NATIONAL PARK PARKING, BLACK RIVER
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|NATIONAL PARK PARKING, BLACK RIVER
|ETA 1ST RUNNER
About the Route
The Dodo Trail TROOPER starts in the lower parking lot of the National Park, Black River. It merges with the Dodo Trail XTREME 50 km track about 800 m from the starting line, until the finish line at Riverland Mauritius in Tamarin.
Trailer runners will run towards an apron and will then follow a 4×4 track that climbs continuously over 5 km to an elevation of 650 m, through Plateau Remousse and Camphrier. Once they reach a flat section of trail at Macchabée, participants will keep their left towards the Macchabée Kiosk and onwards to the 7.2 km mark and the first water station at RP 1. During this segment of the race, participants will have an opportunity to admire panoramic views over Mauritius’ western region.
Runners should stay focused when descending the track at Zepol, as the trail reaches an incline of over 30%. The trail then follows a short section of the 4×4 track before continuing downhill on a steep gradient. An even 4×4 track leads back to the Black River Gorges parking area.
After 200 m, runners will reach the Filwil track, then follow a rocky and technical path down to a river where runners will climb a stile and enter the Matala hunting ground.
Next, the participants will follow a 4×4 track over 4 km. This section is dry, with 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 second water station (RP 2).
The trail then climbs for 1,000 m and turns left through a third private property known as St. Martin. Thereafter, it will take the runners onto the race’s final peak, la Tourelle de Tamarin, at 548 m of altitude, via a steep, rocky and wild single track. A last water station will be available at the 20 km mark (RP 3).
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.
After almost 400 m of downhill, the trail merges with a 4×4 track that runners will follow back down to the foot of the mountain. The trail remains relatively flat and then makes its way through the forest towards the banks of the Tamarin River.
The final section of the race is shady and cool. It follows a path between the Paul & Virginie School and the river bank, straight down to Riverland Mauritius and the finish line.