Fifty years ago, Laz Lake (Gary Cantrell) came up with the idea of Big’s Backyard Ultra. Held in Laz’s backyard in Bell Buckle, Tennessee, runners complete a 4.16667 loop every hour until one remains. The course is part trail and part road, and there is no mercy. On October 20, Johan Steene and Courtney Dauwalter broke male and female records in a competitive field. Laz explains that the last two runners “come to love each other through the hardship and the suffering.” Watch iRun4Ultra’s film of the historic 2018 event:

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