This event has been postponed from May 02, 2020 to Jun 20, 2020
Due to uncertainties with Covid-19, after much deliberation and discussion with the town, we have decided to postpone the event to 6/20. We really want to put the event on this year if it’s safe to do so but if not, we will postpone and roll over registrants to 2021. That said, if you cannot make 6/20 work or don’t feel safe, we will allow you to rollover to 2021. Keep training. We are hopeful. The Mayor of Cotter has been a great partner. This date also still allows for anyone to put in a At-Large entry to Bigs Backyard Ultra 2020 (The World Championship). It’s also a great year to do so since the entries will no doubt be fewer than expected.
Hope everyone is staying safe, positive, and enjoying some long solo runs.
**6/20 is also the longest day of the year!
Arkansas Backyard Ultra Experience
The Inaugural Arkansas Backyard Ultra Championship will take place at the Historic Big Springs Park in Cotter, Arkansas. The flat & scenic out-and-back route follows an old railroad bed along the White River and there's a Natural Spring to re-invigorate your beaten body after the race. Warm food will be provided every 6 hours and a menu will be announced prior to the event so you know what to expect. There will also be water and electrolyte coolers available throughout the race at the starting area but all other energy/food support is provided by the runner. Each runner will have room for a chair and small bag/cooler by the corral. Runner spots by the corral are not first come, first serve and will be creatively handed out the night before the race at the pasta dinner and packet pickup. Once a runner times out, or decides they will not continue, they will ceremoniously bang the massive gong announcing they're done and remove their chair and belongings from the starting corral area; allowing other runners to move closer.
Backyard Ultra Race Format
. Loop or out and back
. Must be 4 miles 880 feet in length
. Metric equivalent 6.7056 kilometers
2) Starting Corral
. Measured to fit entire starting field
. Corral stays the same size thru out the event
. Participants must be in the starting corral at the bell
. Each race starts precisely 1 hour after the last
. Warning must be given 3, 2, and 1 minutes prior to start
. All competitors must start at the bell (no late starts)
4) Course Rules
. Except for restrooms, competitor may not leave the course until each race is completed
. No non-competitors on the course (including eliminated runners)
. No personal aid during a race (common aid stations are allowed)
. Each race must be completed within an hour to be counted… including the final race.
. No artificial aids (including trekking poles)
. Slower runners must allow passes.
. Timing of the races is optional
. The winner is the last person to complete a race
. All others are technically DNF
. Results of each runner in terms of distance covered are to be given.
. If no runner can complete one more race than anyone else, there is no winner.
. Race must be open ended.
The race will start at 6:30am on Saturday, May 2nd and will continue until there is only one person able to complete a full race.
$80 through March 31st, 2020
Local time: 12:51 PM
$100 from April 1st until race day.