The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular walking trails and trekking experiences. The track traverses an iconic 223km route from the Historic Telegraph Station at Alice Springs to the lofty summit of Mt Sonder in the MacDonnell Ranges.
And it is quickly emerging as one of Australia’s most popular and renowned treks. Travellers are now coming from overseas to experience one of Central Australia’s most unique and spectacular attractions.
Here's 7 resosns why you might want to run some of the trails in August 2019:
1. Escape The Winter Blues
Let's face it, Southern States are cold in winter, especially for long suffering Victorians and Taswegians. In fact, if you live anywhere south of the NT border then chances are you'll be freezing your butt off come August 2019. The average temp in Alice Springs hovers around 23 degrees in August. That's a solid mercury for four days of the purest adventure running you're ever likely to experience.
2. Lose Yourself In The Red Centre
The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular walking trails and trekking experiences. Traversing segments of the iconic route from the Historic Telegraph Station to the lofty summit of Mt Sonder in the MacDonnell Ranges. The trail is quickly emerging as one of Australia’s most popular and renowned treks and is gaining more and more recognition internationally. Runners will be coming in droves to experience one of Central Australia’s most unique and spectacular attractions.
3. Forge An Unforgettable Bond
It's fair to say Run Larapinta is more a running experience than a race. Yes, you can bench yourself against your compatriots and race for a place. But far more people will be in it for the experience of running through timeless landscape. We’ll all start together and most will stay together at the same hotel. That's a bond you won't forget. The race will build up a friendly and inclusive atmosphere no matter how many times you stop to take photos on the trail each day!
4. Are You Stuck In A Rut?
If you're chained to the desk in the big city or maybe just need a new challenge then Run Larapinta has your name written all over it. Life is short. And if you think it's time to challenge yourself physically and mentally then Run Larapinta is a good intro to pain and suffering! Depending on how much you want to run of course. See option No.7 below for more on race formats and options for beginners and elite.
5. Detox From The Digital World
Enough said. Who actually enjoys spending hours parked in front of a screen all day? Or, replying incessantly to non-descript social media posts. Maybe you do. But either way there is a high probability you won't have a high speed broadband connection when you're running through pristine landscape. Leave your phone and laptop at the hotel and take in the infinite majesty of the Larapinta Trail.
6. Walk Without Shame
"Why walk when you can run" is a common quip in the world of trail running. Well, true. Why would you? But if you do have to walk at some stage then no shame. The community of trail runners is supportive and welcoming without a hint of pretense. In fact, there is no room for sniggering with Larapinta likely becoming one of the biggest challenges of your life—no matter your level of fitness.
7. You Don't Have To Be Elite
You don't need to be Steve Moneghetti or Scott Jurek to participate. You just need to be an active person who is willing to chip away at the course and keep moving from start to finish. You know...left, right, left right! Obviously, the fitter you are the more you'll enjoy the event but, we stress, you don’t have to be a hard-man/woman ultra-marathon runner to be part of it. You just need to be solid and capable on your feet with a determination to keep chugging when the going gets rough.
For more information on the Run Larapinta Stage Race (16-19 August) please click the ling below: