Quarantine Half Backyard Ultra for Pedestrians: 2.1 MPH Challenge

Welcome to the Quarantine Half Backyard Ultra!

As a pedestrian, I could never compete in a Backyard Ultra because doing 4.167 mph is a daunting task. Heck less than 100 individuals have walked 100 miles in under 24 hours (Centurion) which is 4.167 mph. This past summer I watched Anthony Culpepper and Yolanda Holder become only the 93 and 94th to do it since 1878! So you can see how a walker would not last very long in a traditional Backyard Ultra.


Hence I came up with the Half Backyard Ultra for Pedestrians aka Walkers or anyone else who would like to join us.  

  • This event is a Free Virtual Event, completed in self-isolation or quarantine.
  • Almost every walker out there has had races that were canceled and have been left without goal races in the near future. We do not know when this situation is going to end, and this is a fun way to bring a whole bunch of people together to be able to test their fitness, join a community, and do something together when many people cannot leave their homes.
  • You can do it all your 2.1 mile loops on a treadmill, outside or a combination of both. 
  • Whether you plan to do one lap, 50 laps, or more, come in and join the fun!

When is it?

  • The first bell will ring at 6:00 am Pacific Standard Time on Saturday April 4th, and the race will finish when there is only one walker. 
  • Everyone has just enough time for a taper. No training, no race prep. Let’s see who goes the distance.
  • Click here to convert to your local time 

How does it work?

There are 2 different ways to participate in the event. Obviously everyone will have different limitations as to what they have access to, regional restrictions, and personal comfort levels. You can participate in any way you are able, but do your best to stay as close as possible to the gold standards outlined below. The onus is on you to track and document your progress to the best of your ability. Please make sure to follow the current regulations and laws in your region.

  • At home on your treadmill:
  • Follow pedestriannation on Instagram this will allow you to interact with other racers and the live feed while walking.
  • At the Top Of Each Hour you will start your treadmill and walk 2.1 miles
  • When you finish the distance, post a photo of the treadmill display on Instagram with the tag @pedestriannation to prove you completed the distance, and then you are free to relax, eat or do any other things you need to prepare for the next lap
  • You must be back on your treadmill at the Top Of The Next Hour to start the next loop

  • Running a loop or out and back course based at home,
  • Follow pedestriannation on Instagram this will allow you to interact with other racers and the live feed while walking. 
  • Use a GPS Watch or smartphone to record your data and upload to Strava
  • At the Top Of Each Hour you will head outside and walk 2.1 miles
  • When you finish the distance, upload the walk to Strava, take a screenshot of your Strava activity, post the screenshot on Instagram with the tag @pedestriannation and then you are free to relax, eat or do any other things you need to prepare for the next lap
  • You must be back in your start box at the Top Of The Next Hour to start the next loop

You can do it all on a treadmill, outside or a combination of both. You just have to start each 2.1 mile loop at the Top Of The Next Hour .

Timeline

March 27 – Registration opens

  • Free Event
  • Follow pedestriannation on Instagram and tag  @pedestriannation in a post on Instagram that you are competing in the Quarantine Half Backyard Ultra!  Use hashtag  #QuarantineHalfBackyardUltra or #QHBU in your post too.
  • Fill out this questionnaire HERE.

April 3, 0600 PDT (24h before race start) Test your connection and setup, or have any questions for the organizers

April 4, 0600 PDT Start of first loop

Click here to convert to your local time

Please Note

Walking, especially at a high intensity, or for exorbitantly long distances depresses your immune system making you MORE susceptible to illness. Meaning, if you participate in this event, or any other physically taxing exercise, you will be at greater risk of getting sick, including, but not limited to the COVID-19. Only you can determine your personal risk tolerance to participate in this Event. Some ways to reduce your personal risk could include, but are not limited to:

– Limiting the number of people around you. Do not invite people to help crew or to come by and spectate unless they are already living with you. Remain as isolated as possible.

– Ensure you have enough food and supplies for the walk and also for the recovery period following, so you do not have to expose yourself to pathogens when you are recovering.

– Treat the next two weeks prior to race start as a strict quarantine period to ensure you are not already infected prior to participation.

Finally, we do not recommend you participate if you are feeling ill, have a known condition that puts you at higher risk of contracting the illness, if you are in a high risk area where limiting your exposure would be difficult, if you cannot ensure an adequate amount of quarantine time before and after the event, if you will be in contact with someone who is ill or is immunosuppressed, elderly, or are considered higher risk. 

Remember: This is just for fun – we do not want this Event to add any unnecessary burdens to the medical system, although you will be in the best position to decide if you need medical attention for any reason. 

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