Can you run 4.17-ish miles in ONE hour?  And then do it again and again and again….
…until you are the LAST ONE STANDING?!

“The race format where you are always tied for the lead…. Until you give up..
The race format where anyone can win. All they have to do is to never quit.“ -Laz

The SWARAJYA BACKYARD ULTRA (स्वराज्य BU) is sure to become one of your new favorite races. Join us to race on a 4.167 mile loop

The Swarajya Backyard Ultra (स्वराज्य BU)  is affiliated with the Backyard Ultra Series. This race is “Laz Approved”! स्वराज्य BU is a “Silver Ticket” race, where the winner will earn a slot to represent Team India at Satellite World Championships.

There is only one finisher. The last one standing.

The backyard ultra is a form of ultramarathon race where competitors must consecutively run the lap distance of 4.167 miles in less than one hour. The lap distance was set to make the total distance run for 24 laps (one day) to be 100 miles. When each lap is completed, the remaining time within the hour is used to recover for the next hour’s race. Runners cannot start the next lap before the next hour starts. Every hour on the hour, the competitors run an additional lap with a one-hour window for completion. If a runner fails to complete a lap in 1 hour, their race is over and they must leave the course. The race ends with a win when the last runner completes one more lap than all the other runners. All other runners DNF. If no competitor manages one more lap than the others, then all athletes receive a DNF and there is no winner.

Flow for the Start of Each Race:

  • RD announcements are at 30 seconds
  • RD counts down the last 10 seconds and a race begins at the ring of a bell.
  • Once the bell is rung, runners may not visit their crew, their tent, their vehicle or receive aid from anyone. Runners must stay on the course once the bell is rung. The only reason for leaving the course once the bell is rung is to use the portable toilets.
  • Once you finish your loop you may choose to do what you want, but must be back in the corral before the bell rings.
    Runners will need to provide their own aid. Crews are permitted, but not necessary, and may leave and come back if needed. There will be a space next to the start and finish line to set up a chair, cooler, and other small personal gear. Camping is permitted close by where you can set up a tent. Any runner that DNF’s must immediately vacate the start/finish line to allow the remaining Runners to move closer.
  • DNF runners are encouraged to continue to watch and support other participants still in the races.
  • Portable Toilets will be located just after the start line.
  • Water and Coffee will be provided.

The location is still being finalized, but will be listed here as soon as permits are confirmed.

Runners are allowed, but not required, to bring a crew. Crewing is permitted ONLY in the start/finish area. NO CREWING ALLOWED ON THE RACE COURSE. Small tents are permitted in the start/finish area, however be aware of other athletes’ space.  No pacing is allowed. Crew and spectators must stay off the course, but may be in the designated crew areas near the start/finish.

The race will allow a maximum of 100 participants in 2022.

The course is still being finalized, but will definitely near Pune, Maharashtra. Elevation gain/loss will be minimal.

Sorry, there are no refunds.

1) Course
. Loop or out and back
. Must be 4 miles 880 feet in length
. Metric equivalent 6.7056 kilometers

2) Starting Corral
. Measured to fit entire starting field
. Corral stays the same size thru out the event
. Participants must be in the starting corral at the bell

3) Starts
. Each loop starts precisely 1 hour after the last
. Warning must be given 3, 2, and 1 minutes prior to start
. All competitors must start at the bell (no late starts)

4) Loops
. Except for restrooms, competitor may not leave the course until each loop is completed
. No non-competitors on the course (including eliminated runners)
. No personal aid during a loop (common aid stations are allowed)
. Each loop must be completed within an hour to be counted… including the final lap.
. No artificial aids (including trekking poles)
. Slower runners must allow passes.

5) Timing
. Timing of the loops is optional

6) Winner/Results
The winner is the last person to complete a loop
All others are technically DNF
Results of each runner in terms of distance covered are to be given.
If no runner can complete one more loop than anyone else, there is no winner.

7) Cap
Race must be open ended.