In its fifth year now, the Bhatti Lakes Ultra is considered one of the toughest Ultra circuit races in India. No wonder then, this 135-mile race prepared the ultra marathon runner Arun Bhardwaj to finish the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in 2012, also considered the ‘world’s toughest foot race’ that takes place in Death Valley, California.
This four category race takes runners through Bhatti, a series of lakes formed due to abandoned mines in the Faridabad area. Runners can expect truly scenic landscapes along with changing terrains that will shift from slippery sandy sections, gorges to dusty trails and over thorns. The race is held under quite challenging conditions like heat, humidity, dust punctuated with changing terrain that will test your mettle as a runner.
It also offers valuable qualification points for the iconic 165-km ultramarathon called the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc held in Chamonix, France. The race will see 70 participants hitting the trail. The number could have been more, but “that’s because of Karva Chauth”, jokes Kavitha Kanaparthi, owner of Globeracers, the event organiser. She’s an ultramarathon runner herself.
Globeracers organise six ultramarathons across India such as the Thar Desert race, Run of Kutch, Bhatti Lakes Ultra, Golcondo 100, Nilgiris 100 and the Himalaya Xtreme.
One of the main sponsors of the event, Salomon and Suunto, also presented their multi-purpose X-Scream City trail running shoes and GPS multisport watch Suunto Ambit 2S at the press conference.