Welcome to the Capital Backyard Ultra!

At Capital our goal has always been to hold a race for a small group of runners that we can help achieve their backyard goals. With a maximum capacity of 65 runners, our experienced staff and volunteers will be there to support you every yard. We like to think of our race as a “dress rehearsal” for Big’s- in fact, most of our staff has prior experience at Big’s, and you’ll see several familiar faces if you claim an at-large entry to run with the Big Dogs in 2023. Any runner gaining an at-large entry in 2023 will receive $500 toward their entry and travel to the 2023 Individual World Championships. If there are no at-large entries achieved, the winner will receive this prize, along with a super sweet finisher’s award.

Some stats for the 2022 event:

      • Nine of the 15 members of Team USA for 2022 ran Capital in 2021 or 2022
      • 65% of Capital entrants achieved 24+ yards/100miles
      • 7 runners topped 48 yards/200 miles
      • Capital is the only race outside of Big’s to field at-large entrants to the National Team: five runners earned their spots on Team USA based on at-large performances at Capital. Chris Roberts, who qualified with 84 yards at Big’s in 2021, would have also qualified based on his 56 yard performance at Capital in his first backyard event.

Although there are no direct qualifiers to Big’s next year beyond the individual National Champions, the best way in the North America to gain an at-Large entry to the World Individual Championships in 2023 is to run Capital. The course, with its runnable rolling day loop and paved night loop, is tailored for high mileage performances. In addition, our kitchen is staffed by two professional chefs who have also run some of the toughest 100 milers out there, so they know how to take care of you. The tutu-clad Bullies will be waiting with a selection of food/smoothies as you finish your yard. But most importantly, you will be in a field with other experienced backyard runners who can push you to high miles. In the Backyard, you can only be as good as your next best competitor.

Entry to Capital will be by application, with entry opening October 16. Runners will add their name to the waitlist on Ultrasignup, and can email me directly if there is any additional information not in your ultrasignup profile that you would like to have considered. Acceptances will be rolling.