When is the OOTYULTRA?

7-Apr-2019, Sunday

What is the minimum age for participation?

18 years old completed on 06-Apr-2019, Sunday.

What are the qualification criterion for participation?

OOTYULTRA will be a tough race due to its steep climbs and downhill terrain. 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.

OOTYULTRA 2019 Minimum qualification & Cutoff

60k (10 hr 30 min cutoff)

A minimum of one timed/official Full Marathon (42.2 km) completed after 1-Aug-2018 within 5 hr 50 min. An official event timing records MUST be submitted. The timing records can be submitted/updated after the registration is done but before 10-Mar-2019. Alternatively you can submit your Ultramarathon run, any distance run above 50km, as a qualification. There is no finish time criteria for your qualification Ultramarathon.

30k (5 hr 30 min cutoff)

One Half Marathon completed within 3 hr 00 min after 1-Aug-2018 An official event timing records MUST be submitted The timing records can be submitted/updated after the registration is done but before 10-Mar-2019 The last mobile aid-station (approx. 27k) before the finish will be operational only for 5 hr 15 min

15k (no cutoff)

To encourage first timers 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

IMPORTANT --> Registration will not be confirmed if the timing qualifications do not comply. No refund will be provided if you do not qualify. All the participant must be fit, healthy and must be running regularly

I'm an Ultramarathon lover and don't run Full Marathon in events, can I qualify for the 60k category?

OOTYULRA encourages ultramarathoners and are most welcome to run. Include your Ultramarathon event details, distance category and finish times. See the FAQ section for qualification cut off date

I do not participate in any marathon events and can't submit official time certificates.  Can I run the OOTYULTRA 30k or 60k?

Write to info@ootyultra.com with links to your Strava or Garmin online profile.  We may consider giving you an 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 an entry.

I've run the OOTYULTRA 60K in 2018, can I get a qualification waiver?

No you must still qualify for 2019 edition. See the FAQ section for qualification cut off date.

When is the last date for the registration?

28-Feb-2019, Sunday end of day or whenever the registration cap is reached, whichever is earlier.

What are the race categories

60k, 30k and 15k distances

What is the registration fee?

Follow the registration page to learn more Click here to register

What does the registration fee include?

Your entry to the event. All registered participant will get 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 personalized finisher medal.

What are the cancellation/transfer/refund rules?

Cancellation

Your ticket is non-refundable however, you can transfer it to another runner within the timeline mentioned below.

Transfer

We understand your travel plans can change in the last minute due to professional or personal committments. Hence, OOTYULTRA allows you to transfer your entry ticket to another qualified runner. Transfer is allowed only before 10-Mar 12.00 noon without paying a transfer fee. You can still transfer to another runner before 6-Apr-2019, 8.00 pm (or at the expo) by paying a transfer fee of Rs. 500/- + Rs. 200/- as courier charges for sending you the custom finisher medal.

Runners receiving the transfers may not get their custom medals at the finish line since there is a lead time for manufacturing them. Your custom fininsher medal (if you finish the race within the cut off time) will be sent to you through courier.

You will have to pay the difference amount + applicable taxes and transaction charges, if a higher race category is chosen.

Discounted tickets can be transfered to another eligible runner by paying the difference for the full ticket price + applicable taxes & online transaction charges

If your race day status is NOSHOW, DNS (Did not start), DNF (Did not finish) or DSQ (disqualified), no refund will be provided. Your custom medal will not be given to you.

Write a mail to info@ootyultra.com for any queries.

While registering, I made some mistakes, can it be corrected?

Yes, write to info@ootyultra.com with your registration reference number

Is OOTYULTRA ITRA certified?

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

What kind of pre-marathon dinner is provided?

The organizers will arrange only the pre-marathon night vegetarian dinner for those who have pre-booked along with the registration. The dinner will be strictly served against the coupons only and the organizers suggest you buy along with your registration.

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

Yes

How can I travel to Ooty?

Read the travel section for more information

Where can I stay in Ooty?

The OOTYULTA is happening in the middle of peak summer season time in Ooty. Getting hotel accommodation could be challenging if you do the last-minute reservation.  We encourage to cintact OOTYULTRA travel partner.

Read the travel section section for more information.

Is there a prize money for podium finishers?

There will be no prize money for the podium finishers.

Route, elevation profile & GPX files

See the Route & Elevation page

How many hydration stations will be located and what fuel will be available?

The aid-stations will be spaced approximately 3-4 km apart. The exact number of stations will be updated 2 weeks prior to the event

Will I get a finisher timing certificate?

Yes - All finishers will receive a PDF copy of the finisher certificate after the event. This will be mailed to you by our timing partner.

What will be the weather conditions at Ooty?

  • 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

What is the best way to reach Ooty?

You can reach Ooty by road, train and by air to Coimbatore/Bangalore and then take other transport options. See the travel section for more information

Where/When can I collect my BIB?

One day before the OOTYULTRA marathon day at the EXPO - look for latest announcements regarding the EXPO.

What is the event venue, start & finish time?

The start time will be at 6.00 am (TENTATIVE) (TENTATIVE) Starting location: YWCA Anandagiri (TENTATIVE) Finish location: Government Tea Park, Battarkambai) ~8.3 km away from the start Shuttle buses will take you back to Ooty town

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

Buses will be operating between the finish line and the start line - the departure time will be published before the event (timing is tentative) 15k runners - 10.00 30k runners - 11:30 60k runners - 16:30

Where can I deposit my baggage?

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

What are some hotels near the start point?

It's better 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 coachkay@kfita.in regarding this.

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

What are the favorite food joints in Ooty?

  • Shinkos - a famous and very old Chinese restaurant located near the Collectors office
  • Nagar Hotels
  • Taj Savoy
  • Preeti Classic Tower - Good vegetarian lunch
  • 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

What can I buy from Ooty?

  • Ooty Tea is world famous
  • Home made chocolates
  • Ooty Varkey, a type of biscuit snack, made of Wheat (Read more)
  • Eucalyptus Oil
  • Fruits including, plums, peaches, tree tomatos
  • Vegetables like Avacados, 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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