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Run Larapinta Stage Race


The Larapinta Trail is iconic in Australia and there are endless kilometres of trails just waiting for you. The Run Larapinta Stage Race is a 4-day, 4-stage running race along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail with two course options:

The Malbunka – long course with stages of 20-45km per day

The Namatjira – short course with stages of 11-30km per day

Each stage of the Run Larapinta will start and finish at different locations every day and showcase the many aspects of Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Course highlights will include:

  • The Old Telegraph Station
  • Simpsons Gap
  • Standley Chasm
  • Glen Helen
  • Ormiston Gorge
  • The Finke River
  • Ochre Pits
  • Mt Sonder
  • …… and of course the endless awe of the outback.

All the race logistics are arranged for you so at the end of each day’s running you can kick back and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Red Centre.

Watch a highlights video and think about running your marathon in the real outback of Australia.

2018 Race Event Schedule To Be Confirmed Shortly

2017 Remains Indicative

Thu 10 August

All day  Runners arrive in Alice Springs , airport shuttle operates
5:00-6:00pm  Happy hour and live music at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort
6:30pm Dinner and drinks available at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort bar and restaurant

Fri 11 August

Morning      Runners arrive in Alice Springs, airport shuttle operates
12:00-3:00pm Registration at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort (all runners must register)
3:00pm Race briefing and official welcome at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort
5:30pm      Malbunka Stage 1 start – Chifley Alice Springs Resort
6:00pm Namatjira Stage 1 start – near Schwarz Ave

Sat 12 August

6:50am         Buses depart The Chifley to the start lines
8:00am  Malbunka Stage 2 starts – Simpsons Gap
9:00am Namatjira Stage 2 starts – Old Hamilton Downs Homestead
7:00pm Presentations for Stage 1 and 2 at Lasseter’s Hotel Casino

Sun 13 Aug

6:00am          Buses depart The Chifley to the start lines
8:00am  Malbunka Stage 3 starts – Ochre Pits
9:00am Namatjira Stage 3 starts – Glen Helen Resort
6:00pm Event dinner and presentation for Stage 3 at Glen Helen Resort
O’night Recommended at Glen Helen

Mon 14 Aug

6:15am       Buses depart Glen Helen to the start line
7:30am Malbunka Stage 4 starts – Redbank Gorge
8:15am Namatjira Stage 4 starts – Redbank Gorge
6:30pm Official event presentation dinner – Glen Helen Resort
O’night  Recommended at Glen Helen

Tue 15 Aug

Depart or embark on further exploration of Australia’s Red Centre.
Airport shuttle operates from Glen Helen Resort to Alice Springs and the airport.

2018 Accommodation

The Run Larapinta Stage Race gets further and further to the west of Alice Springs as the days progress, as such the Race HQ will be relocated on day 3. It is recommended that competitors and their families also relocate as per the details below. This is not mandatory - it would just makes things simpler!

Recommended accommodation for your stay in Alice Springs.

  •  Thu/Fri/Sat – either at The Chifley, Lassiters or elsewhere in town
  •  Sun/Mon – Glen Helen Resort


Chifley Alice Springs Resort

Nestled on the banks of the famous Todd River only a 5-minute walk from the town centre, The Chifley Alice Springs Resort combines friendly and efficient outback service with modern, comfortable facilities in 4½ star surrounds.  

Lasseters Hotel

Winners of 2014’s prestigious NT Tourism Brolga awards for best Deluxe Accommodation, this 4.5 star resort is set amongst the stunning MacDonnell Ranges and adjoins the Alice Springs Convention Centre. All rooms and suites boast complimentary internet and a private balcony or courtyard showcasing magnificent views.

Glen Helen Resort

Glen Helen is an old cattle station homestead approx. 120km west of Alice Springs and there is only one place to stay – The Glen Helen Resort. The Glen Helen Resort is a quaint oasis in the middle of the Western MacDonnell Ranges and has accommodation of all different types and budgets. 



2018 Race Packages

Please contact us for prices, based on your travel plans. Entry fees are based on running the whole Stage Race, either Malbunka or Namatjira) or Stages 1, 2 or 3 of either event.

Your entry fee to the 4-stage Run Larapinta Trail Race includes:

  • Race Entry
  • Customised event hoodie
  • Fresh fruit, cake and lollies at the end of each stage
  • Entry to the final event presentation dinner on Sunday night at Glen Helen
  • Fully marked and serviced race course
  • Professional medical support throughout the race
  • Admission to Standley Chasm Park
  • Larapinta Trail Park Fees
  • Professional electronic timing and results
  • SMS of final results after each stage
  • Event photographer along the course to capture your finest moments
  • Personalised race number (plus a small number for your back pack)

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