Abbotsford’s Kevin Barata competes one of his 34 loops during the Quarantine Backyard Ultra event on April 4. (Submitted)

Abbotsford’s Barata finishes tied for 15th in Quarantine Backyard Ultra

Local long distance runner completes 34 loops of 6.7 kilometres once an hour at solo race event

A quartet of Abbotsford long distance runners took on the Quarantine Backyard Ultra race on April 4, and while none of them managed to take home the coveted Golden Toilet Paper Roll, local athlete Kevin Barata finished tied for 15th overall and ran an impressive 34 hourly loops of 6.7 kilometres.

Barata was the second ranked Canadian in the unique event, which saw runners individually map out a 6.7 kilometre route or run that distance on their treadmill every hour on the hour. The event, which saw over 1,500 competitors race worldwide, continued until only one runner was left standing.

The race idea came about as a way for long distance runners to still have the chance to have fun and compete despite the many race cancellations and other event issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winner of the coveted trophy was American Michael Wardian, who ran an incredible 63 loops spread out over more than 2.5 days. He edge out Czech Republic runner Radek Brunner, who ended his journey after 62 loops. Sweden’s Anna Carlsson was the top female competitor with 45 loops, and she finished third place overall.

Other Abbotsford runners in the event included: Ryan Shepard (22 laps), Jason Brown (nine laps) and Jamie Cross (eight laps).

For the complete results from the event, visit

RELATED: Abbotsford runners competing in Quarantine Backyard Ultra race


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 case confirmed at Highstreet Walmart in Abbotsford

Fraser Health sends out letter to those who might have had contact with individual

Racism wasn’t dealt with properly by school, says Chilliwack graduate

Woman tells story of being verbally assaulted at school for being black

Stray dog with duct tape around muzzle spotted in Abbotsford

Pooch has been spotted over two days, but has escaped capture so far

Call for support of Black Lives Matter movement in Mission

Over 200 signs hung around city showing solidarity with victims of police brutality

Investigators comb through Chilliwack house following standoff

RCMP say investigation involves report of an early morning shooting

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

New platform allows readers to make a one-time or ongoing donation to support local journalism

VIDEO: Pitt Meadows dentist gets grand welcome home after two-month COVID-19 battle

Michael Chow was given a surprise send off by hospital staff and ‘welcome home’ from neighbours

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

New study is first full list of species that only exist in Canada

Almost 40 per cent of them are critically imperilled or imperilled and eight are already extinct

Most Read