50 Km - 9 Hours
This category is targeting marathoners who want to take themselves to the next level. If you have already run a few city marathons on paved roads, this is the run for you.
The 50K course is laid out entirely within three expansive and beautiful coffee plantations. The course uses Jeep roads laid out within these estates. However, runners must be prepared for a narrow trail leading to (what we call) the Summit. Do take the time to soak in the view from the Summit. Take in the valleys on both sides and the Bhadra Reservoir. The course will literally take you through miles of coffee plantation with majestic jungle trees, Silver Oak, Teak, Rosewood, Pepper, Cardamom etc. Apart from the varieties of birds, do look out for Malabar Flying Squirrels, Porcupines, Hares, Spotted Deer, Sambhar, Peacock and other small animals including a variety of snakes..
The Start and the Finish of the 50K Run is near the entrance of Lalbagh Coffee Estate. Barring a couple of small stretches, the route has no overlaps.
One final caution. The 9 hours cut-off might still test you because of the terrain and the surface!
80 Km - 15 Hours
This category is especially designed for experienced runners who are ready to take the big leap into ultra running. We expect that almost all the runners in this category will have to run the latter part of this run in the dark. This in itself will make it a great experience for those that have never run in the dark.
Imagine running with your headlamp through the dark and quiet through coffee plantations. It should get the adrenalin going and may result in goosebumps on a few occasions.
This run will also start at Lalbagh Estate. Runners will begin by completing the 50Km loop and then continue on for another loop of 30 Km through Doopadkhan and Sampige Hutti before finishing at Lalbagh Estate.
Expect about 60 Km of the total distance to be on mud roads/trail and the remaining on remote public paved (but with plenty of pot-holes) roads.
Again, while the 15 hours provided to complete this run might make it seem easy, it will not be a cakewalk.
110 Km - 24 Hours
This is the big daddy of our runs and is targeting experienced ultra runners. We believe that we can provide an experience that tops many of the ultras conducted in other parts of the world. We want to invite elite long-distance runners to join us and help us grow this event by becoming role models for others.
The run will begin simultaneously with the 80K run at Lalbagh Estate. They will begin with the 50 KM loop and then continue on complete the remaining 60 Km through Doopadkhan, Sampige Hutti and Rajgiri Estates.
Runners can expect about 85 Km of private Jeep roads. The remainder 25 Km will be on remote public roads with plenty of potholes but very little traffic.
Runners will be given a full 24 hours to finish.