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BACKYARD RELAPS ULTRA

BACKYARD RELAPS ULTRA2019-04-30T23:10:36+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.

WIN A WEEKEND USE OF A VW AMAROK!!

Start either the ultra or the relay and you will go into the draw for our major spot prize – a weekend use of an Amarok.  We’ll announce the winner on the Sunday after the 24hour relay finishes.

With 190kW under the hood and 580Nm of torque, the Amarok is more than capable of handling anything you throw at it, and as we know… tough comes from within.

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

LOCATION

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.

TIMETABLE

If you’re looking at this on a mobile device you might need to swipe left to see the details of the table

Backyard Ultra

8 Hour Relay

12 Hour Relay

24 Hour Relay

Registration at the venue

 From 10:30am
Friday 3rd May
From 7am
Saturday 4th May
From 7am
Saturday 4th May
From 7am
Saturday 4th May

Race Briefing

11:30am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am

Start

12noon
9am
9am
9am

Finish

when the last person is standing and completes a lap (Sunday or Monday maybe?)
5pm
Saturday 4th May
9pm
Saturday 4th May
9am
Sunday 5th May

ONCE FINISHED

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

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

The course has around 175m vertical gain.

Lap times start and finish under the start/finish gantry.

Click on the image below to go to the Strava segment.

RULES

  • 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  (once the horn goes you must complete a loop before any support is given/taken)

  • No non-competitors on the course (including eliminated runners).

  • You are not to receive support or pacing from relay runners – gear, food or liquids.  All that is allowed is a quick verbal encouragement as they pass you or you pass them.  Both yourself and the relay runners will be disqualified if this rule is broken.

  • 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

  • No cats, dogs or other domesticated animals allowed on the course with runners.

COMPULSORY GEAR

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

SUPPORT CREW

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.

ON COURSE REFRESHMENTS

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…its only 6.7km!

There will be water available for participants at the event base.  We are cup free so please bring your own vessel for holding water.

TENT SITES

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.

MERCHANDISE

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!

WOMENS MAPLE TEE – 4001
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
MENS STAPLE TEE – 5001
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

EVENT CENTRE REFRESHMENTS

The following food and drink vendors will be onsite at various times throughout the weekend.  Probably best to bring cash because mobile reception is patchy, so EFTPOS may not work.

NomNom Food Trailer

Delicious Asian inspired bowls direct from friendly Riverhead Locals.

The most popular dishes are the lemongrass fried chicken and a sticky pork belly that just melts in the mouth.

Available Saturday lunchtime till around 4pm

Riverhead Scouts

The local scout group will be doing a BBQ on Saturday night from about 5pm (menu to be confirmed). They will then return at 7am the next morning, on Sunday to do egg and bacon butties!

Pirate Coffee – A Brewed Awakening

The peeps from Pirate Coffee will be there selling hot drinks.

MASSAGE SERVICES

The lovely peeps from Realign Massage & Neuromuscular Therapy will be at the venue offering massage for $20 for 15 minutes.  There will be 2 therapists per shift, Friday 1pm-5pm & 5pm-9pm. Saturday 9am-1pm; 1pm-5pm and maybe depending on demand  a late shift of 5pm-9pm.

RULES, T&C’s, PARTICIPANT WAIVER

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.