Elite trail athlete, Landie Greyling from KPMG Running Club is travelling to Mauritius to defend her Xtreme Dodo Trail title on Sunday, 26 July.
Last year, Greyling bettered the previous record in the women’s 50km, 3 500m vertical gain race with 30 minutes. Her official time in 2014 was 6:49:10.
This years race will be the fifth edition of the Xtreme Dodo Trail race. More than 1 300 athletes from 16 countries will challenge the highest, most spectacular peaks and private lands in the south west of Mauritius.
The trail starts out flat along the sea in complete darkness. With sunrise it becomes more technical with various obstacles, rope climbs and ladders. There are seven major climbs, the steepest being Black River Peak at 828m. Runners will experience mud, loose rocks, slippery grass, river crossings and some dramatic slopes, but the breath taking views promise to be worth the blood, sweat and tears.