The Vagamon ULtrail is an Ultra Trail Marathon, organized by Soles of Cochin, the only one of its kind in Kerala in the hills of Vagamon. Soles of Cochin is a group of fitness enthusiasts who are passionate about long distance running. We have been organizing the annual Ageas Federal Life Insurance Spice Coast Marathon in Kochi since 2014. Vagamon ULtrail has evolved from our internal running fest in Vagamon, which we have been organizing since 2016 and then first opened to public in 2018.
Through this Ultra Marathon, we are providing a life time opportunity and experience to run through the trails, hills, meadows and by the ridges of Vagamon. Vagamon is a hill station located along the Kottayam-Idukki border of Kerala and has been nicknamed as the "Scotland of Asia", thus providing a paradise for trail runners.
Vagamon ULtrail offers three categories in the 2024 edition – 8K Trail Walk, 33K and 60K
8K Trail Walk is being introduced in this edition for the first time to enable family and friends who can't run the longer distances, to taste the beautiful terrain of Vagamon. The Walk starts from Vagamon Eco Adventure Park (popularly known as suicide point) and finish at the same place taking a full loop through the Jungtolly Estate. The Walk starts at 07:00 AM. Registration charges are ₹400/- including 18% GST, Registration portal and payment gateway charges.
The 33K was first introduced in 2020 – primarily for those who wants to run their first trail race. It is a point to point race on our course taking runners through the tea estates, slush & single path trails. Believe us, it will be FUN and will definitely get you addicted to trail running. The fun will last approximately 33 Kilometers. Registration charges are ₹1800/- including 18% GST, Registration portal and payment gateway charges.
The event will start at 07:30 AM from Vagamon Eco Adventure Park (popularly known as suicide point) and will finish at St. Thomas LP School, Pullikanam. Runners are required to report at the latest by 07:00 AM. The course map can be accessed here. There is no stage cut-off, but should move fast enough to reach the finish by 05:00PM.
The 60K run is also a point to point course taking runners through the most beautiful locales in Vagamon while still posing enough challenges for a regular marathon runner. The course takes you through different terrains. Registration charges are ₹3350/- including 18% GST, Registration portal and payment gateway charges.
The event starts around day break at 06:30 AM from Vagamon Eco Adventure Park (popularly known as suicide point). Runners are required to report atleast by 06:00 AM. The course map can be accessed here. Runners in this category are given a total of 12 hours from the start of the race to finish the 60K event, i.e a finish no later than 06:30 PM. However, runners must pass two stage cut-offs; First one at approximately 25 Km by 11:30 AM (5 Hours from start) & second one at approximately 42 Km by 03:00 PM (8.5 hours from start). The race finishes at St. Thomas LP School, Pullikanam. Final Cut-off for 60K is at 06:30 PM.
Note 1: All time and distance mentioned here are tentative and subject to very minor changes, which will be confirmed a week before the race.
Note 2: Runners still on the course after the cut-off time (both stage and overall cut-offs) will be picked up by the sweep vehicles and will not be permitted to continue the race. There will be no exception as the cut-off times are implemented to ensure local government body guidelines.
Considering all challenges posed by the course and weather in Vagamon, the participants must meet the following criteria:
For registering for 60K, Registrants must have completed a Full Marathon in 05:15Hrs OR any Ultra Marathon within the cut-off time prescribed by the organizers of the race OR any trail race (of atleast 33Km) with more than 750m of elevation gain. For 12 hour runs like stadium runs, one must have atleast run 50 Kms.
For registering for 33K, one must have atleast run a half marathon in 02:30 Hrs. Needless to say, running the previous edition of Vagamon ULtrail or any race distance above 30K in any race (within the cut-off of that race) can be considered as a qualifying race.
Races run after 01-Feb-2022 will only be considered as a qualifying race for Vagamon Ultrail 2024 for both categories. There is no qualifying criteria for the 8K Trail Walk. However, all participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or a legal guardian and will have to sign the accident waiver form during the registration.
After registration, if you cannot participate in the race for some reason, you should notify us through E-mail before 01-Dec-2023 and get your registration cancelled. Your registration cannot be swapped with anyone else or carried over to future editions. We will issue a refund upto ₹2750/- for 60K, upto ₹1300/- for 33K for all such voluntary cancellations received until 01-Dec-2023 and also subject to race entries for that categroy being filled as of the race day. The refund can only be issued after the race subject to all slots being filled up. The refund (if any) will only be issued in the last week of February 2024. There is no refund for 8K Trail Walk.
If you don’t participate in the race without cancelling the registration or notifying us, you will only be allowed to enter this race again after 2 editions of Vagamon Ultrail (i.e. 2027).
Runners (in 33K & 60K categories) must submit the hyperlink to the timing certificate or a shareable result link or link to their ITRA profile during the registration. GPX or Strava records are generally not accepted. If you have any questions about the qualification criteria, please email us and get your questions answered before registering.
Anyone who registers without submitting or fulfilling the criteria will have their registration cancelled and entry fees forfeited.
All participants will be required to upload a valid identity proof (Driver’s License, Passport, PAN or Voter ID) and show them at the time of collecting the BIB.
All participants are also required to sign the waiver form and get it attested by a close relative or another runner participating in the race. This waiver form must be uploaded during the registration. Failure to do so will result in you not being allowed to participate in the event. You can use an application like Adobe Fill & Sign on your mobile to fill this document and sign, save and then upload.
All participants must accept complete responsibility for any injury, physical or otherwise, that may be caused to you during the event, or while on the premises of the event.
Runners are required to check-in and collect their bibs/race-kits personally during the pre-race dinner/briefing on 05-Jan-2024. Runners cannot authorise a third party to collect the bib/race-kit on their behalf.
You will wear the official bib provided by the organisers throughout the event. If you take your bib off for any reason whatsoever, you will be awarded a DNF (did-not-finish).
Only finishers within the cut-off time will be entitled to receive their official timing and finisher medal. The Trail Walk is purely organised for the joy of it and hence there is no timing tracked for this category.
The organiser reserves the right to cancel, postpone or delay the event due to any unforeseen circumstances beyond its control and at its discretion. The organiser shall not be liable in respect to any entry fees, costs and expenses that a participant may incur as a result of such cancellation or postponement.
You consent to the free use of your name, voice, picture or video in any broadcast, telecast, advertising, promotion or other account of this event.
You must ensure that you provide correct details during the registration process and inform the organiser well in advance of the race, of any changes. If your contact information changes after the submission for the registration, the organiser must be notified by email well in advance of the event.
The course of the Vagamon ULtrail takes you through areas under the control of the Forests Department. Please be sensitive to the environment and do not disturb the surrounding flora and fauna in any manner. Runners are required to run along the marked track only. Runners may encounter barking deer and jungle fowl. They are harmless and typically very shy. You may consider yourself lucky if you find them en-route. The area and the course are also a habitat for a variety of snakes. Please do take due care and exercise caution. While the organiser will do its best to take adequate precautions, the runners will not hold the organisers, hosts, owners/management/custodian of the estates or anyone else responsible for any injuries or incidents, including death.
The race officials’ decisions are final and binding in all situations. You will agree to cooperate with race officials, volunteers and other personnel during the event.
The organiser reserves the right to refuse an entrant’s attendance at, or participation in, the race. Any participant who is found putting themselves or anyone else at risk will be immediately evicted from the course and event venue.
The organiser shall reserve the right to remove, ban or exclude any participant who is found in breach of these terms and conditions.
Pre-Race Dinner (05:00 PM – 07:30 PM, Friday, January 05th, 2024)
Pre-race briefing, dinner and BIB collection on the night before the race. This is also available for all categories including the 8K Trail Walk. If you have additional friends or family who have not registered and yet want to be part of this, please let us know atleast a week before the race.
Pre-Race Snacks (05:00 AM – 07:00 AM, Saturday, January 06th, 2024)
Some snacks will be provided for quick bite at the start point prior to the commencement of the race. (Note: This won't be a regular breakfast. Its only BBJ & tea/coffee)
In-Race Snacks and Hydration
Aid stations with water, energy drinks from our Nutrition Partner (Unived Sports), fruits etc. will be set up at average intervals of 10 Km along the course. Every runner (from all categories) should mandatorily carry a 1L bottle with them at all times.
This means that there is no aid stations available for the 8K trail Walk. However, there will be walking volunteers on the 8K Trail Walk course who will be carrying some refreshments.
For 33K & 60K, the aid stations will be well-stocked with water, energy drinks from our Nutrition Partner, fruits etc. during the race. The rest areas along the course will be additionally stocked with some light snacks. We will also provide cooked food at specific aid stations/rest areas, which will be communicated closer to the race day. Warm drinks will also be made available at rest areas and will be served in reusable coconut shells. We will continue to use reusable cups/Water Dispensers for Energy drinks & Water at aid stations and rest areas. Participants are also free to bring their own. Since Vagamon is an ecologically sensitive area, we will be providing water and energy drinks only in reusable plastic cups. We will not be providing water in disposable plastic bottles at aid stations/rest areas.
We will use vegan RRUN During as energy drink during the run. The RRUN During is a blend of high GI-carbohydrate, electrolytes, amino-acids and a key osmolyte and ensures adequate hydration and endurance through the run. RRUN comes from the House of Unived Sports.
Runners may feel free to carry their own fuel for use during the race. However, should you do so, please ensure that you do not throw any trash around and carry it back with you.
Since aid stations will be far and in-between, it is unlikely that runners will find alternate sources of hydration given the remoteness of our location, we strongly recommend that runners carry a water bottle or hydration pack on them. This will be checked at the start, and you will not be allowed to start without this mandatory gear. Please also ensure that the bottle(s) and/or hydration pack(s) are refilled at every opportunity from the aid stations. This will ensure that you have water available on you in case of an emergency. You may pass by streams along the course and the waters may not be potable, and we suggest that you not fill-up here.
A post-race meal will be provided to all participants at the finish. However, in case of the 8K Trail Walk a light breakfast will be provided.
There will be a dedicated medical team at the start line and the finish lines. Medical stations will be located strategically along the course taking road accessibility into consideration. Should the medical staff find you to be unfit to continue the race at any time, you will be pulled out of the run. Runners are requested to strictly abide by the instructions of the medical staff.
Toilets will be available near all the rest areas for the participants. These will be provided at an average of every 10 Km. Please respect the course through which you run by making use of these facilities, if needed. Shower facilities will be made available at the finish.
A baggage counter will be available at the start-line of all categories. The bags received will be made available at the finish line. Maximum bag size allowed is 15L, just enough to accommodate a towel, dry footwear and change of clothes
However, there is no drop bag facility for both 60K & 33K. Drop bags are typically those personal belongs put together in a bag, made accessible at specific points during the race.
Accommodation and Transportation Facilities
More details in the Travel & Accommodation section of our website.
Shuttle service will be provided to all runners who have even not availed transport & accommodation package and want to move from the finish to the start line. There is no shuttle service available for 8K as the start and finish are at the same location. For those who have availed the travel package, the 8K Trail Walkers will be dropped back from where they have been picked up.
Medals, Certificates & Accolades
Medals will be awarded to all runners who finish within the cut-off. Certificates will also be made available online to all 33K & 60K finishers. Results will be uploaded to ITRA & UTMB for 33K & 60K runners who have finished within the cut-off. There is no prize money or awards for podium finishers as we believe that all participants are winners. To avoid wastage, finisher medals are available only for the first 100 finishers of 60K & first 120 finishers of the 33K. Medals will be sent by post to the remaining finishers.
Hydration Bag / Water Bottle
Hydration Bag or a Water Bottle (1L) is mandatory for all runners, including the Trail Walk participants. It can get very hot between 10:00 AM & 02:00 PM (if not raining) and runners must be self sufficient between the aid stations. Water can be filled from the dispensers kept in Aid Stations or can be consumed in reusable plastic cups. We won’t provide plastic bottles at the start, finish or at the Aid stations.
It is also highly recommended that runners carry their mobile phones. While network is expected to be patchy, in the event of any emergency, runners may be able to contact race officials (whose numbers will be provided to all participants in advance). From our experience, we have seen that BSNL has reasonably better coverage along the course. Please remember to carry a pouch for your mobile that will protect it from rain.
Every runner is also advised to bring a whistle and to carry the same all through the race. However, runners are requested to use the whistles ONLY in case of an emergency, and in order to help volunteers and race officials find you.
We recommend that you carry necessary protection against the sun, which may include sun screen, cap, sleeves, shades etc.
It doesn't normally rain during this time of the year. The run will be conducted regardless of the weather unless it poses serious safety hazards.
The course is not bare-foot friendly. However, from our experience, minimalist trail footwear seems to work along the course.
Runners are expected to prepare their running gear and drop-bag well in advance of the race. However, an indicative list of items that you may use for reference is as follows:
Socks (we recommend you carry at least two pairs)
Water bottle or hydration bag (This is mandatory)
Cap/hat/visor/headband, sweatband, sleeves
Watch, heart rate monitor and other tracking devices
Mobile phone (fully charged)
Vaseline or Bodyglide
Change of clothes post run
First aid kit
Running gels and other fuels that you normally use