Do you have what it takes? Keeping in line with the infamous Big Backyard Ultra format organized by Lazarus Lake (you've heard of the creator of the Barkley Marathons, right?), we're holding our own Backyard Ultra in gorgeous Wausau, WI. Participants will run our 4.167 mile loop for as long as (s)he can. The first loop starts Friday, 4/29/2022 at 10 am and one loop will be run every hour, on the hour for as long as (s)he is able. When does the madness end? When the last (wo)man is left and crowned victorious!
What: 4.167 mile gorgeous (mostly trail!) course that loops throughout Sylvan Park, leaving on the hour EVERY HOUR (don't be late!) until 1 person remains
Who: Solo racer
When: 4/29/2022 @ 10 am
How it works: you show up on starting line on Friday, 4/29/2022 @ 10 am for your first loop. You keep going until you can't. Sounds simple, right?
What: 2 loops of 4.167 mile gorgeous (mostly trail!) course that loops throughout Sylvan Park.
Who: Solo racer or 2 person relay team
When: Saturday, 4/30/2022-1st loop leaves 9:30 am, 2nd loop leaves 10:45 am.
How it works:
- relay: 1 teammate shows up on start line for 9:30 am start and runs their loop. other teammate runs the 2nd loop starting at 10:45 am.
- solo: you show up on the start line for 9:30 am start. you do the loop. you do it again at 10:45 am.?
- you get a score for each loop placement. Your overall place is a combination of your 2 scores. Lowest score wins
- 1st place = 1 point, 2nd place= 2 points, 3rd place= 3 points, and so on...
- For example: if a solo runner gets 2nd place for the 1st loop, and 4th place for the 2nd loop...their total score is 6.
- lowest score wins (i.e.: 2 is the lowest score possible). Hold up, what if there is a tie? Tie is broken by lower score of the 2nd race (loop). For example, if 2 people both have a total score of 3 but racer A scored 2 for 1st lap and 1 for 2nd lap, while racer B scored 1 for 1st lap and 2 for 2nd lap...racer A is the winner since they had a lower score for the 2nd lap.
Price: $50 for solo racer, $85 total for relay (2 racers)
Course Preview (same loop for BackYard Ultra and Double Down races): In short, it is a gorgeous, hilly, all trail course that I wouldn't mind running at least 25 times in a row...which is fortunate, because hopefully you’ll be running that and more on race day.
Our start & finish//home base is nestled in a small field where participant’s tents/aid, bathroom facilities, parking is located. Every 4.167 miles, racers will have access to this little oasis. From the start, participants will head up a gravel path through gorgeous trees, taking a small loop before returning back down the hill...before heading up the tubing hill. Did we mention there are a couple climbs during this loop? From the top, you’ll have a gorgeous glimpse over the treetops of the little valley below...but let’s be honest- enjoy it the first 10 loops as you may be cursing in later days at these hills. At the bottom, you get to- you guessed it- climb right back up the hill because the breeze is better up there, ya know? You'll climb back down on a single track surrounded by woods before trotting by your beloved home base (but not stopping here!). This time, your journey back up the hill is a little more leisurely through the beautiful woods. Once on top, soak up the next half mile or so as you traverse along the edge of school property and savor the relatively flat terrain. After a loop out around school property, you’ll make your way back into the forest to dip back in for a quick, fun, roller coaster like descent. You’re getting close- once you are back to the bottom, you’ll trot by a beautiful creek, gentle bridges before finding yourself back at home base- your oasis….at least until the top of the next hour.
The course described above is subject to change prior to race day but what you can be assured of is that it will be 4.167 miles of gorgeous trail, lots of ups and downs, and a great home base between loops.
What: Will be a surprise on race day but expected distance to be a little less than 1/2 a mile
Who: children under the age of 10 years old on race day (4/30/2022)
When: Saturday 4/30/2022. Race start 12:05 pm
Price: FREE for kids!
We will be closely monitoring COVID-19 infection rates and following CDC recommendations to hold a safe event. If we are unable to safely hold our WausaUltra Events, we will alert registrants at least 1 week prior to event of its cancellation. If we are unable to hold our events, we will reach out to you with the following options: defer your registration to next years' event OR donate your registration fee to our organization- and we'll guarantee you a spot to do our next years' event. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this policy.
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