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What is a Backyard Ultra?

A Backyard Ultra is no ordinary running event. A 6.7km loop run on the hour, every hour, until you can't go anymore, a BYU is a unique challenge. Whether 1 lap, 10, 20 or more, this is a chance to test yourself against yourself!

So what is it?

  • A 6.7km loop run every hour on the hour until you quit or are timed out

  • Any time left in your hour is time for rest (maybe even some sleep), nutrition, hydration, clothing changes or anything else you need to do to prepare for the next loop

  • The 6.7km loop is self-supported. Water stations will be provided on course and an aid station with supplies is provided in the event precinct

  • Every competitor starts on the hour so you can complete your lap as fast or slow as you choose

  • The event stops when only one competitor is left standing!

How do I DNF?

In a BYU, all competitors except the final person left standing is technically a DNF (Did Not Finish). You DNF by;

  • Failing to complete the loop within the hour

  • Failing to make the start ling before the next loop begins

  • Accepting defeat and choosing not to continue

Where can I learn more about BYU's?

There are some great resources becoming available to help with your Backyard Ultra journey including YouTube videos, podcasts and blogs such as;