History

The Malnad

The name Malnad in Kannada literally translates to Male-naadu, the land of the rain. However, the name is derived from Male (hill) and Naadu (region) in Kannada. Therefore, the Land of Hills amidst the Western Ghats (also known as the Sahyadris), one of the 25 bio-diversity hotspots in the world. It is a region known for its bio-diversity, endless greenery and some of the most picturesque spots in India. A cursory search on the Internet will provide you with  a glimpse of it’s beauty. The region is known for its Coffee. Thousands of coffee plantations, big and small, can be found in the region. Mullyanagiri​, at over 6000′ is the highest peak in Karnataka.  The Malnad and it’s coffee are our motivation for organising this event. The Coffee Day Global Group has graciously given us access to some of their best coffee plantations for this run.

Land of Coffee

Chikmangalur District is widely known as the Land of Coffee. Both Arabica and Robusta, two well known species of coffee are grown in this region. It is estimated that about 70% of the coffee grown in India is grown in this belt.

Our run will take you through seven coffee estates – Lalbagh, Kathlekhan, Sampigehutti, Kurkenmatty, Doopadkhan, San Khan and Rajgiri. These are home to some of the best shade grown single-origin coffees. You will come across some of these in Cafe Coffee Day outlets across the world under the label Dark Forest (Kathlekhan in Kannada) and King of Hills (Rajgiri in Kannada). Records show that coffee was planted in Kathlekhan in 1865.

The Malnad Ultra

The Malnad Ultra, as it often happens, started accidentally. A small group of runner friends planned a run in the Kemmanagundi area in 2015. Since this is a remote area, we approached a prominent estate owner to give us access to a guest house within the estate for the night. When he heard our plan of running some 70-80 kms on that day, he was intrigued. Within a few days we were invited to host a run by the Coffee Day Global Group on their estates. We wanted to share our incredible running experience with others…and so began the Malnad Ultra.

Our first event on October 8-9, 2016 attracted 195 participants, while our second edition on October 7-8, 2017 had 441 participants. Result highlights are shared for reference.

Result Highlights – 2017

Highlight 50 Km 80 Km 110 Km
Total Participants 257 60 124
Finishers 102 36 71
Top 3 Overall (HH:MI) Kieren Dsouza (4:45)
Sandeep Kumar (5:00)
Kulbhushan Singh (5:05)
Dharmendra D (9:44)
Harinath Reddy (10:24)
Hari (10:44)
Paul Giblin (12:48)
Athreya Chidambi (13:11)
Sampath Kumar (13:22)
Top 3 Men (HH:MI) Kieren Dsouza (4:45)
Sandeep Kumar (5:00)
Kulbhushan Singh (5:05)
Dharmendra D (9:44)
Harinath Reddy (10:24)
Hari (10:44)
Paul Giblin (12:48)
Athreya Chidambi (13:11)
Sampath Kumar (13:22)
Top 3 Ladies (HH:MI) Aakriti Verma (6:31)
Shweta (6:51)
Mahalakshmi Sagar (7:35)
Monica Becerril (11:41)
Devika (13:53)
Shilpa Gowda (22:08)
Hema Menon (22:28)
Suchithra (23:04)

Result Highlights – 2016

Highlight 50 Km 80 Km 110 Km
Total Participants 101 54 40
Finishers 64 34 19
Top 3 Overall (HH:MI) Dharmendra D (5:19)
Tapas Mahapatra (5:44)
Sampath Jayaram (6:10)
Sampath Kumar (9:15)
Vijaykumar Selvam (9:39)
Charles Filtness (10:15)
Athreya Chidambi (13:44)
Manoj Bhat (13:44)
Himanshu Dimri (14:47)
Top 3 Men (HH:MI) Dharmendra D (5:19)
Tapas Mahapatra (5:44)
Sampath Jayaram (6:10)
Sampath Kumar (9:15)
Vijaykumar Selvam (9:39)
Charles Filtness (10:15)
Athreya Chidambi (13:44)
Manoj Bhat (13:44)
Himanshu Dimri (14:47)
Top 3 Ladies (HH:MI) Aakriti Verma (6:15)
Monica Becerril (6:33)
Deepa Bhat (6:59)
Divine McBride (20:16)
Anuradha Kalidindi (21:35)
Hema Menon (23:19)