Backyard Burn @ Lake Fairfax

April 11, 2021 + Virtual


Lake Fairfax Course Description

This year’s race will offer both in-person and virtual options. Located in Reston, VA, Lake Fairfax has a beautiful lake and an awesome trail network. Our courses hit the best singletrack and include some great views of the lake.  There are a few short technical sections (more rocks and roots), but most of the course is fairly smooth singletrack.  There is barely any pavement on this course.  There are no extended climbs, but lots of short ups and downs.

Race Date: Sunday April 11, 2021 + Virtual
Course Length:
5.2 miles OR 10.4 miles
Virtual Race: the virtual race can be run any time and any place between April 9rd and 11th, 2021.  Simply run your race and enter your time via RunSignUp.  You’ll receive the race pre-race email, a race t-shirt, and be included in the post-race virtual awards ceremony where we’ll celebrate both the in-person and virtual race!

Summary of COVID Precautions

The safety and health of all racers and volunteers are of upmost importance.  While all risk cannot be eliminated, the in-person race will have the following mitigations in place.  A summary of our precautions are below.  Read our full COVID operations plan here.

  • Event will comply with all local, state, and federal restrictions including participation limits.
  • Check-in and start times will be staggered from roughly 7:15am until 10am. 5 mile runners will check-in first and then 10-milers.  We may need to shift and adjust check-in times based on the number of people that sign up for each race.
  • Check-in groups and times will be assigned by pace.
  • Groups of 15 or 20 people will start every 5 minutes. Smaller groups will start if there is not a queue.
  • Check-in is touchless and event will be chip timed.
  • It is expected that each runner is ready to run when they check-in.  Please warm up and use the bathroom before you check-in. Portajohns will be available in the start queue while the runner is getting ready to start. We do not want people checking in and going back to your car.
  • Race giveaways (T-shirt) and post-race food and water are grab and go only and pre-packaged. We will have breakfast burritos, but the selection of food will be smaller than normal.
  • Parking, check-in, start, and finish areas of the event will have ample room for social distancing.
  • Signage will be used to remind people to wear their face coverings and stay socially distanced at all times.
  • Face coverings are required at all times when in check-in, starting, and finish areas.
  • Runners must carry a face covering during event (when running) and use when passing if ample distance is not available on the trail. If a racer doesn’t have a face covering, then one will be provided to them during check-in.
  • Aid stations are staffed for safety only – no water will be provided with the exception of one water refill station at about the halfway point on the course. Athletes are required to carry their own hydration.
  • Awards ceremony will be virtual.
  • Runners are not allowed to stay after the race except to cool down.
  • Spectators are not allowed.
  • Ample restrooms (portajohns) are available to minimize queues. All restrooms will be sanitized once every 2 hours by EX2 staff.
  • Hand sanitizer stations available at check-in, start, and finish.
  • All racers will be required to self-validate that they do not have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to anyone suspected to have COVID for the 14 days leading up to event.

Registration Fees

5 Mile
$60 – Race day (if not sold out)

10 Mile
$65 – Race day (if not sold out)

$35 ($45 for series)

Registration Fee Includes

Fun and challenging course design, professional race operations, wonderful volunteer support, awesome aid stations, medical support, plentiful post-race food (breakfast burritos and other tasty treats – yum!), electric atmosphere, great music, awards and give-a-ways, and a race t-shirt you’ll love.

Race Day Schedule

Staggered check-in and start times will be between 7:15am and 10:00am.  The 5 mile check-in times are first then the 10 milers. Specific instructions will be provided in the pre-race information sent 5-7 days before the race.

Backyard Burn at Laurel Hill

9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079


Lake Fairfax Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Drive
Reston, VA 20190

From Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway):

  • Lake Fairfax Park may be reached by taking Beltway Exit 47A which is Route 7 or Leesburg Pike west for approximately 7-8 miles to a left on Baron Cameron Avenue.
  • Take the second left on Lake Fairfax Drive which will lead you directly into the park.
  • Enter the park and race parking will be immediately on your right.
  • Park and follow the signs to check-in.

From Interstate 66:

  • Take I-66 to Route 286 (Fairfax County Parkway – formerly Rt 7100) towards RESTON/ HERNDON and travel about 9.4 miles.
  • Merge onto BARON CAMERON AVE / VA-606 E. Travel about 2.8 miles and turn right onto Lake Fairfax Drive which will lead you directly into the park.
  • Enter the park and race parking will be immediately on your right.
  • Park and follow the signs to check-in.

Race Rules

  • Portable music players or any device requiring earphones are not permitted.
  • Outside assistance is only permitted within 50 meters of an aid station.
  • Race numbers must be worn on the front and must be visible at all times.
  • There are no cut-off times.
  • Pets and pacers are not allowed on the course.
  • Baby strollers are not permitted on the course.
  • Respect other racers, volunteers, race staff, and the environment. No littering.
  • Poor sportsmanship may result in disqualification.
  • Racers must notify race officials if they drop out of the race.
  • Stay on designated trails.

Age Groups

Male and Female - 19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+


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