Near Attigundi, Karnataka, India
Frequently Asked Questions
When will registrations close for 2022?
Registrations will close registrations at 9:00 p.m IST on October 23, 2022. We will not extend registration period nor accept late entries since our registration window is open for almost four months. This should be sufficient time for folks to plan.
What is your registration process?
Registrations and payments will be online here on our website. Participants can complete their registration in advance and submit qualification criteria (50K and 100K runners only) by October 23, 2022. Please note that registrations will be deemed invalid if we do not receive proof of qualification by October 23, 2022 and no refunds will be given.
What are your registration fees?
Our registration fees will be:
- INR 1500 for 30 K (USD 20)
- INR 2500 for 50 K (USD 32)
- INR 3500 for 100 K (USD 45)
What are your refund and cancellation policies?
We are 100% volunteer-driven and not-for-profit organisation and we use the registration fees to fund the organisation of this event. Your registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable under any circumstances.
What runners often don’t realise is that over 50% of our expenses are already committed before we even open registrations to cover costs of a variety of services regardless of whether we conduct the event or not. As organisers, we are committed to ensure that the event is conducted as promised, and that we provide a memorable experience to our participants. After six years of conducting this event, we can assure you that we barely break-even on this event. In the odd year where we have raised excess funds, we have invested these back into trail-running in a variety of ways by conducting training and other events.
Training & Qualification
Do you have criteria for qualification?
Yes! Our event is challenging and we require all 50K and 100K runners to provide proof that they are sufficiently trained for the event by meeting the qualifying criteria detailed on our Qualifications page.
There is no qualification criteria for our 30K category since it is offered to initiate runners into trail-running
How can I submit qualification proof?
Participants must share online links to official timing sites or self-timed sites like Strava and Garmin during registration. Alternately, you can complete your registration and email proof of qualification to us via email by October 23, 2022.
Please note that your registration will be confirmed after we have manually verified your qualification proof. Also note that we do not accept image files or PDFs as proof.
Details are provided on our Qualifications page.
What happens if I register and am not able to meet your qualification criteria?
If you are unable to provide proof of qualification to enter the 50K or 100K event by October 23rd, we will not accept your registration in your registered category and we will automatically move you to the 30K category.
Please note that there are no refunds or cancellations. We therefore suggest that you register after you are confident of meeting our qualificaiton criteria for the 50K and 100K
What is the Asia Trail Master Series?
The Asia Trail Master is an annual trail running championship series in Asia with 30 races across 15 countries. Runners accumulate points and qualify for the ATM Championship Final. We are excited to be a part of this calendar in 2022
Are you a UTMB Qualifying Race?
We are a member of ITRA and our 50K and 100K events are certified by ITRA. We have applied to be a UTMB qualifier and expect to get accepted. We will update our site after this is confirmed.
How do we qualify for WSER?
The Western States Endurance Run is the world’s oldest 100-mile run and is held in June every year. Finishers in our 100K category will be eligible to apply for the WSER lottery for their 2024 event. Note that this eligibility is for 2024 and not 2023, because the WSER lottery is scheduled in early December and they are unable to include our results in this year’s lottery.
What categories will you offer in 2022?
We will offer three categories – 30/50/100 K this year
What is your event date?
Our event is scheduled on Saturday, November 26, 2022
What percentage of your course is trail?
Our course will be over 95% trail in all categories.
Do you provide official timing?
Yes, we provide official timing and online certificates to finishers in all categories. Finishers will also get our one-of-a-kind finisher buckle!
How can I volunteer for your event?
The Malnad Ultra is unique because it is 100% volunteer-driven. We welcome volunteers. Please visit our Volunteers page for additional information.
Are there cash prizes for winners?
No, there are no prizes of any kind at our event. We believe that everybody who shows up and tries our course is a winner. All finishers will get a finisher medal and online certificate.
Can I run your course barefoot? Technical?
Footwear is a personal choice and it is difficult for us to make a recommendation. We have a few runners who have completed our course barefoot and/or minimilist footwear. So, it is for you to decide.
Our course does not require any technical gear.
If you are an 'Ultra', why are you offering a 30K?
Yes, we understand that a 30K distance is not considered an Ultra! Our vision is to promote trail running in India. Over the years, we have realised that many first-timers struggle on our 50K course and have a poor experience because they are not sure what to expect in a pure trail event. We have therefore added a 30K to ensure that first-timers can get initiated into trail running — safely!
Our course has plenty of space and there will be no congestion due to the increased volume of runners. We also stagger start times for the three categories to ensure that runners get a good experience.
Accomodations & Travel
Do you offer any packages to help participants?
We have partnered with Active Holiday Company who will offer complete packages including travel and accommodation for our event. These packages will be available on first-come-first-serve basis. Please note that participants can purchase these packages directly on Active Holidays web site. We strongly recommend participants to purchase these packages for their convenience.
What are the travel options available? How do we reach your event location?
Our course is near the town of Attigundi, Karnataka in India. This area has good connectivity by road and rail. It is about five hours from Bangalore (a.k.a Bengaluru) International Airport with convenient flights from all parts of India and abroad.
We will provide more information to help participants organise travel over the next few weeks.
How about accommodation?
Attigundi and surrounding areas have plenty of accommodation options suitable for all budgets. Most places offer online reservation.
Please note that our Start Area is about 17 kms north-west of Attigundi and you will have to plan about an hour’s drive from Attigundi on event day.