Sat, 10 June|
Red Dirt Backyard Ultra 24 hour
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Time & Location
10 June 2023, 10:00 am – 11 June 2023, 10:00 am
Karratha, Bayview Rd, Karratha WA 6714, Australia
About the Event
2023 RED DIRT BACKYARD ULTRA – 24 HOURS
Our Red Dirt Backyard Ultra is an ultramarathon event set around a 6.71km loop (or yard as it is known in the Backyard Ultra world), where participants run a loop on the hour, every hour until there is only one participant left – known as the Last One Standing (LOS) – and everyone else is deemed a DNF or Did Not Finish.
The concept of the Backyard Ultra is the brainchild of Lazarus Lake (Laz) of Big Dogs Backyard in the USA. Laz came up with the idea to see how far runners can push themselves, but in a more approachable format. Anything can be achieved in the backyard!
The backyard ultra is an exciting event format and WA is home to the biggest Backyard Ultra in the world – Herdy’s Frontyard Ultra, brought to you by Ultra Series WA and run at Herdsman Lake in Perth. Ultra Series WA also facilitate Birdy’s Backyard Ultra at Lake Towerinning in SW WA, another spectacular event hosted on a spectacular private property in the cold winter months.
This year the Pilbara Trailblazers Red Dirt Backyard Ultra will run as a 24-hour event, located on a 6.71km course that starts and finishes at the Bayview Road Caravan Park in Nickol. The course is trail, with a mixture of gravel, hard sand, and red dirt. Although it is flat (no elevation) the mixed terrain and sometimes uneven surfaces become interesting after you’ve done a few loops!
In our inaugural RDBU in 2022, we had 39 solo participants, with the event winner, Levi Winman, and his assist Ben Lyon, completing an amazing 80km over the 12 hours. In 2023, we are upping the stakes – offering solo entrants the opportunity to challenge themselves for up to 24 hours – and introducing a team entry for up to four people to compete together. For those in teams, each runner must run at least four yards during the event (equivalent to 26.84km), in whatever order the team chooses. If you have ever wondered about a backyard ultra, this is the year to give it go in your Pilbara backyard.
The Australian male record holder for the Backyard Ultra is Phil Gore with 76 yards (509.96km) and the Australian female record holder is Jessica Smith with 39 yards (261.69km). Both of these fabulous humans are WA runners and both of them are very supportive of Pilbara Trailblazers. You never know, you might even see one or both come along to support our event this year!
The world record for the Backyard Ultra currently stands at 101 hours – a massive 677.71km, 4 days and 5 hours which was set by two Belgium runners in 2022 – Laz amazingly allowed them both to win and didn’t force a DNF – but how could you not, with such a spectacular effort.