The Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra and Relays
03 - 04 May 2019
Backyard UltraComplete one 6.7km lap within an hour, restart again on the hour... continue... until only one person is left to complete a lap.RelayA relay for teams of 2, 4, or 6 people completing as many laps as possible (non-stop) in either 8,12 or 24 hours. One runner at a time on the course which goes through the tent city so you transition right outside your team's tent!
The winner of the Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra gets a 2019 Golden Ticket Entry into the original last person standing event - Big's backyard Ultra in the US!
ULTRA SUMMARYThe course will be a 6.7km lap through a mix of commercial pine forest and native bushThe course will be released once finalised closer to the eventElevation will be kept to a manageable levelThe course will go under a finish gantry where your lap is recorded and then continue to weave through the event base through a tent city, allowing relay teams to transition (swap runners and timing chip) right outside their tent before continuing out onto the course properRELAY SUMMARYSaturday 4th MayTeams of 2, 4 or 6 people complete as many laps as they can in the time limitThe relay does not have the 1 lap per hour format, instead participants just keep running non-stopOnly one person from each team is running on the course at any timeEach team will be allocated a tent site on the course at the event base. Teams set up this site as they please and the runners tag right outside their tent siteTeams decide who runs how many and which laps - totally up to themThe event is aimed at all fitness levels from families to running clubs to corporate teams. We encourage walking teams too!Teams are encouraged to dress up in a team costume
Starting at 12 noon on Friday 3 MayRunners will start a 6.71km (4.17 mile) lap on the hour every hourRunners must finish each lap within 1 hourThe next lap starts on the hour every hour after thatThis continues until only one runner can complete the lap within the 1 hour time limitRunners are called into the starting corral at 2 minutes to the hourAny runner not in the starting corral for any lap is not eligible to continue and is recorded as NDFAny runner who fails to finish a lap is recorded as DNFULTRA 3 May10:30 - Registration11:30 - Race briefing12:00 - Race start......... - Finish8 Hour Relay 4 May07:00 - Registraion08:45 - Race briefing09:00 - Race start17:00 - Finish12 Hour Relay 4 May07:00 - Registraion08:45 - Race briefing09:00 - Race start21:00 - Finish24 Hour Relay 4 May07:00 - Registraion08:45 - Race briefing09:00 - Race start09:00 - Finish 5 May
The event is in Riverhead Forest. The event centre is just off Ararimu Valley Rd. Take Old North Road through the western side of the Riverhead Forest and turn down Ararimu Valley Road which is on your right.Please park as directed.
Because of the lap nature of the course there is no compulsory gear requiredThere will be no aid stations or any water provided out on the course -you're on your own when you're out on the lap
How long is this likely to go on?As this is the first event of this format in New Zealand, we don't know. But as an example of how far this Last Person Standing event can go, the United States Big’s Backyard Ultra event in October 2018:At 44 laps/hours 2 women and 5 men had completed 183miles (295km).3rd place Gavin Woody finished with 65 laps/hours completing 271miles (436km).2nd place Courtney Dauwalter finished with 67 laps/hours completing 279miles (449km).Winner Johan Steene from Sweden completed one more lap to win in a new record of 68 laps covering 283miles (456km) in 68 hours!RulesRunners must finish the lap within 1 hourThe next lap starts on the hour every hour after that (signaled by the bell)Participants must be in the starting corral at the bellWarning will be given at 3, 2, and 1 minutes prior to startRunners may not leave the course until each loop is completedNo non-competitors on the course (including eliminated runners)No personal aid/support during a lap (the one aid/support location is the event base)No artificial aids (including poles!)Slower runners – please allow faster runners to passThe winner is the last person to complete a lap when all others have given upAll others are technically DNFIf no runner can complete one more lap than anyone else, there is no winnerPlease report to the timing area when you decide you can no longer go on