What is Dizzy Horse, A Winter Backyard Ultra

Imagine wandering in circles for hours and hours in the middle of a winter desert, where the only goal is to never stop...

A backyard ultra is a competition where all of the participants run 4.167 miles each hour until they can no longer continue. The competition continues until only one participant is left. 

Date: December 9, 2022

Start: 10:00AM

Registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/ID/IdahoFalls/DizzyHorse

Cost: $25 (until 11/21-$30 after) for basic registration. Basic registration includes a DNF award (or prize package for the winner), a basic aid station at the start/finish)

For an additional fee you can purchase Add ons (such as Deluxe Aid Station, Reserved Indoor Transition Space, Hoodies, T-Shirts, Etc.) Purchase the add ons with your registration or just go back to the registration page.  

Don't forget to check out our PARTICIPANT GUIDE!

Without Teton Auto Group this race would not be possible! They do such a great job of supporting not just this event, but many wonderful community and non-profit events in the area!!! Also-the Idaho Falls Trail Runners is one of the best running communities to be found anywhere. No doubt if you run this race, you'll meet many great people from "IFTR". 

Our goal is to be a Bronze Ticket level race for the 2023 Big's Backyard Ultra (the World Championship of Backyard Ultras). Look for an announcement in October! Check out this documentary about Big's Backyard Ultra!

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COURSE

The Course is a mix of desert, grass, horse-race track, abandoned horse-race track, and graveled road, with a small bit of asphalt. You start off in the start corral right outside the doors of the Bonneville County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, through a bit of grass, across the edge of a parking lot and then cross a road, that gets you into Sandy Downs Park. We'll cross some dirt, a bit of horse track and then skirt the Grandstands on grass. We'll then get a full 1/2 mile on the race track. We'll then follow dirt road to the half-way point, wander over by the Snake River BMX Track,  and some old horse barns, then a 100 yards of deep sand, followed by a stretch of grass. We'll get another stretch of about 400 yards of sand through some trees and along a canal, before coming to an abandoned horse track that looks old, tired and beaten down (pretty much a mirror of yourself), finally we'll follow an abandoned dirt road to an makeshift exit from the park, then loop around Bonneville County's Fairgrounds and a bunch of corrals to make sure we get the distance exactly right and back to the start. After a few loopy laps of wandering through the desert/horse facilities you'll know why this one is called "Dizzy Horse." You'll get between 40 and 80 feet of elevation gain per lap. Here is a CalTopo of the Route: https://caltopo.com/m/281JM

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Transition Areas

By default everyone gets the General Outdoor Transition Area with their registration. For an additional fee you can reserve a personal space inside or outside. Spaces will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. You can share a space with up to one other person. If you are fast enough you and another person can reserve spaces next to each other and use it as one big space. 

General Outdoor Transition Area: Some open space, maybe grassy or pavement, shared with some other people in whatever way you think is appropriate. 

Reserved Outdoor Transition Area: We give you a dedicated 10'x10' space on grass, you and your crew can set up a tent, popup, BBQ grill or whatever and do your thing. 

Reserved Indoor Transition Area: We give you a dedicated 10'x10' space inside the Exhibition Hall, where you can live like royalty in heated comfort as you await your next round of torture. There are limited numbers of Indoor Spaces. 

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Aid Stations and Crew

Everyone will have access to the basic aid station at the end of every lap and a water station at the half-way point of each lap.

Basic Aid Station: Water, Pickles, Boiled Potatoes, Tortillas 

Deluxe Aid Station: Catered food (like Street Tacos, Sliders, Breakfast Burritos, Chicken Noodle Soup, and more) plus a veritable buffet of standard aid station fare, lots of drinks, you might even say a plethora of drinks, and more. 

Crew: You cannot have pacers or any crew help while on course. Basic registration includes the ability to have crew hang out in the parking lot or general outdoor space and help you when you are in between laps. Certain upgrades also either come with crew access or can be purchased for crew (like the Deluxe Aid Station, or Interior Access). Crew help can be vital in getting you back into the corral on time especially as it gets later and later in the race.  

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RULES

COURSE

4.167 Mile Loop

STARTING CORRAL

Will be measured to start entire starting field, will stay the same size throughout the event. Participants must be in the starting corral when the top of the hour bell is rung!

STARTS

Each loop starts precisely 1 hour after the last. Warning will be given at 3, 2, and 1 minute before the start. All competitors must start at the bell (no late starts or returning to the corral). 

LOOPS

Except for restrooms, competitors may not leave the course until each loop is completed. No non-competitors are allowed on the course (including eliminated runners). No personal aid during a loop is allowed. Water will be available at the 2 mile mark. No artificial aids (including trekking poles) are allowed. Slower runners must allow passes. 

TIMING

The loops will  not be officially timed. Results will be based solely on finishing loops. 

WINNER/RESULTS

The Winner is the last person to complete a loop. All others are technically a DNF. Results of each runner in terms of distance travelled will be given. If no runner can complete one more loop than anyone else, there is no winner. 

TIME CAP

The race will be open ended and continue until one runner remains. 

The Exhibition Hall (Loop Start will be near the Red Barn)
The Exhibition Hall (Loop Start will be near the Red Barn)

Start corral will be on the darker asphalt between the Exhibition Hall and the Red Shed. Interior Access will be through the "garage door" into the Exhibition Hall.

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View of the Horse Race Track
View of the Horse Race Track

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The Horse Barns
The Horse Barns

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The Exhibition Hall (Loop Start will be near the Red Barn)
The Exhibition Hall (Loop Start will be near the Red Barn)

Start corral will be on the darker asphalt between the Exhibition Hall and the Red Shed. Interior Access will be through the "garage door" into the Exhibition Hall.

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