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Austria Backyard Ultra - 
Wagendorf/Oststeiermark 2024

Austria Backyard Ultra goes to the green heart of Austria!

How many rounds do you dare?

7 laps is more than a marathon.

15 laps is 100 km.

24 laps is 100 miles.


Das war der ABU Wagendorf 2024

Ein Bericht aus der Sicht der Veranstalter.

Viel Spaß beim Lesen. (Click auf Bild unten)

Last important information for participants of the ABU Wagendorf

Austria Backyard Ultra on a fantastically beautiful trail route in Eastern Styria.

The Backyard Ultra mode is very simple.

Every hour the runners start a 6.706 km (=4.167 miles) long course. You have exactly one hour to do this. If you don't finish the round on time and don't start again, you're out!

No late start! Very easy! ;-)


The event runs until there is only 1 runner left on the course. => open end

The race takes place according to the official Backyard Ultra regulations of the American original.

What can you expect in Wagendorf/Eastern Styria:

For the first time since it was founded, the Austria Backyard Ultra running series is making a stop in beautiful Eastern Styria.

More precisely in Wagendorf, where the runners will cross the border to Grafendorf near Hartberg.


The whole event is rounded off with food and drink provided by ESV Wagendorf in the curling hut.


Parking is available around the curling hut, shower facilities are approx. 300m away.

Austria Backyard Ultra Nussdorf

Kick off for the first yard
09:00 on April 6, 2024

Timeline Wagendorf / Oststeiermark 2024

Friday, 04/05/2024:
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: bib pick-up
5:00 p.m.: Welcome party

Saturday, 04/06/2024: 
07:00 a.m. to 08:30 a.m.: bib pick-up
09:00 a.m.: START Austria Backyard Ultra Wagendorf

Musical accompaniment and moderation from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
Early shopping Sunday, August 13th, 2023 from 09:00 a.m

award ceremony does not take place for the Backard Ultra. Prizes and the DNF medal will be handed over immediately after the runner's DNF.

DNF the runner: If you are more drawn to the gastro instead of to the starting line, you have to deregister yourself with the organizers, hand in your timekeeping chip and receive your very own DNF medal in return.


That is not all ...

Austria Backyard Ultra Team Challenge:

In addition, you can register as a team of 3 for the Austria Backyard Ultra Team Challenge.

Run together, have fun and motivate each other to achieve top performance!

As soon as exactly 3 participants have entered the same team name (please pay attention to the spelling and typos!), you are in.

Maximum security in uncertain times!

With our BE SAFE option for € 5, you can play it safe! Cancel by March 05, 2024 without giving a reason and get your entry fee back.


Participation fee


Early Bird until December 15th, 2023:

Entry fee EUR 50,-

Early bird from December 16st, 2023:

Entry fee EUR 60,-

Normal bookers from February 1st, 2024:

Entry fee EUR 70,-

Late booking from March 16th, 2024:

Entry fee EUR 80,-

Online registration closes on April 2nd, 2024 at the latest!

Late registration on site:

Entry fee EUR 90,-

An early closing of the registration is possible at any time when the starter contingent (150 participants) has been reached.

Austria Backyard Ultra Nussdorf

Location & arrival & route Wagendorf

getting there


- coming from Graz -> highway A2 to exit Hartberg -> Unterlungitz -> Wagendorf

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- coming from Vienna -> E59 Wiener Neustadt -> exit Pinggau B54 direction Lafnitz -> Grafendorf -> Wagendorf

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The start is at the curling hut of the "ESV Wagendorf" curling club.

We head out onto a 700-metre section of road with an ascent of around 40 meters, which is easy to master. We then turn onto the Eckweg - a wide gravel road.


Halfway along, we leave this again and turn into the forest, where we enjoy the tranquillity of the forest and continue on a flowing trail section towards Hubertuskapelle. From there, the rest of the route is also on a wide gravel path back towards the start/finish area.

A total of around 130 meters in altitude await us on the varied route with many different surfaces.


Beautiful views of the highlights of the surrounding area await you on several sections of the route, you can see the Hochwechsel in the north, the local mountain of Grafendorf - the Masenberg, the Ringwarte (the heart of Hartberg) and the neighboring village of Grafendorf where 80% of the route is located.


Here, every runner has the opportunity to try something new, regardless of whether they are on the road, on the trail or simply on a leisurely hike.

Streckenprofil Wagendorf



  • The route is sufficiently marked and secured by marshals. After 10 laps at the latest, you already know the way blindly. 😉

  • The route is mostly on forest paths, mostly gravel, only short sections on asphalt (from the start and last section to the finish), ratio approx. 80% gravel/forest, 20% asphalt.

  • In the start/finish area, participants will be given space in the weatherproof hall (ESV Wagendorf) for chairs, cool box, sleeping bag,... First come - first serve! Electricity available. There is also a meadow for your own pavilion or tents!

  • To avoid unnecessary plastic waste in the refreshment area, each participant should bring their own drinking cup / flask / bottle as usual! 

  • Sanitary facilities are available near the start-finish area.

  • Refreshment station is in the start-finish area. There is no aid station on the route.

  • At the parking lot next to the hall - directly next to the start-finish area - there is enough space for campers - also first come, first serve, please register by email or phone if you need a parking space.

  • The forest is a local recreation area and not a garbage dump. We move around in nature and treat the animals with respect. Inappropriate behavior in nature (especially the throwing away of garbage) will be punished with immediate disqualification.

  • The run takes place at your own risk and on your own responsibility on a route that is not closed off or monitored. On roads, the StVO must be followed and traffic must be observed.

  • With an elevation gain of approx. 130 meters and mostly beautiful, well runnable forest ground, there is no particular increased risk of accidents, but we still recommend that participants are sure-footed in the terrain and wear appropriate footwear. 

  • Headlamps and high-visibility vests are compulsory in the evening!!!

The participant is responsible for accidents or injuries of any kind and must take out adequate insurance himself. The landowner and the organizer are not liable for this.


  • race organization

  • Musical entertainment and moderation

  • Catering during the run (water, iso, cola, coffee, soup, tomatoes, cake, fruit, salt, peanuts, salt sticks/pretzels, spreads, chips, and much more). Subject to change. There is no guarantee that the complete offer will be offered throughout the event.

  • Medal and certificate

  • Parking lot and parking space for campers (limited number)

  • A hall is available for participants to store personal belongings, deckchairs, camp beds, self-catering, etc.

  • Changing rooms, washing and shower facilities near the start/finish line

  • DUV rating

  • …and much more!

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Sponsors and supporters of the ABU Wagendorf 2024

Many thanks to our sponsors and supporters of the ABU Wagendorf/Oststeiermark 2024

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