RACE DATE: SATURDAY 10:00AM, 19 OCTOBER 2024
NEGORSKI BANJI, GEVGELIJA, N.MACEDONIA

REGISTERED RUNNERS 2023 (START LIST)

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Ultimate running experience

The Backyard Ultra is not your typical athletic race; it is a test of endurance, determination and camaraderie. Imagine running in a circle exactly 4,000 miles (6,706 km) long over a period of time, again, until there is only one runner left. The challenge is not only to complete each lap, but to do so in the time allowed, pushing your physical and mental limits to the limit.
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Illustration by Miha Gjorgon
Illustration by Miha Gjorgon

A weekend to remember

"I came up with the concept of the big backyard ultra some 50 years ago, while I was still a young runner just starting out. 4.166667 miles an hour, every hour until only one man is standing. You cannot have a bad hour. Only good and great ones."
Gary Cantrell AKA ‘Lazarus Lake’
‘Big’s Backyard Ultra’

The new standard in backyard ultra marathons

The race format of a Backyard Ultra is quite simple. You have to run a 6.7km loop within the hour, every hour, until there is only one race participant left. Runners drop out of the race for 3 main reasons:

RUNNING OUT OF TIME

Failing to complete the loop within the hour

RUNNING OUT OF GAS

Failing to make the start line before the next loop begins

REACHING OWN LIMITS

Accepting defeat “Yeah I’m done bro”
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Personal bests

The most important thing is to know that the big yards are only done by a few athletes, and the heart of the sport is regular people achieving personal goals. Don't be intimidated to think that the 3 or 4 lap people do not belong with the 30 or 40 lap runners. Everyone is running to do their best and every victory is celebrated by all.
6.7km

1 LOOP

40km

6 LOOPS

100km

15 LOOPS

161km

24 LOOPS

684km

102 LOOPS - WORLD RECORD

Illustration by Miha Gjorgon

About the location

In the immediate vicinity of Gevgelija, along the regional road Thessaloniki - Skopje, there is the Negorci spa. It is located at the foot of Mount Kozhuf, at an altitude of 50 meters, three kilometers from Gevgelija and six kilometers from the border with Greece.

In the vicinity of the spa there are three natural springs with large reserves of underground hot water. Its thermal mineral springs, around which the spa facilities are built, occur on the right side of the Vardar River, at the foot of the Kozhuf mountain, between the villages of Mrzenci and Negorci at an altitude of 60 meters. In the Spa region there are two waters - Hot Bath with a temperature of 40 degrees and Cold Bath with a temperature of 38 degrees.

This is the only bath in the country that also has thermal mud, which is located about 500 meters south of the thermal springs. It is fine-grained, almost black with light-dark particles of plant origin with a temperature of 34 to 36 degrees, making it very suitable for pleoid therapy.
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Dejan Krle, race director 
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