Ode to Snow
On-site runners can win entry into an Ode to Laz Backyard Ultra race of their choice!!!
Options, Options, Options - It's all about enjoying the day!
Pick your favorite distance or run as much as you'd like, up to 8 hours on the famous Ode to Laz trail loop, starting at 9:20 am then each hour, "Backyard Style". You can also start the shorter distances in wave 2 at 2:20 pm if you're not an early riser!
Run continuously if you like that better, as far as you can in 8 hours.
If you want to try the "Backyard" format, and then switch to continuous, feel free.
This is a great way to simulate the Ode to Laz as a tune-up or just experience any distance you choose at your own pace on the great Ode course! The last lap time is coordinated with the dusk conditions you will experience on the last day trail lap at the July Ode to Laz race.
There is no chip timing.
Virtual runners, complete your run any time within two weeks before the race to race day. Submit all results here by the day after the in-person race. Good luck!
Rules & Info
Registration opens race morning at 7:30 am. The ultra and first wave of the fixed-distance races starts at 9:20 a.m. Saturday morning. First-wave and ultra racers MUST complete registration before 8:45 am. The last lap of any runner will start at or before 4:20 p.m.
Contestants provide their own aid, and pacers are not permitted unless a continuous format runner exceeds 10 laps
Crew is permitted, not required. Crew may leave and come back if needed.
Racers get a chair/cooler space within 40 yards of the start/finish line. Canopies up to 10’ x 10’ size, one per contestant, and enclosed sides are allowed to keep you warm. You may use gas or fuel camp stoves provided you have a fire extinguisher. No charcoal or wood fires are permitted except in designated campground fire facilities. First come first served. There will be room for all with racers. Camping is prohibited in the race start/finish area and parking lot, but is available in the McGinnis campgrounds at the North half of the park if you're brave.
Alcohol is permitted.
Glass containers are prohibited.
Water and Coffee is provided.
No hiking poles, dogs or strollers. No headphones on trails
A headlamp or carry light will be required for all runners/pacers on the trail after 4:20 p.m. but you'll likely finish before sunset.
You can switch from the "Backyard Format" to continuous if you wish, at any time, and your classification changes permanently to a "continuous" runner. There is no switching from continuous to the "backyard" category after the start of loop 2, and no new laps start after 4:20 pm. Continuous runners have infinite time to complete any last lap. (see prizes)
The 4.167 mile trail loop has approximately 450 feet of climbing, is 2/3 technical single track, 1/3 moderate walking/hiking path and a few hundred yards of pavement. The 5k and 10k use this course but delete the out/back section from Overlook picnic area to the post 12 u-turn. 5k and 10k runners will u-turn immediately after climbing to the top of the stairway to heaven.
Reminder: This is winter in Michigan. You are advised to own traction aids for your shoes. No hiking poles are allowed.
On-site ultra prize winners win entry into their choice of the year's Ode to Laz Backyard Ultra races for $15. 5k, 10k, and 4.17-mile runners receive an Ode race medal. Ultra runners, complete your race or at least one Ode loop, and receive an awesome collectible Ode mug!
On-site Male and female overall "distance" winners: To win an entry prize, you must complete at least 9 laps. Run in continuous status from the gun or transition from backyard style to continuous status at any time. No additional laps start after 4:20 pm, and you are allowed infinite time to complete your last lap, however, in the event of a distance tie, the fastest last lap finisher wins.
On-site Male and Female Backyard Overall winners: A twist since there is a limit of 8 laps. Win the prize by accumulating the least total run time for all 8 laps.
Virtual Male and Female Run the most outdoor distance in 8 hours (GPS file posting required) and win the coveted Ode to Laz Orange Beanie. If you want to run backyard, instead of a continuous distance, it's great practice! Run any 4.17 miles, then rest, starting your last "loop" no later than 7 hours exactly from your race start.
Note for on-site runners: If you switch mid-race from the "Backyard format" to continuous, you will remain in the continuous division. Once you are a "continuous" runner, you remain that even if you start taking breaks hourly with the "yards" runners or at your convenience.
One prize per person, no transfers.
See our facebook page with the link above or join our group for the latest info and conversation.
Event's current local time: 9:05 AM ET