The Little Backyard Adventure is brought to you by Rock Candy Running.
We are Olympia people who love this city, trail running, and bringing people together in the outdoors.
Race Director: Mathias Eichler
Operations Director: Amanda Mackison
We want to respectfully acknowledge that all our trail races here in the South Sound are on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Nisqually, Cowliz, Chehalis and Squaxin Island peoples. Olympia and the South Puget Sound region are covered by the Treaty of Medicine Creek, signed under duress in 1854. Rock Candy Running is acknowledging the Tribal governments and their roles today in taking care of these lands.
What are you doing to organize a safe race?
Yes, we 100% believe COVID-19 is real. We’re doing everything in accordance to local health department guidelines and in partnership with the City to ensure a safe as possible race environment. Things can change rapidly as they have been over the course of the last year. We will keep everyone updated as we approach race date! For questions, please, don’t hesitate to ask.
What are the cutoff times and where?
The only cutoff we’re enforcing is for 5 loop racers who should be beginning their 5th loop at 11:30am latest.
Are there maps?
Please see our race information page.
Where are the aid stations?
We will have two aid stations. Full aid will be located at the start/finish of each loop. A water station will be at the hub in the forest at about the halfway point of the loop. Runners will get a chance to see this station twice.
What food/drinks are at the aid stations?
Expect the usual snacks, fruits, water, Tailwind!!!, gels, and more.
Is there chip timing?
No. We will be timing through UltraSignup and strive to provide the most accurate time we can.
Where and when can I find results posted?
Results will be posted after the race here on the website and on UltraSignup.
Can I get a refund or defer my race entry to next year?
No. At this time, these options are not available for any reason.
Is there a military discount?
No, but the earlier you sign up, the cheaper the race will be!
Is there same-day race registration?
No, not this year, due to COVID-19 protocols.
Can I run more than one race?
No. All race distances occur on the same day, with the longer race starting first, going to shortest.
Where do I pick up my race number?
We’ll announce details about a safe package pickup as we get closer to race day.
Do I need ID to pick up my number?
Yes. We need to verify that you are indeed the runner you say you are. Friends or family cannot pick up the race number for you.
What time does the race start?
The 5 Loop Race starts at 8am, 3 Loops start at 8:30am and the Single Loop starts at 9am.
Where can I park?
Parking is available at the two parking lots for LBA Park. If needed additional, overflow parking will be announced before race day.
How do I get to LBA Park?
We have detailed directions to LBA Park here.
Can I have a drop bag?
If you are running three or five loops, you may have one drop bag for the race. Your drop bag needs to be given to the volunteers as you check in. Your name and race number must be on the bag so we can get it to you quickly.
Where can I find drop bag during the race?
Drop bags will be placed just past the aid station at the start/finish area. We will announce and point out the area before each race starts.
Can I run with my pet?
Runners for the LBA Race are not allowed to race with pets under any circumstances.
Will the course be closed to non-runners?
The park will still be open to the public on race day. Be courteous and polite to anyone you encounter on and around the trails. We are guests in their local park.
Can I run with a stroller?
No. This is a trail race and strollers are not allowed.
What ages can run?
If you’re under 16 and interested in running this race we ask you to sign a parental consent form at the race big pickup.
Can I wear headphones while running?
No headphones are allowed during the race. For big sections of the course the trail is too narrow and you need to be aware of other runners.
Will there be a restroom?
There will be a restroom around the start/finish area. This bathroom is maintained by the City of Olympia, so please treat it as if you were the one cleaning it.
Can I use trekking poles on the course?
No. Poles are not allowed, nor needed.
Is there first aid? Where?
We have a medical team working race weekend. They will be located at the start/finish line and will come to you if you are injured on the course.
What happens if I miss the cutoff time?
Time cutoffs are strictly enforced. If you miss a time cutoff, you will received a DNF.
Is there cell service?
Yes. This is a city park, so we will have cell service. However, please refrain from texting and running.
What if the weather is bad?
We run the race, unless there is a weather event that is rare and is a serious danger to the safety of the runners. Rain, snow, sleet; we still run the race. Keep in mind this is going to be in August, so expect to be warm.
Where can friends and family watch?
We encourage friends and family to cheer you on wherever they can, but prefer that they stay close to the staging area. The easiest place watch the action and cheer runners is along the fields outside of the woods. The trails are narrow are the loop enters the forest and the runners need all the room they can get. Please observe social distancing guidelines!
Do you need volunteers?
We can always use a helping hand. Reach out to us and we will see where we can place you!