Volcanoes, forests, waterfalls and white-sand beaches... Réunion is a trail-runner’s paradise.
The volcanic island of Réunion is a hidden gem, tucked away in the Indian ocean between Madagascar and Mauritius. Home to the breathtaking Piton de la Fournaise, an active - yet climbable ‑ volcano over 2,600 meters above sea level and host of the world famous ultra-mountain marathon, the Grand Raid de la Réunion, it seems like God created Réunion for us to run it.
During the day, the island is alive with mountain bikers, trail runners, climbers and white water rafters. It’s challenging volcanic and forest terrain and endless mountain trails make it every sports enthusiasts dream destination and location of the brutally challenging 165 km with 9576 m of elevation gain, ultra marathon: The Grand Raid de la Réunion.
Réunion is an overseas department and region of France. The official language on the island is French with the majority of the population speaking Réunion Creole. The island’s fascinating mixture of Creole, French, African, Indian and Chinese, creates a vibrant, multi-ethnic atmosphere brought to life in its food, architecture, markets and festivals.
A Home Away From Home
Réunion offers the best of both worlds. It’s got that tropical, relaxed island vibe that makes you feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of modern-day western living, yet its organized infrastructure, French national health scheme, EU standards and euro currency provide a feeling of safety and security. And with a time difference of just 2 hours, you don’t have to worry about jet lag.
Located in the Indian Ocean south of the Equator, Réunion has a tropical climate. To avoid the hot and humid temperatures in the summer and hurricane season that can occur in December and January, it's best to visit from May to October. Temperatures and weather conditions vary depending on altitude. For example, Cilaos - where the camp is based - is around 1,200 meters above sea level where the temperature is cooler.