June Newsletter II

Registration closed!

There will be more than 1,250 Dodo Trailers present on the race on July 13. Here are the record of entries for this 4th edition of the Dodo Trail:

  • Xtreme Dodo Trail (XDT): 135 registered
  • Ti Dodo Trail (TDT): 285 registered
  • Mini Dodo Trail (MDT): 625 registered
  • Dodo Fun Run (DFR): 230 registered

Registration for the Dodo Trail is now closed, for those who have not yet made the payment, you have until June 30.

Tips for the D-Day

Training is of course, an imperative to be ready for the D-Day. One of our winners of the previous edition shares a piece of advice: the key is variety. Apart from running, other sports such as swimming and cycling also help to build endurance. One should however be careful not to over-train to avoid exhaustion or injury.

It is of primary importance to choose a track that fits your physical condition. With this in mind, the Dodo Trail offers several tracks ranging from 5km to 50km to suit the different levels of runners.

For those who participate in the 50 km, having appropriate apparel is necessary. Apart from shoes and clothes, which need to be selected carefully, other gears should be considered, especially for longer tracks. A thermal blanket, a head lamp with spare batteries, a whistle, and a pair of gloves for instance might prove useful.

During the trail, one should find his/her own pace. The trail is a matter of endurance and it is therefore better to have a slow but regular pace rather than start in a rush and end up slowing down later.  Also, do not hesitate to take pauses whenever necessary.

The Dodo Trail allows you to enjoy a wonderful landscape but you should also be cautious of details around you such as branches, roots, slippery grounds and rocks to avoid injuries.

Discover the other Mauritius

Mauritius’ scenery is often described as a picture-postcard. While it is a flattering comparison, the trail allows you to go beyond the simple postcard and discover Mauritius differently.

The runners will have the opportunity to discover the wild part of the island through simple pathways. Le Morne, Baie du Cap, La Tourelle du Tamarin, Chamarel, Balack River Gorges as well as other peaks, private properties and villages constituting the beauty of the South West region will be your playing field.

Support from relatives and friends

The Dodo Trail is not reserved for runners. The public, particularly relatives and friends, are also invited to attend this exceptional race.

All runners agree that one of the best sources of motivation through the trail is encouragement from those who are close to you. Cheers, signs, tee-shirts: be creative in your way to express support for your runner.

Do not hesitate to take pictures and videos and share them on the Facebook page of the Dodo Trail. However, certain rules should be respected. For instance, do not step on the tracks/path to avoid blocking the way for the runners.

There will be several stands at the finish line and also animations for those accompanying racers.

Warning: By attending the Dodo Trail, those of you who did not dare to participate in this edition will be convinced to do so for the next!

New trend for running: costumes and accessories!

The Dodo Trail is the occasion to try a new trend among runners: racing in a costume! As a superhero, a Disney character, with a tutu and so on… here’s a way to make the race even more fun.

Nothing would be more creative than using your imagination to conceive the whole costume with your own hands.

Those of you who prefer ready-made costumes will also have a wide range of choices but those coming directly from the stores are not always optimal for a race. Therefore do not hesitate to modify it if needed, to make it more practical.

As for any sports apparel, be mindful of the fabric of your costume. Cotton, spandex and polyester are recommended while it is better to avoid lycra or nylon.

Also do not forget to test the costume before the race. Try training with it, to ensure that it does not impede your moves, or to make further modifications if need be.

The most important point is to be comfortable and have fun!

Sponsor focus: Velogic

Velogic is a company offering services such as freight forwarding, customs clearing, domestic transport, warehousing, container services, shipping services, air cargo GSA, exhibitions, parcel & courier, sugar packaging and stevedoring.

Velogic considers that sport is the best way to convey values such as team work and solidarity. Many of its employees are also sportsmen.

In line with its vision and values, Velogic associated itself to the Dodo Trail since 2013.

June Newsletter

The UTMB 2013 champion will be present on the Dodo Trail 2014

The Frenchman Xavier Thevenard will be among us this year for this 4th edition of the Dodo Trail. He was invited last year to run the Dodo Trail but had to drop out due to injury. He is a famous runner in France and Europe, especially after his victory at the UTMB 2013, which is one of the most challenging races in the world. We’ve done an exclusive interview with him, just for you!

Read an interview with Xavier Thevenard on the Dodo Trail website

Two more champions will be with us this year!

Jeannick Boyer, ranked 2nd at the Colorado Trail will be our guest this year and will be present on the race. A powerful runner who will surely offer us a great show!

Without forgetting the Reunion champion Fatima Hibon, ranked 2nd at the Colorado Trail who will also be part of it the adventure! She is actually one of the best runners in Reunion.

Two top Mauritian runners at the Trail of Colorado

Vishal Ittoo and Regine Guibert had been selected to take part in the Trail du Colorado, in Réunion Island, following their great performances on the Dodo Trail 2013. The race took place on 1st June and went very well for our 2 locals. Vishal Ittoo scored a great 7th place in the Men’s team (4 hours 22 minutes and 58 seconds for the 38 km track) and Regine arrived in 12th position in the Women’s team (5 hours, 44 minutes, 26 seconds). Congratulations on these great performances and see you in July on our track!

Latest news: First press conference, June 5th 2014

The first press conference will be held at the MTPA to announce the kickoff of the 4th edition of the Dodo Trail, at which the Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors will be present. Yannick Doger de Spéville, Yan de Maroussem and MTPA and VLH Managing directors surrounded by all the sponsors will introduce the different paths and a few surprises for the participants.

Equip yourself with Salomon and get ready for the Dodo Trail

Note that Emcar Sports will also attend the distribution of race bibs on July 12 at Riverland. So, remember to bring some money in order to equip yourself the best for the race.

Inscriptions will close on Friday 13th June 2014

Don’t wait any longer to put your name up, registration is closing on Friday 13th June, exactly one month before the race kicks off! Be part of an incredible event!

Ready, Get set, Go!