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The Mad Trapper Backyard Ultra

June 22, 2024 - 8am until... there can be only one

The Ark, Denholm, Quebec, Canada

40 minutes north of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada




The concept is simple:

At 0800 hours on Saturday, June 17, we will start a clockwise race around the approximately 6.25km "Relentless" loop.

The time limit will be one hour.

At 0900 hours, we will begin another race around the loop, although this time, you'll be running counter-clockwise (even hour loop is clockwise, odd-hour loop is counter clock-wise).

Every hour, on the hour, runners will meet at the start line. This will continue until only ONE RUNNER can complete the loop within the time limit.

Any runner not in the starting corral for any loop, is not eligible to continue.

No late starts!

There will be no night-time road laps. The entire race will take place on the trails.

If no single runner can complete a loop at the end, there will be no winner. 

This is a race of attrition. It's not about speed, or who can run the fastest. It a test of grit. It's only about who can last the longest. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!

When the race starts at 8am, everyone is tied for "first place" and everyone has the same opportunity to win. Still, at 36 hours into the race, everyone who stands at the start line is still tied for first place. There are no "leaders" in this race.

There is only the one racer who finishes, and everyone else who DNFs. Runners are responsible for their personal aid.

Ark well water (aka "best water on the planet")will be available throughout the race.

BBQ and chili will be served beginning around noon and continue until the finish. And of course, the world famous Mad Trapper brownies will also be served throughout the event.

Crews are allowed but not necessary.

Space for a lawn chair and cooler will be provided for runners near the start/finish (first come, first claimed).

Runners who quit, give up, fail, DNF will be required to vacate their space so that the survivors can move closer to the starting corral.

Tent space is also available to runners nearby and elsewhere on the property. All runners will receive a Mad Trapper Backyard Ultra T-Shirt or maybe a hat... I'm sourcing options right now.

The lone finisher will also receive a handmade wooden finisher's plaque. Please remember, The Mad Trapper Backyard Ultra is following the concept and rules of Big's Backyard Ultra.

There are no cutoff times or tiebreakers. The Mad Trapper backyard Ultra continues until only one woman (or man) is left standing...

This is a race of true madness.

For 2023 there is no application process. This race is first come, first entered.

However, we are capping this event at 60 racers and past Mad Trapper participants were given early notification.

So, when we are sold out, we are sold out..