Posted in News on Friday, June 30, 2017 by The Beachcomber Tours Correspondent
Only a few days left to go until the Ultra Raidlight Beachcomber 2017! A host of high-profile trailers are set to take part in this 4th edition of the race. This one of a kind trailing event will see runners take part in four races over the 8th and 9th of July. In addition to the classic 120km, 47km and 10km circuits, a new 25km race will give the UTRB fresh momentum.
Among the headliners of this ultra-race are Sangé Sherpa, the UTRB 2017 ambassador. This Nepalese trailer has graced his fair share of international podiums. He has a strong track record of wins in various events, including The Jura Ultra Trail (110km) in 2013 and “Le trail des Monts de Gy”. He is also a two-time winner of the Tchimbé Raid. Sangé Sherpa will take part in the UTRB’s flagship 120km race. On the circuit this year, he will have to contend with the Italian Oliviero Bosatelli, who won the 2016 edition of the famous “Tor des Géants” in only 75 hours and 10 minutes.
The starting gun for the 120km circuit will be fired at Petrin at 2am on the 8th of July. The circuit will take runners through the forests of Mare aux Joncs and Camphriers, the Gorges de la Rivière Noire, a number of hunting grounds, the nature reserve at Case Noyale, then up to Chamarel, the Piton de la Rivière Noire and Piton Savane before winding along the cliffs of the southeast of the island.
At the regional level, the UTRB will welcome athletes from Reunion island including Jean Marie Cadet (for the 47km) and Frederic Duchemann (for the 25km), the champion of the Master Cross H of the Reunion and two-time winner of the 47km UTRB in 2015 and 2016 respectively. With such a strong line-up of experienced athletes taking part in each race, the competition is likely to be tough.
As always, the UTRB aims to live up to its 5-star rating, to which it owes its international reputation. “Everything is ready to welcome runners. Our teams are motivated to help competitors. We have worked on new routes for the 120km and the 47km circuits, and are offering an entirely new race with the 25km, allowing runners to discover the most beautiful parts of the island”, enthuses Arianne Devienne Bellepeau, Leisure & Events Manager of Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels. “We also hope that our competitors will enjoy our refreshments and the chef-prepared meals waiting for them at the finish line!” she adds.