The inaugural Outrun Backyard Ultra will take place on June 21, 2019 the longest day of the year. It’s the great equalizer, speed doesn’t matter maybe even a negative, what matters is grit, the will to go on, all one needs to do to succeed is to show up every hour upon the hour upon the hour. In the end only one runner will stand, one victor, one that stared into the eyes of their opponents and refused to quit, one that Outran the rest.
All proceeds raised will support the Rare Disease Foundation and our goal to continue the national conversation around rare disease and its impact on Canadians. The winner will be rewarded with thousands of dollars of prizes, a thousand dollars of cold hard cash, a one of a kind victor belt buckle and bragging rights. Second place gets a handshake.
Born in the brilliantly demented mind of Laz Lake the Backyard concept is painfully simple yet insanely complex. Every hour competitors will embark on the 6.71km looped course on double track cross country skiing trails in beautiful West Bragg Creek Provincial Park. This loop has rolling hills and each loop has 120 meters of elevation. Participants will have a one-hour window to complete this course.
Say one runs the course in 50 minutes, he/she can sit, chat, stretch, go to the washroom, breakdance, nap, or eat and drink from the Planet Foods feeding trough. There will be a three-minute warning sounded with three whistles, a two-minute warning, a one minute warning and by the time the horn sounds again each runner must be in the starting area otherwise disqualified. When the horn sounds you apply the straight jacket and do it again. If you can last 24 hours, you have run 100 miles.
It sounds simple right? Wrong! How Laz explains this race – “I compare it to being punched in the face – light punches, after awhile you just don’t want to get up for it anymore.”
This year’s Big Dog’s Backyard victor Johan Steene ran an earthshattering 68 hours / 283 miles being fiercely contested by the tough-as-nails Courtney Dauwalter after conceding after her 67th lap. This race resembled a mesmerizing train wreck allowing an intimate glimpse into the souls of those that just don’t understand the word quit.
This concept forces competitors to slow down, be patient and most likely run your longest distance ever. You will be forced to tackle your inner demons. Very few will time out on the course, the real challenge lies in showing up at the start line time and time again. As in life, its all about showing up and just doing one more.
- Dave Proctor, Founder Outrun Rare