Emba Filao, Le Morne
Riverland Sports Club
Number of Runners
EST. Winner's Time
Maximum Race Time
|Emba Filao||Le Petit Morne||Kiosk Chamarel||Black River Gorges||Kiosk Machabée||Matala||Tourelle||RIVERLAND|
|ETA 1st runner||5:00||5:45||6:45||8:00||9:30||10:15||11:00||11:30|
|CUT OFF TIME XTREME||8:30||11:30||14:30||16:30||18:00||19:30|
About the Route
The Dodo Trail XTREME starts at the foot of Le Morne Brabant. The finish line is at the Riverland Sports Centre in Tamarin. Le Morne peninsula is known for Le Morne Brabant, the majestic mountain classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site on the basis of its historical and cultural importance.
At this time of year, the first hour of the race will take place in the dark. Runners will need to make use of their headlamps. The first km is done on a sandy flat 4x4 road for warming up, before reaching the slopes of the majestic Le Morne Brabant mountain, where runners will go for their first ascent. The 4x4 road will lead you to 250m of altitude, before running down the mountain towards the north, on a single track trail.
The participants will then enter a vast deer hunting ground, the first of several private properties they will cross in the southwest. This part of the race is done on hilly 4x4 trails, as the west coast panorama will start to be lightened by the rising sun.
Participants will then enter a second private property, Le Petit Morne, for their second ascent of 250m of positive elevation, before reaching the first refreshment point after 9km of effort. From there, participants will have a fabulous view of île aux Bénitiers and the crystal-clear lagoon that surrounds it.
Runners will then need to negotiate a technical and uneven single track, before reaching a 4x4 trail, entering into the private estate of Ebony Forest, a sanctuary for the native fauna and flora
Afterwards, the track climbs steeply up to Piton Canot. At 550 m high, this peak offers a fantastic panorama over the region. The trail then follows steep and uneven terrain down to Chamarel and the second water station, located at the 16 km mark and at an altitude of 250 m. The next stage of the race is a long, steep ascent towards le Piton de la Rivière Noire, Mauritius’ highest peak at 828 m. From the top of le Piton de la Rivière Noire, runners will enjoy breath-taking views of the island’s luxuriant vegetation, its lagoon and the ocean beyond.
A single track then follows the mountain’s edge, which can be very muddy at times, towards Grand Piton, some 700 m further along. It then winds its way to the Black River Gorges before reaching the forest and the third water table (PK3) at 22 km.
A 4×4 track then climbs continuously over the next 5 km to an elevation of 600 m, through Plateau Remousse and Camphrier. Trailers will then enter a single track called “Brisée le Roi’’, a rustic muddy and rocky path, the most technical descent of the race. After reaching the river, runners will have an ascent of 400m of positive elevation to reach a 4x4 path. After 3km on the 4x4 trail, trailers will then reach the flat Macchabée section of the race and will keep left towards Macchabée Kiosk and the 32 km mark, where a fourth water station will be located (PK 4).
From this vantage point, the entire west coast of the island is visible. Trailers will need to stay focused as they reach the Zepol track, which descends at an incline of over 30%. The trail then slopes back down to the Black River Gorges. After 200 m, trailers will Filwil track, then will follow a rocky and technical path down to a river where runners will climb a stile and enter the Matala hunting ground.
Next, participants will follow a 4×4 track for 4 km. This section is dry, with the yellowish grass and stocky, drought-resistant trees typical of the Tamarin region. The track leads to a stream, then to a fence where a property known as Matala awaits, alongside the fifth water station at the 40 km mark.
The trail crosses the private estate known as St. Martin up to the race’s final peak: la Tourelle de Tamarin at 548 m of altitude. From the top, the view and scenery are amazing: Black River Bay, Tamarin Bay, le Morne Brabant on one side, and Yemen and the High Grounds on the other! The track down to the finish line is highly technical. It involves a descent of the entire mountain face, through a number of steep, dusty and rocky sections.
Once trailers have reached the foot of the mountain once more, they will follow the track through a wooded area, heading towards the Tamarin River, then run along the Tamarin Bridge before crossing the finish line at the Riverland Sports Centre.