Andy's Backyard Ultra

Sat October 16, 2021 Directions

How far can you run?

Not how fast, but how far.

Enter Andy’s Backyard Ultra this October and find out


The race is located 14 miles northwest of Charlottesville Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
5422 Markwood Road
Earlysville, VA

Race Information

Andy's Backyard Ultra is a "last person standing" event. Runners must complete the 4.17 mile lap each hour to remain in the race. The sole finisher is the runner who completes one more lap than all the other entrants.

The course is in the Teventrails: a mixture of wooded single track, grassy fields, and farm roads in Earlysville VA. 

Andy is the Teventrail Saint Bernard. This is his backyard.

Andy cartoon

Course Map

Each lap is 4.17 miles long and has an elevation change of approximately 370 feet.

Andy's Backyard Ultra Rules and Information

Race Format

There is No finish. There is only one finisher. The last one standing.

The backyard ultra is a form of ultramarathon race where competitors must consecutively run the lap distance of 4.167 miles in less than one hour. When each lap is completed, the remaining time within the hour is used to recover for the next hour's race. Runners cannot start the next lap before the next hour starts.  Exactly one hour after a backyard ultra's first starting time, the competitors run an additional lap with a one-hour window for completion. These distance laps are repeated hourly. If a runner fails to complete a lap in 1 hour, their race is over and they must leave the course.
The race ends with a win when the last runner completes one more lap than all the other runners. All other runners DNF.
If no competitor manages one more lap than the others, then all athletes receive a DNF and there is no winner. 
The lap distance was set to make the total distance run for 24 laps (one day) to be 100 miles.

Runners must check in 15 minutes before the start of the event (6:45am). 

Runners must check in after they finish each lap. 
Runners must be standing in the starting corral when the next lap starts or else they may not continue.
Runners may choose not to continue. Runners must check out of the race before they leave.
No late starts once the starting cow 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.

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.
A cow bell is rung once the race starts.

Once the cow 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.
Once you finish your loop and check in, you may choose to do what you want, but must check in and be back in the starting corral before the bell rings.
No pacing is allowed.
Crew and spectators must stay off the course, but may be in the designated crew areas near the start/finish.


Each runner that starts will receive a DNF t-shirt, magnetic sticker, glass, and mug.

magnet stickerglassmug

Each runner that completes 24 laps (100 miles) will receive a buckle.
100 mile belt buckle

The winner will receive the Sole Survivor t-shirt and trophy

Sole Survivor Trophy


Parking is accessible from Markwood Rd across from Claymont Rd, at the entrance to the Teventrails field. Crew and spectators may leave and come back if needed. For safety, no vehicles are allowed down by the tent area. RVs should park up at the parling lot closer to the road, where the parking lot is flattest. Crew and spectators must check in at the registration table and sign the Teventrail waiver when they first arrive.

Packet pick-up, Pre-Race Dinner, and Briefing

Race packet pickup will be at the race start area starting at Friday Oct 15 at 5pm. Runners must pick up their race bib before 6am Saturday Oct 16.
A pre-race dinner and briefing will be held at the race start area on Oct 15 at 6pm. Runners and crew may bring their own food or purchase dinner tickets. Runner 10' x 10' tent sites will be assigned based on the bib number. Bib numbers will be assigned randomly.

Aid Station

The race will have one aid station area that runners may use to refuel between laps.
No aid stations are allowed on the course.
The race will provide water. Runners and crew must bring whatever aid (food, drinks, clothing, headlamps, batteries, chair, etc.) they may need for the duration of the event.
Grocery stores, restaurants, and a Target are within 15 minute drive of the race.
Each runner will be provided a space in the aid station area to set up a chair, cooler, a 10' x10' pop-up tent, and items they may need for the race.
Runners will need to bring headlamps for the night laps. Blankets, chairs, sleeping bags are recommended. Crews and spectators are permitted. 
Runners that DNF must immediately vacate their aid station spot close to the finish line to allow surviving runners to move closer.
DNF runners are welcome to continue spectating Andy's Backyard Ultra.
A fire ring will be provided. This is a trap. Try to avoid it.


Runners and crew may set up a tent at the designated camping area near the race start on Friday Oct 15 through the end of the race. No campfires are allowed on the Teventrails except for the fire ring provided by the event. No vehicles are allowed down by the start area. 


Porta Potties will be provided past the start line. Crew may use the porta potties but are asked to avoid using them in the last 15 minutes of each hour as the runners finish the lap.


Any race profit will be given to the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company.

Important Notice

The Teventrails race location is privately owned and are not open to the public for training or recon runs.

Facebook Page

Andy's Backyard Ultra has a Facebook page with (hopefully) useful information about the race. Feel free to post questions, thoughts, photos, etc.

Message from the Race Director

I am excited to put on the first Backyard Ultra in the area. It is sure to be a mix of fun and suffering. Looking forward to seeing you this October.
- Rick Kwiatkowski

trail photo

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


Charlottesville Area Trail Runners  

Blue Ridge Cyclery



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