Mike Bur and Keith Knipling DNF at Big Dog Backyard Ultra

Keith and Mike at Backyard UltraLast weekend Mike Bur and Keith Knipling traveled to Bell Buckle, TN, to run in Lazarus Lake’s Big Dog Backyard Ultra. The race consists of a 4.1667 mile loop that is repeated every hour on the hour.

25 miles in 6 hours, 50 miles in 12 hours, 100 miles in 24…

This continues until only one person remains, who is the lone finisher. The race started at 7 am on Saturday. For the first 12 hours the route is on a singletrack trail through Laz’s property, somewhat reminiscent of the Bull Run Run/Women’s Half Marathon Do Loop. At night (the second 12 hours) the route switches to an out-and-back paved road. (Laz added this road section to make the run “easier,” since many runners got lost on the trail at night.) After 50 miles of that, the run returns to the trail.

Mike completed 19 laps (79.17 miles) and Keith completed 34 laps (141.66 miles) under the time limit. Tim Englund was the lone finisher, completing 35 laps (145.8 miles), breaking the previous course record of 28 laps (116.66 miles) set by Joe Fejes in 2012. Tim also won the 2011 event with 18 laps (75 miles).

The race is named for Laz’s dog, Big, who is featured in a series of books.

2013 splits and results.


I am once again amazed by the crazy accomplishments my fellow club members achieve.  Everyone of them is truly inspiring.  What a feat of endurance - 141.66 miles is crazy!  I'm still trying to figure out how to overcome my minds restrictions over my potential.  It's awesome to see things that can be done and have been done.  It gives us all the belief that things are possible by regular NOVA folks no matter how out of this world they seem.  Congrats to Keith and Bur you should be very proud.  I know I am.