Chennai Trail Marathon, Oct 20th - prep email

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hope all of you are as excited as us for the Chennai Trail Marathon on October 20th, one of the most scenic in South India. Just 2 weeks to go. Please read carefully below to prepare yourself. 

BIB/running kit collection - Saturday, Oct 19th @ Hotel HABLIS, Guindy, Chennai


Hablis, Platinum Sponsor
GOJAN, Hospitality Partner 
 Team Promoters, Gold Sponsor
 Prosap, Gold Sponsor
 Apollo, Gold Sponsor & Medical Partner
 Trek n Ride, Silver Sponsor
 PASO, Medical Partner
ALERT, Medical Partner

Social Partners - Anbu Illam, Child Home

BIB/running kit distribution - Saturday Oct 19th
Saturday, October 19th, 9am-6pm
Hotel Hablis, Guindy, Chennai
  • All runners are requested to pick up their running kit (BIB, t-shirt, etc) at the above location
  • Runners must carry a printout of your doattend ticket (received through email after registration) and original photo ID
  • Our organizers will be available at this venue for any clarifications and queries
  • If you are not available, you can nominate a friend through this form. Your friend has to carry a printout of your doattend ticket and his original photo ID
  • disclaimer form has to be signed by all runners


Cholavaram Tank on the Northern outskirts of the city.

The exact access road from NH5 will be communicated in a next email once we finalize the arrival venue and vehicle parking.

Reporting timings, Sunday Oct 20th

Runners are requested to report sharp on time at below timings at the venue:
  • Full Marathon (80 runners) - 4:30am 
  • Half Marathon (380 runners) - 5am
  • 10K run (370 runners) - 5:30am
  • Kids run (50) - 7am
Sports physios from PASO will be providing warm-up and stretching before the start of the run

Start Run

All runners of each category will be flagged off together at below timings:
  • Full Marathon - 5am - must carry: small torch
  • Half Marathon - 5:30am
  • 10K run - 6am
  • Kids run - 7:30am

Full Marathon & Kids Run - own transport. If you are facing difficulty to reach the venue, please email Rakesh.

Half Marathon & 10K run (largest population) - we are facilitating car/bike pooling from 17 assembly points in city - register here.

Chennai West (3 points)
  • 3:30am - Tambaram - bus stop
  • 4am - Porur - bypass tollgate 
  • 4:30am - Red hills
Chennai South (5 points)
  • 2:45am - Shollingallur - OMR junction
  • 3:15am - TIDEL Park 
  • 3:15am - Adyar - junction/Rainforest
  • 3:15am - Velachery - Vijayanagar bus stop
  • 3:30am - Guindy - Le Meridien hotel
Chennai Center/North (9 points)
  • 3:15am - Mylapore tank
  • 3:45am - T Nagar - bus depot
  • 3:45am - Ashok Pillar - Udhyam Theatre
  • 3:45am - Nugambakkam - Ispahani Center
  • 3:50am - Vadapalani - bus depot
  • 4am - Koyambedu - Nathans cafe near CMBT
  • 4:10am - Anna Nagar - West bus depot
  • 4:15am - Kolathur - 100ft road
  • 4:30am - Madhavaram - 100ft road/NH5 intersection

Some of the organizers are camping overnight at the venue on Saturday evening. Runners who prefer to stay over the previous night are welcome to do so - please bring along a sleeping mat, blanket and torch.


  • Runners are requested to keep their luggages and valuables in their cars as much as possible
  • A luggage counter will be present for those who wish to hand over their belongings during the run. 
  • Don't forget to collect your luggage after completing the run
Running trail

Running will be along a 10K trail along 3/4 perimeter of the Cholavaram lake on a 3m wide hard red soil trail. The finish point is the same as the starting point. Photos over here
  • 10K runners will be running 5K up and down
  • Half Marathon runners will be running 10K up and down
  • Full Marathon runners will be running 10K up and down two rounds
  • Kids will be running according to age category half distance up and down
White markings on the ground will guide the runners at any diversion points.
Regular mile markers will be put up along the trail to indicate the remaining distance till completion.


  • Regular hydration is essential for an optimal running experience. 
  • Runners can either carry a small bottle of water or make use of the available refreshment stations.
  • We are providing refreshment points approx. every 2.5km along the running track.
  • Provided: plain water, electrol, gatorade, bananas, 5 stars, violini spray

First aid

  • Volunteers from ALERT will be present at the refreshment points along the running track to administer any first aid. 
  • A 108 Ambulance with paramedics will be on stand by
  • Cycling volunteers along the running track can be contacted for any assistance
  • PASO Physio Sports team will be present at the start, finish and at 5K, 10K refreshment points for any sports related injuries

Finish run

  • Our volunteers will be noting/announcing your completion time while finishing.
  • Proceed to the finishing podium to receive your medal and get your photo taken
  • Proceed next to cool-down venue for post-run stretching/cool-down in small groups by our sports physio team
  • Breakfast/refreshments are available near the finishing point in shady eucalyptus forest
  • Don't forget to pick up your luggage which you dropped at the luggage counter before the run
  • Return to Chennai - a friendly request to all bike and car owners to accommodate other runners from the finishing venue in their vehicles who can be dropped at the same/nearby assembly point
Post run

Within a week you ll be able to download an e-certificate with your timing
Our volunteer photographers will be covering the entire event and sharing the photos in our Chennai Trail Marathon FB Page within a week.


In case of any specific clarifications or queries please contact:

Rakesh - 9944845458
Prabakar - 9840130464

Out station/accommodation

Anyone coming from out station and needing accommodation please check Google Maps for nearby hotels or contact email Rakesh for any assistance.

Have a wonderful run!



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