Backyard Adventure and Backyard Book Fair

August 20th, 2022

Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA

Join us at the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA, Tulsa, Oklahoma for two great events in one night. This night includes camp dinner for all registered participants and camping if you want to stall all night at H&K YMCA. Do one or if you are brave enough do both!

Backyard Adventure Race

The Backyard Adventure Race is a “5k-ish“ race at Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA. You will use a map and clues to find your next camp experience, complete the challenge, then go to the next camp experience. Do it solo or with a friend or family group.

Check out some of the camp experiences available at the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA at Outdoor Experiences to see what you might encounter on race day. Even better, attend one of the classes for a bit of practice!

Since this is a true adventure we will not provide a course map or description of the challenges until the start of the race. The course will be well marked and the camp adventures will be suitable for all ages & abilities. There is no time limit on this race - other than dinner is served 7:30-8:30pm…

There are separate award categories for individuals, teams, and family teams (all members of the same family).

Backyard Book Fair

The Backyard Book Fair is an overnight scavenger hunt at Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA. You will follow poorly drawn maps with badly written clues to find books hidden at Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA and Turkey Mountain. The race starts at sunset and ends at sunrise.

If you are familiar with the famous Barkley marathon and you have always wanted to experience a bit of what it is like, then this event is for you. The experience of Turkey Mountain in the dark is truly unique. The new trails at Turkey Mountain may or may not help you navigate the Backyard Book Fair.

Everyone must run with a group of two or more. Expect to run/walk/hike 15-20 miles to find all the books (assuming you can find them all). Winners are the first group back that found all of the books. First loser is the group that gives up first and returns to the camp ground.

Note: Don’t be surprised if there is one or more camp experiences as part of this race. It’s possible you will get wet or dirty - or maybe both.

Camp Cookout

Registration for either race or camping includes a camp cooked meal. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and typical camp / picnic sides will be available. We will have the campfire burning at Hailey’s Chapel for smores, music, and ghost stories.

Overnight Camping

The YMCA will be offering overnight camping. Here is your opportunity to experience nature in Tulsa’s Backyard. You can sleep under the stars or stay awake all night cheering on the Backyard Book Fair groups.

Reserve your camp spot at the Y on their registration site Tulsa's Backyard Camping

Overnight Backyard Book Fair participants are not expected to register for camping. You won’t have time to sleep...

Tulsa’s Backyard Triple Crown Series

Each of the three Tulsa’s Backyard races provide a unique experience for trail running, hiking, and walking. If you finish all three races in the Triple Crown Series you will receive a custom made stand for your awards. These stands will include places for any overall or age group awards that you receive.

Backyard Blaze - A 5K Trail Race with something for everyone. This 5K course will provide a taste of everything Turkey Mountain has to offer. Finish with a news-worth pancake breakfast. Saturday, June 4th, 2022

Backyard Book Fair - This race has a lot of mystery to it and many details are not provided until the start line. In general - start at sundown; finish by sunrise; find books hidden on and around Turkey Mountain. Bring back the page that matches your bib number. This is a team event so nobody is left alone in the dark. Enjoy camping, campfire, music (if you bring a guitar or accordion), and great friends. Saturday, August 20, 2022

Backyard Bonanza - A 5K, 12.5K, 25K trail race for everyone. This race will be a scenic tour of Turkey Mountain including many of the new trails and old favorite trails. Formerly known as Turkey N Taturs, this race will include post race food, chili contest, campfire, more music, and even more great friends (including the ones you met at BY Blaze & BY Book Fair). Sunday, November 6th, 2022

All three races are held at the fabulous Herman and Kate Kaiser YMCA located adjacent to Turkey Mountain.

Rules | Guidelines | Tips

Without rules there would be nothing but chaos, well maybe mayhem. Tulsa's Backyard races have just a few rules but plenty of helpful tips and advice to make this a great race.

  • Rule #1 - Leave No Trash On The Course. If you bring it in, you must take it out. There are trash cans at every aid station. Anyone caught littering will be disqualified. Anyone.
  • Rule #2 - Appreciate the volunteers. Many volunteers were up before you preparing for the day. Many will stay out longer cleaning up. Most will do both. Rude or disrespectful behavior towards a volunteer will get you disqualified. This is not negotiable.
  • Rule #3 – No short-cuts. If you find yourself off course, return to the last location you know you were on the course and continue on.
  • Rule #4 - Have fun.

That's it, so it should be easy. The rest is up to you.

  • The course is heavily marked with orange or pink ribbon and caution tape. Follow the ribbon. Don't cross the yellow caution tape.
  • We recommend you don't blindly follow the person in front of you. They may take you off course. They may be in a different race. Keep your eye on the ribbon.
  • While the course never crosses itself there are many locations where runners are on another trail a few feet away – probably running a different direction. Don’t skip over and follow them (especially since they could really be behind you). Use your best efforts to stay on course.
  • If you are knocking down spider webs you are either in the lead or off course.
    --Ken Childress, off-course expert

  • There will be two manned and fully stocked aid stations on the 12.5K/25K course with sweet & salty foods, soda, water and Gatorade. One on the 5K course.
  • Aid stations will be near miles 1.5 and 5.5. You should bring a water bottle/hydration pack while running in Tulsa's Backyard.
  • The Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA is located north of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness area and can be difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area. The main entrance is on the southeast corner of the I-44 / Hwy 75 interchange. It is located along the service road. Google maps provides accurate directions. Expect a zig-zag approach and use caution around the road construction.
  • There are several hotels within a few miles of the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA. There is a good selection of hotels and restaurants at Hwy 75 and 71st Street in the Tulsa Hills shopping center. The Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA is an easy 10 minute drive from downtown Tulsa.

It's difficult - but not impossible - to get off course in Tulsa's Backyard.

Herman and Kate Kaiser YMCA

Tulsa’s Backyard is a place for members and guests to grow and share with each other, connecting all that enter with the joy that is found through nature and community

The Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA is a unique 35-acre gem in west Tulsa. It is home to the largest outdoor pool in the area with a two-story slide and zipline across the water! A newly renovated gymnasium for youth and adult sports leagues, an outdoor covered sports court, and multiple event and gathering spaces around Lake Logan including Hailey Chapel.

The Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA offers an array of group exercise classes, cardio and strength experience for all levels of fitness, outdoor fitness challenges, and access to Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness along with day camps and overnight experiences for the entire family.

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