Backyard Ultra Marathon
May 2024 / 07am Kenmoir Farm Ruretse
Come and test your endurance and stamina in this unique race format. You’ll be running on beautiful trails in Kenmoir Farm near Ruretse.
We invite individual runners as well as teams of 4 runners to join us. The entry is free. Everyone who completes one lap will get an event t shirt. For each subsequent lap completed an additional prize will be added to your goodie bag.
Visitors are also welcome. Blue Crystal and Sean Foods will provide food and drinks throughout the day.
The event will support the Lady Khama Charity Trust.
Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience! We hope to see you there!”
“We run in the backyard for many different reasons. We run because it is fun. We run to socialize with our friends (old and new). We run to go further than we have ever gone before….”
Backyard Ultra is a race where competitors must consecutively run 6,706 meters (aka a “yard”) in less than one hour until there is only one last finisher.
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Get registered, get training, and get out there!
A Backyard Ultra Explained
The concept is simple. Run 6.7 km every hour, on the hour. The aim is to complete as many laps as you can!
Each circuit starts on the hour and must be completed in less than 60 minutes. When each lap is completed, the remaining time within the hour is typically used to recover for the next circuit.
Everyone completes hourly circuits until there is only one runner still going. They are the event winner! Assuming they finish the last circuit in 60 minutes.
Is it only for experienced runners?
No, running the Backyard Ultra is about having fun and having a go. It’s about running with others and not necessarily running alone.
Can i run with my friends or running club?
Yes. We have team registrations and encourage corporates and running clubs to enter as teams.
Both your individual and team yards will count.
Individual World Championships 2024
The rules of a backyard ultra are set by the international standards. These rules are very simple, and have been set to ensure that all runners that may qualify for championships have qualified in similar circumstances.
These rules are non-negotiable, and not even the Race Director can over-rule them.
- Each loop will start ON the hour.
- There will be a whistle blown each minute for the 3 minutes leading up to the hour mark so that runners are aware of the start time approaching.
- Runners MUST be within the starting corral before the gong is hit.
- Any runner that is not in the starting corral when the gong is hit, will be disqualified.