The Malnad Ultra is a challenging trail run through some of the most enchanting and exciting terrain that one can imagine for a run. We offer three categories over 50, 80 and 110 Km on our course in the Western Ghats of South India. Our next edition, the fourth, will be held on November 2, 2019.
Our volunteer-driven and not-for-profit event is certified by the International Trail Running Association and is a UTMB® Qualifier. Organised by GIREM and hosted by Coffee Day Global Limited, the course takes runners through seven coffee estates and provides magnificent views of the Bhadra Reservoir and Bhadra Wildlife Reserve in the Western Ghats of South India. These estates have a history of over 150 years and are home to over 100 plant species and 50 animal species.
The origin of the name Malnad is attributed to Male meaning Hill and Nadu meaning Land. Being an Ultra, all of our race categories are Beyond 42 Km. We expect to offer a 160 Km (a 100-Miler) by 2020.
We made a humble beginning on October 8-9, 2016 with 195 participants from across five countries including India. We had 19/40 finishers in the 110 Km category, 34/54 finishers in the 80 Km category and 64/101 finishers in the 50 Km category. Athreya Chidambi and Manoj Bhat from India completed the 110 Km event in a close finish at 13:44 hours. Sampath Kumar from India took the honours in the 80 Km event with a time of 9:15 hours. Dharmendra D, also from India, completed the 50 Km in 5:19 hours.
Our event grew to 441 participants from across 18 countries in our second edition that was held on October 7-8, 2017. Paul Giblin from the U.K won the 110 Km event in 12:48 hours while 71/124 finished within the cut-off time of 24 hours. Our 80 Km event saw 36/60 finishers with Dharmendra D from India winning in a time of 9:44 hours. Finally, we saw 102/257 finishers in the 50 Km event that was won by Kieren D’souza in 4:45 hours. The cut-off time for the 80 Km and 50 Km were 15 hours and 9 hours respectively.
Our third edition held on October 13-14, 2018 attracted over 1200 participants in extraordinarily hot weather in the Malnad area. Hayden Hawks from U.S.A broke the 50 Km record with a finish time of 4’19”. Timothy Hewitt from Australia finished the 80 Km in 7’59” and Florent Bouguin from Canada finished the gruelling 110 KM in 13’50”.
Our event is unique because it 100% volunteer-driven. While there are over 400+ volunteers that help prepare the course and provide support to the runners, a core team of about 20 volunteers work without a break over the 24 hours of the event. Many members of the team have been together for some years and we look forward to meeting at this event to catch up and share some laughs together.