On 2nd December 2018, Kolkata saw it first ever ultra marathon that Kolkata. An initiative of Kolkata Ultra (a running community of the city) the marathon is called Kolkata Ultra 60K. The total distance for the run will be 60 km which will flag off from Urbana and go into the trails of East Kolkata Wetlands.
230 participants registered for the run from all over the country and few even from Bangladesh.With many shorter distance and full marathons taking place in the city, this was Kolkata’s first ever Ultra Marathon.
There are two categories, individual and team. While in the individual category as the name suggested, the registering participant has to complete the entire course of 60 km within the cut off time of 10 hours, the team category format requires a 3 member team with a compulsory one female participant. They will be running in a relay with each member completing a 20km loop of the course within the same cut off time.
The event was organised by Sportiz which handled end to end functions from routing, course management, promotions, registrations and ensuring every minute detail was taken care of starting from hydration to nutrition to medical aid, recovery and on-route assistance.