SRT ULTRA MARATHON

SRT stands for Sinhagad Rajgad Torna!

Introducing a 50Km Ultra Marathon on the ancient route which connects the Sinhagad-Rajgad-Torna forts, more popularly known today as “SRT”. This route will be the magnum opus of trail and mountain running marathon routes of Pune, Maharashtra and its surrounding areas. The SRT route has been used in the past as a catalyst in commuting, trading, and farming apart from being the battleground for many kings who ruled these mountains.

The SRT is a now a heritage walk, with the magnificent Sinhagad, Rajgad and Torna forts that stand tall in between this route, telling the stories of the rich and glorious past of Pune.

In this day and age, a new stage is set - a battle to conquer these monumental Sinhagad-Rajgad-Torna forts in the form of an endurance filled Pune's first mountain running marathon!

SRT Ultra Marathon 50Km category is a 2019 Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) qualifying race, which takes place every year in Chamonix, France.

The mountain difficulty for the 50Km category is 5 on a scale of 12, and registered ITRA runners will avail 350 Finisher's Points to their Cotation.

View UTMB qualifying races here

International Trail Running Association is a global regulatory body that promotes the diversity of trail running and authenticating trail running races around the globe. ITRA allots points for races so that runners around the world can participate in them to qualify for world class trail marathons like UTMB.

We are a member of ITRA, and SRT Ultra Marathon is registered in their annual race calendar of India.

Following is the race evaluation for the 50K category:

ITRA Points 3 | Mountain Level 5 | Finisher Points 350

Following is the race evaluation for the 25K category:

ITRA Points 1  | Finisher Points 300

View ITRA membership here

Pune is the cultural capital of Maharashtra, owing to its rich and magnificent history. The Sahyadri mountain range of Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Hotspot for biodiversity, has played a vital role in stamping the cultural evolution of Pune since the last 1000 years.

The golden era of Pune and the rest of Maharashtra began during Chatrapti Shivaji Maharaj’s Swarajya conquest in the 1700s, which was the geographical centre of all revolutionary activities of the Maratha empire of the time. The forts of the Sahyadri mountains were the most sought after territorially, are were the hub of civilisation & battles during this period. The forts near Pune which are Sinhagad, Rajgad, and Torna are an integral cultural part of what is present day Pune. Of these forts, Rajgad fort was the capital of Swarajya during most of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s rule and is known as the king of forts. Witnessing many mountain based guerrilla battles, these forts are still standing tall despite going through heavy destruction prior to independence, and are unlike any other forts in the rest of the country.

Sinhagad, Rajgad and Torna have been a special site of study for historians, authors, poets, and writers alike, who want to ink down the history of Pune and Maharashtra. One will also find the local trekking community with a camera, hunting for that perfect shot in these mountains, while adventure seekers take immense pride in hiking and climbing up these forts on weekends.