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The 5-star trail
Ultra Trail Raidlight Beachcomber (UTRB) is a truly unique trail running event, set in the tropical paradise island of Mauritius. The third edition, scheduled for the 9th and 10th of July, 2016, will be even more exciting after two very successful ones in 2014 and 2015.
The UTRB will once again challenge and delight runners and nature lovers on all three of the event’s races. Participants can attempt the only "ultra trail" race in Mauritius – a tough challenge on mountains, in forests and along beaches, totalling a distance of over 120km. They can also test themselves on a medium-distance 47km course in hilly and stunning landscapes, or run a shorter but spectacular 10km track.
Crafted by Beachcomber and the trail running equipment manufacturer Raidlight, this is a key event of the Mauritian trail running calendar. It will again showcase its unique 5-star label that contributes to its international reputation. Hospitality, specifications of courses, management, supplies at aid stations and race assistance all benefit from the service and from the attention to detail that contribute to the highest quality of Beachcomber hotels. Being served at aid stations by a chef wearing his hat is not a dream on the UTRB. It is for real...
Designed by Benoit Laval, one of the leading French trail running specialists and supervised all through by a highly qualified team, the courses of the UTRB take participants through a fantastic discovery of the most beautiful regions of the island in various terrains – mountains, forests, savannah, fields, cliffs and beaches.
Are you ready for the challenge and for a great opportunity to escape and explore? On your marks…
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Beachcomber has been a pioneer and is a leader in the hospitality industry in Mauritius since 1952. The group holds and manages eight luxury resorts (4-star+ to 6-star) in Mauritius itself, one on a private island in Seychelles as well as the palatial Royal Palm Marrakech in Morocco. UTRB benefits from the highest standards of service and management, at par with Beachcomber’s, mainly for hospitality, catering and event management.
Raidlight is a pioneering and leading brand in trail running equipment from France. It was founded in 1999 by Benoit Laval, a passionate sportsman, member of the French Trail running team in 2010 and having over 100 trail races across the world under his belt. Raidlight is renowned for the quality of its light, practical and unique products that provide all that serious trail runners need, from shoes to clothes, backpacks and accessories. Raidlight was the first brand to launch a team that is open to all trail running enthusiasts and it has set up the Réseau des Stations de Trail (trail running resorts network).
Run for a good cause
Beachcomber hotels’ Foundation, the Fondation Espoir et Développement (FED) will support less-favoured sports clubs with funds from the UTRB 2015. Each Beachcomber hotel will contribute 1 euro per client residing at the hotel in connection with the event. Organisers will also give one euro from the entry fee paid by each runner and the latter are welcome to make donations to FED. The organisers’ objective is to collect a minimum of 1,250 euros.
2015 edition with ultra-champions
CHRISTOPHE LE SAUX (120KM) - TEAM WAA
Christophe Le Saux, who is nicknamed The Jaguar, is the patron of UTRB 2015. The French professional trailer was 11th in the final ranking of the Ultra Trail World Tour in 2014 after participating in six races from the Tour and was ranked second on the provisional result of the World Tour in the first quarter of 2015. Christophe Le Saux has been the winner or has ranked among the best in many ultra trails around the world and is a regular leading competitor at the Marathon des Sables and the Tor des Géants. He will attempt to add the 120km race of the UTRB to his record of achievements this year.
BENOIT LAVAL (120KM) - TEAM RAIDLIGHT
Being a mountain and trekking aficionado since his childhood, Benoit Laval is now one the best French trailers. His record of achievements include a win at the Annapurna Mandala Trail. He was ranked 2nd, 4th and 5th at the Reunion Grand Raid and 9th at the Marathon des Sables. The champion made a profession out of his passion and attained business success by creating the Raidlight equipment company as well as the network of Stations de Trail and Espaces Skis de Rando sports resorts and facilities.
UXUE FRAILE AZPEITA (120KM) - TEAM VIBRAM
The Spanish runner is one the world’s best females trailers, with many wins and best rankings in some of the toughest races in recent years. She bagged the 5th place in the final Ultra Trail World Tour 2014 rankings last year, by concluding her participation to that series with a third place in the Reunion Grand Raid. Her first participation in the UTRB confirms the interest from the world’s elite women competitors for the only Mauritian ultra trail race.
VISHAL ITTOO (42KM)
Vishal Ittoo is a Mauritian trail champion, with the most significant track record on intermediate distance races in Mauritius as well as good achievements at Reunion Island’s trail running events. He remains undefeated on almost all Mauritian races in this category for the last eight years and won the 3rd place at The Royal Raid 35 km in Mauritius in 2014, a few minutes behind François D’Haene. Vishal was the winner of the Trail de la Perruche last year and will run to defend his title.
FREDDY THEVENIN (120KM) - TEAM PRUDENCE CRÉOLE
The winner of the 120km UTRB race in 2014 comes back this year to defend his title. The prominent runner from Reunion Island was 16th on the Ultra Trail World Tour final rankings in 2014, thanks to his 12th place at the Hong Kong 100km, to a 4th place at the Lavaredo Ultra Trail and his 50th place at the UTMB.
MARIE – NOELLE BOURGEOIS (42 KM) - TEAM RAIDLIGHT RÉUNION
Marie-Noelle Bourgeois is an athlete from the Raidlight Reunion team. This will be her first participation at the UTRB on an intermediate distance. Ranked first in the women’s ranking for the Trail de Bourbon 90km in 2013, she finished at the 3rd place of that race and of the Eco Trail 50km in Paris, last year. Having received great feedbacks about the UTRB, the champion from Reunion Island could not miss the opportunity to represent Raidlight.
FREDERIC DUCHEMANN (42KM) - TEAM DÉCATHLON RÉUNION
Frédéric Duchemann is the 2014 champion of Reunion Island for mountain running and cross-country. He is also a serious contender in short trail running races. His first attempt at winning the Trail de la Perruche this year will test his pace on the Mauritian relief and along the 42kms of the race.