GRAND RAID REUNION
Reunion island, land of history with a population made of melting pot, will welcome you and take you on this amazing adventure. The mountain crossings are classified by UNESCO.
On 2500 Km2, Reunion offers the diversity of a continent. On each floor of its relief, the island changes its face. Exuberant, it is arid. From tropical, it becomes alpine. She plays to surprise to better seduce, every turn of its coast or its roads hung on the mountain. Moreover, under these singular altitudes, history has created an exclusive cocktail of peoples and cultures, whose ingredients come from Africa, Asia and Europe. A harmonious blend to discover with the heart.
In the Indian Ocean, a small French land is working to shake up the usual clichés of the tropical islands. This island is Reunion. Coconut palms and beaches, there are, of course. The turquoise water of the lagoon, the white hem of the coral reef are the rendezvous of exotic dreams. But they are only a small part of what the island offers to travelers in search of new things, encounters, emotions and sensations. Here, nature has inherited an extraordinary wealth of landscapes.
Small island almost round, a national road makes the tour in 240 kilometers, Reunion is a mountain posed on the sea, born from two major volcanic events.
The first caused magma to emerge on the surface of the ocean about two and a half million years ago, around a central crater whose remains today constitute the highest point of the island: the Piton des Snow (3,069 meters). The second occurred about a hundred kilometers to the southeast, 380,000 years ago. A new volcanic massif was formed and joined the first.
The Piton de la Fournaise (2632 m) is still active: it regularly erupts, giving a spectacle even more magical that we can safely approach fountains and lava flows. In the center of the present island, gigantic collapses have formed three circuses open on the sea by narrow defiles. Their names are Mafate, Cilaos, Salazie. Walking trails, waterfalls and gorges, they are now major attractions for lovers of the mountains.
Emblematic paths follow natural sites with a stunning diversity, provoking amazement of runners at all times.
The beauty of the island is an asset, but the multicultural population is also the richness of this little rock in the middle of Indian Ocean. It is present from your arrival at the airport, and along the course to express generosity day and night. You will discover the amazing animation of districts and the solidarity during the race.
The Diagonale des Fous is one of the most emblematic trail running races in the world. It is a crazy challenge to cross the Reunion Island from South to North in a maximum time of 66 hours. The reputation of the event goes beyond the borders of the island.
The Trail de Bourbon will welcome the most cautious runners for a first experience in the trail running world.
A race with many different landscapes that will give the will to extend the distance.
You’ll get near the famous Piton des Neiges at 3071m, summit of a volcano, and pass along the Salazie circus with lush vegetation.
Diagonale des Fous: 165K, 10.720 m+Trail de Bourbon: 111K, 7.300 m+The Mascareignes route: 65K, 3036 m+
There are two other races as well: The Mascareignes route and Zembrocal trail route (relay race).
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