The race consists of a 4. 1667 mile loop that participants must complete in less than an hour. At the top of the next hour, runners do the loop again. The next hour they do it again. The next hour....you get the point. The race goes until only one person remains.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery....or so they say. That's why many of you may recognize the format of the race as being the same as Big's Backyard Ultra.
Here's how it works....
Anyone can be a winner. At 7:00am everyone will line up at the start and have 1 hour to complete the 4.1667 mile loop around the golf course. Go as fast or as slow as you want, just be done in an hour, because... at 8:00am everyone lines up to do the next loop. At the top of each hour, the process repeats until there is only one person remaining. The race could be over in a few hours, or could go for days! Our first year the winner went 22 hours. In 2019 the winner went 27 hours.
This is a race that's as much mental as it is physical. If you want it the most, you can win it.
However, it's not all about winning. We want people to move out of their comfort zone. Never run more than a half marathon? Enter and commit yourself to completing at least 4 laps. Never more than a full marathon? Start off with a goal of at least 7 laps. This is about self-achievement....and fun!
The race directors of 4 Fore 30 are Alysia Maschino and Scott Page. They also serve as co-directors of the Lake of the Ozarks' Bridge and Dam Half Marathon, held each March. They are runners who want to see people do things they never thought they were capable of.
Answers to all your questions....
When is this?
The race starts Saturday December 5, 2020 at 7:00am.
Where is this?
The race will be held at Lake Valley Golf Course, just off Highway 54, west of Camdenton, MO.
How much is this?
Registration is $90 through October 31, then goes to $100 until race day.
What do I get?
Runners will receive a couple pieces of swag this year along with a hot meal at the golf course.
The race is limited to 100 participants.
Who does the race benefit?
100% of the profits go to Kids' Harbor Child Advocacy Center.
Where can I stay before or after the race?
Several hotels are a short drive from the course. The closest options in Camdenton are Old Kinderhook Lodge and the Sleep Inn
What is the course like?
A course map is available here. Runners will run on the paved cart paths (or next to the paths in the grass...if preferred) around the entire golf course.
Can I have a pacer?
Per the rules of Backyard Ultras, pacers are not allowed.
Lake Valley Golf Country Club
Lake Valley Golf & Country Club is a semi-private, 18-hole golf course and club located approximately 3 miles west of Camdenton, Missouri on Hwy 54. Founded in 1967, our 18-hole course includes six par 5's, six par 4's, and six par 3's. Open to public play as well we also offer a practice range and practice putting green. The Greenside Restaurant is open daily offering breakfast and lunch, plus the full service bar can satisfy all of your thirsty habits.