Coffs Backyard Ultra

Saturday 1st June 2024 

Event Overview

Are you interested in an inclusive, social and community-centred running event? The type where everyone is encouraging you to a new personal best?

The Coffs Backyard Ultra welcomes all runners whether this is your first running event or you are a seasoned ultrarunner. 

The format is simple. Complete a 6.7056km ‘lap’ every hour on the hour. The event ends when there is the last one left standing, with cash prizes for the last female and male left standing.  

The Coffs Backyard Ultra ‘lap’ takes place on the stunning Coffs Creek Walkway in the heart of Coffs Harbour, which is on flat gravel paths (~80%) and boardwalks (~20%).

Event Location: Exhibition Pavilion at Coffs Harbour Showground, 123 Pacific Highway, NSW, 2450 (Google Maps). 

Coffs Backyard Ultra is a donation-based event. You can donate when you register online or at the event.

Note: All traditional backyard ultra rules apply, except for inclusivity and 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.

Event Schedule

Friday 31st May 2024 – optional

4:00pm onwards – optional free camping/caravanning and event set up

Saturday 1st June 2024

From 6:30am – bib collection and event set up at the Exhibition Pavilion at Coffs Harbour Showground (Google Maps)

8:00am – first lap starts (event briefing at 7:50am)

Event Finish – ???

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

3 blows of whistle = 3 minutes to go

2 blows of whistle = 2 minutes to go

1 blow of whistle = 1 minute to go

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

At the event

The Exhibition Pavilion at Coffs Harbour Showground includes a very large undercover space, many toilets, hot showers, large kitchen and a ‘sleeping only’ room.

Tents, caravans, camper trailers and campervans can be set up outside the Exhibition Pavilion to use throughout the event.

Marquees can be set up 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 24/7 fuel and general store supplies. Other stores include Good Price Pharmacy, Nutrition Warehouse, Rebel Sport, Classic Crust Pizza, Harbour Palace Chinese, Ridgey Didge Pies, Popeye’s Fish n Chips. Shopping centres are located less than 1km away.

There will be an aid station next to the corral with water, chips, coca-cola, ginger beer, lollies, watermelon, noodles, soup (at night) and more.

There will also be a coffee van on Saturday morning as well as food trucks for Saturday lunch. Stallholders and sponsors will also be at the event.

Prizes

  • $250 cash and perpetual trophy to the male last one standing sponsored by The Battery Boys
  • $250 cash and perpetual trophy to the female last one standing sponsored by East Coast Golf Carts
  • All runners will receive an engraved wooden spoon event prize and free NORT Non-Alcoholic Refreshing Ale when they DNF (both are optional)
  • The Honour Roll will list runners who complete 4 laps (26.8km), 8 laps (53.6km), 15 laps (100.5km) or 24 laps (100 miles) either continuously or non-continuously (with lap breaks).

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 

'Trail Sisters' Approved

Trail Sisters support, enhance, and equalize women’s experience in trail racing. By implementing these standards race events commit to a welcoming experience for women participants. This will help to increase women’s participation in trail (and ultra) events as well as provide awareness of the needs, expectations, and support, female runners’ desire.

Coffs Trail Runners is proud to align to the Trail Sisters Approved Standards in all our races in the following ways:

1. Equal Podiums & Awards: We offer equal number of podium spots and awards amongst men & women participants in all our races
2. Women’s Specific Apparel & Swag: We offer women’s fit and sizing option for all our race shirts.
3. Menstrual Products at Aid Stations: All our manned Checkpoints at every race will have menstrual products (tampons & pads) available.
4. Women on the Starting Line: Women are invited to be at the front of the starting line and through equal media coverage to create an equitable experience for both the participants and the audience.
5. Pregnancy & Postpartum Policy: We offer a deferral for all runners for all our races which covers this, regardless of their circumstances (pregnancy, injury etc).

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 that starts on Saturday 8:00am. This promotes mass participation by supporting runners who want to do only one or two laps, allow runners to rest between laps to achieve a distance PB and allow runners to participate who can’t make the Saturday 8:00am start time. We understand this community event will not count to the At-Large List, National Records or ticket races and we are comfortable with this as our focus is on mass participation and inclusivity. 

Can i camp or set up a caravan, camper trailer or campervan? Can i set up a 3m x 3m marquee or similar to use?

Yes. All of these are allowed next to the starting corral either inside or outside throughout the event. Spaces are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Other

  • Headphones are allowed but our preference is for headphones that allow you to also hear your surroundings. No speaker systems where music is playing out loud is permitted during the lap.
  • All runners are assigned bibs which must be displayed on your front the entire time you are on course
  • No minimum age but children under 10yrs must run with an adult
  • No qualification requirements
  • This is donation-based event for the fairness of runners who are only doing a small number of laps. We do not provide refunds.

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

Continuous

To be determined in 2024.

Non-continuous

To be determined in 2024.

8 laps

Continuous

To be determined in 2024.

Non-continuous

To be determined in 2024.

15 laps

Continuous

To be determined in 2024.

Example: John John (18 laps)

Non-continuous

Example: John John (20 laps)

To be determined in 2024.

24 laps

Continuous

To be determined in 2024.

Non-continuous

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 providing the DNF prize engraving, event signage and huge tally board.

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

X-Press Print & Signs

The Battery Boys are sponsoring the last female standing prize of $250.

East Coast Golf Carts are sponsoring the last male standing prize of $250.

X-Press Print & Signs

Refined Wellness & Recovery will be at the event. They are your destination for advanced recovery therapies that elevate your recovery and wellbeing.

Emil Wiklund will be providing free massages at the event for runners. Contact Emil at 0431 376 184 or emilwiklund98@hotmail.com

AURA

Coffs Backyard Ultra is listed and insured by Australian Ultra Runners Association. It is approved by the City of Coffs Harbour Council.