15th Annual Spring Backyard Burn
The Spring Backyard Burn (SBYB) is a series of 5 and 10 mile trail running races held on some of the best trail networks in the Northern Virginia Area. All the courses include a mixture of forested fire roads, twisty hiking trails, stream crossings, grassy fields, and minimal pavement.
The Spring and Fall Series are both independent of each other. Race in one, two, three, four, or all five races of the SBYB. After each race, awards are presented to the top five finishers in each age group. In addition, a point system adding competitors’ five-race point totals will be used to determine the top five series finishers in each age group. Series prizes and awards are presented at the final race of the SBYB series.
All races begin sharply at 9:00am with check-in starting at 7:30am.
Race #1: Wakefield
March 4, 2018
Located a stones throw from the Capital Beltway, Wakefield Park offers racers a fast, fun, and ‘mostly flat’ course that includes twisty single-track hiking trails, wide cinder trails, and several shallow stream crossings – a perfect course to kick-off the SBYB series.
Race #2: Hemlock Overlook
March 11, 2018
Hemlock Overlook Regional Park
Hemlock Overlook, located along the banks of the historic Bull Run, feels surprisingly remote for being so close to Washington D.C. This challenging race course treats competitors with no shortage of rocks and roots, a few stream crossings, and up and down some awesome hills.
Race #3: Laurel Hill
April 8, 2018
Laurel Hill Regional Park
Adjacent to re-purposed jail cells and abandoned guard towers, racers will toe the line for the Laurel Hill BYB. Located just south of the Capital Beltway, this beautiful, fast, and fun race course includes a mixture of forested and open meadow single-track meandering through 1600 acres of the former prison grounds.
Race #4: Lake Fairfax
April 22, 2018
Lake Fairfax Regional Park
Located in Reston, VA, this suburban park has a beautiful lake, huge fields, pavilions, and many newly designed trails. This fast and fun race course includes semi-technical forested single-track, lakeside trails, and open fields.
Race #5: Pohick Bay
May 13, 2018
Pohick Bay Regional Park
Situated on Gunston Cove and adjacent to Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Pohick Bay is steeped in beauty and history. The moderately technical course includes beautiful water views, tight single-track, wide open double-track, challenging climbs, and flowy descents.