Coffs Backyard Ultra

Saturday 1st June 2024 

Event Overview

Coffs Trail Runners are excited to host the Coffs Backyard Ultra – the first backyard ultra for the North Coast of NSW.

Based at Coffs Harbour Showground with amazing facilities, the Coffs Backyard Ultra takes runners out and back along the stunning gravel Coffs Creek Track. The course is flat 100% gravel path.

Coffs Backyard Ultra focusses on mass participation, inclusivity, community building, socialisation and personal achievement.

All traditional backyard ultra rules apply, except for inclusivity and mass participation reasons we allow ‘non-competitors on the course (including eliminated runners)’ meaning the event does not qualify runners for National Teams, ticket races or the At-Large List.

About Coffs Trail Runners

Coffs Trail Runners Inc is an not-for-profit incorporated association organised by volunteers through a Committee and governed by a Constitution.

We take pride in the fact that we successfully organise low-key, low-cost races that are community focussed and feature epic courses.

Find more information on Coffs Trail Runners here

Our Green Commitment

The International Trail Running Association (ITRA) Green Charter seeks to encourage the trail running community to join forces, working together to reduce the environmental impact of our sport. It lists practical step[s event organisers can take to be more eco-responsible.

We are proud to support and align to the ITRA Green Charter. Steps we are taking to reduce our environmental footprint are found here: Coffs Trail Runners x ITRA Green Charter

Coffs Backyard Ultra takes place on the Coffs Creek Track adjacent to the Coffs Creek within the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

Coffs Creek is a diverse and beautiful estuarine system of coastal swamp forests, rocky shores, mangroves, mudflats and salt marshes leading to incredible beaches and island vistas.

It is a dynamic brackish environment inhabited by a variety of fauna including fish, crustaceans, shorebirds and waders.

The Buluunggal walk section of Coffs Creek walk has a number of colourful interpretive signs describing how the Gumbaynggir people use the creek. Buluunggal is the Gumbaynggirr name for the creek, meaning mullet.

We ask that runners during the event or training:

  • Do not disturb wildlife
  • Stay on existing tracks to avoid soil erosion
  • Do not litter or an automatic disqualification will occur
  • Be eco-responsible where possible 

Event Schedule

Saturday 1st June 2024

06:30 – registration and event set up begins at Coffs Harbour Showground at 123 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour

08:00 – first lap starts at Coffs Harbour Showground

The beginning of each lap is proceeded by a 3 minute, 2 minute and 1 minute warning bell.

A 10 second countdown in the corral then follows before the start of each lap.

At the event

Coffs Backyard Ultra takes place at Coffs Harbour Showground from the newly upgraded Exhibition Pavillion.

The Exhibition Pavilion consists of:

  • Toilets
  • Air conditioning
  • Commercial glass fridge
  • Curtain divider
  • Microwave
  • Stainless steel benches
  • Large undercover space

Tents and caravans are permitted to be set up right outside the Exhibition Pavilion next to the corral for competitors and used for the entirety of the event.

Marquees are permitted to be set up directly next to the corral. Note: there is significant undercover space in the Exhibition Pavilion.

Reflections Holiday Park has cabins, camping and caravan spaces and directly adjoins Coffs Harbour Showground.

The Bailey Centre is directly opposite Coffs Harbour Showground and includes fuel, Rebel Sport, food, cafe, pharmacy and more.

Prizes

  • Special prize and perpetual trophy to the overall last one standing (male or female)
  • Special prize and perpetual trophy to the male last one standing
  • Special prize and perpetual trophy to the female last one standing
  • Free NORT non-alcoholic beer for all participants 
  • Event prize for all participants
  • Those who reach 4 laps (26.8km), 8 laps (53.6km), 15 laps (100.5km) or 24 laps (100 miles), either with or without lap breaks, will have their name listed on an Honour Roll.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rules?

All traditional backyard ultra rules apply. However, the rule that “No non-competitors on the course (including eliminated runners)” is being broken. We are taking a flexible, social and community centred approach where runners can complete a lap/s when they like as long as there is two people left in the Last One Standing format and other non-competitors are allowed on the course. We understand this community event will not count to the At-Large List, National Records or ticket races. Children under 10yrs must run with an adult.

Why not just make the event an official backyard ultra?

We are allowing people to complete a lap when they like as there is two people left in the Last One Standing format to:
– Promote mass participation for runners who want to do only one or two laps
– Allow runners who want to rest between laps to achieve a distance PB
– Allow runners to participate who can’t make the Saturday 1st June 8:00am start time.

This means the event is not an ‘official’ backyard ultra. We are comfortable with this as our focus is on mass participation and inclusivity. However, if you want to be in the mix for Last One Standing prizes you must start your lap/s at Saturday 8:00am. 

Can i camp, bring a caravan or a 3m x 3m marquee or similar?

Yes. Camping, parking caravans and 3m x 3m marquees are allowed directly adjacent to the starting corral at the Exhibition Pavilion throughout the event.

Honour Roll

The Honour Roll lists those runners who have completed 4 laps (26.8km), 8 laps (53.6km), 15 laps (100.5km) or 24 laps (100 miles) at the Coffs Backyard Ultra.

4 laps (26.8km)

To be determined in 2024.

8 laps (53.6km)

To be determined in 2024.

15 laps (100.5km)

To be determined in 2024.

24 laps (160km)

To be determined in 2024.

Supporters

X-Press Print & Signs

X-press Print & Signs Coffs Harbour are a locally based business for over 25 years and are making the tally board.

NORT Beer is a full crafted non alcoholic beer. All backyard ultra runners will receive a NORT beer when they DNF.

AURA
Coffs Backyard Ultra is listed and insured by Australian Ultra Runners Association.

Volunteer

Coffs Backyard Ultra is organised entirely by volunteers! The event would not occur without help from Coffs Trail Runners Committee or on the day volunteers.

Fill out the volunteer form below. 

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