Posted in News on Friday, January 06, 2017 by The Beachcomber desk
Trail running and nature lovers can register from 19 December 2016 to enter the Ultra Trail Raidlight Beachcomber (UTRB) race in Mauritius, scheduled for 08 and 09 July 2017. This fourth edition of the now renowned set of races will treat participants with its traditional 5-star service and supply points, as well as breath-taking tracks.
Four races make up the UTRB this year all of them offering a unique mix of challenging and appealing experiences for all types of runners. All of the UTRB trails are an invitation to discover the wildest and most amazing parts of Mauritius, crossing fields and forests, along mountainous paths, atop cliffs and on pristine beaches. Some tracks even wind through natural sites that are part of privately owned areas and will be exclusively available to UTRB participants.
The 2017 edition has a new 25km race in the southern part of the island one that will delight short-to-medium distance runners. Trail du Nautile (Nautilus Trail) derives its name from the new logo of the Beachcomber brand: the famous nautilus seashell. It will be longer than the flat, coast-hugging 10kms of Trail du Souffleur, but less demanding than the longer 47kms Trail de la Perruche.
The flagship 120km Trail des 7 Couleurs is perfect for more experienced competitors. The track has changed somewhat, but the spectacular charm of the route remains with scenic mountains, forests, fields and beaches waiting to be traversed. Its a challenging race at an elevation of 4,500m, but its also incredibly rewarding when competitors reach the top of Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, the highest peak in Mauritius.
The finish line for all four races will be on the beach at Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, where the UTRB village will be stationed. Along the tracks, buffet-like supply stations will provide the runners with the 5-star experience they deserve.
Shandrani Beachcomber will again be the ideal accommodation choice for families, friends and runners during this time. The beach resort will also host the briefing, distribution of race numbers and will be the perfect finish line.
Nepalese runner Sange Sherpa will take over from Nathalie Mauclair as the patron for UTRB 2017. This international champion was born in a remote village in Nepal and was a luggage carrier and mountain guide before moving to France and becoming a French citizen. Since 2012 he achieved impressive accomplishments: he won the Ultra Trail du Jura (110km) and was third at the 140km Echappee Belle. He also achieved fourth place at the 2015 Eiger Ultra Tour which was a great achievement for his first Ultra-Trail World Tour race.