Big’s Backyard Ultra


Oct 21, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Big’s Backyard Ultra

5125 Millersburg Rd

Belt Buckle TN, 37020


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Entry Fee $300
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Prize Money: no


Type: Ultra

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 2012

Men's Record: Johan Steene 283 Miles

Women's Record: Courtney Dauwalter 279 Miles


The Backyard Ultra is back for 2020.
The concept is simple.
At 0635 hours on Saturday, October 17, we will start a race around the 4.166667 mile Big Trail.
The time limit will be one hour.
At 0735 hours, we will begin another race around the trail.
We will do the same at 0835, 0935, and so on,
every hour,
until only one runner can complete a race within the time limit.
Any runner not in the starting corral for any race, is not eligible to continue.
No late starts!
If no single runner can complete a race at the end,
there will be no winner.

At 1835 hours, the races will transfer to a road out and back course.
At 0635 hours the following morning, we will return to the trail loop.

Have you ever thought that you could not be beaten,
if only the faster runners were unable to run away and leave you?
This is your chance to find out.
Every surviving runner will be tied for the lead, every hour.

Runners are responsible for their personal aid.
Water will be available throughout the race (mineral water or city water)
Food will be served beginning at 1500 hours and continuing until the finish.
Rumor has it, there will be moonshine testing lessons around the campfire.
One Crew per runner is allowed, but not necessary.
A 3′ by 4′ (0.91m by 1.21m) space will be provided for runners near the start/finish (top seeds in the front row),
Runners who give up will be required to vacate their space,
so that survivors can have more space or move closer to the starting corral.

All runners will receive a Backyard T-shirt and a medal (only one will be Gold).
Since the original backyard ultra was run,
many more Backyard Ultras have sprung up around the world.
The Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra is the World Championship of Backyard Ultras.
The Big Backyard will continue until but one man is left standing…
no matter how long it takes.
This is a race to the death…

Big’s Backyard Ultra. Accept no substitutes!

This is a for profit race.
The entry fee is set to allow enough profit to pay the property taxes on the Big Farm


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Past Event Dates

Held on Oct 21, 2023

Held on Oct 15, 2022

Held on Oct 16, 2021

Held on Oct 17, 2020

Held on Oct 19, 2019

Event Results

View 2019 Results