Become A Mawla Runner


The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra Trail Run

Hosted in the Sahyadris, GMGU is a trail race that celebrates the superhuman qualities of exceptional mountain climbers and fighters of the Mawla community. Men from the Mawla community, led by Tanaji Malusare, climbed the tall walls of the then known Kondhanpur Fort, and restored it to the Maratha Kingdom of King Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale. In the battle that led to the supreme sacrifices of Tanaji and his soldiers, the grieving king renamed the fort to Sinhagad as he said -“We got our fort, but we lost our lion.”

Through this race of the Jumping Gorilla Mountain Trail Run Series, it is our humble attempt to share and retell the story of this significant and super heroic feat of the Mawla Infantry of Maratha Army. While signing up for the race, you chose to dedicate their runs to the memory of these great warriors.


The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra epitomizes the challenges similar to that this infantry of Mawlas faced while conquering the Kondhanpur fort. With 4000 meters of elevation gain in just 75 KM, the race is built of steep gradients and mean climbs.

While running the Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra, you are exposed to racing conditions that bring them closer to the fighting spirit of a Mawla. A successful finish of the race makes you eat dirt, chew patience, and swallow your ego. In the process, you evolve as a human being who has seen and witnessed the other side of the human limits.


The races of Jumping Gorilla Mountain Trail Run series are essentially designed over pure trails. At The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra, the route goes through the tricky side of Sahyadri Hills. The expanse of the race route lies within the limits of Bhor and Velhe taluka of the Pune district.
The race route is an extraordinarily lofty and craggy mountain track. In the race, you will climb a minimum of seven and a maximum of eighteen mountains. In the three categories that we are hosting at The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra, you would need tremendous muscular endurance and technically planned hydration support. Needless to say, while combating some of the most tricky climbs of the Sahyadris, require strong brain-body synchronization.


This inaugural edition of The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra kicks off from a start line hidden on a hilltop in Kusgaon Khind region of the valley in Pune district of Maharashtra state in India. It is one of the less visited parts of the Sahyadris and the valley inhabits the descendants from the Mawla community. The venue provides a spectacular view of the valley below and keeps you away from the generic hustle of the valley.


The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra is a self supported race where we have manned aid stations to help support your ultra human endeavor. These aid stations are strategically placed to help you with emergency medical conditions, water refills and timing. It is expedited that you plan your race accordingly.


The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra will be timed through an innovative Race Tracking & Monitoring Technology. In spite of the difficulty to get precise timings on mountains our race tracking technology captures real-time accurate timing for every single athlete. At the race, we aim to offer precision and data breakups for the athletes to help them analyze their runs.


The Great Mawla Ghaati Ultra 2022 is scheduled on June 25th, 2022. While it’s the onset of monsoon, the summer days would be at their peak. This is how the race event rolls:

BIB EXPO : Will Update Shortly
ROUTE BRIEFING : 24th June’2023, Saturday 5pm
RACE FLAG OFF :25th June’ 2022, Sunday 5:30am

680 M elevation gain

3 Hours
10 KMS

1770 M elevation gain

7 Hours
25 KMS

3140 M elevation gain

12 Hours
50 KMS

4650 M elevation gain

18 Hours
75 KMS


If you are an experienced mountain trail runner or if you are an experienced long distance runner, you would like to give this a try.

There are three categories – 10 Kms, 25 kms, 50 kms & 75 kms.

The registrations have already started.

The race will be held on the slick side of the Sahyadri ranges, near Pune.

It is a self supported race where we have manned aid stations to help support your ultra human endeavor. 

Head torch, water vest, electrolyte, pocket knife, good pair of shoes, cap, trekking poles, and watch.

Yes, if you wish to. It would be beneficial.

It would be the onset of monsoon, and summer days would be at their peak.

20th June’ 2023.

The race will be timed through an innovative Race Tracking & Monitoring Technology.

Yes you will get a certificate on completing the race.

Yes, details will be published on the website later.

T-shirt, electronic timing bib, finishing medal, post race lunch, aid stations and physio support. 

Yes, pre-preparation is required before the race.
If an Athlete wants to participant in the Mountain trail run, it is not sufficient to be just a long distance runner. They must get familiar with elevation gain on the mountain. They should also focus on their muscles and lungs endurance. They should work on their foot mobility and on injury prevention strength training – which will be explained during the workout schedule. And most importantly, they need to focus on their sports nutrition and hydration when they are on the mountains.

(Details about the airport, railway station, and bus stop) The following are directions to the Mawla location: Google Maps Location of the Race: Click Here

The site is 40 kilometres from Pune Airport. It would be quite simple for you to reach the venue from the airport because there are numerous cabs and taxis available nearby. Public transportation is available. The bus frequency in Pune is excellent! Take the PMT bus from Pune Airport to Katraj, then the next PMT bus to Khed Shivapur. Take local transportation, such as a rickshaw, from Khed Shivapur to the race venue in Kusgaon.

The distance from Pune Railway Station is 33 kilometres. Another great option is to reach by train. various cabs, rickshaws, and buses are accessible from Pune station, making it quite handy.

Private transportation is available. This is, without a doubt, the most suitable option. Use Google Location to get directions from your location to the race venue: Click Here

The location is really easy to reach, and there are many convenient options around, so getting to the venue is very simple

Let's Race to the End!