Backyard Burn @ Wakefield

March 3, 2024

Wakefield Course Description

Located a stones throw from the Capital Beltway, Wakefield Park offers racers a fast and super fun course that includes twisty singletrack hiking trails, wide doubletrack trails, a little pavement, and several shallow stream crossings – a perfect course to kick-off the Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Series. 

Race Date: Sunday March 3, 2024
Start Time: 9:00am
Location: Wakefield Park in Annandale, VA
Course Length:
5.5 miles (1 lap) OR 10 miles (2 laps)
Elevation Gain: 250 feet OR 500 feet

Race day information email sent to racers

Tshirt design for the 2024 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Series.
Finisher prize design for the 2024 Spring Backyard Burn Trail Running Series.

Registration Fees

5 Mile
$45 – New year (through 1/1)
$50 – Early (through 1/31)
$52.50 – Regular (through 2/18)
$55 – Late (through 3/2)
$60 – Race day (if not sold out)

10 Mile
$55 – New year (through 1/1)
$60 – Early (through 1/31)
$62.50 – Regular (through 2/18)
$65 – Late (through 3/2)
$67.50 – Race day (if not sold out)

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

7:30 – Check-in opens
8:50 – Pre-race brief
9:00 – Race starts
9:30 – Post-race food available
10:30 – FREE Kids Race*
10:45 – Awards (top 5 in each category) and sponsor give-a-ways

* Kids race is for ages 2-11. We split into age groups and run a short out and back ‘race’. Kids who participate can pick from the Treasure Box.

2023 Spring Backyard Burn Shirt Design
Little Fern Learning race day kids program

Little Fern Learning Kids Program

Little Fern Learning offers fun and engaging race day programs for your children while you are racing. Sanna Adams will spend the morning exploring the nature that area parks have to offer, engage in fun STEM activities, cheer on the grown-ups and participate in a fun kids race.

Drop-off your child between 8:30-8:45 and pick up after the kids race (approximately 11 am) and pre-registration is required.

The cost is $55 per race day program ($45 for second child/sibling). If you are signing up for all four race days, the cost is $200 per first child and $180 for siblings for all four programs.

Learn more and register

Backyard Burn at Laurel Hill

9601 Ox Rd Lorton, VA 22079


Wakefield Park
8100 Braddock Rd.
Annandale, VA 22003

From Interstate 495:

  • From Interstate 495, take the Braddock Road exit going West.
  • Wakefield Park entrance is located less than ½ mile from the 495 exit.
  • Take a right into the park and follow the signs to race parking and check-in.

Race Rules

  • Portable music players or any device requiring in-ear headphones 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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