Lake Wanoka Backyard Ultra



The Lake Wanoka Backyard Ultra will test your endurance and benefit a good cause! The premise is simple. Can you run 4.166666 miles in ONE hour? And do it again and again and again....until you are the LAST RUNNER STANDING! ** For additional details please see the race rules/format section.

The Lake Wanoka Backyard Ultra is an affiliated Backyard Ultra event. Backyard Ultra is a form of ultramarathon race where competitors must consecutively run the distance of 4.167 miles in less than one hour. When each lap is completed, the remaining time within the hour is typically used to recover for the next hour’s lap. The concept was created by Lazarus Lake (creator of the Barkley Marathons) and produces only one winner. All other runners receive a DNF.

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Registration will open in early 2022. Runners 15 years and older are welcome to compete. Stay tuned for prices. Proceeds benefitting patients and residents at Allied Services. There will no refunds and/or no transfers of your registration or bib to any other person. For help with registration call 570.348.1275 or contact

SWAG: There can only be ONE winner but each runner will receive an official race shirt. An award will be given to the overall winner.

LOCATION: The race will take place within the grounds of the Lake Wanoka Resort located at 182 Ski Run Road, Honesdale, PA 18431.

COURSE MAP: Stay tuned for the official race map. This race will feature a loop format.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE: Saturday, September 7, 2022

  • 8:00 a.m. Registration and bib pick-up
  • 9:30 a.m. Runner briefing
  • 10:00 a.m. Race start

RACE RULES/FORMAT: The Lake Wanoka Backyard Ultra will start at 10:00 a.m. SHARP on Saturday! Before the start of each loop, the race director will go through the following protocol as such indicating time until the start.

  • 3 minutes before the start (whistle will be blown 3 times)
  • 2 minutes before the start (whistle will be blown 2 times)
  • 1 minute before the start (whistle will be blown 1 time)
  • 30 seconds will be announced before start
  • 10 seconds will be counted down before the start
  • START (Cowbell will be rung)
  • You have ONE HOUR to finish the loop once it has started. If you finish a loop within the hour, you have the opportunity to START the NEXT hour provided you are IN the start corral when the next hour starts. If you do not finish within the hour, you are OUT of the race and considered a DNF.
  • Once you are on the course, you are not allowed any aid from your crew, pacers or otherwise. You are not allowed to return to camp once the loop has started. You must be ON and STAY on the course. There may or may not be a port-a-potty on the course.
  • No artificial aids (including trekking poles) are allowed.
  • Once you are back to the start and assuming you've finished within the hour, you may use the bathroom, eat, drink, sleep, ponder the next loop, etc., but you MUST be back in the start corral or you will be considered a DNF (NO EXCEPTIONS). This means you MAY NOT start late (even if you are in bathroom). You may also choose not to continue though you will be considered a DNF.
  • Runners are responsible for their own aid, but we will have some basic ultra runner fare throughout the race (chips, candy, cookies, water, electrolyte drink, soda, coffee, etc.).
  • Near the start/finish line, runners will have a small area where they may set up a chair for quick access between loops. Runners will be able to set up a SMALL tent if they so choose nearby.
  • Runners are encouraged to bring a crew to help you refuel and rehydrate at the end of each lap.
  • We will have port-a-johns near the start/finish area.
  • Runners will continue until ONE runner completes a FINAL lap. (i.e. If there are two runners left and one does not complete the loop, then the one that completed the loop will be declared the winner). That runner will be considered the winner of the Lake Wanoka Backyard Ultra!

AID STATIONS: There will be a minimum of one aid station on the course providing basics such as water, electrolyte drink, small snacks and basic medical supplies. Runners are not required to carry their own hydration bottle, pack, or cup on the course, but is suggested if you are one that gets thirsty easily. If there is any special drink, nutrition, or other food items that you require, please come prepared.

RUNNER RULES: These rules are meant to make your experience during any our event a positive one. Most of these are common sense type policies that you will see at any trail or ultra race.

  • Absolutely No Littering! Please respect that we are using their amazing and beautiful land for this race.
  • Race entries/bib numbers are not transferrable--hence NO unofficial runners
  • Following the marked course is mandatory. Please do not cut the course, cut any switchbacks, etc. Any runner caught doing so will be disqualified. In addition, if you get lost on the trail/road you must return to the point at which you lost the trail. The course will be well marked with ribbons and other necessary course markings.
  • Please respect others that are on the trail. Please announce your intentions to pass if you are coming upon another runner.
  • If you must use the bathroom, please try to do so very discreetly a good distance off the trail before returning to the race.
  • If at anytime you intend to drop out of the race, please do so at an aid station/checkpoint by notifying the race director. Surrendering your bib will serve as notice of withdrawal/DNF for the race. Failure to follow these policies means somebody has to come looking for you.
  • Smoking is not permitted on any of the trails or at any checkpoint by runners (probably shouldn’t be doing this race anyway).
  • SMILE and enjoy the race! You are lucky to be enjoying these amazing trails!

POST RACE CELEBRATION: So you've just DNF'd.No need to call it a day. Enjoy the amount of miles you just ran, sit back, relax, and don’t forget to hang out/cheer on all the remaining runners. We will have food periodically throughout the event to offer. We may even have some live music for you! The Lake Wanoka Resort features a splash pad, store, pond, and the KC Pepper Bar & Grill, all open to you to enjoy while you are at the event.

LODGING: Make a weekend out of it! The Lake Wanoka Resort is a perfect setting for a weekend of running and outdoor fun with family and friends. Rent a cabin and bring your RV or camper so that you can enjoy everything this beautiful resort has to offer. Explore Lake Wanoka Resort here, use this contact form or call 570-253-0110.

MORE INFORMATION: To learn about sponsorship opportunities, in-kind donations, runner rules, or volunteering at this event please contact Charlotte Wright at 570.348. 1275 or