Run the 6th edition of OOTYULTRA 2023; registration is open now, early bird discount till 31-Dec-2022 Tamil Nadu Tourism and TTDC are the Tourism Parnters to OOTYULTRA

6th Edition

OOTYULTRA | 2 APR, 2023 | SUN

BECOME #ULTRAMALAIVASI

About (1)

OOTYULTRA is a road race. ITRA certification is given to ultrarunning events with a minimum of 80% trail sections.

Race Categories (2)

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 1st March

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

EXPO & pre-OOTYULTRA day (3)

On the expo night, you have the option to have a high-carb vegetarian dinner best suited to fuel your OOTYULTRA, and you have the option to pre-book the dinner along with the registration.

The ultramarathon runners-friendly buffet dinner will be served at the YWCA Anandagiri or at the Tamil Nadu Tourism Hotel (a decision will be taken on or before 15-Dec-2022). You must show a copy of your event ticket with the payment reference for the buffet dinner to get the dinner.

You can deposit your baggage with change-over clothes at the start line.

Your baggage will be identified against your bib number.

Your baggage will be brought to the finish line and you can collect them by showing your race bib.

You are requested not to keep any valuables in your baggage.

At the FINISH (3)

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

Tentative bus timings

15k runners – Starting from 10.00

30k runners – Starting from 11:30

60k runners – Starting from 16:30

90k runners – at 6.30 pm

There will be no prize money for the podium finishers. However, our sponsors and partners may give away some goodies to the top finishers.

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.

Important Dates (4)

The ticket transfer window is a time period when Ootyultra runners are allowed to make the following changes without any additional charges

  • Transfer the ticket to another runner. 60k & 90k runners must meet the event qualification requirments
  • Upgrade or downgrade their tickets to different categories while respecting the qualification requirements

Write to info@ootyultra.com from your registered email address to make use of this facility.

The actual dates ticket transfer window is from 1-Nov to 10-Mar. Post this period additional charges may be applicable depending on the nature of the change requested.

28 February, or whenever the entry limit is reached.

We will open the Charity registrations between 1-Mar to 10-Mar

The Sixth edition of OOTYULTRA 2023 is scheduled for 2-Apr-2022, Sunday

Edition #YearDate90k runners60k runners30k runners15k runners
01First Edition – 201829-Apr, Sunday67100100
02Second Edition – 201907-Apr, Sunday110300300
03The 3rd edition planned on 05-Ap, Sunday was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic05-Apr, Sunday8396366152
044th edition – The Spirit of #ultramalaivasi virtual run1-Apr to 4-Apr 20211265210282

At the START (4)

The scheduled start time for the 90k will be 6.00 am.

The scheduled start time for the 60k, 30k & 15k will be 6.30 am.

You can deposit your baggage with change-over clothes at the start line.

Your baggage will be identified against your bib number.

Your baggage will be brought to the finish line and you can collect them by showing your race bib.

You are requested not to keep any valuables in your baggage.

Start point: YWCA Anandagiri OR Tamil Nadu Tourism Ooty Boat House – a decision regarding this will be taken before 15-Dec-2023

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

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

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.

Qualification (5)

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

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. This will be decided on a case-to-case basis.

We suggest you 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.

No, you must still qualify for this edition. See the FAQ section for the qualification requirements.

You can include your qualifying ultramarathon run after 1-Aug details, distance category, and finish times during your registration. You must have completed the ultramarathon distance within the official cut-off time specified by the race organizers. A DNF status is not accepted.

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 (Did Not Finish) 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.

  • 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

Registration & cancellation (5)

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 1st March

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

We regret to say that the group registration/bulk registration feature is currently not available

No other person can run with your BIB. However, you can transfer it officially to another qualified runner. Write to info@ootyultra.com if you need any further assistance.

OOTYULTRA course was chosen and designed considering the following elements,

  • Start the event 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 is measured using standard GPS watches and definitely not accurate distances. Visit the individual run category pages listed below to know more about the accuracy of the route.

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, and 60k categories. Runners are requested not to rely on their GPS markers but to follow the kilometre sign boards kept at an interval of 2 kilometres throughout the course

The deadline for fixing any mistakes, changing any personal particulars, or even transferring your ticket to another qualified runner will be 1 of March

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

Travel & Accommodation (7)

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

We encourage you to explore the room options our hospitality partner provides – published on our Travel page.

Find hotels within the Ooty town limits (look for lodges/hotels near places like Charing-cross, Commercial road, Ettines road, near collector’s office, Hospital road, Boat House or near Ooty Bus Stand)

Plan to arrive in Ooty on Saturday morning.

Plan to leave on Sunday evening (15k, 30k runners) or Monday if you are a 60k or 90k runner.

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

  • Main Bazaar
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Doddabetta Peak
  • OOTY Lake
  • OOTY Stone House
  • Sandinella Dam
  • Pykara Water Falls & Dam
  • Kamaraj Dam
  • Avalanche Lake
  • OOTY Toy Train
  • Emerald Lake
  • Deer Park
  • Wax museum
  • Rose Garden
  • Kalhatty Water Falls
  • Mudumalai Wild Reserve
  • Needle View Point

Explore more

  • Hotel Preeti Classic Tower – Good vegetarian food choices
  • Shinkos – a famous and very old Chinese restaurant located near the Collectors office
  • Nagar Hotels
  • 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
  • Ooty Tea is world famous
  • Homemade chocolates, beware of highly priced poor quality chocolates
  • Ooty Varkey, a type of biscuit snack, made of Wheat
  • 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
  • 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

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