Virtual Backyard Burn

Mon May 4 - Sat May 30
Produced by EX2 Adventures

Run 5, 10, or 13.1 miles on trails, roads, grass, a treadmill, sidewalks...anything goes...between May 4th and May 30th. There is only one rule when it comes to location...the race MUST start from your house or somewhere you can run to. No driving allowed.

This is a free race, but we are collecting donations for the Capital Area Food Bank and providing an opportunity to buy EX2 swag to support our small business.

This is a race so we want you to go hard...just like you would if this was a real in-person race! Not fair to compare times you get to choose the race course!  If you want to plan a route with the least elevation gain or is net downhill...go for it! But remember the rule above.

On Sunday May 31st at 9am, join the virtual awards ceremony via Zoom

Ready to go?  Read the instructions below and sign up!!

How It Works
  1. Pick your distance and sign up!
  2. Run your race distance and record your time.
  3. Submit your time in RunSignUp.  See instructions.
  4. Submit your race route and pictures to (a link to strava, garmin connect, etc. or screenshots work for route).
  5. Share pictures from your run and route using #virtualbackyardburn.
  6. Attend the virtual awards ceremony at 9am on May 31st. Invite will be sent prior to ceremony.

Virtual pint glasses are up for grabs to the top 5 in each age group!  In addition, we'll be giving away special awards for:

  • Best post race meal and/or beverage
  • Most elevation gained
  • Least elevation gained
  • Cutest racing companion
  • Most interesting thing seen during your race
  • Most creative route
  • Most laps
  • Best finish line photo

To be considered for the special awards, please submit your pictures to when you submit your route.


To keep things simple and safe, please follow these rules:

  • Run from your house or from a location that you can run to. You can run on your treadmill, pavement, grass, mulch, trails, a tennis court...anything goes.
  • Practice exceptional social distancing and follow all local, state, and federal rules.
  • Track your distance and time via your favorite phone app or a GPS watch.
  • Report your time no later than 11:59pm on May 30th.
  • You CAN run multiple times and try and beat your time.  Just submit your new time the same way you submitted your original.

Question: Can I register for multiple distances?
Answer: Absolutely, but you'll need to register individually for each race.

Question: Where do I send the pictures of my route and any other pictures I want to submit for the special awards? 
Answer: Send your pictures to

Question: When submitting pictures, do I need to include which contests I'm submitting for (e.g., best finish line photo)?
Answer: No, you do not need to include which contests you want to enter.

Question: Can I submit a faster time if I run my race again and run it faster?
Answer: Yes! You are welcome to try and beat your time and submit new results. Your original result will be overwritten when you re-submit.  To resubmit a result, just follow the same process as submitting your original time.


Race Contact Info

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

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

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