Ohio's Backyard Ultra Specs
Date: March 20, 2021
Time: 7:30AM and every hour thereafter
Ohio's Backyard Ultra Registration
The capacity is 110 runners
The price is $85.00 ($95.00 after Feb. 15 2021)
Registration Open Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12:01 AM
Registration Close Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:59 PM
*For the 2020 event, Ohio's Backyard Ultra Sold out in 6 days. We expect the same quick fill-up for the 2021 event.
Special Registration Process for 2021 to meet the 110 Entrant Capacity:
20 Spots: Reserved as "priority registration" for past participants to register before the pubic registration open date.
80 Spots: Reserved for the general public to register starting on the registration open date.
10 Spots: We are reserving the reaming 10 registration spots for "elites". Please email the RD to get one of these elite spots.
Waitlist (new process for 2021):
Once the 110 race capacity is reached, runners will then be able to sign up for the waitlist. Waitlist runners are not charged until they are invited via email into the field of entrants, and "accept" that invite. Starting in 2021, we will not keep the waitlist visible. We will invite runners in from the waitlist based on their resume/results to meet the above process for entry. Our focus will be to invite runners from the waitlist that will add to the competition, as well as add to the female representation in the overall field.
The Last Person Standing will receive $3.00 per mile completed as a reward. In 2020 the Last Person Standing won $475.50.
All other runners are considered a "Did Not Finish" Each person will receive a "DNF Coin" once they drop.
Each runner that registers will receive a t-shirt.
Ohio's Backyard Ultra is part of the "2021 Backyard Ultra Golden Ticket" series, serving as an "Auto Qualifier" with the winner receiving an automatic entry into Lazarus Lake's original Big Dog's Backyard Ultra.
If a runner qualifies from our Ohio's Backyard Ultra, SEOTR will pay for your race entry into Laz's Big Dog's Backyard Ultra.
Ohio's Backyard Ultra Description
The first ever Ohio Backyard Ultra took place in 2019, and will be back for a 3rd year in 2021!
With the urging of Gary Cantrell, aka Lazarus Lake, aka Laz, who started the original Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra and the Barkley Marathons, more races of this layout are being started. This is one of them.
So in likewise fashion, the Ohio Backyard Ultra will follow as closely to Laz’s original format as possible.
The concept is simple. It’s a “Last Man Standing Race” and in the end, just one runner will finish the race.
At 0730 hours on Saturday, March 20 2021 we will start a race at McChesney Ridge on a course measured at 4.1667 miles. The time limit for this race is one hour.
Again at 0830 hours, we will begin another race around the same 4.1667 mile trail.
The same will be done at 0930, 1030, 1130, and so on, every hour.
Runners must be standing in the starting corral when the next race starts or else they may not continue.
Runners will also not continue if they choose not to themselves.
No late starts once the bell is rung.
Races will continue until only one runner remains, and at that point, once that person completes a loop on their own, that runner is the winner.
All other runners are a DNF.
At 1930 hours, the races will be moved to a road out and back course and continue in likewise fashion every hour thereafter.
At 0730 hours the next morning, races will continue on the trail loop.
At 3 minutes till each race 3 whistles will be blown.
At 2 minutes till each race 2 whistles will be blown.
At 1 minute till each race 1 whistle will be blown.
At 30 seconds till each race an announcement is made.
At 10 seconds till each race a countdown will begin.
A bell is rung once the race starts.
Once the bell is rung, runners may not visit their crew, their tent, their vehicle or receive aid from anyone.
Runners must stay on the course once the bell is rung.
The only reason for leaving the course once the bell is rung is to use the porta-potty, or to relieve yourself in the forest.
Once you finish your loop you may choose to do what you want, but must be back in the starting corral before the bell rings.
Runners will need to provide their own aid.
Crews are permitted, but limited to just 1 crew member per runner at all times, and crews are not needed. Crews may leave and come back if needed.
There will be a space next to the start and finish line to set up a chair, cooler, and other small personal items.
A campground area will be close by where you may set up a tent.
Any runner that DNF’s must immediately vacate their spot close to the finish line to allow surviving runners to move closer. DNF runners are welcome to continue spectating the Ohio Backyard Ultra.
Porta-potties will be located just after the start line.
A t-shirt will be provided to all entrants.
There will be some hot foods throughout the night, for meat and vegetarian lovers alike.
A fire ring to will continue to burn a fire. This is your trap.
Alcohol is permitted.
Water is provided.
Coffee is provided.
This race is hosted by SEOTR, a non-profit organization.
Many people ask where the entry fees go; proceeds are administered through SEOTR and is used to further the mission of the organization.
Thanks for your support.
*New Refund Policy*
The "Refund Window" for Ohio's Backyard Ultra is as follows:
drop 31+ day prior to the event = 100% refund
drop 8-30 days prior to the event = 50% refund
drop 0-7 days prior to the event = 0% refund
To request a refund: You must have an UltraSignup account to request your refund. If you registered as a "guest" please email the race director and we will complete the process. Follow these steps:
Log in to Ultrasignup.com
Go into your account info and click "Registration History."
Click "edit" next to the race you wish to withdraw from.
After this scroll to the bottom of the page and click the red "Cancel Registration" button.
Once you select cancel registration a box will appear giving you the option to select the refund.
**Please note that in some cases a bank will not accept a refund back onto a credit card if the original purchase was made over 90 days ago; in that case the race director will be notified and will send your refund via a check through the mail.
See more information on SEOTR's rules and policies on our Race Policies Page.
***There will be no Rollovers or Deferments for Ohio's Backyard Ultra
McChesney Ridge Athletic Club
2198 Sedan Crabtree Rd.
Lucasville, Ohio 45648
Ohio's Backyard Ultra Course
Each 4.1667 "yard" will be two (2) loops of 2.08 miles.
Between 450-475 feet of elevation gain.
The day course is a mixture of double-track trail, gravel, grass, and dirt. There is no pavement during the day course.
Likewise, it is measured to be 4.1667 miles.
The night course is out and back.
The night course has a gradual 150 feet of elevation gain.
The night course opens with a stint of dirt and gravel, before entering pavement.
Respect all the homes that you pass by on the road section. There are probably a dozen driveways that you pass on the night section. Dogs will be barking.