Ezemvelo Backyard Ultra 2022
Sat 2 Jul - Sun 3 Jul 2022 @ , Gauteng


Organiser
Wildtrail SA

Do you want to test your endurance? Do you want to push yourself to your limits? Then come and see how many laps you can put your body through at the Ezemvelo Big Dog Backyard Ultra! The solo event is officially listed on backyardultra.com and approved by Lazarus Lake, the race director of the Barkley Marathon. As they say, “There is no finish. There is only one finisher. The last one standing.”

The solo event will follow all the rules as set out by Backyard Ultra. Run a 6,706+km lap per hour, or you are disqualified. The last person to finish a lap within an hour wins! No time cap, no assists on course, NO POLES, just pure hourly endurance.

The course is made up of a mix of rocky, hilly terrain and simple flowing jeep tracks. Be sure to keep your eye out for the abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery as you traverse the koppies and grasslands.



Check-in: 06h30 to 07h45 on Saturday morning

Race start:  08h00 on Saturday morning


The race will take place at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve. There are a few accommodation options available that need to be booked directly via [email protected] 


Options are:                  

     Chalets: R1800 per unit for 2 nights (25/26 June) sleeps 2 and 1 child.

     Standard Camping: R150 per person per night

The race village will have a dedicated area for Gazebos to be set up so that your supporters can comfortably cheer you on and be ready with any aid you may need at the start finish point. There will also be hot food, coffee, and beer available. As the temperature drops in the night, fires will be lit near the start area to warm your tired legs.

Please note:

  1. Medical support will be at the start/ finish line.
  2. Solo entry: R650 
  3. You are responsible for your own nutrition. There will be no water points on the course.
  4. No timing of laps will be done. Only total laps will be counted. Solo event winner is the last person standing. 
  5. Timing will involve the use of numbered tags that must be handed in before the start of the hour lap and collected before the end of the hour lap. No hand-ins prior to the hour start = DNF. No collection before the hour ends = DNF.
  6. Prize: 2 nights in the chalets at Ezemvelo Nature Reserve to the value of R1800.
Ezemvelo Backyard Ultra 2022

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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Price (pp)
Big Dog Solo 6.7 km per lap R 650.00

Event location
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve,

Route information

Via Kempton Park (shorter route)

  1. Take the highway to Oliver Tambo airport.
  2. As you approach the airport instead of taking the off ramp to the airport, continue straight following the signs to Kempton Park.
  3. After 10 km or so take the turn off marked Bronkhorstspruit / Bapsfontein. This takes you under the highway and to an intersection where you need to turn left (keep following the signs that say Bronkhorstspruit / Bapsfontein).
  4. After 20 to 30 km on this highway there is a T-junction where you turn right.
  5. After 1 to 2 km at an intersection you turn left to Bronkhorstspruit.
  6. After another 20 to 40 km you reach Bronkhorstspruit and you will see the big Chinese temple on the left. The road you are on crosses over the N4 highway and after another kilometre you come to a traffic light. You are on the R25 heading North. Bronkhorstspruit is on the left, but do not turn in. There are two further stops, and then proceed for another 2 km till you reach the signboard on the left saying Ezemvelo. Turn Right onto the Vlakfontein dirt road.
  7. Follow the signs on the dirt road for 20km. Sign boards are placed at 11km out, 8km out and 3km out.

 Via the N4 from the direction of Pretoria

If proceeding from Johannesburg you can join the N4 East by taking the Witbank / Emalahleni turnoff from the N1 North.

  1. Take the N4 from Pretoria towards Bronkhorstspruit.
  2. Take the 2nd turnoff to Bronkhorstspruit. You will see the big Chinese temple on the right, before you turn off.
  3. You are on the R25 heading North. Bronkhorstspruit is on the left, but do not turn in.
  4. There are two further stops, and then proceed for another 2 km till you reach the brown signboard on the left saying Ezemvelo.
  5. Turn Right onto the Vlakfontein dirt road.
  6. Follow the signs on the dirt road for 20km. Sign boards are placed at 11km out, 8km out and 3km out.
Coordinates -25.708199793772, 28.929327227509
Address Bronkhorstspruit
City
Province Gauteng