OOTYULTRA is an Ultramarathon organized KaysFIT Academy, founded by Kannan Sundararajan, a.k.a Coach Kay, also the Race Director. The first edition was conducted on the 29-Apr-2018 with few international and 278 runners across 10 states in India and 2nd edition on the 7-Apr-2019 with 717 registered participants.

Coach Kay is a back to back Comrades Marathon (in South Africa) finisher and regularly coaches runners preparing for their Comrades Marathon. Interestingly, a 60k long training run planned in Ooty for Balaji Thulasiraman, Ajay Verma & Satyashil Pradhan, members of the KaysFIT Academy who were training for the Comrades Marathon down run in 2018, had instantly evolved as the OOTYULTRA.

OOTYULTRA is a tough ROAD running event, with steep up/down gradients, for the regular amateur runners to the serious recreational Ultramarathon lovers. The race will have three distance categories, i.e 15k, 30k & 60k. The Ultramarathon will be run through the important streets of Ooty, key Ooty landmarks, green wooded forests and innocent village roads. As you run, you will quickly escape into the mountains reaching the second highest peak in south India and also view breathtaking sceneries.

For the runners training for the Comrades Marathon runners (or others similar races) OOTYULTRA acts as a perfect long training timed to align with the the longest distance training needed for these races.

90k: 3800 m elevation, with 12 hr cut off, for the elite ultra runners. Only by invitation. 60k: 2000 m elevation, with 10.30 hrs cut off best suited for the recreational and first time ultrarunners. Also used as training run for many other Indian/International ultramarathons. Sub 5:40 hrs marathon mandatory for qualification 30k: For the regular half marathon runners planning to start ultramarathons, experience ultra difficult terrain. Sub 3 hrs half marathon mandatory for qualification. 15k: For the regular 10k runners planning to understand what it is to run in an ultra difficult terrain

Some of the Comrades runners who ran OOTYULTRA are featured in the INSPIRATION page

OOTYULTRA is a perfect way to connect with the local tradition, history, natural beauty, culture and the people of Ooty and the Blue Mountains. Running in such a beautiful mountain will also provide a unique opportunity for the runners to experience the gift of nature.

Every year, OOTYULTRA attracts many local runners and runners from across India/abroad along with their family members The Nilgiris district

Why should you run the OOTYULTRA?

OOTYULTRA provides an opportunity for runners across the world to come and experience many unique things such as,

  • Visit South India’s highest peak 2637 m, all by running
  • Provides an opportunity for a variety of runners including the experienced recreational runners to run the 60k, intermediate distance runners to run the 30k and the beginners to run 15k.
  • 90+% non-repeating tough road run through blissful blue mountain running
  • Most exciting pre-race day events
  • Free souvenir T-Shirt & sponsor goodies
  • First time in the history of marathon events - a 4-inch diameter, unique laser cut custom medal with the runner's name cut on it for all successful finishers within the cut off (read the cut off rules)
  • Make it a perfect summer family vacation in OOTY
  • Opportunity to be titled the #ULTRAmalaivasi (the Ultra Mountain dweller, Malaivasi is in Tamil)
  • Dedicated volunteers, passionate organizing team & sponsoring partners to provide a “WOW” experience to runners
  • Safety of the runners are given at most priority (only experienced runners allowed to enter the 90k, 60k & 30k under strict qualification guidelines, first-aid & CPR trained volunteers, medical team support with AED kit, bike marshals and HAM volunteers.

Proudly unveiling the OOTYULTRA logo, which signifies the local culture, flora & few iconic places in Ooty.