Kick off the 2022 National Trails Day with the Tulsa’s Backyard Blaze, a 5K race through Turkey Mountain. Stick around for the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA Grand Opening.
The Backyard Blaze includes:
Race begins at 7:00am.
Tulsa’s Backyard Blaze will provide a little bit of everything Turkey Mountain has to offer – smooth runnable trails, rocky technical trails, (approximately) two hills, wooded areas, savanna grasslands, and the Herman & Kate YMCA.
The start/finish line will be at the Herman & Kate YMCA. There is plenty of on-site parking. Due to construction along I-44 and Highway 75 some routes will be blocked and may change before race day. We will provide driving instructions prior to the race, but give yourself ample time in case things change.
Our aid stations are manned by the best volunteers in the area. Most are trail and ultra runners themselves and anticipate your every need - even before you know you need it.
Tulsa's Backyard wouldn't be possible without the help of great volunteers. Sign up for a shift at our Volunteer Signup website. Don't worry if you are new to the volunteer scene. You'll be working alongside and learning from the best of the best.
We have shifts available Saturday (course marking) and all day Sunday. We have shifts that are good for families. We have shifts that are good for sitting in the woods alone to ponder the meaning of life.
To show our appreciation each volunteer will receive a 30% discount coupon from RunnersWorld Tulsa in addition to the hours of unmatched fun in the woods.
A small sample of our world famous aid station treats.
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.
That's it, so it should be easy. The rest is up to you.
If you are knocking down spider webs you are either in the lead or off course.
--Ken Childress, off-course expert
It's difficult - but not impossible - to get off course in Tulsa's Backyard.
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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.
Welcome to the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA