The Ode Race Series

Something for Everyone

Featuring the Ode to Laz Backyard Ultra, Our races treat you to some of the most beautiful venues you can find for endurance sports.  You can make the races as challenging as you wish.  Trail, Road, Gravel and more.  We strive to create the best race vibe you can experience. Become one of the Ode family! Stay in touch by joining our Facebook group.


Upcoming Races

8 Hours of Ode: January 21, 2023, Holly, MI
Pick your favorite distance or run as much as you’d like, up to 8 hours on the famous Ode to Laz trail loop, starting each hour “Backyard Style”. Run continuous if you like that better, as far as you can in 8 hours.

Ode to the Night: May 6-7, 2023, Holly, MI
If you like running at night with friends on a safe park road, this is the race for you.

Perfect PR Backyard Ultra: May 20, 2023, Clarkston, MI
The race where you can test your own limits on the flattest, smoothest backyard course in the world.  World records can fall here!  Enjoy the course side camping and family friendly activities on land and water at Independence Oaks Park in Clarkston, MI

Ode to Laz Backyard Ultra: July 22, 2023, Holly, MI
Escape the heat and join us at our beautiful venue for the Ode to Laz Michigan Backyard Ultra event. The premier event will follow the traditional theme of Lazarus Lake’s original Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra.

Impossibleman: July 21, 2023, Holly, MI
This fun fits any race or training calendar. You decide how far you go, and how hard you work. We’ll make it one of the best racing experiences you’ll ever have.

Odetoberfest: September 16, 2023, Clarkston, MI
Odetoberfest is a festival of fun, food, and running.  Short distances to suit every runner’s preference.  From a timed mile up to a 6-lap, 15-mile timed challenge.

Ode to the Hoff Backyard: TBD, Muskegon, MI

On the shores of Lake Michigan, P. J. Hoffmaster State Park is a crown jewel in a state known for its parks.  Enjoy soft, wooded trails through the forest.  Fast and rolling on one half of the course, and challenging elevation on the other.  You and your family will love the beach and clear waters of the big lake as well as the sand dunes south of the running course.

The Ode Goes to 11: TBD, Holly, MI
Hit the gravel on your bike of choice. Anything from a beautiful tree canopied 13 mile loop to an all day Ultra suffer fest. Make this as challenging as you’d like, and visit the festive pit area every loop for convenience