FAQs

About (4)

Starting point: YWCA Anandagiri

Finish point: Government Tea Park, Battarkambai) ~8.3 km away from the start

Shuttle buses will take you back to Ooty town after your run.

The scheduled start time for the 90k will be 6.00 am.

The scheduled start time for the 60k, 30k & 15k will be 6.30 am.

There will be no prize money for the podium finishers. However, our sponsors and partners may give away some goodies to the top finishers.

OOTYULTRA is a road race. ITRA is only for runs with min 80% trail.

At the FINISH (5)

Yes, our timing partner will provide this support. There will be two timing mats, one at the start and one at the finish point for all categories of runners.

  • The finish point timing mat will also serve as a intermediate timing mat at the 15k, 30k & 60k for the 90k runners
  • The finish point timing mat will also serve as a intermediate timing mat at the 15k & 30k for the 60k runners
  • The finish point timing mat will also serve as a intermediate timing mat at the 15k for the 30k runners.

Yes, all finishers will receive an update to view and download the PDF copy of your OOTYULTRA finisher certificate after the event. This will be mailed to you by our timing partner along with one SMS message.

We expect to send the SMS message on the event day but this is subject to good quality network connectivity.

Starting point: YWCA Anandagiri

Finish point: Government Tea Park, Battarkambai) ~8.3 km away from the start

Shuttle buses will take you back to Ooty town after your run.

There will be no prize money for the podium finishers. However, our sponsors and partners may give away some goodies to the top finishers.

Buses will be regularly operating between the finish line and the start line in one hour interval. The departure time will be published before the event

Tentative bus timings

15k runners – Starting from 10.00

30k runners – Starting from 11:30

60k runners – Starting from 16:30

90k runners – at 6.30 pm

At the START (4)

Yes, our timing partner will provide this support. There will be two timing mats, one at the start and one at the finish point for all categories of runners.

  • The finish point timing mat will also serve as a intermediate timing mat at the 15k, 30k & 60k for the 90k runners
  • The finish point timing mat will also serve as a intermediate timing mat at the 15k & 30k for the 60k runners
  • The finish point timing mat will also serve as a intermediate timing mat at the 15k for the 30k runners.

Starting point: YWCA Anandagiri

Finish point: Government Tea Park, Battarkambai) ~8.3 km away from the start

Shuttle buses will take you back to Ooty town after your run.

You can deposit your baggage at the start line. Your baggage will be brought to the finish line. You are requested not to keep any valuables in your baggage.

The scheduled start time for the 90k will be 6.00 am.

The scheduled start time for the 60k, 30k & 15k will be 6.30 am.

COVID-19 (6)

No, the OOTYULTRA 2020 registration has ended, we do not have any plans to increase the registration count. Please watch our communication channels for updates if we change this policy.

Your OOTYULTRA ticket is non-refundable. Every participant of the OOTYULTRA was required to accept our terms and conditions when they bought a ticket. While it states that tickets cannot be canceled, participants have the provision to transferable them to someone else during the prescribed ticket-transfer window published on the website. At this time we do not know the direction in which the COVID-19 is going to take us.

Our hospitality partner, Preethi Hotels, has already committed to holding your reservations for the new dates. Please refer to their cancellation policies.

You can request a transfer of your confirmed OOTYULTRA 2020 ticket to another runner identified by you. Please write to info@ootyultra.com with your request. There will be an administration charge of Rs. 500/- + 18% tax will have to be paid to facilitate this transfer.

The OOTYULTRA 2020 has been postponed to a future date (tentatively 27-Sep-2020, Sunday) and not canceled.

You can transfer the ticket to the same category only (ex. 15k to 15k, 30k to 30k, Protectors to Protectors, Nilgiri District runner to Nilgiri District runner, etc.). Note that after the transfer is complete, the runner can request an upgrade or downgrade if necessary.

The transfer is free during the ticket transfer window. However you have to pay Rs. 1000/- +18% GST as transfer fees (also includes the new custom finisher medal making charges) if the transfer request is received with 45 days prior to the event or after the ticket transfer window has ended.

Write to info@ootyultra.com from your registered email address with this request.

We are already thinking about the best alternative time to host this event this year and, it must also be a time when it is not the rainy season in Ooty.

The new dates (tentatively 27-Sep-2020, September) will be finalized after the Coronovirus threat dies down, and we receive clearance from the Nilgiris District administration.

EXPO & pre-OOTYULTRA day (3)

One day before the OOTYULTRA marathon day at the EXPO. Look out for latest announcements regarding the EXPO.

You can deposit your baggage at the start line. Your baggage will be brought to the finish line. You are requested not to keep any valuables in your baggage.

The organizers will arrange the pre-marathon night vegetarian dinner, on the expo day evening, for those who have pre-booked along with the registration. The ultramarathon runners-friendly buffet dinner will be served at the YWCA Anandagiri. You must show the copy of your event ticket with the payment reference for the buffet dinner to get the dinner.

Important Dates (4)

Edition #YearDate60k runners30k runners15k runners
01201829-Apr, Sunday67100100
02201907-Apr, Sunday110300300

The third edition of the OOTYULTRA is scheduled on the 5-Apr-2020, Sunday is now POSTPONED to 27-Sep-2020 see the announcement here. Apart from the 60k30k & 15k, from 2020, OOTYULTRA will now have 90k category.

OOTYULTRA 2020 registration has ended on the 28-Feb-2020.

Ticket transfer window is a time period when the OOTYULTRA runner is allowed to transfer her/his ticket to qualified runners. During this period the runners can also upgrade or downgrade their tickets to different categories while respecting the qualification requirements.

OOTYULTRA 2020 is now postponed to 27-Sep-2020 and the the ticket transfer window is not extended till 14-Aug-2020. From 15-Aug-2020 you will have to pay the transfer fees.

Qualification (9)

OOTYULTRA is be a tough race due to its steep climbs and downhill terrain. Added this challenge you will be facing the sharp winter month sun during the day time. Most first-time runners may find it extremely difficult to run. Hill running, in general, can be very technical and challenging but through experience one can gain mastery. Considering the above, OOTYULTRA has set minimum qualification conditions for participation.

The cut-off time to finish the 90k is 12:00 hrs to finish, 8 hrs 30 mins at 60k.  There is no cut-off at the 15k and 30k for the 90k runners.

  • This event category is only by invitation
  • Runners who have completed the 2019 edition of OOTYULTRA in sub 7 hr 45 min directly qualify.
  • Other ultra runners who are interested must write to info@ootyultra.com with your expression of interest to run while attaching your ultramarathon credentials.

All your qualification races must have been run after 1-Aug-2019. If you decide to run your qualification race after registering for the OOTYULTRA, you are allowed to submit the qualification race records on or before 1-Mar-2020. We strongly recommend you to send us the qualification race information as soon as possible and avoid automatic downgrading of your category to 15k.

IMPORTANT –> Your registration will not be confirmed if your timing qualifications do not meet the standards. No refund will be provided if you do not qualify. All the participants must be fit, healthy and must be running regularly.

The cut-off time to finish the 60k is 10 hr 30 min to finish and 5 hr 30 mins at 30k.  There is not cut-off at the 15k for the 60k runners.

  • A minimum of one timed/official Full Marathon (42.2 km) completed after 1-Aug-2019 within 5 hr 50 min and the timing record MUST be submitted.
  • Alternatively, you can submit your Ultramarathon race, any distance run above 50km, as a qualification and must be completed after 1-Aug-2019. You must have officially completed the 50k run within the cut-off time specified by the race organizer.
  • Your qualification full marathon will not be accepted if the time is not within 5 hr 50 min.

All your qualification races must have been run after 1-Aug-2019. If you decide to run your qualification race after registering for the OOTYULTRA, you are allowed to submit the qualification race records on or before 1-Mar-2020. We strongly recommend you to send us the qualification race information as soon as possible and avoid automatic downgrading of your category to 15k.

IMPORTANT –> Your registration will not be confirmed if your timing qualifications do not meet the standards. No refund will be provided if you do not qualify. All the participants must be fit, healthy and must be running regularly.

The cut-off time to finish the 30k is 5 hrs 30 mins.  There is not cut-off at 15k for the 30k runners.

  • One Half Marathon completed within 3 hr 00 min after 1-Aug-2019.
  • An official event timing records MUST be submitted
  • The timing records can be submitted/updated after the registration is done but before 1-Mar-2020
  • Alternatively, you can submit your full marathon or an ultramarahton race, or any ultramarathon, as a qualification and must be completed after 1-Aug-2019. You must have officially completed the distance within the cut-off time specified by the race organizer
  • Your qualification half marathon will not be accepted if the time is not within 3 hr 00 min. Alternatively, you can submit a full marathon finished within the cut off time specified by the marathon organizers (from your qualification race).

All your qualification races must have been run after 1-Aug-2019. If you decide to run your qualification race after registering for the OOTYULTRA, you are allowed to submit the qualification race records on or before 1-Mar-2020. We strongly recommend you to send us the qualification race information as soon as possible and avoid automatic downgrading of your category to 15k.

IMPORTANT –> Your registration will not be confirmed if your timing qualifications do not meet the standards. No refund will be provided if you do not qualify. All the participants must be fit, healthy and must be running regularly.

There is no cut-off time for the 15k runners.  However, the last mobile aid-station (approx. 12k) before the finish will be operational only for 2 hr 30 min.

  • This category is created to encourage first timers who are regularly running, active and fit
  • Must be capable of running or walking for 2-3 hrs continuously
  • Must be 18 years old on the race day for the 90k
  • Must be 18 years old on the race day for the 60k
  • Must be 18 years old on the race day for the 30k
  • Must be 16 years old on the race day for the 15k

The 90k, 60k and 30k runners must complete the distance within the cut-off time in order to receive the personalized laser-cut medal at the finish.

The 90k runners will not be allowed to proceed to run if they arrive into the 60k & 30k checkpoint outside of the cut-off time set for 60k & 30k categories. You will be marked DNF (Did Not Finish) and no other category finisher medal will be awarded.

The 60k runners will not be allowed to proceed to run if they arrive into the 30k checkpoint line outside of the cut-off time set for 60k & 30k categories. You will be marked DNF and no other category finisher medal will be awarded.

All runners completing the race outside the cut-off time will be marked “outside the time limit” or a DNF status in the race results.

You can include your qualifying ultramarathon run after 1-Aug-2019 details, distance category and finish times during your registration. Your must have completed the ultramarathon distance within the official cut-off time specified by the race organizers. A DNF status is not accepted.

No, you must still qualify for this edition. See the FAQ section for the qualification requirements.

Write to info@ootyultra.com with links to your Strava or Garmin online profile along with the following qualification run history.

  • You must submit a link your running record, with your Heart Rate information, to a half marathon distance completed within 3 hrs to qualify for OOTYULTRA 30k
  • You must submit a link your running record, with your Heart Rate information, to a full marathon distance completed within 5 hrs 50 min to qualify for OOTYULTRA 60k

Your qualification run must have been completed after 1-Aug-2019.

We may consider giving you entry if your records are satisfactory.  You will have to pay an additional fee of Rs. 500 + 18% GST for the manual review efforts, if we agree to provide you with an entry.

We suggest you to complete the manual review and receive a confirmation before you buy the entry ticket

Your registration money will not be refunded if you do not qualify or your category will be downgraded to 15k without any refund.

Race categories (2)

90k (only by invitation), 60k30k and 15k distances.

60k Team Relay

For the first time in the year 2020, we will have the 60k team relay for a team of 3 runners. 2 x 15k runners & 1 x 30k runner will complete the entire course. You must first buy 3 tickets individually and write to info@ootyultra.com with your ticket order numbers to form your teams.

The team will receive a team relay finish certificate apart from the individual finish timing certificates to the runners in their respective categories.

OOTYULTRA is happy to allow you to make the changes to your race category.

Upgrading to a higher distance

  • You must qualify for the higher race category
  • You will have to pay the difference amount
  • An upgraded race category can be further upgraded (ex. from 15k -> 30k -> 60k) provided you have the right qualification credentials

downgrading to a lower distance

  • If you have already qualified to run the registered category, you can downgrade to a lower distance category
  • Your downgraded category can’t be reversed. Ex. you can’t move from 60k -> 30k and then request to move back to 60k. In such situation you have to follow the upgrade process once again by paying the difference amount in the ticket.

The deadline for changing your race category will be 1st March

Write to info@ootyultra.com from your registered email address with the description of the changes and we will update your records.

Registration & cancellation (8)

Considering the safety of the runners and to help the medical, safety and the race crew to identify the runners the BIB will carry the runners first name only.

The deadline for fixing any mistakes, changing any personal particulars, or even transferring your ticket to another qualified runner will be 1 of March

Write to info@ootyultra.com from your registered email address with the description of the changes and we will update your records.

Follow the registration page to learn more

  • The registration fee that you pay is used for the event campaign, crew member travel, maintenance of event assets, promotion, and other expenses.
  • Your entry to the event.
  • All registered participant may receive a free T-Shirt
  • Post-race refreshments
  • All runners successfully finishing the event within the cut-off time (read the cut off time for each race category) will receive a personalized finisher medal.

Your ticket is non-refundable. However, you can transfer it to another runner within the Ticket-Transfer window. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions to learn more.

OOTYULTRA course was chosen and designed considering the following elements,

  • Start the envet in OOTY and move all the runners to the outskirts and the most beautiful sections of OOTY
  • The route should be non-repeating, as much as possible
  • Finish the event at another beautiful and a convenient location

The OOTYULTRA route for all distances categories are measured using standard GPS watches and definitely not accurate distances. Visit the individual run category pages listed below to know more about the route accuracy.

NOTE:With these distance inaccuracies in mind, we have carefully chosen the cut-off time to help most runners achieve their finish goals in the 15k, 30k, 60k categories. Runners are requested not to rely on their GPS markers but to follow the kilometer sign boards kept at an intrval of 1k throughout the course

No other person can run with your BIB. However you can transfer it officially to another qualified runner. Write to info@ootyultra.com if you need any further assistance.

OOTYULTRA is happy to allow you to make the changes to your race category.

Upgrading to a higher distance

  • You must qualify for the higher race category
  • You will have to pay the difference amount
  • An upgraded race category can be further upgraded (ex. from 15k -> 30k -> 60k) provided you have the right qualification credentials

downgrading to a lower distance

  • If you have already qualified to run the registered category, you can downgrade to a lower distance category
  • Your downgraded category can’t be reversed. Ex. you can’t move from 60k -> 30k and then request to move back to 60k. In such situation you have to follow the upgrade process once again by paying the difference amount in the ticket.

The deadline for changing your race category will be 1st March

Write to info@ootyultra.com from your registered email address with the description of the changes and we will update your records.

Route, fuel & hydration (2)

The aid-stations will be spaced approximately 3-4 km apart. The exact number of stations will be communicated to you prior to the event. Visit the individual running category pages to learn more about the hydration stations.

Travel & Accommodation (6)

We encourage to contact our travel partner listed in the travel.

It’s ideal to block the rooms through online hotel service providers. Make sure you are staying within the city limits (look for lodges/hotels near places like Charing-cross, commercial road, Ettines road, near collector’s office, Hospital road, or any place within the Ooty town)

Plan to arrive in Ooty on Saturday morning and leave either on Sunday evening (15k, 30k runners) and Sunday night or Monday morning (60k runners).

Write to info@ootyultra.com if you want more information.

Note: The organizers will not make accommodation arrangements

  • The month of April is the most amazing time to visit Ooty. It is also the beginning of the summer season and many tourists flock that time.
  • Min 12 Deg. C and max 23 deg. C. Weather with a feel of 28 deg. C.
  • Check the online weather bulletins for information on latest weather info in Ooty around Race Day
  • Ooty Tea is world famous
  • Homemade chocolates, beware of highly priced poor quality chocolates
  • Ooty Varkey, a type of biscuit snack, made of Wheat 
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Fruits including, plums, peaches, tree tomatoes
  • Fresh vegetables like Avocados, Broccoli, Potatoes, Carrots, Beetroots, Raddish, Cabbage & Cauliflower, visit the famous Market, carry a huge bag to shop since plastic is banned in the mountains
  • Hotel Preeti Classic Tower – Good vegetarian food choices
  • Shinkos – a famous and very old Chinese restaurant located near the Collectors office
  • Nagar Hotels
  • A2B, if you want to grab a quick bite – is quite a popular joint, watch out for busy days and there could be some waiting time

Find hotels within the OOTY town limits (look for lodges/hotels near places like Charing-cross, commercial road, Ettines road, near collector’s office, Hospital road, or any place within the Ooty town) Plan to arrive in Ooty on Saturday morning and leave either on Sunday evening (15k, 30k runners) and Sunday night or Monday morning (60k runners). Write to info@ootyultra.com regarding this.

Note: The organizers will not make accommodation arrangements and you are expected to make your own arrangements

You can reach Ooty by road & or train only. If you are planning to fly, the nearest airports are Coimbatore (90 km away) or the Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore, and you have to travel by road to OOTY.

See the travel section for more information

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