Some of India’s top ultra runners will compete in the first edition of the Dudhsagar Ultra run (50 km) which will take off from the Dudhsagar plantation in Karmanem village, Mollem, on Sunday, November 19, 2023.
The run, organised by Grand Indian Trails, weaves through sanctuary jeep trails, crop fields and mountainous terrain, offering a mix of easy-ascent slopes and moderate technical sections. Participants will experience the thrill of witnessing the Dudhsagar water rapids, surrounded by the praiseworthy natural beauty of the Western Ghats.
Besides, the trail run of 50 km, participants are also eager to compete in the 21 km half marathon, 10 km trail challenge and 3 km fun run. The elevation gain for the 21 km run is 280 metres and the highest altitude gain is 201 m. The cut-off time for this race is four hours.
However, major excitement is building up for the 50 km trail run in which the runners will cross through the forested areas and intersections to reach the highest altitude of 650 m. The total elevation gain of this race is 1690 m.
According to one of the main organisers of the run, Sandeep Kumar, there are 50 Goan runners who are participating in this maiden edition of the Dudhsagar Ultra. Kumar himself one of India's well-known trail runner and coach has been felicitated by the Prime Minister.
Kumar informed that three of the top-rated runners – Umesh Kuvar, Ganesh Kumar and Vishak Krishnaswamy – will be in fierce competition against each other to win the 50 km ultra. “These are the best, but there are others too who are also good,” he said.
Dudhsagar Plantation is the base camp for the 50 km race. “There are 20 volunteers and 30 runners staying with us,” said Ashok Malkarnekar, who runs Dudhsagar Plantation, and added, “The 10 km and 21 km runs will start at Kulem. Those participating in these races will get to see the Dudhsagar falls.”
Malkarnekar is excited as the 50 km ultra event is taking off from his property and ending at the same place. “We’re excited to host a trail run in the Goan hinterland and are happy to see many participating,” he said.
“We will be happy to see increasing participation of local youth over the years. The runners will experience the stunning natural beauty of the Dudhsagar region, and we hope that this will sharpen environmental awareness and contribute to conservation efforts,” he added.
The 50-acre property of Dudhsagar plantation boasts of well-maintained cottages, a natural water swimming pool, and a peaceful environment midst tropical flora.