BACKYARD RELAPS ULTRA2019-02-17T04:23:32+00:00

The Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra

Complete one 6.7km lap within an hour, restart again on the hour….continue…until only one person is left to complete a lap.

Summary of the Ultra

  • Starting at 12 noon Friday 3rd May

  • Runners will start a 6.71 km (4.17 mile) on the hour, every hour

  • Runners must finish each lap within 1 hour

  • The next lap starts on the hour every hour after that

  • This continues until only one runner can complete the lap within the 1 hour time limit

  • Runners are called into the starting corral at 2 minutes to the hour

  • Any runner not in the starting corral for any lap is not eligible to continue and is recorded as DNF (did not finish)

  • Any runner who fails to finish a lap is recorded as DNF (did not finish)

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, some stats from 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!

Event Director of the United States event and founder of this type of event Laz Lake is renowned for dreaming up events to test people’s limits.  During the US event Laz posts updates on the Facebook page throughout the event and he sums it all up as he wrote during the final hours…

hour 66: and then there were two
with the passing of gavin woody,
it all comes down to johan steene and courtney dauwalter
one will get everything
and one will get nothing.
life is not fair in big’s backyard.
but you know the deal when you sign up.

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!

The infamous Laz Lake from Tennessee (Barkleys Marathon organiser) has offered the winner of our event an opportunity of a lifetime!

The winner of the Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra last person standing event wins a Golden Ticket Entry into the United States event called Big’s Backyard Ultra.  This event only has 70 participants so getting an entry into this prestigious event is very difficult. There are 10 golden tickets from similar events around the world meaning the United States event will be like a World Championship of Last Person Standing events.

The winner will be presented with the pictured coin to commemorate their Golden Ticket Entry.

Checkout the Facebook Group for the Big’s Backyard Ultra HERE


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.


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Backyard Ultra

8 Hour Relay

12 Hour Relay

24 Hour Relay

Registration at the venue

 From 10:30am
Friday 7th May
From 7am
Saturday 8th May
From 7am
Saturday 8th May
From 7am
Saturday 8th May

Race Briefing





when the last person is standing and completes a lap (Sunday or Monday maybe?)
Saturday 8th May
Saturday 8th May
Sunday 9th May


Once you’ve finished your event you’re welcome to stay at the venue and in your tent site, cheering on the other ultra and/or relay runners.  In fact, we encourage it!


The course will be a 6.7km lap through a mix of commercial pine forest and native bush.

The course will be released once finalised closer to the event.  It’s a moving target at the moment as forestry operations continue 🙂

Elevation will be kept to a manageable level 🙂

The 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 proper!


  • Runners must finish the lap within 1 hour

  • The next lap starts on the hour every hour after that (signaled by the bell)

  • Participants must be in the starting corral at the bell

  • Warning will be given at 3, 2, and 1 minutes prior to start

  • Runners may not leave the course until each loop is completed

  • No 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 pass

  • The winner is the last person to complete a lap when all others have given up

  • All others are technically DNF

  • If no runner can complete one more lap than anyone else, there is no winner

  • Please report to the timing area when you decide you can no longer go on


Because of the lap nature of the course there is no compulsory gear required.


We recommend the Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra runners have support crew. This is limited to a maximum of 3 people at a time (based at the runners support tent).

General supporters can cheer/encourage/kick up the arse at the finish line etc but can not join the runner in their tent. This is to prevent overcrowding on the course around the tents.


There will be no aid stations or any water provided out on the course – you’re on your own, in this regards, when you’re out on the lap.

There will be water available for runners at the event base.


Each individual will be allocated a 3m x 4m site within the event base.  No vehicles will be allowed on the tent sites.

Individuals doing the Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra will be given sites closer to the finish line.

Team tent sites do not have power or water.


We have event trucker caps and t-shirts for sale as part of the entry process or our online store HERE.

$20 – Trucker 5-panel Mesh Caps

We wear these caps ourselves and no matter if its a formal cap for wearing out and about or your running cap, these things look good and are quality.

$30 – Commemorative Event Tee (not a running tee but one you wear out and about)

Making use of the fancy event logo these shirts can be worn with pride!

An image of the shirt will be available soon

Regular fit, Crew neck, Mid weight, 180 GSM, 28-singles
100% combed cotton (marles 15% polyester)
Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage
Regular fit, Crew neck, Mid weight, 180 GSM, 28-singles
100% combed cotton (marles 15% polyester)
Neck ribbing, side seamed, shoulder to shoulder tape, double needle hems, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage


The following are the rules of the event and you will sign your agreement to these during the entry process.

Event in the following waiver declaration is known as “Riverhead Backyard ReLaps Ultra & Relay”.

  • I agree to comply with the rules, regulations and event instructions of the Event.
  • At all times competitors must obey the instructions of Race Officials and Police Officers and beware of vehicular transport. Any competitor who fails to obey the instructions of Race officials or the Police will be removed from the Event and disqualified. The race director has the discretion to disqualify competitors.
  • No competitor may use any banned substances with the intent to improve their performance, eliminate the sense of fatigue or for any other purpose. Any competitor serving a ban for banned substances in another sport is not permitted to enter.  The Event Organisers may test any athlete for the use of a prohibited substance at its own discretion – a positive test resulting in disqualification.
  • It is important that all competitors exhibit good behaviour and sportsmanlike conduct, and treat fellow competitors, Event organisers, volunteers and contractors with courtesy and respect. Failure to do so may result in disqualification at any time before, during or after the Event.
  • If a competitor withdraws from the Event they must advise the finish line officials of their withdrawal as soon as possible and prior to leaving the venue.
  • I acknowledge that there are risks involved with participation in this Event and fully realise the dangers of participating in an event such as this and fully assume the risks associated with such participation and my wellbeing during the Event.
  • I understand and agree that situations may arise during the Event, which may be beyond the immediate control of officials or organisers, and I must continually participate in a manner that does not endanger either myself or others.
  • I certify that I am physically fit, have sufficiently trained for participation in the Event and I have not been advised otherwise by a qualified medical person.
  • The Event organisers reserve the right to alter rules, regulations, Event course and venues at any time provided athletes are advised prior to the Event, or if such a change is in the interest of competitor safety.
  • The Event Organisers reserve the right to implement the contingency plan in the interests of competitor safety but will not be held liable for any loss as a result of such a decision. In the event such a decision is made, if the conditions are still deemed to be unsafe, the Event organisers have sole discretion, and may cancel the Event without obligation to refund entry fees.
  • Neither the organisers, the sponsors nor other parties associated with the Event shall have any responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any risk incident that might arise, whether or not by negligence, from any direct or indirect loss, injury or death that might be sustained by me or any other party directly or indirectly associated with me, from my intended or actual participation in the Event or its related activities. I do therefore hereby on behalf of my heirs, executors, administrators and assignees release and forever discharge the organisers, sponsors of, landowners and any and all persons involved in the conduct of the event from any and all liability whatsoever or claims of damages or actions whatsoever (including negligence) in any manner arising out of my participation in the Event.
  • I authorise my name, voice, picture and information on this entry form to be used without payment to me in any broadcast, telecast, promotion, advertising, or any other way pursuant to the Privacy Act 1993.
  • I consent to organisers or suppliers filming me with an aerial quadcopter above or next to me while taking part in the Event.
  • I consent to receiving medical treatment which may be advisable in the event of illness or injuries suffered during the Event.
  • I have if relevant to this Event, made my team members aware of these conditions and have authority to sign on their behalf.
  • I understand that I have rights under the Privacy Act 1993 to access and correct any information held about me.