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About (1)

OOTYULTRA is a road race. ITRA certification is given to ultrarunning events with a minimum of 80% trail sections.

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Important Dates (4)

The 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 without any additional charges.

The actual dates ticket transfer window is from 1-Nov to 28-Feb

28 February, or whenever the entry limit is reached.

The fifth edition of OOTYULTRA 2022 is scheduled on the 3-Apr-2022, Sunday. Please note this is subject to approvals from the Government authorities to conduct the event in OOTY.

Edition #YearDate90k runners60k runners30k runners15k runners
01First Edition – 201829-Apr, Sunday67100100
02Second Edition – 201907-Apr, Sunday110300300
03The 3rd edition planned on 05-Ap, Sunday was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic05-Apr, Sunday8396366152
044th edition – The Spirit of #ultramalaivasi virtual run1-Apr to 4-Apr 20211265210282

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Race categories (2)

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.

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Qualification (9)

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

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. This will be decided on a case-to-case basis.

We suggest you 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.

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

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

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.

  • 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

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

The cut-off time to finish the 30k in 5 hrs 30 mins.  There is no cut-off at 15k for the 30k runners.

  • Half Marathon completed within 3 hr 00 min after 1-Aug.
  • An official event timing records MUST be submitted
  • The timing records can be submitted/updated after the registration is done but before 1-Mar
  • Alternatively, you can submit your full marathon or an ultramarathon race, or any ultramarathon, as a qualification and must be completed after 1-Aug. 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. 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. We strongly recommend you send us the qualification race information as soon as possible and avoid the 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 no cut-off at the 15k for the 60k runners.

  • A minimum of one timed/official Full Marathon (42.2 km) completed after 1-Aug 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. 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. 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. We strongly recommend you send us the qualification race information as soon as possible and avoid the 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.

OOTYULTRA is 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 past editions (this is subject to change, watch the official qualification announcements after the registration opens) 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. 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. 

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.

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EXPO & pre-OOTYULTRA day (3)

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.

You can deposit your baggage with change-over clothes at the start line.

Your baggage will be identified against your bib number.

Your baggage will be brought to the finish line and you can collect them by showing your race bib.

You are requested not to keep any valuables in your baggage.

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

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At the START (4)

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.

You can deposit your baggage with change-over clothes at the start line.

Your baggage will be identified against your bib number.

Your baggage will be brought to the finish line and you can collect them by showing your race bib.

You are requested not to keep any valuables in your baggage.

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.

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.

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At the FINISH (5)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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Registration & cancellation (9)

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.

We regret to say that the group registration/bulk registration feature is currently not available

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 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

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.

  • 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.

Follow the registration page to learn more

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.

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.

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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.

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Travel & Accommodation (7)

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

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

  • Main Bazaar
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • OOTY Lake
  • OOTY Stone House
  • Sandinella Dam
  • Pykara Water Falls & Dam
  • Kamaraj Dam
  • Avalanche Lake
  • OOTY Toy Train
  • Emerald Lake
  • Deer Park
  • Wax museum
  • Rose Garden
  • Kalhatty Water Falls
  • Mudumalai Wild Reserve
  • Needle View Point

Explore more

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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

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