Backyard Ultra - 01 July 6am
Registration OPEN
Mokolodi Nature Reserve

Backyard Ultra Marathon

01 July Mokolodi Nature Reserve

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. 

You decide if you want to make it to a personal challenge or if your focus is on the social component and just for the joy of running. 

The current world record for a Backyard Ultra is 354 miles or 85 hours!  But plenty of people stop after one or two yards.

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. 

Backyard Ultra

Individual World Championships 2024

We are an official partner and qualifier race for the Backyard Ultra Team World Championships in 2024.  More details can be found here:


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.