The Quarantine Backyard Ultra is either a reminder of human resilience, or a reason to despair.
In case this pandemic really, really makes you want to go running, according to Outside:
The “backyard ultra” format was invented by Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell, the creator of the Barkley Marathons, and requires all participants to run a 4.1667-mile lap—no more, no less—every 60 minutes, and to keep doing so until only one runner remains.
Here's footage of one of the runners who was able to be outdoors:
Naturally, the ending had a tragic twist:
In the end, Wardian won by completing 63 laps, or 262.5 miles. Although he and Brunner both appeared to be in good shape, all things considered, after two and a half days of running, the Czech athlete failed to start his treadmill right at the top of the hour—an automatic DQ. It was an appropriately cruel conclusion to a race where a certain level of sadism is baked into the general concept. One of the commentators was so upset by the unexpected turn of events that he began to cry.
The winner was given a golden toilet paper trophy for his victory.