The Lake Wanoka Backyard Ultra will test your endurance and benefit a good cause! The premise is simple. Can you run 4.166666 miles in ONE hour? And do it again and again and again….until you are the LAST RUNNER STANDING! The Lake Wanoka Backyard Ultra is an affiliated Backyard Ultra event. Backyard Ultra is a form of ultramarathon race where competitors must consecutively run the distance of 4.167 miles in less than one hour. When each lap is completed, the remaining time within the hour is typically used to recover for the next hour’s lap. The concept was created by Lazarus Lake (creator of the Barkley Marathons) and produces only one winner. All other runners receive a DNF.

SUPPORT A GOOD CAUSE: Proceeds from the event will benefit patients and residents at Allied Services, a non-profit health system that serves more than 5,000 people every day.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE: Saturday, May 7, 2022: 8:00 a.m. Registration and bib pick-up, 9:30 a.m. Runner briefing, 10:00 a.m. Race start

POST RACE CELEBRATION: So you’ve just DNF’d.No need to call it a day. Enjoy the amount of miles you just ran, sit back, relax, and don’t forget to hang out/cheer on all the remaining runners. We will have food periodically throughout the event to offer. We may even have some live music for you! The Lake Wanoka Resort features a splash pad, store, pond, and the KC Pepper Bar & Grill, all open to you to enjoy while you are at the event.

LODGING: Make a weekend out of it! The Lake Wanoka Resort is a perfect setting for a weekend of running and outdoor fun with family and friends. Rent a cabin and bring your RV or camper so that you can enjoy everything this beautiful resort has to offer. Explore Lake Wanoka Resort here, use this contact form or call 570-253-0110.

MORE INFORMATION: To learn about sponsorship opportunities, in-kind donations, runner rules, or volunteering at this event please contact Charlotte Wright at 570.348. 1275 or