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Event Details


The third edition of the Chennai Trail Marathon organized by the Chennai Trekking Club sets itself apart from the typical city marathon in several unique aspects:
  • Non-commercial event focused on passion for running (economical registration fee)
  • Focus on the active/serious running community (21K entry level)
  • Challenging trail run on dirt tracks amid beautiful natural surroundings
  • Unmatched running experience around a scenic lake, forest and canyons (major contrast with running on concrete city roads)
  • First Ultra distance marathon in Chennai
  • One of the best supported in terms of volunteers
  • Most complete (free) photographic coverage
  • Elaborate post-run timing stats and rankings

Running categories include:
  • Half marathon (21K) - start: 5:30am, cut-off timing: 3:15 hours
  • Full marathon (42K) - start: 5:15am, cut-off: 6 hours
  • Ultra marathon (50K) - start 5am, cut off: 7.5 hours

Cut-off timings are not applicable to physically challenged and veteran, senior/super veteran runners (see below).

The location is Cholavaram lake near Red Hills at the city outskirts, a 40 min ride from Koyambedu along NH5. The venue is the GOJAN Institute of Technology with proper facilities for parking, dining, toilets, overnight stay. There will be an option for overnight stay to eliminate early morning travel before the run.
The base registration fee is 500Rs and includes BIB, breakfast, refreshments, medal, e-certificate (excluding t-shirt - 220Rs optional - select "Running t-shirt" add-on ticket). Students base registration fee is 350Rs - select "Student" discount codeBulk registrations for groups/corporates are possible. There will be no kids run this year. Registration closes on Aug 27th. There is no price money.
Running kit (BIB, t-shirt...) distribution will happen on Saturday Sep 6th at The Westin, Velachery. 
We will be organizing pre-event practice runs in the city
Separate post-event rankings for male/female and following categories: 
  • Open (16-42 years)
  • Veteran (43-53 years)
  • Senior Veteran (54-63 years)
  • Super Veteran (64-74 years) 
Elite or economically less privileged runners who cannot afford the registration fee please contact

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Hotel accommodation for out-station runners near the venue:
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Through CTM 2014 we are creating awareness and raising funds for Anbu Illam, a registered organization started in 2007 located in Manali, Chennai. The home looks after orphans and physically handicapped children. For the past several years the home has been struggling to find funds to move to a more spacious facility to accommodate the increasing number of kids in the home. We request kind souls among the runners who feel for this cause to extend their support through a small contribution. Together we can make a big difference in the lives of these less privileged children. Choose the "Support the children of Anbu Illam" add-on ticket while registering to extend your help. Below a group photo of the Anbu Illam kids during the 2013 Chennai Trail Marathon:

About the Chennai Trekking Club

The Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) is a volunteer based, non-profit outdoor group. With 21 thousand members and hundreds of outdoor and sports events organized throughout the year it’s one of the largest and most active groups in South India. Weekly events include trekking, cycling, biking, running and triathlons. The group is active in environmental conservation - on June 6th, 6000+ volunteers participated in the Chennai Coastal Cleanup across 10 cities in South India in association with The Hindu.

In October 2013 more then 1100 runners participated in the second edition of the trail marathon. CTC has organized 8 Triathlons including the Full Iron distance Triathlon in Nov 2013 - one of India's first. CTC was co-organizer of the Dawn 2 Dusk 2014 Kids Run in which more then 4000 kids and families participated. The group has actively volunteered in other large running events including the WIPRO Chennai Marathon in December 2013. The group has been featured in more then 180 media publications.

Partners & Sponsors - Brochure
The Choolavaram Trail - a Mutli Terrain Marvel

Over the Dam,

Along the Lake,

Through the Woods,

Inside the Canyons,

Across the Grasslands.

Prabakar - 9840130464
Durai - 9840807457

Prabakar - 9840130464
Durai - 9840807457


Chennai Trail Marathon
Cholavaram Tank
Chennai, Tamilnadu