The Game

(A Backyard Ultra, A last-man-standing race)

April 13th (Saturday) 7:00 AM

Ball Farm, 30 min southeast of austin, TX

$80 through march 31st (Increases to $90 on april 1st)

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Your race fee includes your park entrance fees for The Game. Run a single lap of 4.1667 miles or commit to running until you just can't run anymore. At 7:00 AM, everyone will line up at the start line, regardless of how many loops you plan to run. If you make it back in 60 minutes, you are eligible to line up to race again. We will continue that until there is a single racer left standing. It's you against your competitors, and speedy legs will only get you so far.

You need strategy; you need a plan; most of all, you just need to keep running. So, come play our game...

SUNRISE @ 7:06 AM SUNSET @ 7:59 PM



In 2019, The Game : A Last-Man-Standing race will be added to the list of races that can earn you a Golden Ticket into Big’s Backyard Ultra. Thanks to Lazarus Lake, race director for Big’s Backyard and Barkley, for picking The Game as Texas’ only Golden Ticket Race. Want to go race with the Big Dogs? Come prove you’ve got what it takes at The Game, first. Here is a short film about his race:


Ball Farm

667 Old San Antonio Rd

Dale, Texas 78616  



Your 4.1667 mile out-and-back course will be flat and fast, with tons of opportunity for crowd support.



$400 cash + pair of la sportiva shoes awarded to the overall winner, male or female

The single overall winner, regardless of how long you are out there, will receive $400. There is no minimum number of loops that need to be completed to be our winner. To win, you must be the single, last person who completed a 4.1667 loop in 60 minutes. If there is no single runner left standing, the house wins and Spectrum will likely use the prize money to buy more beer. Last year, the winner ran until 11:30 pm(ish), for a total of 15+ hours.

Throughout the race, we will announce certain loops as "primes". In that specific loop, the top male and female will both be awarded with a prize from one of our sponsors. These specific loops will be kept a secret until race day. The primes will be announced moments before the start of that loop. Prime awards were generously sponsored by:


2018 - Eric Gilbertson : 23 loops, 71.3 miles

2017 - Dena Carr : 22 loops, 66 miles


In addition to the international Last Men Standing, two more golden tickets will go to the winners with the greatest mileage from these affiliated North American Backyard Ultras:

Florida: February 9: Death at Dupuis Canal Backyard Ultra: WINNER = Patrick Gallagher 31 hours

Ohio: March 23 :the Ohio Backyard: contact

California: April 12: Embrace the SUC Backyard Ultra: contact

Texas: April 13: The Game Backyard Ultra:

Ohio: May 5: Bob's Big Timber Backyard Ultra: contact…/bobs-big-timber…

Alberta: June 21: Outrun Backyard Ultra: contact

New York: June 21: Mountain Lakes Backyard Ultra: contact…

These 2 champions will join a stellar field of at large entrants on the Big Trail on October 19, 2019 to determine just who will be the Last Man on Earth.

Rules of The Game:

- Plan to park 6:00 - 6:30 am

- Line up at 7:00 am sharp to start your first 4.1667 loop. Everyone starts at once.

-At the beginning of each loop, everyone is tied. Until the game is over or you’d dropped out, everyone is at the same place, rankings wise.

- Be back to the start line in 60 minutes (minimum 14:23 min/mile pace). Every 60 minutes after the start, we will flip a coin to determine which direction you will run the loop. 

- We will give you a 2 minute and 1 minute warning to get lined up for each wave/race.

-Crew access is available at the start/finish. There is plenty of room to set up for your racer. Tents are allowed in camping areas only, a short 2 minute walk from the start/finish. Once you’ve DNFed, you are required to vacate your space at the start/finish to make room for any remaining racers.

- No pacers whatsoever.

- We will provide aid at the start/finish (water, ice, and orange-flavored-Tailwind). Around noon on Saturday, we will start cranking out as many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as you can eat.

- To win, you must be the only person left standing, the last runner, everyone else has gone home...

Camping Overnight @ The Game

There will be a designated space for camping, that starts approx 100 meters away from the start/finish. You can camp as close as a 2 minute walk away or situate yourself further in the woods for a bit more peace and quiet. The camping area is fully shaded with rock rings for campfires. This covers each person for one night. You must bring your own tent.

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medical staff:

When choosing a race, we think it is extremely important that you verify they have a medical team on site, fully equip to extract an injured runner. We, at Spectrum Trail Racing, could not be more proud of our medical staff, Sentinel Safety & Rescue Inc. We typically have 2-3 firefighters trained in a variety of rescue techniques and fully equip with a dirt bike, four-wheeler, liter, and a trailer full of band-aids!

Trail running events pose especially difficult challenges for safety, rescue and response times.  Sentinel Safety & Rescue is equipped with the gear and resources to secure any geographical landscape. Getting to a remote location with emergency equipment is difficult enough, but extracting patients shouldn't be a part of the challenge.   

Although we can’t guarantee you won’t get hurt, we CAN guarantee we will get you to safety with the precision and speed.