, race entries will not include a shirt or other schwag items. If you would like a shirt or other cool items we come up with, you can add it on and pay for it when you register. The price will range from $10-$20, depending on the item, and you will pick it up at race check-in.  So if you want it great, if not great! If you want one, though, be sure to order when registering, as we won't be ordering extras. We will still have cool finishers prizes!



Friday, March 26


9 pm-11 pm:  Race check-in


11:15 pm: Mandatory race brief (we will be doing an online version of the race brief in the week before the race)

MIDNIGHT: Race start!

Saturday, March 27

3 pm Saturday: Race finish, all teams off course

3–4 pm:  Party TBD, depending on Covid 


Using a map and compass, teams will bike, trek, navigate and paddle their way through a course that will take them all over the state forest, state park and maybe even outside the forest. This race is designed for more experienced racers, who are used to longer events and more challenging navigation and strategy. If you are a racer who is looking to step it up a notch and try a longer race—longer than 12 hours—this is the race for you!


With a midnight start, teams will be challenged with staying awake and ready to race on Friday night.  Almost half the race will be in the dark! By Saturday afternoon, you will be ready for a nap before heading home for the rest of the weekend. We think midnight starts are a fun twist on races and have done a few ourselves over the years. It was only a matter of time before we made it happen. :-) 


This race will be sanctioned by USARA (Unites States Adventure Racing Association), so an additional $8 race day fee (or proof of USARA membership) is required by USARA, and can be paid on race day or at registration. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration is limited to 150 racers across both races, so register early!





Navigation: Full-on map and compass navigation for the entire race

Foot: Trekking/trail running/extensive off trail travel from checkpoint to checkpoint (Distances TBA) 


Biking: A combination of trails, fire roads, forest roads, gravel, pavement and—depending on your route choices—maybe a little off trail  travel. Pretty much everything we can throw at you! Mountain bikes are highly recommend and cross bikes will be allowed. Road bikes are not allowed. (Distances TBA) 


Paddling: Maybe a lake, maybe a river, maybe a little twist….. All boats and paddle gear will be provided. Teams may bring their own paddles and PFD’s but not their own boats. (Distances TBA) 


Due to a midnight start and the chance of cold temperatures, most of this mandatory gear is for your safety. Make sure you have the gear and warm clothing you need to stay warm, dry and safe!

Mandatory Gear for Each Racer

Backpack and a way to carry water (e.g., camelbak, water bottles, etc.)

Food and water for the race

Space blanket (We recommend the SOL Space Blanket)


Fleece hat or buff 

A long sleeve wool or technical shirt 

Rain jacket 

Mountain bikes are highly recommended and cross bikes are allowed. No road bikes allowed. 

Bike helmet

Boats provided by race

Paddles and PDFs provided by race; racers may bring their own

Working headlamp 

White front bike light (headlamp ok) 

Back red blinky on bike 

Face covering or mask

A sense of adventure!

Mandatory Gear for Each Team

Compass: just in case you get lost. But don't worry, you won't get lost!

Bike tool, spare tube(s), pump or CO2

Basic medical kit (We recommend the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight 3):

Duct tape

Race map (provided at check-in)

Race rules of travel (provided at check-in)

Race passport (provided at check-in)


Cell phone (fully charged)

Small dry bag for the safe-keeping of your cell phone. These bag(s) SHOULD BE WATERPROOF.
   It is to your benefit to make sure you have the best waterproofing system you can find.


Recommended Gear

Waterproof map case (this can be as simple as zip lock(s) bags and duct tape or a store bought case)

Map board for your bike 

Long fingered gloves 

Long tights/pants

Extra socks




Holliday Lake State Park has a great campground you can reserve. Reservations can be made here:


The state forest does not allow camping. 


The closest hotel lodging is in Farmville or Appomattox VA. Note: the state park is a bit remote and located in the heart of the forest. It is roughly a 20-25 minute drive to the nearest town (Appomattox) with lodging, restaurants etc.

We highly recommend you eat dinner and stock up with supplies before you make your way to the park on Friday night. There are no food or amenities in the state park, other than camping. If you leave right after the race, there is no need for sleeping accomodations.  

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