Kodaikanal Hills Ultra – Jan 27, 2018

CTC is proud to bring the running community new Ultra / Hill run in the scenic Palani hills near the princess of hill stations Kodaikanal. At 2000m altitude the runners will experience running bliss in the clouds through scenic tribal routes and trails, shola and pine forests with mesmerizing views on step plantations and lush green valleys. This UTMB qualifier includes categories for everyone: 130K, 80K, 50K, 20K, 10K. Registrations close Dec 20
Event Summary
Category Elevation Gain Cut-off Entry Criteria Start Finish Fees UTMB points
130K 3300m 25 hours 42K finisher in 6 hours 3:00 AM 4:00 AM 1900 Rs 5
80K 2200m 16 hours 42K finisher in 6 hours 3:00 AM 7:00 PM 1500Rs 4
50K 1600m 10 hours 42K finisher in 6 hours 5:00 AM 3:00 PM 1300 Rs TBD
20K 500m 4 hours None 6am AM  10 am 800 Rs 0
10K 250m 2 hours None 6:30 AM 8:30 AM 500 Rs 0
Kodaikanal is a city in the hills of the Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Its name in the Tamil language means "The Gift of the Forest". Kodai is commonly referred to as the "Princess of Hill stations" and has a long history as a retreat and popular tourist destination.
The Kodai Hills Ultra is the third Ultra Trail run (after Chennai Trail Marathon and Jawadhu Hills Ultra) organized by the Chennai Trekking Club in association with Rotary Club of Kodaikanal to inspire more city road runners into ultra / trail / hill running. 

  • Kodaikanal is well connected through:
  • Tamilnadu - overnight buses from many cities
  • India - Airport (Madurai) + bus to Kodai
  • India - Train (Dindigul - train code DG) - ) (bookings open end Sep) + bus to Kodai
  • International - Chennai Airport - Local flight to Madurai + bus to Kodai
  • Start/Finish venue for the race is Kodai International School (KIS), Kodaikanal
  • Free stay in open room at the school
  • Camping:  bring your own tent to camp on school grounds
  • Kodaikanal has many hotels to stay
Running Route
  • Route: 130K loop through the Palani Hill Range. Shorter sub-loop for smaller distances.
  • Terrain: lush green forest, step plantations, remote villages
  • Surface: partly peaceful remote road sections, partly hard trail
  • Aid Stations: every 4K (10K, 20K) or 10K / (50/80/130K)
  • Altitude: 1500-2200 meters
  • Climate: 10-15 degrees (Night / Morning / Evening), 25-30 degrees (Mid-day)

Elevation Profile
Note - Elevation profile for the 130K running route. Smaller distances will be a sub-part of this route.
Mandatory Requirements (130/80/50K)
  • Runners which do not meet below requirements will be disqualified:
  • Should have completed full marathon (42K) successfully in last 2 years within 6 hours
  • Disclaimer form to be signed. Can be downloaded from web site after registration
  • Hydration set (Camelback type or belt pouch with minimum capacity of 1 litre - 10K distance between aid stations)
  • Headlamp
  • Cap/bandana to protect yourself from the sun
  • Mobile phone with the registered number
  • Runners to carry GPS log of running route in their smartphone. Can be downloaded from web site after registration


Recommended Gears (all categories)
  • Sunglasses
  • Proper running shoes due to rocky terrain
  • Snacks to consume during the race
  • Salt caps or ORS to prevent cramps
  • Aid Stations: water, lemon, salt, banana, orange, ORS, groundnuts+ sandwiches for 50/80/130K runners
  • Post-race breakfast: South Indian buffet breakfast at finish (10/20K) or lunch (50K) or dinner/breakfast (80/130K)

BIB Distribution
  • Venue: Kodai International School (KIS), Kodaikanal
  • Friday: 4-10pm
  • Timing chip: attached with the bib
  • T-shirt: natural: organic/bamboo fider, optional (400Rs)
  • No Podiums / No Prize money
  • KHU18 Medal (if finished within cut-off timing)
  • Timings: posted on web site 1-2 days (manual timings) / Submitted to ITRA
  • Photos: running route + finisher podium: extensive free photo coverage posted 1-2 days

Associated Cause
In-house Sanitation Facilities for Poombarai village and Kodaikanal town government school. Poombarai School which have more than 500 students and only 2 restrooms in the open. We are doing this project especially for the girl children in the village who find it difficult to attend school.


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