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Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Satara Hill Half Marathon below. Use the search box to type keywords that you’re looking for.

  • Who organizes SHHM?

    The "SHHM - the Ultra Half Marathon" is organized by the SATARA RUNNERS FOUNDATION (SRF), a nonprofit organization. SRF is a group of runners, who have been organizing this event, on a voluntary & community basis, since 2012 - with a focus on keeping the "Runner" at the center of all its activities.

  • When will SHHM 2023 take place?

    SHHM 2023 is scheduled for Sunday, September 3, 2023. The race will start at 6:30 am and the reporting time is 5:30 am.

  • Where does the race start ? Where does it end ?

    The route for all the races is an OUT & BACK course. The Starting point, as well as the Finish point, is Police Parade Ground, Satara City. A detailed map of the route, along with photos of the course, and an elevation profile is available on our website. You can have a look at it here.

    PS: Final details of the route for SHHM every year are subject to approvals and permissions from the respective Official departments. The final announcement in this regard will be made at the appropriate time.

  • What time will THE RUN start?

    The race will start at 6:30 am on September 3, 2023. The reporting time is 5:30 am.

  • Is it a timed event?

    Yes, Timing chips for the computerized recording of the run will be provided to all runners of the main SHHM (21.1 km) event.

  • When Can I Register for SHHM 2023?

    Registrations for SHHM 2023 are going to be carried out in two phases. 1. Pre-Registrations, and 2. Final Registrations. Every participant should pre-register themselves to be eligible for final registrations.

    Pre-registrations start from April 3, 2023 at 6 AM & will close on April 7, 2023 at 6 PM.

    Final Registrations start on April 10, 2023 at 6 AM until all slots are filled.

  • What is the last date of registration?

    Dates for pre-registration and final registrations are as follows:
    Pre-registrations: From April 3, 2023 at 6 am to April 7, 2023 at 6pm.
    Final Registrations: Start from April 10, 2023 at 6 am until all slots are filled.

    Please visit the SHHM registration page for more details.

  • How/Where do I register?

    SHHM registrations are taken online. Please visit the SHHM registration page to register yourself.

  • What is the registration process?

    Registration for SHHM 2023 will happen in two steps.
    Every year, due to popular demand for our event, there's a lot of rush on registration day. Runners often end up filling incorrect information as they try to complete their registration form online hastily. Many runners also miss their chance to register as the available slots usually fill up in a couple of hours.

    That's why we're introducing a new process this time, that'll help everyone to get a fair chance to register for their favorite Half Marathon.

    All Athletes who successfully PRE-REGISTER between April 3, 2023 and April 7, 2023 will become eligible for the final Registration process for SHHM 2023.

    However, pre-registration DOES NOT GUARANTEE a slot to run in SHHM 2023.

    Final Registration will start on April 10, 2023 at 6:00 am ( will be closed as soon as the available spots fill up )

    Only Pre-registered candidates will be able to confirm their registration by completing their payment on April 10, 2023, as long as registration spots are available.

    So make sure to pre-register between April 3, 2023 and April 7, 2023 to qualify for a chance to register on April 10, 2023.

    Candidates who've not pre-registered won't be eligible for the registration process.

  • How much is the Registration fee?

    Registration fees for SHHM 2023 are as follows:

    1. Satara District Runners With Valid Aadhaar ID (Local Category): ₹1100 + GST.
    2. All Runners (General Category): ₹1800 + GST.

  • Where Can I register for SHHM 2023?

    You can register at the SHHM registration page after registration dates are declared.

  • When and where is the expo / BIB Collection?

    Expo for SHHM 2023 is scheduled on September 2, 2023 from 9:00 am.

    The address for the Explo Venue is Abhaysinhraje Sanskrutik Bhavan, Shendre Fata, Shendre, Satara – 415 004. Please visit SHHM Expo page for more information.

  • There was a problem during registration. I have been charged but I did not receive a confirmation. What should I do ?

    Under exceptional cases, in case the transaction failed at the payment gateway stage, and if the money was debited but a confirmation was not generated, the money will be credited back to your account within 3 working days automatically. However, if in rare cases that does not happen and if you need further support, please email us with details of your registration – date of registration, name, and mail id and we will follow up to ensure the problem is tracked and dealt with.
    Send an email to [email protected] and [email protected]

  • How much is the Prize money?

    Prize money is distributed in various age groups for both men and women. You can see the Age Categories and other Prize Money related details including rules and regulations here.

  • What are the different Finisher Medal Categories at SHHM ?

    Special Medal Categories
    Every finisher will get a finisher’s medal & an online certificate with the finishing time. However, to make it more exciting, challenging & fulfilling for the runners, we have three categories of finisher’s medals in the Half Marathon event, according to different cut-off times as follows.

    Medal Cut-Off Times
    Hill Champion 8:30 am
    Hill Conqueror 9:00 am
    Hill Challenger 10:30 am
    No Medal After 10:30 am

    The race starts at 6:30 am sharp. The cut-off times will be strictly implemented as per the official clock at the race venue.

    Your Time which will be considered for the Medal Category will start at 6:30 am as soon as the race is flagged off and NOT when you cross the Timing mat Start line. So adjust your pace & effort accordingly, keeping in mind the above-mentioned cut-off times.

    Please note that Finisher Medals will be awarded according to Gun Time but your Ranking and Official Timing will be as per Chip time, starting when you cross the Timing mat at the Starting line.

  • Can I transfer/cancel my registration? Will there be any refund?

    Sorry, no cancellations/transfers are possible and registration fees are non-refundable.

  • Why is the registration fee for outstation runners higher than for local Satara runners?

    Our aim as organizers is to promote & propagate the sport of Distance Running in our predominantly semi-rural & rural communities. To that end, we offer lower rates for registration to local runners, in comparison to outstation runners.

  • Why is there a limit on the number of registrations (Especially for Outstation runners)?

    The SHHM is a very popular event & is much in demand. The demand is far in excess of the available registration slots. However, the organizers cannot increase the registrations due to logistical issues. The organizers want to maintain the high standards set in the past, ensuring a flawless & memorable experience for all runners. Additionally, the accommodation options like Hotels, etc are also limited in a small city like Satara, posing an additional challenge, especially for Outstation runners.

  • Is there any Qualifying criteria to register for SHHM 2023?

    Qualifying criteria are announced every year depending on permissions from authorities and the availability of seats. These qualifying criteria and other terms and conditions are usually updated on the SHHM Registrations page.

  • I am originally from Satara district but now settled elsewhere. Can I register under Satara District Runners (Local) category?

    Only runners having valid residential proof of Satara District will be allowed to register under the Local Satara District Runner category.  Only ADHAR CARD shall be considered residential proof.

  • What happens if an Outstation runner registers under Local Satara category?

    All registrations will be scrutinized. Any Outstation runners found to have registered in the Local category will be DISQUALIFIED. The registration charges will be refunded only AFTER DEDUCTING penalty + processing fees (total ₹ 500).

  • I need help finding accommodation. Can you help?

    Unfortunately, we are unable to help regarding the accommodation in Satara. As organizers, we already have our hands full, trying to organize this large event on a voluntary basis, with relatively limited resources & help from friends & family.
    It's not practically possible for us to get involved with the accommodation aspect of the event.

    The available options for the same in our relatively small city are usually booked by runners well in advance, as soon as event dates are announced each year.

    We recommend that you book your accommodation first and then register for Satara. We also suggest that you look out for accommodation with friends from the Running Community &/or Family friends in & around Satara.

  • How should I train for the event? Are there any training runs scheduled?

    Please follow us on our social media to stay updated with scheduled Training Runs. You can also train by opting for one of the available Training Programs by our Fitness Partner Fitpage. Details coming soon.

  • How can I train for SHHM without hills in my area, considering your recommendation to include "hill-runs" in my training?

    You can look out for man-made slopes like parking lots, ramps, etc. You can also run on a Treadmill with an inclined ramp. Alternatively, running up and downstairs in a building ( gradually increasing the number of stairs and speed ) is also a good strategy.

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