Saturday, Jul 16, 2022 @ 7:00 AM
Registration closes: Sun, Jun 12 @ 11:59 PM

Basic Info

What’s the best of part about doing a summer Backyard Ultra in Alaska? No headlamps needed! Join us in the land of the midnight sun for AKtive Soles inaugural Backyard Ultra. Race will be held at Government Peak Rec Area, the backyard of Alaska’s favorite outdoor playground, Hatcher Pass. Course will be a 4.167 mile loop through single track and ski trails with moderate elevation gains/losses. Race will follow all standard Backyard Ultra rules and regulations including being an open race. Complete as many loops as you can to be the official finisher and try to earn your at-large spot at Big's Backyard in Tennessee in 2023. Course trails will be clear but there can be thick vegetation surrounding the trails, always keep an eye out for wildlife. Weather in Alaska is anybody’s guess. Hope for dry, runnable trails but be prepared for rain and mud as well. No water crossings but there are several foot bridges.

Registration will open January 9, 2022 at 8:00AM. Due to the cost and effort of putting on these races we will not be offering refunds, deferrals, bib exchanges or race transfers.

Backyard Rules

1. All runners MUST be in the starting corral at the bell.
2. Each loop starts precisely on the hour and 1 hour after the last. (Warnings will be given 5, 3, and 1 minute before the bell.)
3. All runners must start at the bell. (Absolutely NO late starts.)
4. Except for restrooms, competitors may not leave the course until the loop has been completed.
5. No non competitors on the course. (This includes eliminated runners)
6. No crewing or outside aid during a loop.
7. Each loop must be completed within an hour to be counted….including the final loop.
8. No artificial aids. (trekking poles, etc.)
9. Slower runners must allow passes.
10. Runners are responsible for their personal aid and nutrition needs.
11. Water, along with a limited supply of prepackaged food items will be available throughout the race at start/finish.
12. Winner is the last person to complete a loop.
13. All other runners are classified as a DNF. (There is no second place!)
14. If no runner can complete one more loop than anyone else, there is no winner.

FAQ

Q. Is this a bronze ticket race?
No. The bracket for bronze and silver ticket races leading to Big Dog’s Backyard on October 15, 2023 had already been set when we created this race.

Q. Can I still get into Big Dog’s Backyard?
Yes, a qualifying run at AKtive’s Backyard can give you a chance to make the At-Large list for Big Dog’s Backyard.

Q. What is a qualifying run for the At-Large list?
Any runner who completes at least 24 loops is eligible for the At-Large list. (NOTE: There is a solid stack of US runners coming in for 2023 and it currently looks like runners should be aiming for north of 40 laps to have a decent shot at the At-Large list)

Q. How can I learn more about Big Dog’s Backyard?
BackyardUltra.com has all the information about Big Dog’s as well as the championship brackets, regulations, and any other details you may be curious about.

Q. Is there a limited number of participants?
We have capped the race at 75 participants in order to give everyone enough space on the trails.

Q. Is there a time limit?
Yes and No. Yes, each loop must be finished within the hour in order to start the following loop. No, as long as there are two runners competing the race will keep going until only one remains. It could be 12 hours, 24 hours, or longer.

Q. I can probably only run 1 - 4 loops, can I still sign up?
Yes, HOWEVER this is called an ultra for a reason. We have a limited number of spots for runners and the winner can only complete one more loop than anyone else. SO, if everyone drops after 1 - 4 loops, the winner can only win with 5 loops (which isn’t that fun for anyone).

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