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.

What are the race categories?

90k (only by invitation), 60k, 30k and 15k distances.

When was the earlier editions of the OOTYULTRA held?

  1. Inaugural edition - 29-Apr-2018, Sunday
  2. 2nd edition - 7-Apr-2019, Sunday

What is the minimum age for participation?

Must be 18 years on the event day for 90k, 60k & 30k Must be 16 years on the event day for 15k

How do I qualify for the participation?

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 the following qualification standards 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.
  • The race director decision is final.

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.
  • You can submit your record even after completing the registration but before 10-Mar-2020
  • Alternatively, you can submit your Ultramarathon race, any distance run above 50km, as a qualification again completed after 1-Aug-2019. You must have officially completed the 50k run.

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
  • The last mobile aid-station (approx. 27k) before the finish will be operational only for 5 hr 15 min

15k (no cutoff)

  • This category is created 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.

What is the cut-off rule?

The 90k, 60k and 30k runners must complete this distance categories within the cut-off time specified in order to receive their 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.

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

We make the OOTYULTRA personalized one month prior to the event. The finisher medals will be awarded only those runners completing their respective run category within the stipulated cut-off time.

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

Include your Ultramarathon event details, distance category and finish times during your registration. See the FAQ section for qualification details.

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

Write to info@ootyultra.com with links to your Strava or Garmin online profile. 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. Your registration money will not be refunded if you do not qualify.

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

No, you must still qualify for this year. See the FAQ section for qualification cut off date.

What is the registration fee?

Follow the registration page to learn more Click here to register. While buying the ticket you can also opt for a ultramarathon runners friendly vegetarian buffet dinner.

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.

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.

What are the cancellation & refund rules?

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

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

Can I change my personal particulars after I have registered?

OOTYULTRA is happy to allow you to make changes to your booking details directly.

The deadline for changing personal particulars will be on 1-Mar-2020

  • Click on “My Bookings” on the drop-down button in the top right corner.
  • Click on “Edit Ticket” button below your purchased ticket to change your details.

Write to info@ootyultra.com with your registration reference number if you have any difficulties.

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

OOTYULTRA is happy to allow you to make the transfers directly.

The deadline for transferring your tickets will be 1-Mar-2020

  • Click on “My Bookings” on the drop-down button in the top right corner.
  • Click on “Edit Ticket” button below your purchased ticket to change your details.

Write to info@ootyultra.com with your registration reference number if you have any difficulties.

Can I change my race category after registration?

OOTYULTRA is happy to allow you to make the changes to your race category directly. Through this facility you can only downgrade your entries (from 60k -> 30k or 30k to 15k).

If you want to upgrade to a higher race category, you will have to pay the registration fees difference amount. Write to info@ootyultra.com.

The deadline for changing your race category will be 1-Mar-2020

  • Click on “My Bookings” on the drop-down button in the top right corner.
  • Click on “Edit Ticket” button below your purchased ticket to change your details.

Write to info@ootyultra.com with your registration reference number if you have any difficulties.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

See the Route & Elevation page

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.

What will be the weather conditions 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

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.

What is the event venue, start & finish time?

The start time will be at 6.30 am. 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.

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

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.

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

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

What are the favourite food joints 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
  • Taj Savoy
  • 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

What can I buy from Ooty?

  • Ooty Tea is world famous
  • Homemade 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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