It is described as one of the most mentally and strategically gruelling races in the world.
Contestants run a 4.1 mile loop every hour, all day, all night, nonstop. The Big Backyard will continue until but one man is left standing… no matter how long it takes. The last man or woman standing is crowned the victor.
The event uses exactly the same concept as the Tennessee Big Backyard Ultra, organized by the infamous Lazarus Lake, who created the Barkley Marathons, a 160-kilometre trail run in the Frozen Head State Park forest of Tennessee that is considered one of the toughest race in the world.
This is a race where the goal isn’t to run the fastest and beat speed records, but to manage your energy, food and potential injuries better than your competitors. It’s a chance for runners to see just how far they can go, to really test their mental and physical limits…
Race management will be under the aegis of Richard Trugeon, well-known Gatineau athlete and organizer of multiple races.