Route Map – 100K, 75K,50K
Route type : 1km loose stone road & 11.5km forest trail
Includes all age groups
Ultra distances – 45 years to 59 years of age as on 11th November 2017
Ultra distances – 60 years of age and above as on 11th November 2017
The route for the Bangalore Ultra is:
Sun protection: If the temperature rises, runners are advised to plan for sun protection—dri-fit caps, sunglasses, sunscreens are advised. Do plan your hydration accordingly—too much water (hyponetremia) or too little (dehydration) is not something you want on race-day.
Shoes: If the rain gods decide to pay a visit, the track will get extremely slushy. A good pair of shoes meant for trail running will help with this.
Pre-race day packing: In your bag –
Pre-race day nutrition: Eat safe! Drink safe water. You want to stick to homemade food, if possible. You also want to load the carbs for lunch the day before the race!
8 Straight: Retire early. Remember you have to be up at 3 or 4am to get to the venue. Try to get over the pre-race jitters and get some sleep.
The importance of your bibs: Make sure your bib number (and hence timing chip) is pinned to the front of your dry-fit tee. You don’t want organizers or volunteers to run after you and ogle at your rapidly retreating backside to note down your timing.
Get there early: Arrive early for the race. Make sure you have plenty of time to prep for the race, ensure you have your bib number tacked safe and timing chip laced on securely, have other essentials in place, visit the loo, do your stretches, pray to the weather Gods… and do whatever else is your pre-race routine.
At the start line: Line up for the race with some thought. The fastest runners should be lined up in front, with the slower runners taking up the rear. That way, you don’t get passed by everyone and their pet pooch in the first kilometer (and we all know how character-building that experience is). Besides, the slower runners, (who are no slouches—they have trained hard and have their own targets) are a more fun group to hang with. More likely than not, there will be casual banter, lots of hugs going around and cheerful calling out. Also, if you start at the back and find you’re actually passing other runners at your regular pace, that’s a very happy bonus!
Aid station etiquette: While at aid-stations, make sure you take what you need and then step aside so you don’t cause over-crowding and force others to reach under your sweaty armpits just to get water. If there is a bin near an aid-station, use it. It is not, repeat, not good study behavior to attempt to throw the water cup in the general direction of the bin. Some considerate race organizers also place a second trash bin a few meters down from the aid station, in case runners want to grab water and continue running.
Your fellow runners: Encourage runners especially if you are on an out-and back course. If runners have their names on their bib, make sure you call out encouragement. It doesn’t matter that you don’t know them from Ananthashayanam Parthasarathy, they are fellow travellers on the race route and therefore, worthy of appreciation. There is nothing sweeter than your name being called out, a friendly wave or a cheer when your lungs are telling you to give up and your legs are waging a war with your brain.
Consideration for other runners: There are times when you might need to spit, throw up, attend to nature’s call, or something as harmless as tie up shoelaces that have come undone. Make sure you step off to a corner of the road to take care of business. Sorry, we mean of course, if business is shoelace tying, spitting or hurling, step aside to the corner of the road. Sure, if you gotta go, you gotta go. Just make sure you scope the horizon for a port-a-loo and as a last resort, take a sharp detour towards a discreet bunch of bushes.
Using track space effectively: Don’t be a road hog. Make sure you aren’t more than 2 runners abreast, so as to not cause one of those traffic jams. Don’t pass somebody and abruptly stop in right front of them. Remember that the populace behind you doesn’t slow down when you do. It’s very irritating if a bunch of runners mark you as target. Besides the very real fear of you tripping them up, you might also incur their rightful wrath and might end up feet splayed skywards in a bramble bush. Runners can be a vengeful lot, especially if someone comes between them and their right of way on the road. You have been warned.
Being vocal on the race track: Groaning, wheezing, breathing like a brontosaurus with bronchitis, personal pep talks are all understandable, considering you aren’t on a picnic here. But vocal signals of discomfort delivered at loud volume might not be music to the ears of your fellow runners. So, have a heart, don’t ask them to lend you their ears. If you run to music, bring those headphones along. A Bone Thugs and Harmony devotee and a Suprabhatam fan are both entitled to their choice of music, just as they are entitled to not have to endure the others’.
Giving way: If someone comes up behind you and says “coming through” or “passing on the left/right” or “excuse me”, know that this isn’t a declaration of war or a slight on your machismo. Allow runners who politely request it, to pass you. Allow runners who run past with the finesse of a stampeding rhino also, to pass you. This isn’t the traffic signal at MG Road that’s got it in for you. It’s a foot race, where you will have ample opportunity to pass others runners later. Trust us on this!
Working to make the race happen: Show some appreciation for people who are working to make the race happen for you—the volunteers at aid-stations who hand out water, route marshals, people putting medals around your neck at the finish line.
At the finish line: Don’t stop right at the finish line and start doing your cool-down stretches. There are others behind you, who also want to sprint to the finish line. So, run a few extra meters and then stop. Feel free to do those cool-down stretches now. If you have a picture of yourself with a big grin, pumping your fists in the air when you cross the tape, you’re definitely coming back for more!
At the race
Q) What are the various modes for fee payment?
A) When registering online you can pay by credit card or debit card. After registering online, you may also choose to pay offline, and pay by cheque or demand draft or cash. Demand drafts and cheques should be addressed to “TFL CONTINUOUS LEARNING PVT LTD”.
Q) If I choose to make an offline payment, which address do I need to send the cheque to?
A) You can send the cheque to the following address:
TFL Continuous Learning Pvt.Ltd.
#6 & 13. KR Colony, Domlur Layout, Bangalore
Tel: +91-80-41172083/ Mobile: +91 9008888744
Q) What is the last date for registrations?
A) Registrations for all categories will close on 1st November, 2017 or once all the slots have been filled, whichever is first. No one will be permitted to register on the day of the race. Registrations that have not been received by the closing date will not be considered.
Q) I have sent the cheque to the address mentioned by you. When will I get my confirmation mail?
A) If you are a Bengaluru resident, you should ideally receive the mail within 3 working days from the date of receipt of the cheque. If you are outstation participant, you should receive it within 7 working days. However this depends upon when we receive the cheque at our office. If you still have not received the confirmation mail, drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q) I have not received my registration confirmation mail.
A) The confirmation mail is a computer generated mail which goes to all participants upon payment of registration fee. If you have not received it, mail us at email@example.com with as many details of your registration (e.g date, payment details, mode of registration, order number) and we will send you a copy of the confirmation mail.
Q) My registration is pending. How do I get it confirmed?
A) All pending registrations will get confirmed only upon realization of registration fee. If you have not yet paid up, kindly do so on or before the registration deadline failing which your registration to the event will be automatically cancelled.
Q) I missed the last date to register. Can I register if you still have a vacant slot?
A) Entries that have not been received by the closing date will not be considered.
Q) Can I register under more than one category?
A) You may not register for more than 1 category since all the runs are on the same day.
Q) Will I be permitted to transfer my registration to a friend?
A) No transfers will be permitted.
Q) Will I be able to register on the day of the event?
A) No registrations will be permitted on the day of the race.
Q) Will I be permitted to register for a friend?
A) You will not be permitted to register for a friend as every participant will be required to sign their own disclaimer.
Q) On what grounds can my payment be declined?
A) There are a number of reasons that may result in your payment being declined. The two most common reasons are:
• A credit card transaction that is not accepted when registering online
• An invalid cheque or demand draft is issued
Q) What are your office timings?
A) Our working hours are between 9:00 am – 6:00 pm on all weekdays.
Q) Do you provide transport on race-day?
A) Yes we do. Please tick the option on the race registration form to register for race-day transport or click here.
Q) Does the transport fee include the ride back to the city?
A) Yes. Announcements on bus departure will be made on the event day.
Q) How can I register for the 12.5K/25K category?
A) Staying true to the ULTRA game, Bangalore Ultra 2017 will NOT have the 12.5K or the 25K category. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time and options. Lace up, train harder and register for one of the distances of 50K, 75K and 100K, because Bangalore Ultra just got tougher!
Q) How can I register for the 24 hour category?
A) We have received multiple runner feedback over the years about the 24 hour run not being an enriching experience since it involves home stretch being run on gravel, and in the dark. Due to this, there will be NO 24 hour category in Bangalore Ultra 2017. It’s not all bad news though! We have switched the timings of the 100K category and capped the race time to 16 hours to ensure a running experience trying to limit to daylight hours as much as possible.
If you have any queries, you can mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +91 9008888744