Yercaud Hills Ultra Marathon

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Start : Sun, 18 Feb 2018 , 5:30AM
End : Sun, 18 Feb 2018 , 12:30PM
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** NOTE ** We regret to inform that both the 25k and 50k registrations are closed as we have already reached the max. registration limit.  Our desire is to accommodate every single runner aspiring to participate in this event and we may open up (or may just stop accepting more) additional registration slots on 10th of December if we can accommodate more runners.   Please don't be disappointed if we couldn't accommodate you this year.  We are working hard to bring the runners the best experience at the Yercaud Hills.

In the meantime, please 'like' and stay connected with the event social media page  for the latest updates

The Yercaud Hills Ultra, an annual Ultra Marathon will be held for the first time in the beautiful hills of Yercaud in the Servarayan Hills on the 18-Feb-2017, Sunday organized by the Salem Runners India.  This event is mentored by Coach Kay, KaysFIT Academy.

With the distance categories of 50 k and 25 k, the Ultra Marathon offers a scenic route amidst the green mountains, coffee plantations, orange and lime trees, spice gardens and bamboo groves. We wish you do not miss an opportunity to witness a wide range of birds and small animals amidst the route. Who knows, you might even be surprised by the local Bison, a gigantic but silent monster amidst the thick forest.

About the registration

The Registration for the Ultra Marathon event will start on the 3-Oct-2017 and will end on 15-Jan-2018 or whenever we reach the total number of participants count to 120.

  • Participation fees:

    • 25k, Rs. 450/- (entry closed)
    • 50k, Rs. 600/- (entry closed)
    • Rs. 150/- for the pre-marathon night dinner - this is purely optional and the organizers strongly recommend you to book it in advance.  We will have a small gathering of all the participants where you can collect your running bib and also interact with other participants followed by dinner.
  • Read all the sections for more event and venue specific information

Come and join us and feel the nature under your feet!

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Details about the event

Details about the event

About the organizers, Salem Runners India

Yercaud Hills Ultra (YHU) is brought to you by Salem Runners India group. Salem Runners is an informal group of regular runners of Salem City, united through the Social Media and spearheaded by seasoned long-distance runners. This is a non-profit motive Group and the group has several large events organizing experience including that of Salem Marathon, an event conducted by the Rotary Club of Salem Galaxy, for the past 5 years. The main inspiration for the group comes from Shiva, a regular Marathoner, who has participated in several international Marathons and Fido (Karthigaikumara) who is a regular marathon runner.  Santy is another active Salem Runner who is also part of Marina Minnals / Chennai Trekking Club & DV Prasad is an active and a passionate veteran runner.

Coach Kay, an experienced Ultra Marathoner and running event organizer from KaysFIT Academy will be our mentor.

Does YHU registration come with a T-Shirt or is there an option to buy one?

Most of us who regularly participate in several marathons end up getting many T-Shirts.  Half of them dont fit us very well and some of them carry too many brand logos which make the T-Shirts not wearable beyond the event.  While some of us take the pride in wearing them during our workouts it generally ends up as one more neon T-Shirt in our wardrobes. The organizers are planning to come up with a unique way to remember this event.  Please stay tuned for updates.

Where will be the start point? When does the race start & how long the course will be open?

The Ultra run will start at 5.30 am (subject to change)

The course will be open for both categories for 7 hrs and beyond which a sweeper vehicle will pull all the unfinished runners.

Age category for participation

18 years old completed on the day of the event

Why should I run the Yercaud Hills Ultra

  • This will be the first-ever organized Ultra Marathon event happening in Yercaud hills
  • The event organizers are regular long-distance runners with multiple years of running experience.  They come with the passion to deliver one of the best experiences to you
  • Unique Medals - you wouldn't have seen it anywhere
  • Unique souvenir (you can book them online prior to the event - we will publish the limited stocks to be bought soon
  • Scenic mountain route

    • Coffee plantation
    • Orange trees
    • Lemon trees
    • Cyprus tree & pepper
    • Bamboo forest
  • Weather is at its best at Yercaud in February (ranging from 13 deg to 25 deg)
  • It's not just running the Ultra Marathon but you can also combine this trip to Yercaud as a fun-filled family vacation

What will be the qualification criterion for participation?

Your health and safety is our primary concern.  Since this is a running event organized in the hills it could be very demanding for the runners.  Hence the organizers have decided to introduce the following criterion for qualification.  

  • for 25 k - One official / timed Half Marathon completed between September 2017 to February 2018
  • for 50 k - One official / timed Full Marathon completed between March 2017 to February 2018 - within 6 hours
  • You must provide official timing records for future verification

Will I get food arranged by the organizers?

You must make your own arrangements for your food along with the accommodation. The organizers will arrange only the pre-marathon night food as part of the BIB distribution - mini get together to meet and greet the runners. Special vegetarian food will be arranged for all runners.  This will be arranged for runners who pre-book and buy food coupons along with your registration available at Rs. 150 per head. The food will be strictly served against the coupons only and the organizers suggest you buy along with your registration.

Will there be a timing chip used to record my race timing?

Timing chips will not be used

What is the prize money for podium finishers?

There will be no prize money for the podium finishers.  Everyone finishing the race is a winner and we expect you to come and enjoy the Yercaud Hills and it's beautiful Flora and Fauna

Route, elevation profile & GPX files

Will be published once the route is finalized.

How many hydration stations will be located and what fuel will be available

Will be published as we get closer to the event date.

Will I get a finisher timing certificate?

Since we are not using any electronic tracking of timing, we will not be issuing finisher certificates.  You will have your finisher medal and a tons of wonderful memory to walk away with.


About Yercaud, Travel & Hotels

About Yercaud, Travel & Hotels

Where is Yercaud located and how to reach there?

Yercaud is the most easily accessible hill station in South India. Although it is 4500 ft high in altitude and possesses a chilly climate, you can access it in just about 45 minutes from Salem Junction Railway station. You can read more about Yercaud in this blog entry. (Dont be fooled by the shocking title!)

The nearest railway station is Salem Junction, which is on all main Train lines from north, east, south or west. The nearest airports are Coimbatore (150 km), Tiruchirappalli (120 km) and Bangalore (180 km)

Will there be any transportation arranged to reach Yercaud?

No, you will have to make arrangements to reach Yercaud.  Preferably around and after lunchtime on 17-Feb-2017, Saturday.

What will be weather in late February?

Summer in the region starts early in the middle of the month of February and lasts till June. It is the best time to visit Yercaud despite the scorching sun the area is relatively cool weather in the night times.

What kind of accommodation can I get?

Hotel Green Woods, Sri Silver Inn Lodge, and KRJ Resorts are all situated around 1 km from the proposed start point.  There are many other Hotels and Resorts situated within a kilometer of the starting point offering various types of accommodation.

Budget accommodation at Yercaud costs Rs. 1500 - 1800 per night for a twin room. Cottage type accommodation with modern amenities is available at Rs. 3500-5000 per night for a twin room accommodation.

The organizers will not make accommodation arrangements and you are expected to make your own arrangements.  Watch this space for more updates as we get closer to the event.

What kind of food is available locally?

Vegetarian restaurants at Yercaud range from - Salem Saravana Bhavan, Malar Restaurant, Annalakshmi Restaurant and Hotel Sri Venkateswara. A rough guide to eating out at Yercaud can be accessed here.

Food at Yercaud is not very expensive and cost nearly as much as it costs at an average Salem restaurant

Don'ta forget to taste Coffee while at Yercaud (you may try Beans n Brews, a coffee-shop with open-air tables in the Lake Forest campus)


Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

  • Please choose the event category carefully, confirmed registrations are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be modified. Provide us with a secure email ID/mobile number that you can access regularly since this will be our primary means of communication during the run-up to the event.
  • Users of email services that offer filtering/blocking of messages from unknown email address should add this email id coachkay [at] & yercaudhillsultra [at] gmail.comto your address list.
  • We will be sending regular updates to the Mobile number you have provided in the registration form this should be not treated as spam and you shall not take any action against our bulk SMS service provider.
  • Any notice sent to the email address registered with the organizers shall be deemed as received by the runners.
  • Please fill out only those fields that are necessary for mailing purposes. Do not provide redundant data in multiple fields (i.e., do not list the same data for a city, province, and country), as this will only complicate our ability to contact you, if necessary.
  • You are aware that running / long distance running is an extreme sport and can be injurious to body and health. You take full responsibility for participating in the Yercaud Hills Ultra event and do not hold the organizing committee or any of its members or entities responsible for any injury or accident.
  • You shall consult your physician and undergo a complete medical examination to assess your suitability to participate in the event.
  • You also assume all risks associated with participating in this event including, but not limited to, falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat or humidity, traffic and the condition of the road, arson or terrorist threats and all other risks associated with a public event.  Only basic First-Aid support will be provided.  The nearest hospital is located in Salem, 25 km away (1 hr 30 mins drive down the hills)
  • You agree that Yercaud Hills Ultra shall not be liable for any loss, damage, illness or injury that might occur as a result of your participation in the event.
  • You agree to abide by the instructions provided by the organizers from time to time in the best interest of your health and event safety.
  • You also agree to stop running if instructed by the Race Director or the Medical Staff or by the Aid Station Volunteers.
  • You confirm that your name and media recordings were taken during your participation may be used to publicize the event.
  • You may acknowledge and agree that your personal information can be stored and used by Yercaud Hills Ultra or any other company in connection with the organization, promotion, and administration of the event and for the compilation of statistical information.
  • You confirm that, in the event of adverse weather conditions, major incidents or threats on the day, any of the force majeure or restriction by authority, the organizers reserve the right to stop/cancel/postpone the event.
  • You understand that confirmed registrations and merchandise orders are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be modified. The organizers reserve the right to reject any application without providing reasons. Any amount collected from rejected applications alone will be refunded in full (excluding bank charges wherever applicable)
  • For any reason you cannot turn up on race day, no refund of any form will be given.
  • Participants must personally appear for collecting the running Bibs on the day before the Ultra Marathon.
  • Runners will not be allowed to stay on the course beyond the cut-off time considering the safety and health issues.
  • We request total co-operation from runners in this regards.

Map & Directions

Map & Directions
Yercaud TBD
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Certificate will be issued to finishers? Regards, Kanu 9036682623
    3:14 AM, 06 Oct, 2017
  •     A. Yes finisher certificate with manually recorded time will be given
          4:49 AM, 06 Oct, 2017
  • Q. Hi Team, I am interested in the event. Is the registrations for 25 Kms is closed? Please let me know. If its still open, please share the link for registration. Thank you. Regards, Sushma G S
    10:37 AM, 09 Oct, 2017
  •     A. Hi Sushma, Thank you for your interest. We have reached the max. registration limit for 25k and currently the 50k is open (qualification conditions apply). We may open up the most popular 25k category if we are unable to fill all of 50k and this may happen in Nov-Dec sometimes. In the meantime, please 'like' and stay connected with the event social media page Cheers, Coach Kay
          11:55 AM, 09 Oct, 2017
  • Q. hi. what sort of elevation gain can we expect on the 50km? thanks
    10:59 AM, 11 Oct, 2017
  •     A. Hi Tim, We haven't finalized the route yet - but have a rough idea of what it is going to be. Elevation gain and loss could be in the range of 1300-1500 m. Cheers, Coach Kay
          11:19 AM, 11 Oct, 2017
  •     A. Awesome! The more the better!
          11:24 AM, 11 Oct, 2017
  • Q. Please let us know how to register for the upcoming marathon event as the registerations are closed online.
    3:22 AM, 23 Jan, 2018
  •     A. We are sorry to inform you that the registrations for this run was closed a couple of months back since the slots were full. The organizer is unable to accept any more bookings for the same. Thanks, EH
          4:58 AM, 23 Jan, 2018
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