We want The Malnad Ultra to be a fun experience for everybody and request all participants to be patient and sensitive to other runners, volunteers and race officials. While we know that distance runners are a special breed and understand runs and runners, we have published these rules and guidelines for your safety. We request all runners to review these rules carefully and fully abide by them. Failure to abide by these rules might result in a runner being disqualified and taken off the course at the discretion of the race officials.
Race-Officials and Race-Director Designated race-officials will be introduced prior to the event. All runners will honour the decisions of the race-officials at all times failing which they might be disqualified and awarded a DNF. The Race Director will settle any disputes that arise during or after the race and his decision will be final and binding on all runners. Runners are requested to not argue with officials or volunteers under any circumstances. Remember that they are there to help you through your run.
Format The Malnad Run is a continuous run. Once the run has started, the clock keeps running regardless of whether the runner is on the course or has taken a break. Runners in the 50K, 80K and 110K categories are given a maximum of 9, 15 and 24 hours to complete their run. Aid stations and support staff will be available for the duration of your run. At the end of the allocated time, remaining runners in that category will be asked to stop and picked up in vehicles. All runners that complete their run in under the specified times will get a Finishing Time and a Finisher's medal. Runners not completing the run will get a DNF (did-not-finish). To reiterate, the run timings are as follows:
50 Km Run - 7:00 am to 4:00 pm (October 7, 2017)
80 Km Run - 6:30 am to 9:30 pm (October 7, 2017)
110 Km Run - 6:30 am of October 7th to 6:30 am of October 8th
Bibs All runners will be provided with running bibs with timing chips. These bibs have to be worn by the runner in a manner that it is visible from the front at all times. If a runner has removed their bib, it will be understood that they have pulled out of the run.
Timing Official timings will be provided to all runners that complete their runs. Timing will be recorded by our Timing Partner using timing chips. Runners must take reasonable precautions to ensure that their bibs and timing chips are not damaged during the run. Timing stations will be randomly placed on the routes. Runners must pass through all timing stations in order to get official timing.
Personal Crew, Pacers All runners will be supported by volunteers and officials provided by us. No personal crew or pacers are permitted because the run will take you through privately owned plantations and they will not allow anybody inside without bibs or ID cards of the organisers. If you want to organise personal crews or pacers for yourself, please have them register for the event as runners and then they are welcome to perform the role of personal crew or pacers for you.
Aid Stations and Rest Areas Aid stations will generally be available at average intervals of 4 kms. We have also planned a few rest areas on the course. Rest areas will allow runners (especially, participants of the longer runs) to stretch and lie-down for a bit. Exact details on the aid stations and rest areas will be provided closer to the race.
Toilets Toilets are available in all Rest Areas for the runners and will be available at an average of 9-10 kms apart. Because of the terrain and limited vehicular access, there are no other toilets on the course. The great outdoor beckons?
Signs and Route Markings The route will be marked adequately with signs showing turns and directions. It is the runner's responsibility to be aware of these signs. There are a few small stretches where the route overlaps and there will be runners going both directions on these stretches. The 80K and 110K routes overlap with the 50K route. So please pay attention to the signs for your distance. We will also place volunteers at strategic locations.
Dress Code All runners must be dressed in appropriate shorts, singlets, T-shirts etc. Nudity or partial nudity could hurt the sensitivity of other runners and could result in disqualification.
Dropbags Participants in the 80K and the 110K category can organise their gear in three separate drop bags. These drop bags will be tagged with your bib number and made available to you at the designated fixed locations on the course. Drop bags will have to be handed over at a special counter by 7:30 pm on Friday, October 6th. The 50K participants will not be provided drop bags. However, a Drop-bag facility is available for all runners at the Start Line (which also happens to be the Finish Line). Exact information on the location of these bags will be provided well in advance. Watch this space. It is the participant's responsibility to plan the gear and the drop bags. We will not be able to make any changes or move your gear once the run has started. Participants must bring their own drop-bags.
Headlights Headlights are mandatory for runners running in the dark (applies to the 80 and 110K runners). Runners are requested to ensure that they have sufficient batteries on them for the headlights. Runners can use the drop bags provided to plan for headlights, batteries etc.
Mobile Phones & Whistles We recommend that runners carry their mobile phone. Even though network is very patchy, in the event of an emergency, it might be possible for runners to contact race officials. We will also be providing runners with whistles. These may be used in case of emergencies only to help volunteers and race officials find you. Runners are requested to use the whistles only in an emergency.
Timing &UTMB Points All runners will wear a bib with timing chip. All finishers can obtain their official time from our Timing Partner Web Site. Results from the run will be uploaded to the UTMB site within a week following this event for those interested in using these points to qualify for UTMB.
Health Checks Medical staff may request a runner to submit for a medical check at any point during the run. Based on the evaluation of the medical staff, a runner may be allowed to continue or will be pulled out of the run. Runners are requested to accept their decision.
Pulling Out A run can voluntarily pull out of the run by informing a race official or medical staff. Runners still on the course after their cut-off times will be pulled off by race officials. Any runner who takes a ride in a race vehicle, ambulance or any other vehicle during the run will be automatically awarded a DNF. Runners are requested to pull-out at a Rest Area as much as possible and take their bib off to indicate that they have pulled out of the run.
Smoking Runners are requested not to smoke on the course at any point before, during or after the run. Remember that this is an ecologically sensitive zone and most of the course is on privately owned estates.
Trash & Plastic Runners are requested to not throw any trash or plastic on the course. They must carry trash to the next aid station. Plastic must be carried back to their homes as this is a no plastic zone. Garbage bins will be provided at all aid stations and rest areas.
Drugs, Substance Abuse Runners who use drugs, narcotics or other banned substances as determined by the medical staff will be disqualified and awarded a DNF.
Noise You will be running through the silence of the Malnad. We request you to avoid speaking loudly and maintain reasonable noise levels. This is also for the protection of the varied wildlife and birds in the area. Runners listening to music should use headsets.
Movement of Vehicles We will be supporting the run with a few vehicles to help movement of photographers, supplies and race officials. Many sections of our course are narrow and allow for exactly one vehicle to pass and we will keep our vehicle movement to the minimum. We request runners to cooperate with us by allowing vehicles to pass.
Quiet Hours Most of the runners, volunteers and race officials will be staying at homestays in Ballavara, Karnataka. Since the rooms are adjacent to each other, we request everyone to maintain quiet hours from 8:30 pm on October 6th until 4:30 am on October 7th. This will allow our runners to sleep before their long run the following day.
Baggage Counter All runners will be provided with a baggage counter facility near the start point. You can leave one bag at the baggage counter and pick it up at the end of your run. Information on drop-bags will be updated once we have the final course for this year marked out. Please note that these bags will be available at marked and fixed points in the course and that we will not be able to make them available elsewhere on demand.
Terms and Conditions We request all participants to review the Terms and Conditions published on our site. All participants will be required to furnish a Government ID during check-in and sign a waiver form. Non-Indian citizens will have to furnish their passport during check-in prior to the event in addition to the waiver form.