Run Larapinta returns for an unforgettable running experience

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Run Larapinta Stage Race is returning to Alice Springs for four days of trail running along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory from 17 – 20th August, 2018.

The West MacDonnell Ranges boast incredible terrain for trail running with endless kilometres of single track stretching through an incredible landscape of striking colours and scenery.

Run Larapinta has become a drawcard for both recreational and elite runners who are expected to come from across Australia and overseas to be part of this unique outback stage race.

The event offers two different course lengths for runners - The Malbunka long course features stages of 20km to 45km each day, and The Namatjira provides a shorter option with stages between 11km and 30km.

Run Larapinta is known as more than a race; it’s an unforgettable running experience.

Run Larapinta Stage Race

"I absolutely loved Run Larapinta, by the end I felt almost indestructible. I was on such a high. The scenery, the outback and the sense of achievement were fabulous," said Danielle Clarke, 2017 competitor.

Scott Todd, who also ran Run Larapinta in 2017, said it was a fantastic experience from start to finish.

“The trails and scenery were magic. It is a beautiful part of the world and the event was well organised and made the most of the environment. It left me with a glow that has yet to fade,” Todd said.

Run Larapinta Stage Race

Brisbane’s Troy Lum, winner of Run Larapinta 2017 said the best part was running with others and sharing the experience.

“As well as the actual racing, to share the scenery and see things I’d never seen before was what made it; it was fantastic, and the scenery is just amazing,” Lum said.

Run Larapinta Stage Race

Run Larapinta was first held in 2015 when 78 runners took part, 116 participated in the 2016 edition and over 120 runners competed in 2017.

2018 will be the fourth running of the event, followed by The Redback Mountain Bike Stage Race, also in Alice Springs the next week.

Rapid Ascent Adventure Event Management General Manager Sam Maffett said he was looking forward to welcoming runners to Alice Springs for Run Larapinta 2018.

“We love giving competitors experiences they won’t forget. The quality of the running along the Larapinta Trail combined with the incredible setting and the camaraderie between competitors makes it an exceptional experience,” Maffett said.

“Ultra marathons are growing in popularity around the country but we still have few stage races, so the Run Larapinta Stage Race is unique in Australia – it also provides the ideal opportunity for runners to combine their love of running with a visit to one of the most spectacular destinations in Australia, the Red Centre.”

Run Larapinta Stage Race

For more information about the Run Larapinta Stage Race or to enter head to


When: Friday 17th to Monday 20th, 2018
Where: Larapinta Trail in the MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
What: A 4-day, 4-stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail with two course distance options:

The Malbunka (the longer course):
• Stage 1: 19km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
• Stage 2: 41km from Simpson’s Gap to Standley Chasm
• Stage 3: 29km from Ochre Pits to Ormiston Gorge
• Stage 4: 45km from Redbank Gorge to Mt Sonder and Glen Helen

The Namatjira (the shorter course):
• Stage 1: 11km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
• Stage 2: 20km from The Old Hamilton Downs Station to Standley Chasm
• Stage 3: 22km from Glen Helen to Ormiston Gorge via Ormiston Pound
• Stage 4: 30km from Redbank Gorge to and Glen Helen
Find out more at

Entries: Enter Online HERE

Photos: Click through for the Photo Gallery, or head over to Facebook for even more photo highlights.

Facebook: @rapidascentevents
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Event Hashtag: #RunLarapinta

Media Information

Media passes are available to accredited journalists and photographers and entitle you to be positioned in a cordoned-off area immediately behind the finish line.

To apply for a media pass on race weekend or to simply enquire about access to editorial and photos, please contact Rapid Ascent on 03 5261 5511.

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