About Pigs Backyard Ultra

The Rules

  • Runners must finish the lap within 1 hour
  • The next lap starts on the hour every hour after that (signalled by the bell)
  • Participants must be in the starting corral (pig pen) at the bell
  • Warning will be given 3, 2, and 1 minutes prior to the starting bell
  • Runners may not leave the course until each loop is completed (once the bell goes you must complete the loop before any support is given/taken
  • No support to be given/taken from anyone during the loop – no gear, food, or liquids. The only support allowed is a quick verbal encouragement as you pass by
  • No pacing
  • No artificial aids (including poles). Music is OK but please be aware of other runners
  • Slower runners please allow faster runners to pass
  • No more than 3 runners on the swing bridge at any time
  • The winner is the last person to complete a loop when all others have given up. All others are technically DNS (did not start) or DNF (did not finish)
  • If no runner can complete one more lap than everyone else, there is no winner
  • Please report to the timing area when you decide you can no longer go on
  • No littering
  • No open fires in camping area (camp stoves are allowed)
  • Obey any instructions given to you by race officials
  • Be respectful and look after one another
  • Be respectful of other track users
  • No hunting

The Pig Route

The campsite is located in a paddock at Whare Flat. From the pig pen in the paddock it’s a 6.71 km route with about 130m of vert through some lovely native bush and including a historic water race.

Mostly the trail is very runnable. There are a few stream crossings so you will get wet feet and near the end there is a swing bridge.

More details to come of course…

The Campsite

We have a nice grassy area at Whare Flat with enough space for all Backyard Ultra participants to set up 1 tent for you and your support crew. Please consider sharing tents if you can.

You will need your own water, food and camping equipment. There is a creek nearby but considering runners are going through it upstream every hour you may not want to drink that.

This is a self-supported event with no aid stations provided.

There is no power so bring your own resources for lighting and charging up your gadgets.

We will provide toilets.


$65 for the first 30 entries

$80 after the first 30 entries

$95 after January 15th, 2022

10% of each entry (and any extra event profit) will go towards Otago Youth Wellness Trust. Click here to find out more about them.

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