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Javadhu Hill Run – March 28-29
Travel – We start Friday evening from Chennai/Bangalore through car pooling to reach the location before midnight in order to have a proper night rest before the first day run. We ll be camping overnight on Friday and Saturday night in tents. We return from the location on Sunday evening 5-6pm and reach back home late night (dinner on the way).
Route from Chennai – 3.5 hours through Bangalore Highway, Arcot:
Route from Bangalore – 4 hours through Chennai Highway, Vellore:
Run – We cover 2 x 50K on Saturday+Sunday: 30K in the morning hours and 20K in the afternoon hours when the climate is pleasant. During mid-day (stronger sun) we take lunch / power nap under a shady tree, take a refreshing dip in a well/stream. It’s NOT a race – we run together at a comfortable group pace through the entire day taking in our scenic surroundings. We’ll halt on the way for breakfast, afternoon snacks/tea, some scenic viewpoints, etc.
Climate – The good thing with running at higher altitude is that the climate will be excellent throughout the day, even when it’s sunny. As the terrain is mostly open/paddy-fields request you to carry sun protection gear – e.g. cap/towel for the head and arm protectors.
Food – We take breakfast/dinner in local hotels near our campsite. As we will be running through remote locations/small tribal settlements the entire day we will need to carry packed lunch in a small backpack (fruits, sandwich with fresh veggies, nuts) on both days. To bring yourself for both days.
Water – We pass small villages every 3-5K where the runners can ask water near any hut/house with an open door. Local villagers are always most happy to provide water. The chill mountain climate will cause less dehydration and makes it easier to cover longer distance in between refreshments.
Camping – We will be camping in tents (I got 4 providing space for 16, more runners can bring tents). Take along a sleeping mat, thick blanket (nights are cold in hills), and torch. We can freshen up through a pumpset or well nearby the camp.
Route – We will be sharing a map with the runners with few village names. We will also be sharing a GPX file which can be loaded in your smartphone (e.g. Oruxmaps) to navigate. Conserve your mobile battery (e.g. switch off data, take battery pack). Aside from these the front running group will be putting stone direction arrows near every major diversion. At 30K we regroup all together near the lunch point.
Terrain – the running route will be a combination of tar road (80%) and off road hard trail (20%). Elevation gain over 2 days would be around 1500 meters as we’ll be running on top of rolling hills.
Self-supported – Note that this is a self-supported run. Runners typically run in small groups of equal pace. Carry a small backpack with essentials (cash, contact numbers, village names, phone, packed lunch, torch, sun cover). There are hundreds of villages spread on top of Kalrayan hills connected with numerous roads/tracks so you ll never get lost. Runners who cannot complete 50K can keep walking or get a local ride on a tractor/bus/bike or we can pick them up at the end of the day.
Expense – free. Just share fuel cost of car pooling and food cost in local hotels (typically very cheap).
Entry – anyone who has done a ran a couple of Half Marathons comfortably (say 2:30min) can join
Photos – photos of earlier Kalrayan/Javadhu hill runs:
Any questions, doubts? Don’t hesitate to ask