Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa
Ezemvelo Big Dog Backyard Ultra
Do want to test your endurance? Do you want to push yourself to your limit? Then come and see how many laps you can put your body through at the Ezemvelo Big Dog Backyard Ultra! The solo event is officially listed on backyardultra.com and approved by Lazarus Lake, the race director of the Barkley Marathon. As they say, “There is no finish. There is only one finisher. The last one standing.”
The solo event will follow all the rules as set out by Backyard Ultra. Run a 6,706m lap per hour, or you are disqualified. The last person to finish a lap within an hour wins! No time cap, no assistance on the course, NO POLES, just pure hourly endurance.
For those looking for an intro into what has fast become a worldwide sensation, we are also offering an unaffiliated team relay. The teams will have their own starting time to avoid any possible pacing of the solo event. Teams can be made up of up to 4 people and no gender classifications will be made as is with the spirit of the backyard ultra. Teams will run in relay, one at a time, on the same course as the solo athletes and choose how their runners participate. There will be a 24-hour cut-off for the team event. If more than one team reaches the 24-hour mark, there will be a 1 LAP SPRINT FINISH, so build your team carefully and manage your energy!
The course is made up of a mix of rocky, hilly terrain and simple flowing jeep tracks. Be sure to keep your eye out for the abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery as you traverse the koppies and grasslands.
The race will take place at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve. There are a few accommodation options available that need to be booked directly via Ym9va2luZ3MgfCBlemVtdmVsbyAhIGNvICEgemE=
Options are: Chalets: R1800 per unit for 2 nights (25/26 June) sleeps 2 and 1 child.
Tent Rental: R1200 for 2 nights (25/26 June), sleeps 2 – includes: tent, 2 stretchers, chairs and a comforter. Extra blankets should be brought with.
Standard Camping: R150 per person per night
The race village will have a dedicated area for Gazebos to be set up so that your supporters can comfortably cheer you on and be ready with any aid you may need at the start finish point. There will also be hot food, coffee, and beer available. As the temperature drops in the night, fires will be lit near the start area to warm your tired legs.
Medical support will be at the start/ finish line.
Solo entry: R450 and team entry per person: R350
You are responsible for your own nutrition. There will be no water points on the course.
No timing of laps will be done. Only total laps will be counted unless there is a sprint finish in the team event. Solo event winner is the last person standing.
Timing will involve the use of numbered tags that must be handed in before the start of the hour lap and collected before the end of the hour lap. No hand-ins prior to the hour start = DNF. No collection before the hour ends = DNF.
Prize: 2 nights in the chalets at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve to the value of R1800.