The race start point is a lovely canal that you run adjacent to, while impossibly green fields greet your eyesight on both sides.
Starting next to the Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, this beautiful route follows the meandering canal of the river Kaveri close to Balmuri Falls. The 10k route ends back at Ranganthittu bird sanctuary. The half and full marathon route needs you to turn back at the 10.5k mark and return to the start.
The proximity to the water body, plus the scorching September sun makes the race a hot and humid one. So, read up well in advance and plan your hydration strategy for a safe, uneventful race.
Hey! We have seen you folks run over the last 10 years, your tribe only expanding every year. Along with our friends the birds, we have silently watched you run past, gracefully and sometimes clumsily! Past the irrigation canals, past the river, you wouldn’t have noticed us but we were there watching. We don’t expect you to look for us during the race but did you know that we are around? If you can call the Kaveri the heart and soul of KTM, it is the same Kaveri where we are safe. This is our last refuge. We are the otters.
Otters are a group of animals that mostly feed on fish. What makes them particularly interesting is that they are social animals, like wolves and chimps, and spend a lot of time playing and hunting together. They are a treat to watch, if you can find them, that is. Otters are considered good indicators of our rivers and wetlands, and are their top predator. They are feisty animals, and together they have been observed harassing and driving crocodiles away! Since they catch fast moving slippery prey i.e., fish, they are equipped with an enviable arsenal. Jaws full of sharp teeth that can put your pooch to shame. A single bite can break the spine of a fish! They are excellent swimmers and can often be seen torpedoing after fish or playfully chasing each other. There are 13 species all over the world, and the Kaveri is home to at least 2. The Kaveri is special because unlike most other rivers in India, she is home to their best population. This is a remarkable river indeed, home to a remarkable animal.
Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary:
The largest bird sanctuary of the state of Karnataka, at under 1km of space. The eager bird watcher would be able to see over 150 varieties of birds, including the Painted Stork, the Common Spoonbill, the Woolly-necked Stork etc.
You land at Srirangapatna for running the Kaveri Trail Marathon. You run the Kaveri Trail Marathon. It is awesome. Now, you would like to take in the local delights, since you have the rest of the weekend in front of you. Here are some of our considered suggestions:
Take in a tour of Srirangapatna town. There is amazing history there. This little town was the first seat of native rebellion against British rule. For the first time in Indian history, a local chieftain not only challenged the might of the British army, he won. Srirangapatna town still has the fort where Tipu Sultan made his heroic last stand, the Kaveri still flows below the fort, the dungeons where officers were imprisoned… essentially, plenty of history to take in.
Trails similar to the Kaveri trail:
If you are staying in Srirangapatna, you might want to set out on foot to explore the beautifully verdant region. This area is essentially the rice bowl of south India.
If you are in Mysore, do visit the stately house of the Maharaja of Mysore. The Mysore Palace is a truly splendid piece of Indo-Saracenic architecture and a beautiful sight to behold. It also gives a sense of the range and grandeur of royal life.
Restaurants in Mysore:
The Metropole Mysore is a charming old restaurant that holds inside it, the history and culture of Mysore. A lunch at one of the restaurants of the Metropole is a must!
In the tradition of the small town pub of the west, this little gem of a place is a wonderful space to enjoy truly good pub grub or a beer or just some solitude.
A ‘minor’ palace belonging to one of the princesses of the royal household was converted into this eco-friendly hotel. It has a quaint restaurant, with truly amazing lemon drizzle cake!
- Course records
|Men Senior||Idris Mohamed||00:38:53|
|Mens Veteran||Rajaretnam Jeyachandran||01:02:18|
|Women Open||Arundathi Suresh||00:48:07|
|Women Senior||Sudha Ramesh Adkoli||01:03:47|
|Women Veteran||Sharada Venkatraman||01:10:10|
|Men Senior||Idris Mohamed||01:27:37|
|Men Veteran||Bhasker Sharma||01:54:06|
|Women Open||Swetha Devaraj||01:42:41|
|Women Senior||Camilla Pearse||01:51:30|
|Men Open||Anil Kumar||03:00:25|
|Men Senior||Ramesh K||03:19:06|
|Men Veteran||Siddhesh Hanumantappa||03:50:07|
|Women Open||Rachel Helen Carter||03:24:54|
|Women Senior||Divya Vasishta||04:54:07|
Rewind to 2005 – the running movement in India was picking up pace with the introduction of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. There were no organizations to support the rapidly growing number of amateur runners.
Enter Runners for Life in March 2005 with the first ever “Long Run” – a monthly affair at the time. A forum for runners to meet, train together and exchange ideas was what Runners for Life was conceptualized as at the time and to this day it retains the running community as its core. The attention that we pay to the needs of the runners at our events has now become industry standards for race organization country-wide! Indian runners are pampered at races, and the seeds for that were sown at a small “practice run” for the Bangalore Ultra 2007 – a run we christened the ”Kaveri Trail Marathon” .
Today, the Kaveri Trail Marathon and the Bangalore Ultra are our flagship events for the long distance runners. Add to it, Urban Stampede, which is our multi-city event that aspires to get more and more people running country-wide. We’ve also been consulted for multiple races across the country and helped these events find their perfect racing shoes. In addition, we’ve had 7 years of publishing a running newsletter, being at the centre of growing a thriving national community of runners, and consulting to build local running clubs.
In other words, it’s very simple.. .if it’s running, we do it.
“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world” — George Washington Carver.
Kaveri Trail Marathon, with its rich 11-year old history, has a special place in the hearts of runners.
Very few people know that the Kaveri Trail Marathon started off as a training run for the first edition of the Bangalore Ultra. Conducted in October 2007, it attracted 247 runners, all of whom were training for the Ultra. The central idea: run in tougher circumstances than the Ultra, and you would be able to run the Ultra easier. The premise of ‘Train hard. Race easy’ was drummed into our minds by the race director of the Ultra, Madhu Avasarala and team Runners for Life, set out to look for such a run route. Support came from our friends, the Bangalore Hash House Harriers. The then grandmaster of the Bangalore Hash, Jaganath Raju, (Jugy to those who know him), a veritable human GPS, showed us the route along the canal near Srirangapatna. Our imagination aflame, we immediately decided to pick this spot for our next adventure!
On race day, people ran the 21 km route once if they were running the half marathon, and turned around for twice the sweet torture, if they were running the marathon.
Over years, the rallying cry of supporters of marathoners at the start/ finish line has been “don’t stop running, finish strong!” The joking request that spurs this response is, “Can I stop now?” Our dauntless runners never stop before they hit the finish line.
We added the 10k race, as more new runners wanted to experience the much talked about KTM route.
The race has grown gradually, and in five years, the trail reached a point, where we could not support more runners.
Instead of closing at “sold out”, we decided to make it into a weekend affair. We spun off the 10k to the Saturday of the KTM weekend, and the half marathon & marathon were on Sunday. This way, we could support about 2,000 runners each year.
The route is not just beautiful, it is also a tough taskmaster. The impossibly green landscape, the paddy and sugarcane fields, the beautiful village scenes, the bullock cart that is always blocking your route as you run, the gurgling noises of the canal, a tributary of the life giving river Kaveri… there is no one thing about the route that is not eye catching. What makes it tough is that the sun is overhead and blazing down relentlessly, increasing humidity levels on the trail. Runners therefore have to hydrate smart, and replenish fluids periodically, to avoid cramps, dehydration, hyponatremia, and a host of other race-stopping issues. The route is not only pure trail (and therefore uneven), it is also undulating, but in a way that you don’t experience it immediately. The increase and dip in elevation is only evident when you pay attention to your sudden change in breathing, for reasons you can’t explain, accompanied by a sudden sting in the quadriceps.
Finish line euphoria, is unparalleled, whether the finisher has been looking at the race as a bucket list, or is one of the many, for whom KTM is a must do race, penciled into their running calendar each year. There are quite a few runners who have graced our race, after running races such as Comrades, Marathon des Sables, Badwater etc. We are prouder still of those, who experience the KTM, and then graduate on to these famed international races, and more!
In 2016, KTM finished a glorious 10 years, and to celebrate it, we offered our returning runners discounted entry. Our special edition race finisher t-shirts and the unique art on it (by frequent podium finisher, and old-time RFLer, Athreya Chidambi) holds a special place in the hearts of many.
The legend of KTM lives on, and grows stronger with each passing year.