With steep up/down gradients, the race is perfect for the regular amateur runners to the serious ultramarathon lovers. With four distance categories, 90k, 60k, 30k & 15k, OOTYULTRA offers an opportunity for everyone to experience this beautiful ultramarathon.
The challenging OOTYULTRA route is designed to take you through the streets of Ooty town, key landmarks, green wooded forests, and innocent village roads. You will quickly escape into the mountains as you run, reach the second-highest peak in south India, and enjoy the breathtaking views. replace you with runners (beginners or ultrarunners)
OOTYULTRA is a demanding road running event that caters to a wide range of participants, from regular amateur runners to dedicated ultramarathon enthusiasts. With its array of four distinct distance categories—90k, 60k, 30k, and 15k—OOTYULTRA presents an exceptional opportunity for runners of all levels to immerse themselves in the splendor of this remarkable ultramarathon.
The formidable OOTYULTRA course has been meticulously crafted to guide runners through a captivating journey. Runners will traverse the charming streets of Ooty town, pass by iconic landmarks, run through lush wooded forests, and traverse tranquil village roads. The route seamlessly leads runners towards the mountains, where they’ll ascend to the Doddabetta peak, the second-highest peak in southern India, treating them to unparalleled panoramic vistas that are sure to leave them awestruck.
Whether you’re a novice seeking an introductory challenge or a seasoned ultrarunner in pursuit of the ultimate test of endurance, OOTYULTRA promises an unforgettable experience. The event caters to the diverse aspirations of participants, inviting them to revel in the beauty of the course while conquering its steep gradients and demanding terrain. So whether you’re taking your first steps into the world of ultramarathons or you’re a seasoned campaigner, OOTYULTRA invites you to partake in this journey of self-discovery and accomplishment.
How did it all start?
Coach Kay, the founder and Race Director of OOTYULTRA, is a back-to-back Comrades Marathon (in South Africa) finisher. He used the present OOTYULTRA course as a training ground during his 2014 Comrades training.
After he became a full-time ultrarunning coach, he wanted to take his athletes, the ultramarathon runners who were training for the Comrades to Ooty and offer them the toughest running route that would mentally and physically prepare them for their Comrades Marathon.
Interestingly, a 60k long training planned in Ooty for Coach Kay’s KaysFIT Academy Comrades runners, Balaji Thulasiraman, Ajay Verma & Satyashil Pradhan, who were training for the Comrades Marathon down run in 2018, had instantly evolved as the OOTYULTRA.
- 1st edition: 29-Apr-2018 with a few international runners and 278 runners across ten states in India.
- 2nd edition: 7-Apr-2019 with 717 runners.
- 3rd edition: 5-Apr-2020, cancelled due to COVID-19
- 4th edition: 1-4 Apr 2021, the Spirit of #ultramalaivasi run conducted virtually with over 600 runners
- 5th edition: 3-Apr-2022, with 500 runners. The 2022 edition also witnessed the first-ever 90k category officially conducted.
- 6th edition: 2-Apr-2023, Sunday, 1109 participants. Tamil Nadu Tourism becomes the tourism partner for OOTYULTRA
- 7th edition: 31-Mar-2024, Sunday, Scheduled
Get tougher before attempting other mountain races!
OOTYULTRA is an excellent long training event for runners training for other tough mountain ultramarathons including the very popular Comrades Marathon held in South Africa. Many runners who have run OOTYULTRA have gone on to complete the Comrades Marathon in style. Technically the tough OOTYULTRA 60k course can helps ultrarunners mentally be prepared for their other mountain ultramarathons.
Introduced in 2020, the 90k is the most challenging race category with a 2642 m elevation gain & 2416 m drop with a 12 hr cut-off for the elite ultra runners offered only by invitation.
The perfect connection
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 on 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, to 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,
- Conquer South India’s highest peak, Doddabetta, at 2637 m above sea level
- Beginners to seasoned runners – OOTYULTRA race categories 90k, 60k, 30k & 15k is designed for everyone
- 90% route with non-repeating, challenging terrains amidst stunning blue mountains
- Engaging pre-race day events fostering camaraderie
- Souvenir T-shirt
- Unique 4-inch custom medal with a laser-cut name for finishers
- It is ideal timing for a summer family vacation in Ooty
- Earn the title of #ultramalaivasi (Malaivasi (மலைவாசி in Tamil) is a mountain dweller)
- Supportive volunteers, passionate organizing team, and sponsors
- Dedicated medical and safety crew
OOTYULTRA is for everyone
Behind the logo
We proudly share the OOTYULTRA logo, which signifies the local culture, flora & a few iconic places in Ooty.