End of year wishes and news!
Dear Dodo Trailers, Some crispy news you may be interested for this end of the year…
The reputation of our trail extends beyond the island borders… Already known internationally by leading runners, the Dodo Trail is now officially recognized by the International Federation Sky Running (IFS) and is part of the Sky Running Continental Championship. We can be proud! This federation gathers prestigious races in altitude throughout the world and our races “Ti Dodo Trail” (25 kilometers) and “Xtreme Dodo Trail” (50 kilometers) are the only ones listed in the Africa region!
What a satisfaction! Follow this link for more info: Sky Running Website
As every year, the Dodo Trail will take you to the top! The next edition will be held on the 26th of July 2015. We hope you are more motivated than ever to travel once again through the incredible mountains of the West side of the island. We look forward to see you!
The end of the year is the time to put your camelback, shorts and running shoes in the closet, to relax “tilipielorgrolipie” and enjoy the festivities… We wish you pleasant moments and best wishes for 2015!
See you soon Dodo Trailers!
Success is the word to describe the 4th edition of the Dodo Trail!
The 4th edition of the Dodo Trail took place in a friendly atmosphere this Sunday July 13, 2014 in Black River. Participation has broken records this year with 1,330 runners, which makes us very proud.
Ranking of Xtreme Dodo Trail – men (50km)
1. Ricky Lightfoot [British] – 05:19:21
2. Jean-Pierre Grondin [Reunion Island] – 05:55:30
3. Jeannick Boyer [Reunion Island] – 06:02:54
Ranking of Xtreme Dodo Trail – women (50km)
1. Landie Greyling [South African] – 6:49:10
2. Estelle Carret [Reunion island] – 6:51:55
3. Andrea Clemons [Malagasy] – 8:37:35
Ranking of Ti Dodo Trail – men (25km)
1. Gerry Perrault [Reunion island] – 02:28:26
2. Jean Marie Cadet [Reunion island] – 02:31:24
3. Yannick Vidot [Reunion island] – 02:44:03
Ranking of Ti Dodo Trail – women (25km)
1= Cécile Ciman [Reunion island] – 3:16:10
1= Fatima Hibon [Reunion island] – 3:16:10
3. Gina Treleaven [South African] – 3:24:29
Ranking of Mini Dodo Trail – men (10km)
1. Mico Clain [Reunion island] – 00:50:28
2. Janot Fra [Mauritian] – 00:51:39
3. Xavier Verny [Mauritian] – 00:55:16
Ranking of Mini Dodo Trail – women (10km)
1. M-Alexandra Clain [Reunion island] – 0:58:22
2. Louis Christianne [Mauritian] – 1:06:33
3. Isambourg Eve [Mauritian] – 1:09:51
Ranking of Dodo Fun Run – men (5km)
1. Leo de Maroussem [Mauritian] – 00:16:02
2. Jean Alexandre Paul [Mauritian] – 00:16:51
3.Ramboro Jean Noel [Mauritian] – 00:16:54
Ranking of Dodo Fun Run – women (5km)
1. Agnès Guimbeau [Mauritian] – 0:18:52
2. Julienne Lea [Mauritian] – 0:19:16
3. Vanessa Julienne [Mauritian] – 0:19:18
Guests of honour for the 4th edition of the Dodo Trail
Ricky Lightfoot and Landie Greyling both destroyed the records of last year by 20 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.
Thank you message from the Dodo Trail team
A big thanks to all owners of the private domains, who allow us to browse through their land each year for this wonderful journey.
The Dodo Trail also wishes to thank all the sponsors and partners who have joined us this year as well as those who are with us since the beginning of the adventure like Heritage Resorts who is our Gold sponsor, our Silver sponsors including Swan Group, le Sport ça me dit, MTPA and Air Mauritius, our Bronze sponsors as follows: GML Think Green, Emcar Sports, Velogic, Apollo Bramwell, Rentacolor, Isostar, Dodo Travel, Tusk Contracting and Eruption. Finally a big thanks to Riverland Sport Club and les Moulins de la Concorde. The Dodo Trail team counts on your support to make this 5th edition again a great success.
The Dodo Trail team thanks all the exhibitors who were present on the big day namely: Heritage Resorts, Swan Group, Izumi Systems, the organisers of the Colorado Trail and Rodrigues Trail, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, GML Think Green, Emcar Sports, City Sports, Panacea, Simis, Coco Up, BiteMe!, Oxenham Ltd and Era Sports.
Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who welcomed, encouraged and motivated the runners at refueling stations, at the line of departure and arrival as well as the masseuses, osteopaths, physiotherapists and podologists who took great care of our runners throughout the day after their race without forgetting the mountain rescue team including: Vertical World as well as the medical team, Apollo Bramwell, who ensured the safety of the participants.
The Dodo Trail team thanks all the photographers and videographers for their beautiful pictures and looks forward to see the others soon.
Sincere thanks to our great friend and race animator, Jerome Desire for having set an amazing atmosphere and thanks to all the people who contributed to the success of the Dodo Trail.
A big thanks you to the Riverland Sports Club who welcomed and provided us with a beautiful arrival village, which was accessible to all.
The Dodo Trail does not forget those who have worked behind the scenes and who helped make this day even more enjoyable. We hope we have not forgotten anyone and if we have, please kindly accept our apologies.
We wish to thank and congratulate all the runners who have traveled the paths of the South West coast of the island. Your smiles, your dynamism and your beautiful testimonies have made our day. You were all great and we hope you enjoyed participating in this great event.
This fourth edition has been outstanding and we thank you all for this great show and for your participation in this memorable sporting day. Through donations from participants and the supports from GML Think Green, we have collected an amount of Rs 100,000 this year in order to help the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. We have succeeded in combining the pleasure of sport to a good cause. Hence, our goal is doubly reached!
Sincerely, sportily and friendly, hope to see you soon on the 5th edition of The Dodo Trail scheduled for Sunday July 12, 2015!
For lovers of mountain running residing in Mauritius, there is an association called Rando Trail & Nature with more than 500 fans of this activity. You can easily join it by becoming a member and enjoy attractive discounts on most trail races in Mauritius. For more details have a look at the Rando Trail & Nature website.
Race pack collection
The race pack collection will be held on Saturday 26th of July at Riverland sport centre at Tamarin from 11.00am to 6.00pm, so make sure to be present because no race pack will be distributed on the day of the event.
It is important that runners wear their race number in the front part of their vest, at chest level, to be constantly visible. Runners will be asked to give their race number at different checkpoints if required. Any runner who fails to do so may be disqualified.
In addition, all payment must be made and finalized before distribution of race pack and no change of race will be possible on the Saturday 12th. Any changes will have to be done before Wednesday, 09th July at the following email address: [email protected].
The race director will start the race briefing and will introduce the star runners at 5.00pm on the 12th July at Riverland. While it is not compulsory to attend, it is recommended to do so, especially for the runners of the Xtreme Dodo Trail (XDT) 50km and the Ti Dodo Trail (TDT) 25 km to ensure that you are well-informed about the tracks and the planning of the race.
For all races, with the exception of Dodo Fun Run, buses will be leaving Riverland to get to the starting point of the various races.
Payment of Rs100 for the bus must be made by Wednesday 09/07 latest.
The bus departure will be at :
- 4am for the Xtreme Dodo Trail (XDT 50km)
- 6.45am for the Ti Dodo Trail (TDT 25km)
- 7.45am for the Mini Dodo Trail (MDT 10km).
Race start times
The races will start as follows:
- Xtreme Dodo Trail (XDT) 50 km: starts 5.30 am by le Morne kite lagoon
- Ti Dodo Trail (TDT) 25 km: starts 8am at the parking of the National Park
- Mini Dodo Trail (MDT) 10 km: starts 9am at Riverview commercial centre
- Dodo Fun Run (DFR) 5 km: starts 9am at Riverland Sport Centre
The finish line of all 4 races will be at the Riverland Sport Centre at Tamarin.
There will also be several exhibitors at Riverland on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of July.
Stands such as Sports Era, specialized in retailing of sports clothes and accessories, at special discounted prices.
Other stands include Panacea, GML Think Green and MWF, Bite Me, Coco Up, Grays, Izumi Systems, Swan Group, Emcar Sports, City Sports, The Brand Café, Oxenham and our sound system partner: Rentacolor.
In addition, the organizers of the Colorado and Rodrigues Trail will be present to promote their events. Not to mention the main sponsor Heritage Resorts. The opportunity for you to inform yourself and makes some good deals!
Find below the exhibitors:
Numerous activities await you throughout the day of the event. The Dodo Trail is a sporting challenge but also a popular event, which brings together lots of people.
The atmosphere will be on top with background music, activities for children such as a small entertainment area with a kids castle, drawing of lots will be organized to win a superb kayak offered by Nabridas and a pair of shoes offered by Emcar Sport Salomon…etc. Moreover, you can cool down and enjoy at the food stalls including Coco Up, Bite Me and much more.
Riverland will organize a friendly barbecue, a bar made available to everyone.
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.
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!
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!
Heritage Resorts, the main sponsor of the Dodo Trail
Heritage Resorts is the main sponsor of the Dodo Trail for the second consecutive year. With strong values for nature preservation and sports, Heritage Resorts is proud to add trail running to its extensive list of leisure activities on the Domaine de Bel Ombre.
The Dodo Trail is more than just an international sporting event, it is an amazing human adventure that brings together amateurs et confirmed trailers on various races. The Dodo Trail continues to innovate for this 4th Edition with a new born, the ‘Dodo Fun Run’ for kids and families.
Combine adventure, relaxation and holidays!
Don’t think twice and register to this increadible race which crosses the South-West region of Mauritius. In addition to the exceptional setting, enjoy special Dodo Trail accomodation offers and book your stay at Heritage Resorts, minutes from the start of the races in the South of Mauritius.
Stay at Heritage Resorts at reduced prices!
Heritage Resorts offers three types of luxury accomodation on the south coast of Mauritius. The special Dodo Trail accomodation offers include transfers, unlimited access to the Heritage Golf Club, a free massage, specials and free stays for children and much more!
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort
3 nights as from € 455 on half-board basis!
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort
3 nights as from € 455 on half-board basis!
Heritage The Villas
3 nights as from € 335 on Bed & Breakfast basis!
The buzz on Youtube: Happy at Heritage Resorts!
Spontaniously Heritage Resorts participated to the buzz generated by the famous clip ”Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
A glimps of the beautiful Domaine de Bel Ombre!
In this 4 minute video posted on Youtube, the teams of Heritage Resorts shared their good vibes, true to the Mauritian Hospitality. This clip offers a guided tour of the 2,500 hectares Domaine de Bel Ombre.
Heritage Resorts and the Domaine de Bel Ombre
2500 hectares of experiences…
- 2 five star hotels: Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali
- Luxury villas: Heritage The Villas
- An 18 hole champion golf course: Heritage Golf Club
- Mauritius’ most iconic Beach Club: C Beach Club
- 12 restaurants and 8 bars for an explosion of flavours
- The Frederica Nature Reserve and its nature activities
- 2 Seven Colours Spa villages for a hymn to relaxation
- Kids and teens club and its daily activities
- Kite Surf spot and school on one of the best sites of Mauritius
and much more!
Watch the adventure that awaits you at the Domaine de Bel Ombre!
More information on the Heritage Resorts Website
Our Star Runners for 2014
On the occasion of the 4th edition of the Dodo Trail, we are pleased to announce that the World Champion of Trail 2013: Ricky Lightfoot, a young English runner who has made his place in the international world of trail will be part of our great adventure this year. It will be a real challenge for our best runners! You can also expect a fight among women, since the South African champion: Landie Greyling will also participate to the Dodo Trail.
Ricky Lightfoot born on 31/3/1985
His most recent achievements:
- World Team Champions at the International Orobie Sky Raid 2010, Italy with the Salomon Trail Team UK
- Winner of the Salomon 10k Trail Keswick 2010
- Winner if the Half Trail du Ventoux, France, 2010
- 10th in the International Kinabalu Climbathon 2009, Malaysia
- 3rd Bronze Medal in the World Sky Runner Series 2009
- 3rd Bronze Medal in the World Long Distance Mountain Running
- Silver Medal with the English Mountain Running Team in the Tour De Tirol Kaiser Marathon Challenge 2009
Landie Greyling born on 11/1/1984
Landie Greyling started running in 2008 and has already reached a new record at the Two Oceans Trail Run – Cape Argus on 19 April 2014 where she gets her third consecutive victory and beat the record of women with more than 5 minutes.
Moreover, she recently participated in the Long-Distance Trail Running Championships in North Wales and has finished in the top 10, while producing the best result for South Africa at the event.
Let’s be Crazy!
We are proud to announce that the Xtreme Dodo Trail, our 50km race, is now a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) and La Diagonale des Fous! This race, a crazy, highly challenging race of approx. 162km, is one of the 3 races of Le Grand Raid Reunion, and will be held on 23rd to 26th October 2014 for its 22nd edition.
The UTMB is a single-stage mountain ultra-marathon. It takes place once a year in the Alps, across France, Italy and Switzerland and is widely regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in Europe.
Four Exceptional tracks to push your limits
The Dodo Trail is an international sporting event which attracts experienced and new runners from all over the world, it comprises of its 3 usual tracks: Xtreme Dodo Trail (50km), Ti Dodo Trail (25km) and the Mini Dodo Trail (10km). However, a new track has been introduced this year namely: Dodo Fun Run (5km) adapted to families and beginners allowing everyone to have a go at this great event.
Here is a unique chance to explore Mauritius. All trails except the new track (the Dodo Fun Run) go up the Tourelle de Tamarin and offer to all trailers the privilege of admiring stunning views that they would not come across in other way! The Dodo Trail is a real human adventure, whether you plan to go alone, with friends or family, this will be an intense sharing experience.
As the Dodo Trail success is attributed to the help received from our sponsors, we are pleased to introduce them to you.
More to come on our sponsors soon.
Thank you for your loyal support.
“Reaching New Heights”
Holidays in Mauritius
Heritage Awali: Great accommodation for your stay
The Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort, located in the Domaine de Bel Ombre, is immersed in the multi-cultural landscape of a cosmopolitan island, combining subtle refinement with reminiscence of the African way of life.
Who can resist crazy deals like: 475 Euros per person for 3 nights in Deluxe Triple room! Including all transfers you may need : (airport-hotel-airport, hotel-Riverland-hotel etc…) And of course, treats and leisure you don’t want to miss out on! 45 minutes FREE massage, FREE UNLIMITED Green Fees at Heritage Golf Club etc…
Did you know that The Dodo Trail is supporting the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation?
The Dodo Trail has been supporting the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation for 4 years now in their fight for conservation and preservation of nation’s endangered plant and animal species. Unfortunately many unique animals as well as plant species have already been lost in Mauritius and the country is recognised as having the world’s third most endangered biodiversity.
Here is a picture of a few endangered birds…
n order to help them in their fight, our target this year is to raise Rs100,000. The participation of companies and individuals is essential to have a chance to achieve our goal. We count on your generosity!
Results of our ‘‘Registration Game’’
The first to register in each of our four races were granted a free registration to the Dodo Trail. Congratulations to our 4 winners below:
Our generosity does not stop here! A random draw was made among the first 100 registrants to win a lunch for 2 at the C Beach Club, offered by our partner Heritage Resorts. Congratulations to Sandy Suntoo, the lucky winner of this draw, member of the Nature and Rando Trail Association, registered in Dodo 5km Fun Run.
Ultra Trail O Plateau of Madagascar
The Dodo Trail has started a partnership with the Ultra Trail O Plateau of Madagascar (UTOP): for their 6th edition taking place on 2-3-4 May 2014, Malagasy winners will be invited to run the Dodo Trail in July and the Dodo Trail 2014 winners will be invited on the UTOP 2015!
The UTOP has races to satisfy the pros, amateurs and beginners. We are asking all trailers who have old shoes and clothes if they could donate these items to the needy Malagasy. They would benefit tremendously from your generosity.
Keen to sponsor a great event?
The Dodo Trail is still looking for few more sponsors who could help us improve the quality of the races while being part of the friendly atmosphere of the event. If you are interested to be part of this major Mauritian event please contact us as soon as possible before we welcome others and you start regretting! You can contact us by email at [email protected].
Working together – Works! We are looking forward to an exciting year of running. Please join us and be an active and positive voice in this 4th edition of the Dodo Trail. We thank our partners who, each year, allow us to improve the conditions of the race to provide an exceptional experience for all our participants.
The Dodo Trail 2014 – “Reaching New Heights”
Waiting for you on 13th July 2014!
We are pleased to announce the opening of the Dodo Trail 2014’s registration at midnight on Friday, March 14th. Places are limited so make sure you are among the first! First come, first served!
Don’t wait to Register
Something new this year, registration will be free for the first to register in each of the 4 races. You know what you have to do … put your alarm clock at 23:59 on the 14th!
In addition, to reward your sprint towards registration, we will hold a random draw from the first 100 registrants and the winner will win breakfast for 2 at the C Beach Club, offered by our partner Heritage Resorts.
Following the partnership between the Dodo Trail and the Colorado Trail, men and women winners of this trail taking place in Reunion Island in June, will be invited on the Dodo Trail and vice versa.
The New 5k Dodo Fun Run
Finally, for those who just wish to take a nice stroll with family or friends, do not forget our new little path: the Dodo Fun Run (more or less 5k) accessible to all.
See you soon!
Welcome to the Dodo Trail
See you on the 13th July 2014!
The Dodo Trail team wishes you a year filled up with good resolutions and positive energy to face the upcoming challenges! This year’s Dodo Trail will once again gather local and international trail running enthusiasts.
Perfect organisation, a unique experience for participants and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere are the main characteristics of this event. Year after year, passionate organisers are working hard to bring to you innovation and this year are introducing their first e-newsletter.
Below are the details of some of this year’s newbies…
The Dodo Trail has a new look, which we are proud to present to you below…
New design, new content, new functions…the website has been thoroughly revamped to allow easy access to all the information about the Dodo Trail, even on your mobile phone! Visit the Dodo Trail Website
New Fun Race: Dodo Fun Run 5km (DFR)
This year, the program comprises the three usual tracks:
In addition, we’re introducing the ‘Dodo Fun Run’ (DFR)! It is a short 5kms event accessible to everyone. It’s the perfect race to get started and have some non-competitive fun participating in our event: Dodo Fun Run 5km
Registration will open as from the beginning of March 2014 and packages will be available for racers and families from abroad (air ticket + accommodation + transfer + race number).
Last but not least… (drumrolls…)
Follow this link to enjoy the new Dodo Trail 2014 teaser!
We are so looking forward to see you on the tracks, do not waste time, sign up to one of our races and make sure not to miss the upcoming surprises of the Dodo Trail 2014!