1. When is the next OOTYULTRA?

The third edition of the OOTYULTRA is scheduled on the 5-Apr-2020, Sunday. Apart from the 60k, 30k & 15k, from 2020, OOTYULTRA will now have 90k category.

2. What are the race categories?

90k (only by invitation), 60k, 30k 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.

3. What is the entry fees for OOTYULTRA?

Refer to the FAQ Question 4. & also visit registeration page to know more about the various distance categories and their entry fees

4. What are the OOTYULTRA ticket categories?

  1. Indian citizens living outside of the Nilgiris District (Outstation Runner)
  2. Indian citizens & the resident of Nilgiris District (Nilgiris District Resident)
  3. Foreign National, including Indians by birth but obtained a foreign citizenship

5. How accurate is the OOTYULTRA course measurement?

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

6. When was the earlier editions of the OOTYULTRA held?

Edition # Year Date 60k runners 30k runners 15k runners
01 2018 29-Apr, Sunday 67 100 100
02 2019 07-Apr, Sunday 110 300 300

7. What is the minimum age for participation?

  • 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

8. What are the minimum qualification requirements to run the OOTYULTRA?

9. What is the OOTYULTRA finish & cut-off time?

OOTYULTRA will 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.

OOTYULTRA Minimum qualification

90k (12 cutoff)

  • 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 ultrarunners who are interested must write to info@ootyultra.com with your expression of interest to run while attaching your ultramarathon credentials.

60k (10 hr 30 min cutoff to finish and 5 hr 30 mins at 30k)

  • 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.

30k (5 hr 30 min cutoff)

  • 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 race, or any ultramarathon, 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 harl 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).

15k (no cutoff)

  • 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
  • there will be NO CUT OFF for the 15k category
  • The last mobile aid-station (approx. 12k) before the finish will be operational only for 2 hr 30 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.

10. What is the cut-off rule?

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 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.

11. Will I receive a finisher medal if I complete my OOTYULTRA outside the cut-off time?

We make your OOTYULTRA personalized medal one month prior to the race day. The finisher medals will be awarded only those runners completing their respective run category within the stipulated cut-off time. No exception will be drawn even if the runner misses the cut-off time by 1 sec.

12. I'm an Ultramarathon lover and don't run full marathon in events, can I qualify for the 60k or 30k category?

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.

13. I do not participate in any marathon events and can not submit official time certificate, can I run the OOTYULTRA?

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.

14. I had run the earlier editions of the OOTYULTRA, can I get a qualification waiver?

No, you must still qualify for this edition. See the FAQ 8 & 9 for the qualification requirements.

15. What does the registration fee include?

Your entry to the event. All registered participant may receive a free T-Shirt and all runners successfully finishing the event within the cut-off time (read the cut off time for each race category) will receive a personalised finisher medal.

16. When is the last date for the registration?

28-Feb-2020 end of the day or whenever the registration cap is reached, whichever is earlier.

17. What are the cancellation & refund rules?

Your ticket is non-refundable. However, you can transfer it to another runner within the Ticket-Transfer window.

18. Are there any discount offered to the armed services or any other service personnel?

Refer to the Terms and Conditions for details

19. While registering, I made some mistakes, can I fix them?

20. Can I change my personal particulars after I have registered?

The deadline for fixing any mistakes, changing any personal particulars, or even transfering your ticket to another qualified runner will be 1-Mar-2020

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

21. Can I transfer my bib to another person if I am unable to run?

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

22. Can I change my race category after registration?

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 1-Mar-2020

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

23. Is OOTYULTRA ITRA certified?

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

24. What kind of pre-marathon dinner is provided?

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.

25. Will there be a timing chip used to record my race timing?

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.

26. Will I get a finisher timing certificate?

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.

27. Is there prize money for podium finishers?

There will be no prize money for the podium finishers. However our running partners might give away certain goodies.

28. Where can I get the route, elevation profile & GPX files

See the Route & Elevation page

29. How many hydration stations will be located and what food/fuel will be available?

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 hydaration sations.

30. What will be the weather condition at Ooty during April?

  • 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

31. Where/When can I collect my BIB?

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

32. Why don't I see an option to type my own BIB name while registering?

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.

33. What is the event venue, start & finish time?

The start time will be at 6.00 am for 90k & 6.30 am for all other categories. Subject to the approvals from the local administration.

Starting location: YWCA Anandagiri

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

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

34. How will I get back to the start point after my run?

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 (timing provided below is tentative) 15k runners - Starting from 10.00 30k runners - Starting from 11:30 60k runners - Starting from 16:30

35. Where can I deposit my baggage?

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.

36. How can I travel to Ooty?

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

37. What are some hotels near the start point?

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 and you are expected to make your own arrangements

38. Where can I find good quality food in Ooty?

  • Preeti Classic Tower, Near Charring Cross - Good vegetarian food choices
  • Shinkos, Near Collectors Office - a famous and very old Chinese restaurant located near the Collectors office
  • Nagar Hotels, Charring Cross
  • A2B, Charring Cross, 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

39. What can I buy from Ooty?

  • Ooty Tea is world famous
  • Homemade chocolates, beware of highly priced poor quality chocolates
  • Ooty Varkey, a type of biscuit snack, made of Wheat (Read more)
  • 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
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