Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the answer below? Please contact our office via [email protected] or (03) 5261 5511 for assistance.

What is the difference between a ‘Four-Stage Runner’ and a ‘Single-Stage Runner’?

A ‘Four-Stage Runner’ is participating in all 4 stages over the 4 days of the one distance.

A ‘Single-Stage Runner is either doing 1, 2, 3 or 4 events over the four days.

How will I be able to tell the difference between the 'Four-Stage Runners' and 'Single-Stage Runners'?

Competitors running the Malbunka will have a red race plate. Those doing all four stages will have a number between 1 and 100. Those participating as a single stage runner will have a number between 100 and 200.

Competitors running the Namatjira will have a yellow race plate. Those doing four stages will have a number between 200 and 300; while those doing a single stage(s) will have a nubmer between 300 and 400.

Can I change from a ‘Four-Stage Runner to a ‘Single-Stage Runner’?

Yes – you can drop down from a Four-Stage Runner prior to the event or during the event.

Please note you will not be eligible for the prize money or General Classification prizes.

You will still be eligible for the Stage Winner prizes.

Can I upgrade from a ‘Single-Stage Runner’ to a ‘Four-Stage Runner’?

Yes, of course! Please note to qualify for General Classification you must be entered as a ‘Four-Stage Runner’ prior to race one. Please contact Annie via [email protected] to make a change to your race entry.

Am I good enough to do the event?


The Run Larapinta Stage Race includes stages of two different lengths so runners can select the set of stages that matches their running ability and objectives. Whilst Run Larapinta is primarily designed for runners to complete all 4 stages of a given event, runners may also enter individual stages- so you can tailor the event to suit your needs.

While we do encorugae runners of differing ablities, please note there are specific entry qualifications for competing in any stage of the Malbunka and some reccomendations for all runners particpating in any stage of the Malbunka or Namatjira courses. Please take moment to review our Entry Qualifications and Requirements prior to entering - CLICK HERE for more.

Please get in touch via [email protected] if you have any questions ort concerns.

I am unable to participate – where can I view the Refund Policy?

Please click here to view the refund policy. This will be strictly enforced.

I need to update my contact details – how do I do this?

You can login to your entry to update your personal details here. Alternatively, please email [email protected] to notify us of any updates.

Where do I find a list of compulsory items?

Click here for more information on Equipment, Rules and Safety.


You can book a full race transfers package for $150 during the registration process. This ensures you get a lift to all starts and back from all finishes. Full details around race transfers is available here.

Where can I find further information about Travel and Accommodation in Alice Springs?

Click here for further information on accommodation and visiting central Australia.

Do I have to stay IN the recommended accommodation?

Not at all, however the preferred accommodation suppliers – The Mercure, Lasseters and Glen Helen Resort - have provided some great rates for competitors. For more information click here.

What category will I be racing in?

Click here for further information on Categories and Prizes.

Am I able to view a list of the other entrants?

Yes - we display a full Competitor List here.

What is the Malbunka?

The Malbunka is the name given to the long course race at Run Larapinta, with stages of 20-45km each day.

It’s been named after Hezekiel Malbunka, an Indigenous stockman, who ran 126km from Hermannsburg (originally a Lutheran Mission and now Aboriginal community) on the Finke River in the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs in order to save the life of missionary administrator, Carl Strehlow (1871 – 1922).

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important anthropological experts on the local Arrernte and Luritja Indigenous cultures, Strehlow lay dying at the mission homestead. As horses were being saddled to dispatch a message to the Telegraph Station at Alice Springs requesting medical assistance be sent from Adelaide, Malbunka declared that he would go faster on foot.

It took Malbunka only a day and a half to run the 126km to Alice Springs, quicker than station hands agreed could have been achieved by their horses. Incredibly, he then turned around and ran back, taking only a day to return.

Read more about Carl Strehlow on Wikipedia.

What is the Namatjira?

The Namatjira is the name given to the short course race at Run Larapinta with stages of 10-30km each day. It’s been named after Indigenous identity Albert Namatjira.

Albert Namatjira (1902–1959) was a Western Aranda-speaking Aboriginal artist from Hermannsburg in the western MacDonnell Ranges in Australia. As one of the most prominent Aboriginal artist of the time, he was a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art.

His watercolour Australian outback desert landscapes were of the Hermannsburg School of Aboriginal art. With their richly detailed watercolour depictions, the predominantly western style departed from the highly symbolic style of traditional Aboriginal art whilst drawing upon person experience.

Namatjira is also symbolic of the Australian Indigenous rights movement and the bridging of Australian cultures, being the first Northern Territory Aboriginal person to be freed from the restrictions of legislation that made Aborigines wards of the State, becoming in 1957 the first Aboriginal person to be granted Australian citizenship

Read more on Albert Namatjira on Wikipedia.

 Please contact our office via [email protected] or (03) 5261 5511 if you have any queries.

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