Preparation

We recommend that you plan early for our event. There are limited options available for travel and accommodation and the best options get booked out by the end of August itself. Here’s a quick checklist to help you in your planning.

 

Item Description How/Where? Timeline More Information
Runner Registration On our Site January 1 – September 29 Complete registration and pay race fees of ₹ 1500
Book Package On Active Holidays Site May 1 – August 31 Visit Accommodation Page
Train Travel from Bangalore to Birur On Indian Railways Site Before August 31 Visit Travel page. Train tickets sell out by early September!
Plan Travel to Bangalore, if necessary September Visit Travel page.
Send your Travel Itinerary Via Email Before September 15 Applies to those that have purchased Package only. It will help in planning of pickup and drop from Birur
Change Race Category (optional) Request via Email By September 29 No charges
Notify Number of Guests Via Email By September 29 Please mention the number of guests you are planning to bring. This will help us to plan out transport and hospitality

Suggested Itinerary

We recommend that participants try to reach Ballavara by lunch time on Friday, October 12th. In addition to meeting some fellow runners, you can get some rest before the pre-run dinner. You should plan on getting to bed by 9:00 p.m to be well rested for the run. Plan on waking up early the next day to get on the shuttle buses to the run . If you miss the shuttle buses, your race is likely to be over before it starts because there is no other way to get to the start line! All 80 Km and 110 Km runners should board the shuttle bus to the start line by 4:30 a.m. The 50 Km runners should board before 5:00 a.m.

Regardless of your category, you should plan to stay overnight on Saturday, October 13th and return home on 14th. From our experience most of the 110 Km runners will finish in the wee hours of the morning on 14th. We suggest catching some rest in Ballavara before heading home on Sunday. Please avoid making return plans on the evening of Saturday, the 13th.

 

Weather

The monsoons typically recede by the end of September in this area, which is why our event is scheduled over the second weekend of October.  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.