Breakaway roping is a type of calf roping. However, the calf is not tied or thrown during the event. The rope that the rider uses to subdue the calf is tied to the horn of the saddle by a string. Because the calf is running, it will eventually get to the point where it runs out of rope. When this happens, the rope is pulled tight, breaking the string. Once the string has been broken, this means that the run has reached its conclusion. There is usually a small white flag that is connected to the end of the rope. This allows the person operating the clock to easily see the exact moment the run has ended. The rider who ropes the calf in the least amount of time wins the breakaway roping event. A run is usually only 2 to 3 seconds from start to finish. Don't blink, or you'll miss it!