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“The unexamined life is one not worth living” – Socrates

The Crooked Mile is a place of reflection, self-discovery and transcendence through the “controlled suffering” of a Backyard Ultra format located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Our vision is to provide a space for people to explore their true nature and upper limits. We believe that becoming whole is a process ... a process of integratring your darkness with your light and a reality only realized through immersing yourself in the journey, seeking truth.


The Backyard Ultra format has no defined end.  If you have the courage to step into The Crooked Mile corral, push yourself past the point where you “think” you can't take another step, you will realize power in yourself you never imagined existed. The experience will make you a more sober, thoughtful, loving and empathetic human.

We welcome all ages and fitness levels, hence there is no qualification standard other than your commitment to keep going when you think you can't!  Whether the goal is walking 5 miles or running 200 miles, our only priority is to meet you where you are and support you in your journey.

We all have super-human potential in us, become "uncommon amongst the uncommon" at The Crooked Mile.

“All the Love and Power” – WH


Keith and Amy Munch

Backyard Ultra Events

June 3 , 2023

State 48 BYU

July 1, 2023

The Sundance BYU

August 5-6, 2023

Marc's Run BYU

September 2, 2023

The Road not Taken B YU


October 7, 2023

The Satsang BYU




Registration fees include:

  • Fuel, hydration and rice crispy treats courtesy of Skratch Labs.  Skratch Labs is a sports nutrition company based in Boulder, CO.  They are on the cutting edge of endurance fuel and hydration and their customer service is beyond impressive ... check them out at

  • Hot, whole organic food available through the night.  Please email us @ with any special requests or dietary restrictions and we will be sure to make the appropriate accomodations.

  • Onsite camping and RV/ trailer boondocking.  Please email in advance so your area can be prepared for you prior to arrival.

  • Primitive showers and portable restrooms.

  • Pre-event activities for runners, their crew and families following bib pick-up on Friday evening to include a 1 mile kids fun run, communal firepit, and bean bag toss/games. 

  • Note - Prior to the event, you will receive an email with specific instructions for event access, parking, and bib pick-up.  


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