Sunday, Aug 16, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

Ode to Laz Michigan Backyard Ultra

5000 McGinnis Rd.

Holly, MI Last Person Standing

Registration closes: Fri, Aug 14 @ 11:59 PM

Event Postponed

This event has been postponed from Jul 18, 2020 to Aug 16, 2020

The Race - A Golden Ticket Event!

Welcome to the Ode to Laz: Where "Finishing Last Means the Most"®

Escape the heat and join us at our beautiful venue for the amazing, 5 star rated, Ode to Laz Michigan Backyard Ultra event. We guarantee this will be the best event you've attended, or we will let you double your laps for free before you DNF!.

(COVID UPDATE: Postponed to August 16th, If we are granted approval to race, the first 12 hours will be contested in separate races/groups from separate start/finish pit areas. Same loop, same direction, all starting on each hour. At lap 13, all remaining runners will then compete combined at the original start/finish line)

The race follows the traditional theme of Lazarus Lake’s original Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra.
Sunday Aug. 16th 9:00 a.m. contestants start a 4.167 mile trail route. Repeat as long as you wish.
Be standing at the start line every hour to continue the race and complete your next lap.
At 9:00 p.m. we switch to a paved closed park road, then back to the trail again at 9:00 a.m.
Complete each lap within the hour, with no outside assistance.
The “last runner standing” to complete one more lap than all other contestants wins!
We will disco all night cheering on the runners, join the festivities with our 70's retro contest. Run in retro gear if you'd like, or party in your best 70's costume.
Packet pickup Sunday morning at your assigned starting area. Assignments will be communicated prior to the race.

Rules & Info

Contestants provide their own aid, pacers are not permitted
Crew is permitted, not required. Crew may leave and come back if needed.
Racers are allotted a chair/cooler space within 40 yards of the start/finish line. Parking for 1 vehicle overnight for all active entrants at the start/finish venue is available, and we have space for 50 open sided canopies up to 10’ x 10’ size, one per contestant, first come first served. Almost certainly there will be room for all with racers willing to share. Camping is available in the McGinnis campgrounds at the North half of the park.
Additional parking during daylight hours is available for fans and supporters.
Permanent park bathrooms will be available and open during the event at the start/finish.
Alcohol is permitted.
Glass containers are prohibited.
Water is provided.
Coffee is provided.
No hiking poles, no headphones on trails
A racer guide is here:

The Course

The 4.167 mile trail loop has approximately 450 feet of climbing, is 2/3 technical single track, 1/3 moderate walking/hiking path and a few hundred yards of pavement. There are bathrooms along the course in addition to those at the start/finish. The 4.167 mile night loop has approximately 250 feet of climbing on a paved road within the park, closed to traffic after 10pm.


The ultra "last runner standing" will receive a Golden Ticket paid up entry to the 2020 Big Dog's Backyard Ultra and domestic travel to and from the event.
The ultra-runner to complete the most laps in late 70's running gear will receive $2 per paid entrant.
These can be awarded to the same entrant. There will be more prizes and random lap drawings and exclusive prizes for our 70's retro runners, and best retro crew/family. Ode to Laz will determine reasonable travel methods with winner, or provide a cash stipend not to exceed $450.

The Transition

We think you'll barely notice! We've timed a simulated stagger from lap 12 end point, to a crew car, a ride at the park speed limit of 25mph to lap 13 start, then a stagger to the start corral. 5:07 and 6:58. Really! Our transition rule is backyard approved and states that anyone in transition when the bell rings is still legally starting their lap. They get more rest than the other runners while getting there, but they have to make up these extra seconds running lap 13 faster to catch up. That's the easy part. Lap 13 is the start of the road loops which are about 5 minutes easier than trail loops. (We will be assisting uncrewed runners with a ride, then moving their belongings as necessary)


Holly State Recreation Area provides over 8000 acres of hiking, fishing, boating and swimming fun for all ages. A public beach area with concessions, non-motorized boat rentals, and the “Whoa Zone” water obstacle park is suitable for all ages. A daily $9 per car fee is charged by the state and not included in the race entry.
Hotels and dining options are available within 15 minutes drive from the event venue. McGinnis campground at the North half of the recreation area is also available for overnight car/tent/RV camping for friends, family, and contestants who have dropped.

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Local time: 12:09 PM


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