The goal of this event is to run further than anyone else. All runners begin at the same time and must run 6706 meters aka one "yard" in one hour. If your time to complete a "yard" is over the allotted one hour time limit you are given a DNF. If you complete a "yard" in less than an hour you can do whatever you want with the extra time before you attempt to complete another "yard" at the top of the immediately following hour. You can attempt to complete as many "yards" as you like. In order to win, a runner must complete at least one more "yard" more than all other runners. There is only one winner.
The word "Lakou" comes from the language of Haitian Creole and is used to refer to a yard usually shared by many households. Lakou Backyard Ultra will be hosted in the backyard of Rivers Edge Running Series' director, Bryan Wallace. If you don't already know him, you will recognize him by his short stature, British accent, scruffy beard, and you will usually find him doing some kind of physically demanding labour that most his age have long given up on. Come gather with us in Bryan's backyard for what is sure to be an unforgettable day (or two or three)!
This is a fun charitable event to raise much needed funds for a grassroots organization called Olive Tree Projects, founded by Bryan’s daughter, Sarah Wallace, in 2008 with the goal of family preservation.