Baobabs forest | Stage 4

Timing with the support of Madagascar Athletics federation | Stage 5

Dealing with the heat is part of the challenge | Stage 2

Diego Suarez Sugar loaf mountain | Stage 6

Anivorano sacred lake | Stage 2



Trail run stages from 10 to 42km will allow to you to challenge with both Malagasy and Foreign runners during this ultra trail run. Runners must carry their mandatory equipment during the race but drop off bags will be handled by logistics from camp to camp, allowing you to fully enjoy your race!

About safety, checkpoints will be dispatched every 10 to 15km with water supply, dried fruits, medical staff, communication means and evacuation vehicle.

Key points about the race:

  • 150km, 1 270D+, 1 690D-
  • 6 days: 20km | 26km | 27,1km | 41,8km | 28,2km | 7kms
  • Traditional villages, natural wonders and withe sand beaches on your way
  • Nights and dinners in our comfortable camps
  • Time cut offs: Our race is open to beginners, with time limits from 2 to 11 hours per stage.
  • Entrants limit: 50 runners for an exclusive event
  • Qualifying Race for UTMB (3 points)

Racing Madagascar is a trail run event with stages from 7 km to 42 km for 6 days.

It is an individual speed-free competition. The time cut offs to be ranked is limited for each stage – all breaks included. Runners must check in at each checkpoint before cut offs times detailed in the Road Book.
Passed these time cut offs, competitors won’t be ranked and will be off-race. Be aware that cut offs have been determined to allow as much as possible runners to reach the finish line of each stage, even with breaks (Resting, eating…).

The path has been accredited by ITRA (International Trail Running Association) and offers a cumulated distance of 150 km and 700 m ascending elevation. The stages are spread over as such:


Beamalona Waterfall to Anivorano

20kms647 D+ / 755 D-6h001

Anivorano Irodo river

26kms179 D+ / 499 D-8h301

Irodo river to Ankerika

27,1kms354 D+ / 353 D-9h001

Ankerika to Ampondrafeta

41,8kms454 D+ / 470 D-11h003

Ampondrafeta to Antafihamalama bay

28,2kms164 D+ / 172 D-9h002

Mountain of the French to Diego-Suarez

10,2kms0 D+ / 0 D-2h001

This trail run is a half self-sufficiency race: runners must take what they eat or drink for each stage. Staff will provide water & dried fruits at each checkpoint (every 10 to 15kms). At each checkpoints will be a medical staff & a mean of communication.

A multi-competency AID staff will be present throughout the event. The medical team is composed with 2 doctors and 3 physiotherapists. It will ensure AID for competitors at every checkpoint and on camps. It can inform the race director on a competitor’s incapacity to finish the race. The final word remains to the organization. When a runner is disqualified, he goes under the supporter status (visit of the main touristic sites of the region in a car).

The race director commits to ensure evacuation for runners in distress during trail run times or when being on camps. However, the organizers cannot be liable for accidents or injuries affecting a runner’s health before, during and after the event.

Beyond medical and paramedical assistance, safety is handled throughout the event by local police patrols, local authorities, first aid workers and security guards – dispersed within the stages and outside the camps.

Supporters are implied in the event but no assistance is allowed during stages. A dedicated supporter package is available for those who want to follow runners at the start and finish lines of each stages, and at some checkpoints.

Personal belongings and luggage transportation is handled by the organization.

  • 1 bag
  • 1 tank of water of 1 liter minimum
  • 1 whistle
  • 1 contention band
  • 1 food supply
  • 1 survival blanket
  • 1 headlamp
  • 1 cellphone

All participants to Racing Madagascar trail run are ranked in one of the 5 gender/age category accordingly to the following table (Age withheld is the age recorded at the start of the race). Organizer is allowed to change categories without prior notice before the start of the race.

CategoriesClass nameAge
Junior I Men and WomenJunior I16 to 23 y.o.
Junior II Men and WomenJunior II24 to 29 y.o.
Senior I Men and WomenSenior I30 to 38 y.o.
Senior II Men and WomenSenior II39+ y.o.


Time record of each competitor will be split into hours, minutes and seconds. The chronometer of the organization will be the only official. Stage results will available on the evening at the camp.

A trophy will be awarded to the 1st Men/Women final scratch and to the 1st of each category. All runners finishing the race will receive a prize.

SUNDAY (July 08): Meet & Greet at Hotel “La Terrasse des Voyageurs” Hotel

  • 10.00: Welcoming of the entrants. Technical, medical, administrative checks. Bib, race shirt and roadbook collection
  • 11.30 to 14.30: Bus transfer to the first camp – Beamalona Waterfall. Light meal provided (Sandwich on the way)
  • 18.00 to 19.00: Briefing on the race, the event and stage 1
  • From 19.00: Diner and night at Camp no 1 – Beamalona Waterfall

MONDAY (July 09): Stage 1 – From Beamalona Waterfall to Anivorano (20km)

  • From 06.30 to 07.30: Breakfast, drop-off bag packing
  • 08.00: Stage 1 Start
  • From 09.30: Arrival at camp no 2
  • Afternoon: Free
  • 19.00: Stage 2 briefing
  • 19.30: Dinner, night at Camp no 2

TUESDAY (July 10): Stage 2 – From Anivorano to Irodo River (26 km)

  • From 06.30 to 07.30: Breakfast, drop-off bag packing
  • 08.00: Stage 2 Start
  • From 09.45: Arrival at camp no 3
  • Afternoon: Free
  • 19.00: Stage 3 briefing
  • 19.30: Dinner, night at Camp no 3

WEDNESDAY (July 11): Stage 3 – From Irodo River to Ankerika Village (27 km)

  • From 06.30 to 07.30: Breakfast, drop-off bag packing
  • 08.00: 4×4 transfer from camp no 3 to the other side of Irodo river
  • 08.30: Stage 3 Start from the northern side of Irodo river
  • From 10.30: Arrival at camp no 4
  • Afternoon: Free
  • 19.00: Stage 4 briefing
  • 19.30: Dinner, night at Camp no 4

THURSDAY (July 12): Long Stage 4 – From Ankerika to Ampondrafeta Beach (41 km)

  • From 05.30 to 06.30: Breakfast, drop-off bag packing
  • 07.00: Stage 4 Start
  • From 10.15: Arrival at camp no 5
  • Afternoon: Free
  • 19.30: Stage 5 briefing
  • 20.00: Dinner, night at Camp no 5

FRIDAY (July 13): Stage 5 – From Ampondrafeta to Antafiamalama Bay (28 km)

  • From 06.30 to 07.30: Breakfast, and drop-off bag packing
  • 08.00: Stage 5 Start
  • From 10.00: Arrival at camp no 6
  • Afternoon: Free
  • 19.00: Stage 6 briefing
  • 19.30: Dinner, night at Camp no 6

SATURDAY (July 14): Stage 6 – From Mountain of the French to Diego-Suarez (10 km)

  • From 06.30 to 07.30: Breakfast, drop-off bag packing
  • 08.00 to 08.45: 4×4 transfer to the start line at the bottom of Mountain of the French
  • 09.00: Stage 6 Start
  • From 09.30: Stage 6 arrival at the entrance of Diego Suarez city
  • 10.30: Disabled athletes and Racing Madagascar runners will leave together for the last km to Diego Suarez townhouse, place Foch
  • 11.00: Arrival at Diego Suarez townhouse
  • 11.00 to 12.30: Animations and celebrations in front of the townhouse
  • Afternoon: Free
  • 17.00 to 20:00: Closing ceremony / Prizes distributions

Our exclusive travel partner Boogie Pilgrim® is ready to help you planning your trip before and after the race.

Flying to Antananarivo:

  • From Paris: Direct flights with Air Madagascar, Air France, Corsair.
  • From Johannesburg: Direct flights with Air Madagascar, South African Air Link.
  • From Nairobi: Direct flights with Kenya Airways.
  • From Mahé: Direct flights with Air Seychelles.
  • From Saint Denis (Reunion Island) : Direct flights with Air Austral, Air Madagascar.
  • From Mauritius: Direct flights with par Air Madagascar and Air Mauritius.

From Antananarivo to Diego Suarez : Daily flight with Air Madagascar.


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