UAF Patty Center
UAF Patty Center
Breakup Triathlon 2020 is canceled
March 27, 2020
In light of recent global events, and with heavy hearts, we have decided to cancel the Breakup Triathlon for 2020. A refund is currently being processed. You should receive this in the next 7-10 business days.
We regret that we are unable to give full refunds. Active has chosen to keep their processing fee of $4.35 per registrant, even after we asked that they return it. You will receive $35.65 of your original $40. Some people have asked to simply defer their registrations to next year but the administrative burden is considerable so we have chosen this simpler refund route.
We thank you for supporting this event this year, and we hope you will join us once again after this health crisis has passed.
Just for fun, we will host a completely free virtual event to be completed by May 3. We are still working out the details, but there will definitely be a bike and a run in the UAF vicinity. Let’s make lemonade from these lemons!
We will address the North Pole and Sourdough Triathlons in the coming weeks. As we all know, the situation is very fluid.
Wishing you continued good health,
Arctic Triathlon Series
2020 brings the ninth anniversary of The Breakup Triathlon. The race was named after Alaska's spring season when the ice and snow that accumulate throughout the winter months start to melt away. As the ice continues to thaw, the days become longer, temperatures grow warmer, and ice over the rivers begins to give way to the currents of the Chena River and surrounding rivers. The ice breaks up into chunks of all different shapes and sizes and floats lazily downstream.
This is the first sprint triathlon of the season for the city of Fairbanks, Alaska and the only sprint triathlon within a 250 mile radius in the month of May. The Breakup Tri offers a unique experience for the individual who wants to give the sport of triathlon a try without being intimidated or overwhelmed by the number of participants. The race will consist of a 500 yard swim, 13.1 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run through and around the beautiful University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. There is a 99-participant limit and it sells out every year, so be sure to register early to ensure a spot.
The mission of The Breakup Tri is to help introduce the sport of triathlon to those who are looking for a new challenge, a new way to lose weight, cross train, or just want to see what the sport is all about. An incentive to race The Breakup Tri as a newcomer is that it doesn't include an open water swim which often deters some participants from ever signing up for a triathlon.
Registration opens Feb. 1 and will close when 99 participants have registered, which usually happens within 7 days. Those who sign up after the race is full will be placed on a wait list and can get a race slot as participants cancel. Those on a wait list will not be charged until their registration is confirmed.
Entry fees are listed below. USA Triathlon membership is also required. If you are not a USAT member you will need to buy either a one-day membership pass ($15 adult; no one-day option if 17 and under) or an annual pass ($50 adult/$10 if 17 and under) to participate. Minimum age to participate is 16 years as of 12/31/20. Note: it is not necessary to be an Active member to register and there will be No Refunds.
Feb 1 – April 26 $40
April 27 – April 30 $60
May 1 $80
Registration closes at 7:00pm AST on May 1
A T-shirt and swim cap will be provided with your registration fee. Race packet pick-up will be Friday, May 1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Patty Center.
The race will start at 12 p.m. in hopes that the weather will be warmer. We will be using the UAF West Ridge weather station to determine if the temperature is below 39 degrees we will modify the race, but it will go on as scheduled, regardless of what Mother Nature may bring. We are Alaskans so we can adapt to anything!
. All swim lanes will be limited to two swimmers per lane.
Awards will be given to the top three men and women.
If the race sells out there is a wait list you can join by emailing email@example.com
10:30am Transition opens
Building will not be open until 11am
11 am Pool opens for warm up
11:45 pre-race meeting and transition closes
12pm race starts