Saturday, May 21, 2022 @ 6:00 AM
Registration closes: Thu, May 19 @ 11:59 PM

Arkansas Backyard Ultra Experience

The 2nd Annual 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

1) Course
. 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

3) Starts
. 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.

5) Timing
. Timing of the races is optional

6) Winner/Results
. 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.

7) Cap
. Race must be open ended.

New For 2022

To encourage even more friendly competition and after seeing some of the great groups that worked together in 2021, we are excited to announce that we'll also have a unique award for the top team. Round up 5 or more of your friends and include your "Team Name" during registration. We'll tally up the total yards of your team's top 6 performers.

Race Start

The race will start at 6:00am on Saturday, May 21st and will continue until there is only one person able to complete a full race.


$85 through February 28th, 2022
$100 from March 1st until race day.

Local time: 8:49 PM


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