Coach Kay, founder/race director OOTYULTRA


Dear #ultramalaivasi runner,

Congratulations on signing up for the fifth edition of OOTYULTRA scheduled on 3-Apr-2022, Sunday.  I would like to extend a warm to you for taking a step forward in becoming a #ultramalaivasi.  April is not far away anymore and I’m also happy to have you back if you are a returning runner.

Comrades Marathon 2019 runners from KaysFIT Academy

Did you know that the OOTYULTRA course was originally designed to be a 60k training run course for 3 of my academy members who were training for the Comrades Marathon in 2018?

OOTYULTRA since then has transformed into a dream flagship ultramarathon event launched under the KaysFIT Academy banner, with a vision to provide a beautiful #ultramalaivasi running experience to beginners to the experienced ultramarathoners.

The Nilgiris District is a plastic-free zone and, note you are not allowed to carry plastic water bottles when you are traveling.  Please go through the note in a separate section below regarding this.  OOTYULTRA is committed to contributing to the Nilgiris District and has contributed Rs. 1,00,000 to the Nilgiris district collector towards building sporting infrastructure. (see news here)

OOTY is such a scenic hill town located 2240 m above sea level.  OOTYULTRA is a tough race due to its steep climbs and downhill terrain combined with a harsh daytime sun that can lower your spirits. 

Most first-time runners may find it extremely difficult to run but that’s what makes OOTYULTRA tough, interesting, and challenging. As you may already know, hill running, in general, can be very technical and demanding but through experience and proper training, one can gain mastery.  There were many runners in the past editions who came and conquered the #ultramalaivasi challenge.

Please watch some of the inspiring stories published on the inspiration page and watch a few videos. 

Read the FAQ section & Terms and Conditions to update yourself with several aspects of your participation.

Follow our Facebook Page & Instagram pages for the latest posts and updates.  Also, make sure info@ootyultra.com email address is added to your contacts list, and make sure you check your spam folder from time to time to ensure you haven’t missed any important updates from us.

On behalf of KaysFIT Academy and my family, I would like to wish you and your family a successful year.

Cheers & happy running!

Coach Kay,    

Founder/Race Director, www.ootyultra.comwww.bisonultra.com

Your Ultramarathon Coach & Founder, KaysFIT Academy

Whats new?

  • OOTYULTRA 2022 will witness the all-new 90k distance (only on invitation).  This category was introduced in the OOTYULTRA 2020 edition which was subsequently canceled due to COVID.  The OOTYULTRA 2021, The Spirit of #ultramalaivasi run virtual ultramarathon had 90k and had a few runners attempting it.   
  • You can update your personal details, transfer your ticket or upgrade your entry distance before the 1-Mar-2022 deadline.  Read the FAQ section and also write to info@ootyultra.com if you need any assistance.
  • Bison Ultra is an exclusive trail running event organized by KaysFIT Academy (read more..).  The third edition will be conducted on 6-Feb-2022, Sunday, and will have 25k and 50k distances.


OOTYULTRA 2020 will feature a brand new 90k category with ~3800 m elevation gain and ~3620 m elevation drop and comes with a 12 hr cut-off time.  We will be soon introducing the 90k runners here.

Plastic free OOTY / Nilgiris District

The Nilgiris Mountains is declared as an ecologically sensitive region and there is a government-imposed plastic ban.

I would draw your attention to be aware of this. Go through the list of things that are banned in the attached image and join us and help the entire OOTYULTRA crew in delivering a green and beautiful event this summer.

I think what we all need is a self-imposed ban. We don’t want our governments to tell us to protect nature. It’s our individual/collective responsibility to follow this wherever we go and not just the Nilgiris mountains.

Let’s together save the beautiful Nilgiris! Let’s be responsible runners!

OOTYULTRA Entry qualification

Do remember that OOTYULTRA 2020 has a minimum qualification for participating in the 60k & 30k categories.  Both 60k and 30k categories have different cutoff times. 

Visit the FAQ section to learn more about this.

You are expected to update or send your qualification race details to info@ootyultra.com before the deadline of 10-Mar-2022.  You can ignore this step if you have already submitted this information.

The following qualification records are acceptable,

  • Finisher certificate (pdf or image) issued by the qualification race & their timing companies. 
  • A direct link to the result

DO NOT SEND LINKS TO THE RACE RESULTS PAGE or any races that you have completed before 1-Aug-2020.  We do not have the resources to validate your credentials by searching your name.

View your name in the OOTYULTRA start list

After your entry records, qualifications are reviewed, your name will be published in the start list available here…  Allow 3-4 days for your name to appear here.  If you have any issues with your FIRST NAME (which will also be the name printed on your BIB and the custom medal) write to info@ootyultra.com for corrections.

You can now update your OOTYULTRA entry details

OOTYULTRA is happy to allow you to make changes to your booking details. 

The following information can be changed.                  

  • Update any missing information
  • Transfer your ticket to another runner
  • Upgrade your entry

The deadline for changing personal particulars will be on 1-Mar-2020

Write to info@ootyultra.com with your registered email address for making these changes.  No changes will be allowed after 1-Mar

A few important dates

DateWhy is it important?
28-Feb-2020, FridayRegistration closes or whenever we reach the max. capacity of runners
1-Mar-2020, SundayEnd of the ticket transfer window. Before this date you are allowed to do the following,
- make changes to your first name (which will appear on your medal/bib) or any other corrections
- transfer your ticket without incurring additional cost
- upgrade or downgrade your running category
Any changes done after this period and will be done with the additional ticket price, in case of upgrade + Rs. 800/- + 18% GST for the changes to the custom medal
- Last date to submit your entry qualification race information
26-Sep-2020, Saturday (tentative)#ultramalaivasi Expo day, at YWCA OOTY
27-Sep-2020, Sunday (tentative)OOTYULTRA race day! 6.00 am : 90k start 6.30 am : 60k, 30k, 15k start

Book your hotel now!

Our travel partner Preethi Classic Towers can assist you with your stay in OOTY.

How can you stay connected with the event?

  • Join the OOTYULTRA runners only group on Facebook
  • Share your excitement of running the OOTYULTRA through Facebook or Instagram stories and remember to use the tags #ootyultra #ootyultra2020 #ultramalaivasi
  • You can send us your inspiring running journey, and if chosen by my team, it will get featured on the inspiration page.  We will also share your story on our social media pages.
  • Like and follow us on Facebook 
  • Like and follow us on Instagram
  • Write to info@ootyultra.com if you have any questions.

Your preparations for OOTYULTRA is vital

OOTYULTRA is a road run on the Nilgiris mountains with a lot of uphill and downhill running.  You are strongly recommended to study and understand the terrain, weather, and running conditions. 

Your running strength and endurance are important for an enjoyable OOTYULTRA.  You also need to practice your nutrition & hydration to stay healthy and you can handle the race day demands. 

Make sure your training plan is designed to help you in having a most memorable experience on the race day

Coach Kay can help you!

Write to coachkay@kfita.com if you are interested in signing up for a customized training/coaching program for marathons/ultramarathons and also join the 50+ #fitsians, the KaysFIT Academy fitness & marathon/ultramarathon runners.