Thembi's Backyard GTR Ultra Run

Last year, we got Thembi to the Big Dog Backyard Ultra World Champs in Tennessee, America. He set a new SA record and put up a great performance.  
This year he is already in full training mode as he prepares for the SA Teams Champs event that will be held on 19 October 2024.
Once again, we will host a backyard-ultra-style event in support, and we will hopefully be celebrating Thembi retaining his SA champ status.
To make it more inclusive there will be two lap distances on offer. The normal 6.7km and a 4.5km option to be completed within an hour. There will also be a distance challenge for the month of October.
Event Concept:
This will be a fun event and is not part of an official Backyard Ultra race. This will also be part of a distance challenge for the month of October. Set your own distance goals for the month
On the weekend of 13-15 October, we will host a Backyard ultra stile event to help you achieve your goals 
Each lap is 6.7km or 4.5km in distance and will be on mixed surfaces.
The laps will start on the hour each hour, with the first lap starting at 18h00 on Friday 25 October 2024. You may join for as many laps as you like until Sunday 13h00. The aim will be to complete consecutive laps, but we will also allow gaps between laps. You will also have the option to start your first lap on the hour any time during the weekend. If you start with the 6.7km lap and fail to finish within an hour you may continue with the 4.5km lap. Prize giving will take place on Sunday at 15h00 and you must be present to win prizes!
  • Last Man/Lady Standing: Most consecutive laps - you would need to start on Friday for the first lap.
  • Consecutive distance: Most consecutive laps distance (Mix between consecutive 6.7km or 4.5km laps added together)
  • Most laps: Laps done throughout the weekend 
  • Max distance: All lap distances (completed within an hour) over the full event time
  • Lucky Draw: Every lap gets you a ticket into the draw 
  • Most distance for the month

*6.7km and 4.5km will be separate events taking part at the same time.


13-15 September event

  • 50km distance: Bronze medal
  • 100km distance: Silver medal
  • 161km distance: Gold medal

Month of September:

  • 161km Bronze
  • 322km Silver
  • 484km Gold
Entry Fee:
  • Month Challenge - Free
  • Unlimited laps at the event: R500
  • Less than 8 Laps at the event: R300

*We need 25 entries for the event to take place

What To Expect at the event:

  • Event village to set up your tent or support station
  • Toilet and shower facilities
  • Basic aid station support e.g. Coke, Water, Soup, Bananas, Sandwiches
  • Event official to control lap starts and timing
  • Prize giving on Sunday
Giving Back:
  • Offer up some of your time to be a volunteer and help at the aid station (GTR Start, below Trail Kiosk) We need seconders and marshals to be at the event village during the entire duration of the event.
  • Donate anything towards lucky draw prizes. It would be cool if all the competitors could win something.
  • Sponsor aid station sustenance - coke, water, food
    The 6.7km route with 4.5km option is a mixture of single track, gravel, jeep track, grass and tarmac. This route can also be used throughout the month, but any runs will count towards the monthly challenge. The start and finish are in Camphersdrift road dip (GTR start)
    Download or view the route on this LINK
    Strava Segment 6.7km lap LINK
    Strava Segment 4.5km lap LINK
    Please see map below:

    Let's Run "just one more lap" 

    To Enter please complete the form below, or use this link