So, you are considering organizing a Backyard Ultra?
We would like to encourage you; and provide whatever assistance we can.
Towards that end we can offer several resources. There is a Facebook group solely for Backyard organizers, which contains a lot of information about the requirements to stage an event.
There is also the race catalogue where you can post your event at no cost.
As an affiliated Backyard event, your participants performances are eligible to earn a spot in the World Championships at Big’s Backyard in Tennessee.
And, of course, we are always available to answer any questions.
Our resources to assist you are available; whether you are putting on a large, high budget event, or a grassroots event in your own backyard with no entry fee.
The roots of the Backyard Ultra go back to the desire to put on a fun event with limited space and resources…literally in my own back yard.
The race format caught on, and the number of Backyard Ultras has roughly doubled every year since.
Sweden, where the Backyard first caught on as a participation event, has around 40 Backyard Ultras….more than Marathons and Ultras combined.
The real future of the Backyard is in the participation events where every runner is chasing their own personal goals and enjoying the social aspects of the race.
As the world returns to normal, we expect that people will be more anxious than ever to participate in social activities….this is a good time to prepare for the return of normalcy.
Most Backyard Ultras are won with between 20 and 30 yards, with low key grassroots events generally running from 12-24 hours. The more competitive events, as is well documented, can last for days.
The following form asks that you read and agree to the few basic rules of Backyard Ultra. It will also collect the basic information we need to add your event to the list of affiliated races, and set up your listing on the calendar.
You will receive an email with your account and password, so that you can maintain your own race listing.
Welcome to the Backyard!