Bhatti started as a fun 100-mile event, a route that was introduced to me by a friend on a hot summer morning. We took our bikes out to ride on the trail and ended up with so many punctures that we lost count and lost track of time! So the trail, that is just off the road, in the outskirts of a major city like New Delhi, is full of thorns, has sand patches, boasts of couple of gorges, some wild life that isn’t all too wild, 5 lakes that are beautiful and dangerous all the same, and humidity that makes a good runner weep during the day! So why do runners call it the mother of all trail running in India? You need to be there to experience it. Not all runners finish their chosen distances or meet their time targets, and many come back year after year, to ‘tackle the monster’ in their own choice of words ! We believe them. We are there too, year after year, running the very same route before the race, checking out aid-station locations, and safety. Bhatti served as a qualifying run for the first Badwater runner, Arun Bharadwaj, in 2010, and this year we have other runners who are looking to qualify for Badwater and UTMB by running Bhatti. The event has come a long since 2010, and this year its the 4th edition!
Bhatti’s unique qualities are unmatched. There is toughness, there is the heat, and there is the night running that brings out varied responses from the runners.
A few quotes from Bhatti runners:
Jaspreet Singh- “Ultrarunner discovery inside a marathoner, real test of patience when it comes to running in loops with distance of each one changing with time, disciplined race with real test of fitness where runner is bound to match himself to the standards of ultra runner, scenic run with mix of different trails, last but not the least – the only place where you are afraid if weight loss”
Sumeet Virmani: “Bhatti was nostalgic for me. had spent my childhood in a residential school located in bhatti village. Once mines, now a cluster of lakes. The all terrain run route taught some vital lessons of life–where each day is marked by a ceaseless change, those who are undeterred shine brightly with victory.”
Saurabh Poddar: “Bhatti was amazing. Even after the event its aura was alive in me for days. I could not stop taking about it to my lazy ass friends. How fun, joyful and inspirational it was. I just did not met great runner but witness great spirit. I saw when your body is broken you run with your heart and I saw lots of heart there. I am really really looking forward for Bhatti this year !!”
Arun Bharadwaj: “Best trail ultra race in the country.”
And how can we not quote Gaurav Madan, one of the youngest ultra runners in the country? : “When the city enjoys the 40 winks.. craziest of zombies crawl here counting 40 more kilometers to go….”
And we can go on More quotes on the race, by Bhatti runners are here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151456632249681&set=a.432633619680.202912.543684680&type=1&theater
Some volunteers, such as Prateek Mohan, have come back year after year to volunteer and share their unique gift of patience and giving with runners, who remember them by name and appreciate their presence at the race. In fact, we have had runners ask us if he would be at a particular race! We are fortunate to have such awesome souls volunteer at our races, which make these ultras all the more unique. We had Avinash Pratap Singh make an impression on runners past year, and look forward to working with him again this year.
In addition, we have a few partners, some new and some old, who will be expanding on their relationship with us and providing support to our runners in the form of product discounts and support to the races. We welcome them all and, are fortunate to have them support these races, which are surely in nascent stages in India. We have had great support from our sponsors in all the three previous editions in the form of Dlight, Fortis, AllSports Magazine, Fitz, T10 Sports, Kinley and Coke. We very much look forward to working with them closely and building strong partnerships to make ultras safe, fun and a much look forward to events.
If you wish to volunteer, write to us here: email@example.com. For more on the race, visit the race page: Bhatti Ultra