Broken Anvil Backyard Ultra

The Inaugural Broken Anvil Backyard Ultra (BA Backyard Ultra) is dedicated to individual achievement through mind-numbing fun in the form of repetitive 4.167-mile loops that will take you through West Point, Iowa’s own Pollmiller Lake Park.

September in Iowa can be a lot of things—and consistent isn’t one of them. Could be 60 degrees, could be 100, could be raining, windy, muddy, sleeting, possibly apocalyptic—you name it. This race has been designed to test a person’s physical and mental capacity to its fullest. If you are looking to run your first Ultra distance or wanting to run a couple loops . . . and then sit back and enjoy the pain and suffering of the other BA competitors, this race is for you.

Participants will be surrounded by the love and support of other runners, volunteers, and the community helping you push your limits. This is a family-friendly environment, so bring a worthy crew and enjoy some tough people doing some tough things.

The Course

The 4.167-mile trail loop runs through a custom-created path through the South Park/Pollmiller Lake Campgrounds system.

The course consists of a paved bike path, paved road, crushed gravel, and some trail. The course is 80% paved path/road, 10% crushed gravel, and 10% trail/grass path.

With only 175 feet of elevation gain and loss per loop, this course will allow you to suffer a little more.

Camping/Hotel – West Point has you Covered

If you plan on bringing the family and staying for the weekend, the area has you covered.

Pollmiller Lake Campground offers 30 electrical camp sites with 20-, 30-, and 50-amp breakers. There are both reservable and non-reservable camp sites. The course itself runs right through the camp site area. Pollmiller Lake also boasts a “beach” and concession stand that are in view of the course.

Check out site below:
https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Lee/Park/Pollmiller-Park.aspx

If camping isn’t your “thing,” Fort Madison and Burlington are close (15 and 30 minutes away, respectively) and have multiple hotel accommodations.

West point is a small town, but it boasts plenty of attractions within the city limits, with a pizza joint, a gas station, and an uptown scene with 4 taverns. There is plenty of action for your crew or fans to wander about or even yourself, if you have tapped out and want to sightsee.