Backyard Rules

An official Backyard Ultra must adhere to certain rules. Below you can find everything you need to know when participating in a Backyard Ultra.

  1. The course is a loop of exactly 6,7056 km
  2. Starting Corral
    1. Measures to fit entire starting field
    2. Corral stays the same size throughout the event
    3. Participants must be in the starting corral at the bell
  3. Starts
    1. Each loop starts precisely 1 hour after the last
    2. Warning is given 3, 2, and 1 minutes prior to the start
    3. All participants must start at the bell (no late starts)
  4. Loops
    1. Participants may not leave the course until each loop is completed, except for restrooms
    2. No non-participants on the course (including eliminated runners)
    3. No personal aid during a loop (common aid stations are allowed)
    4. Each loop must be completed within an hour to be counted, including the final lap
    5. No artificial aids (including trekking poles)
    6. Slower runner must allow passes
  5. Timing
    1. Timing of the loops is optional
  6. Winner/Results
    1. The winner is the last person to complete a loop
    2. All others are technically DNF
    3. Results of each runner in terms of distance covered are to be given
    4. If no runner can complete one more loop than anyone else, there is no winner
  7. Cap
      1. The race is open ended