The Malnad Ultra is mostly a trail run through some of the most enchanting and exciting terrain that you can imagine for a run. It is designed to provide the next-level experience for marathoners who have got bored of the usual city runs and want to graduate to the next level. The course is laid out in the heartland of Indian coffee in the Malnad region of Karnataka at elevations from 3000 to 4500′.
In a way, The Malnad Ultra is not designed as a race per se. We think that the runners will take time for selfies, listen to the leaves rustle, the cicadas chirp and the birds sing. Massive jungle trees, thousands of Silver Oak trees and endless coffee plantations will catch your attention. With some luck, you will sight small wildlife like monkeys, porcupines, peacock, hares, giant squirrels, civet cats and snakes. Of course, competitive runners will find this course challenging and it is an opportunity to earn some points to qualify for UTMB.
Our next edition is likely to be in October 2019. The final schedule will be published in January 2019 and registrations will open by end of January.
The Malnad Ultra is certified by the International Trail Running Association and has been a UTMB ® qualifier in 2016, 2017 and 2018. We are also a Member of the American Trail Running Association. We will upload information for the 2019 event to ITRA by March and apply for renewal as UTMB qualifier for 2019.
In the past editions, finishers of our 50 Km event have got 1 UTMB point, while finishers in the 80 Km and 110 Km category have got 3 and 4 points respectively.
For additional information on these associations and their memberships, please visit their respective sites.