Available Entries: For the first ever Old Mates BYU, there is only 100 tickets available.

Cost: $200

Inclusion: 6.7km loop every hour on the hour for as long as you can! Aid station provisions, live timing, camping at the venue, portaloos, "finishers" gift etc.


The event precinct will include;

  • Start line, start corral and finish line
  • Aid station
  • First aid
  • BBQ & bar
  • Control Tent
  • Toilets and one shower

Runners will be allowed to set up a single 3x3m tent in the event precinct, however, space is restricted. During the registration process, you will be asked to indicate the approximate number of loops you may finish and whether you wish to set up a 3x3m tent. You will be allocated a space based on the time you expect to be on course (i.e. runners expecting to go longer are likely to be given priority spaces closer to the starting corral).

Runners are free to share 3x3m areas. There will also be shaded areas for runners to use that do not require a tent - this in particular is for those not planning on running for an extended period of time.

Groups of 2 or more can use a 6x3m tent. This information will need to be provided during the registration process.

There will be no vehicle parking at the event precinct. A stop/drop/go area will be provided for crews and supporters to drop off equipment and nutrition for their runners. However, vehicle parking will be at campsites or alternate spots on the farm within walking distance of the event precinct.


Two aid stations will be provided for runners for the duration of the event

On Course Aid Station:

An aid station will be located at approximately 5.5km's on the course. This aid station will have water available for runners

Event Precinct Aid Station:

An aid station will be provided within the event precinct. This aid station will include a range of food and drink options including;

  • Water
  • SFuels Race+ Electrolyte Drink (Strawberry Lemonade)
  • Cola
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Lollies & potato chips
  • A selection of food (eg. noodles, soup, cookies etc.)

There will be access to a kettle/hot water at the aid station for tea, coffee, noodles, soup etc.


Event timing will be provided by ONETIME. A timing mat will be used at the start and finish lines and live timing used so that your friends and family at home can follow your progress.


**Note; this schedule is may change between now and the event

Friday October 28

9am: Old Mates Farm open for the arrival of runners and their crew/supporters
12-4pm: Check-in and collection of race pack for runners 
3pm-6pm: Run course open for course recce (crews and supporters welcome to run/walk a lap of the course)
5pm-7:30pm: BBQ dinner for staff, volunteers, runners, crews and supporters (not included in ticket price)

Saturday October 29

7am-7:45am: Final check-in and collection of race pace for runners
7am-9am: BBQ breakfast available
7:50am: Pre-race briefing at the starting corral
8am: Event START!
11am-1pm: BBQ lunch available
3pm-9pm: Bar open
5pm-7:30pm: BBQ dinner available

Sunday/Monday October 30/31

Event continues until only one runner is left
All campers to "check-out" by Monday afternoon


Camping is included in the ticket price for runners, their crews and family. However, during the registration process we require runners to book a camping spot and indicate approximately how many people they will have camping and you will be assigned an appropriate campsite. The huts at Old Mates Farm won't be available for camping as they will be utilised for the event precinct.

Camping will be available from Friday through to Monday. The venue includes hot showers for $2 per shower.

When entering the farm, runners, crews and spectators will also be required to check-in as per usual Old Mates Farm procedures.


For runners, volunteers, crews and spectators, there will be some food and drink available including (but to be confirmed);

  • BBQ Dinner (Friday & Saturday nights), Lunch (Saturday) and Breakfast (Saturday) and drinks (eg. soft drinks) provided by a local not-for-profit organisation
  • TBC Bar open Saturday 3pm-9pm

Potable water is available at the entry to the farm. It is recommended that runners, crews and spectators bring containers with potable water and use the potable water available at the entry to refill.

The town centre of Atherton is only 15 minutes drive from the event venue. In Atherton, you can access an IGA and Woolworths, restaurants (including pubs, Thai, Chinese, Pizza, Fish & Chips etc.), cafes, and service stations.


Not sure where to start with your Backyard Ultra training? We are here to help!

Race Director and Coach Joshua Duff (Smurf) can help with an individualised training program leading in to your BYU. Josh is an experienced endurance sport coach and athlete, including 36 loops (241km) and the "assist" at the 2022 Dead Cow Gully BYU.

Find out more HERE.

Have more questions? Get in contact with the form below.

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