As we have stated in many areas of our site, our event is conducted in a rather remote area with very few options for accommodation. The roads are narrow and windy and strongly advise you against bringing your personal cars. If you must, do ensure that you carpool and have fully understood our driving directions before coming to the event. Data network is patchy and Google Maps will not work.
We will provide a full schedule well before our event. For now, this information will help you get a feel for the arrangements that you need to make for travel and accommodation.
We recommend that participants try to reach Ballavara by lunch time on Friday, November 1st, the day before the event. You should plan on getting to bed early to be well rested for the run. You will need to wake up early the next day to get on the shuttle buses to the run . If you miss the shuttle buses, your race is over before it starts because there is no other way to get to the start line! All runners should board the shuttle bus between 3:45 a.m and 4:15 a.m on November 2nd, the Race Day.
Regardless of your category, you should plan to stay overnight on Saturday and return home on Sunday. From our experience most of the 110 Km runners will finish in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday. We suggest catching some rest in Ballavara before heading home later in the day. Please avoid making return plans on the evening of Saturday.
The monsoons typically recede by the end of September in this area, which is why our event is scheduled in late October or early November. Having said that, the weather in the Malnad region can be unpredictable and can change quickly!
There is plenty of shade on the course and the sun should not be an issue. High temperatures are in the mid-20s ℃ and lows are typically in the teens. Runners must be prepared for a short drizzle or bout of rain.
Certain sections of the course can be slushy because of the rains. Runners may also have to cross a few shallow streams on the trail. We recommend that you have some plan to keep your shoes and socks dry.