Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 @ 7:00 AM

Tartarus Backyard Ultra

Camp 7 - Riverside State Park

Spokane, WA Run Event, Ruck Event

Registration Closed Sat. Apr 17, 2021 @ 11:59 PM

General Information

Location: Camp 7, Riverside State Park
Start Time: 7:00 AM and every hour thereafter
Race Swag: Event T-shirt and another acknowledgment of your most likely DNF.
Event winner will receive a super-cool award.
Run Event: 4.1667 Mile Laps
Ruck Event: 3.2 Mile Laps

Golden Ticket Status Update

Tartarus Backyard Ultra was a Golden Ticket event for The Big Backyard Ultra in 2021. With so many cancellations of events for last year, we are not sure if we will still be eligible for the 2021 event. We are working with Laz and his event staff to better understand how the next few races will play out. With that said, we will cover airfare if we are able to send one of our runner's to the Big BU. This means you NEED the competition to also go into the deep depths of Tartarus with you.

Race Details & Rules

The concept of a backyard ultra is quite simple and has been encouraged by Gary Cantrell, aka Lazarus Lake and/or Laz, who founded both Big Backyard Ultra and the Barkley Marathons.

Tartarus Backyard Ultra will follow closely to Laz’s original format. The concept is simple. It’s a last person standing race. In the end, only one Runner and one Rucker will finish the race.

We've analyzed lots of data from weather and terrain and have found that Camp 7 and that mid-late April make the most ideal conditions for human potential in both running and rucking.

To be clear, these are two separate races. There is a running race and a rucking race. You can only participate in one or the other.

At 0700 hours on Saturday, April 24th, 2021, we will start a race at the old airstrip in Camp 7 and will use the local trails to complete the daytime loop that is 4.1667 miles (Runners) and 3.2 miles (Ruckers).

Each Runner and Rucker has exactly one-hour to complete the loop. We will start another race at 0800 hours, where Runners and Ruckers race around the same 4.1667 or 3.2 mile trail loop. The same will be done at 0900, 1000, 1100, and so on, every hour on the hour.

Runners and Ruckers must be standing in the start line corral when the next race starts. If you are out of the corral, you can not continue. Runners and Ruckers will also not continue if they self-eliminate. No late starts are allowed once the bell is rung.

Tartarus Races will continue until only one runner remains. At that point, the last Runner and Rucker must complete a loop on their own. If they can complete the loop than that person is the winner for either the Run or Ruck race. All other runners are considered Did Not Finish (DNF).

At 1900 hours, the races will be moved to an out-and-back course on the Centennial Trail. This will continue in likewise fashion every hour. At 0700 hours the next morning, the races will continue on the trail loop.


Flow for the Start of Each Race:
3 Whistles blown means - 3 minutes until start
2 Whistles blown means - 2 minutes until start
1 Whistle blown means 1 minute until start

RD announcements are at 30 seconds
RD counts down the last 10 seconds and a race begins at the ring of a bell.

Once the bell is rung, runners may not visit their crew, their tent, their vehicle or receive aid from anyone. Runners must stay on the course once the bell is rung. The only reason for leaving the course once the bell is rung is to use the portable toilets.

Once you finish your loop you may choose to do what you want, but must be back in the corral before the bell rings.

Runners will need to provide their own aid. Crews are permitted, but not necessary, and may leave and come back if needed.

There will be a space next to the start and finish line to set up a chair, cooler, and other small personal gear. Camping is permitted close by where you can set up a tent.

Any runner that DNF’s must immediately vacate the start/finish line to allow the remaining Runners and Ruckers to move closer.

DNF runners are encouraged to continue to watch and support other participants still in the races.

Portable Toilets will be located just after the start line.

Water and Coffee will be provided. Hammer Nutrition will be also be available.

Choose to Fundraise!

The Board of Directors really hope that each participant would consider fundraising for our cause. Instead of paying the registration fee, you can opt to fundraise. If you raise over the $100 minimum, your race entry will be free. We are shooting for an overall fundraising goal of $3000.00. You can raise funds by lap or straight donations. Think out of the box and be creative in how you raise funds. Check our website out for more details.

Race Fee Schedule

$75 from December 17th-February 28th
$100 from March 1st 16th to 2400hrs on April 17th (Online).
$100 at Race Event Site

Local time: 9:35 AM
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