Come celebrate fall trail running season (and the end of daylight savings time) at Tulsa’s Backyard Bonanza. Enjoy fall weather, beautiful trails, home cooked breakfast, friends, family, and the Herman and Kate Kaiser YMCA.
Tulsa’s Backyard Bonanza also includes:
There is a distance to accommodate all levels of runners at Tulsa's Backyard Bonanza 5K, 12.5K, 25K trail running event. We pride ourselves in putting on events with the runners in mind. With well marked courses and amazing aid stations and support we aim to give you the best trail running experience possible. Whether you’re a seasoned trail runner looking for a new challenge, or a road runner searching for a change of pace and scenery, Tulsa's Backyard Bonanza will take you there.
|Registration & Packet Pickup||6:30am|
|12.5K & 25K Trail Race||7:30am Start|
|5K Trail Race||8:00am Start|
|Chili Cookoff||Judge @ 10:00am|
You may sign up on paper at RunnersWorld Tulsa any time until Saturday at 6:00pm.
Registration is also available on race day starting at 6:30am at the start/finish area.
Pre-registered packet pick up will be at Runnersworld Tulsa, 3920 S. Peoria, Tulsa on Saturday from 10am to 6pm.
Packets may also be picked up on race day starting at 6:30am at the start/finish area..
The Backyard Bonanza will give you a taste of everything that Turkey Mountain has to offer – smooth runnable trails, rocky technical trails, hills, maybe more hills, wooded areas, savanna grasslands, and the Herman & Kate YMCA.
If you have run the Turkey and TATURs race in past you will definitely appreciate this course.
Turkey Mountain is an "Urban Wilderness Area". You will find beautiful lush surroundings that run alongside the Arkansas River. As you approach from the north, you will be able to see it's peak that juts 300 feet above the Arkansas River. Elevation is between 600-900 ft. above sea level. Ninety percent of the course is on narrow single-track trails.
Most of the trails are under a a canopy of deciduous tress and amidst a thick layer of vegetation The trails have the sand /gravel /rock surface common to this area and can easily be run on after hard rains. The course has varying degrees of difficulty. There are easy-going non-technical areas, mostly flat and thoroughly negotiable, and there are intense, highly difficult technical areas with short, hard and very rocky climbs.
Turkey Mountain is not only a trail runners paradise but it also is a mountain biker's dream. This is all public land and you will encounter many mountain bikers, hikers, and maybe even a few horses. Please give all of them the right of way. It is much easier and for a runner to step off to the side of the trail than it is for a biker or horseback rider. There will be sections of the course that will be very rocky and/or steep. It is highly recommended to walk these areas. The seconds that you may lose is certainly less than the time it takes to wrap a twisted ankle.
Turkey Mountain trails are beautiful all year long.
The start/finish line is at the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA. There is plenty of on-site parking. Due to construction along I-44 and Highway 75 some routes will be blocked. Google Maps has the latest driving directions to the Herman & Kate Kaiser YMCA
The 2022 Bonanza course will be updated to include some of the new Turkey Mountain trails. Check here before race day for an updated course map.
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.
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.
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