Event Schedule and Services

Event schedule and key logistics

Listed below is the event schedule and key logistical information.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday 10th August

All day Competitors arrive and airport shuttle operates
5:00pm – 6:00pm Happy Hour drinks and chance to chat with the Race Director - The Chifley Alice Springs Resort bar
6:30pm onwards Dinner and drinks available at The Chifley Alice Springs Resort bar and restaurant
That night Recommended accommodation in Alice Springs

 

Friday 11th August

All morning Competitors arrive and airport shuttle operates
12:00pm - 3:00pm Registration at the Chifley Alice Springs Resort (Event Centre and Event Hotel). Note – ALL competitors must register during this time.
3:00pm Race briefing and official welcome at Chifley Alice Springs Resort
5:30pm START: Malbunka Stage 1 - Chifley Alice Springs Resort
6:00pm START: Namatjira Stage 1 - Near Schwarz Ave
That night Recommended accommodation in Alice Springs

 

Saturday 12th August

6:50am Competitors’ buses depart  to the start lines
8:00am START: Malbunka Stage 2 - Simpsons Gap
9:00am START: Namatjira Stage 2 - Old Hamilton Downs Homestead
7:00pm Presentations for Stage 1 and Stage 2 at Lasseter’s
That night Recommended accommodation in Alice Springs

 

Sunday 13th August

6:00am Competitors’ buses depart The Chifley to the start lines
8:00am START: Malbunka Stage 3 - Ochre Pits carpark
9:00am START: Namatjira Stage 3 - Glen Helen Resort
6:00pm Event dinner and presentations for Stage 3 at Glen Helen Resort
That night Recommended accommodation at Glen Helen

 

Monday 14th August

6:15am Competitors’ buses depart Glen Helen to the start line
7:30am START: Malbunka Stage 4 - Redbank Gorge
8:15am START: Namatjira Stage 4 - Redbank Gorge
6:30pm Official event presentation dinner – Glen Helen Resort
That night Recommended accommodation at Glen Helen

 

Tuesday 15th August

Competitors depart or embark on further exploration of Australia's Red Centre.
Early bus (approx 6:00am) and late bus (approx 9:00am)  -  Airport shuttle bus operates from Glen Helen Resort to Alice Springs and to the airport.

The race schedule is designed so that you may arrive into Alice Springs on Friday, register and then race all in the one day – saving a day of leave from home if you need to.

 

RACE REGISTRATION

All runners must register in person between 12:00pm and 3:00pm on Friday 11th August at the Event Centre at The Chifley Alice Springs Resort.

At registration you will receive:

  • Number plate. Fix your personalised number plate to the front of your race shirt. Number plates cannot be trimmed or altered in any way and must remain on your outermost garment and be facing forward while racing
  • Printed event program
  • Long sleeve technical t-shirt – if you enter ALL stages for The Malbunka or The Namatjira
  • Sponsors information or product

We strongly encourage all runners to have the Cyclecover personal accident insurance policy available through the event website at the time of entry. Contact Rapid Ascent (03 5261 5511) for more details if you would like to purchase a policy.


COMPETITOR BRIEFING

3:00pm Friday 11th August: All runners are strongly encouraged to attend the competitors’ briefing at The Chifley Alice Springs Resort where final updates and information on the event will be given to all competitors.


ACCOMMODATION AND RACE HQ

As the Run Larapinta Stage Race progresses from Friday to Monday, the courses get progressively further to the west and further away from Alice Springs. As such we will be moving the event centre from The Chifley Alice Springs Resort in Alice Springs to Glen Helen during the event and we recommend that competitors move their accommodation to Glen Helen as well.

RECOMMENDED LOCATIONS to stay on each night are as follows (more details on each venue can be found on the Travel and Accommodation page.)

  • Thursday 10th August (if arriving a day(s) early) - Stay in Alice Springs – either at The Chifley or Lasseters, or elsewhere in town
  • Friday 11th August – Stay in Alice Springs – either at The Chifley or Lasseters, or elsewhere in town
  • Saturday 12th August – Stay in Alice Springs – either at The Chifley or Lasseters, or elsewhere in town
  • Sunday 13th August – Stay at the Glen Helen Resort (1hr20min drive from Alice Springs)
  • Monday 14th August – Stay at the Glen Helen Resort (1hr20min drive from Alice Springs)
  • Tuesday 15th August - Depart for home or stay and explore a bit longer!!

 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

ARRIVAL:

Airport arrival transfers are available for $15 pp per transfer and will be provided by The Alice Wanderer. Look for the Alice Wanderer bus just outside arrivals.

DEPARTURE:
If you book race transfers (see below), your airport departure transfer (Glen Helen back to the airport) is included in that cost. You only need to book a departure transfer if you wish to stay in Alice for an extra night (or more) and depart Wednesday 16th August or later. Airport departure transfers are available for $15 pp per transfer and will provided by The Alice Wanderer. 


TO BOOK:
All airport transfer bookings must be through the online registration system by 8:00 Friday 21st July. Please ensure you complete all relevant flight details in the system; if you do not complete ALL the details, your transfer booking will not be confirmed.

If you have already entered Run Larapinta but would still like to book transfers or if you have any questions, please contact Annie via info@rapidascent.com.au.

If you would like to book transfers after Friday 21 July; please contact the transfer company of your choice directly.

 

RACE TRANSPORT TO STAGE STARTS AND FINISHES

The start and finish lines for stages 2, 3 and 4 for the Malbunka and the Namatjira races are some distance from Alice Springs and competitors will need vehicle transport to/from these locations. (Stage 1 start is walking/running distance from the Chifley and Lasseter in Alice Springs). Please find full summary below.

Runners can book their transport to all starts and back from all finishes for $150 per person. This all-inclusive fee covers all stages and no further amounts needs to be paid for transportation to / from the races. The $150 fee also includes the airport departure transfer on Tuesday morning. Please note, pick-up and drop-off is from The Chifley and Lasseters only for Stages 1 and 2. If you are staying at another hotel, you will need to make your way to either The Chifley or Lasseters to meet the pick-up/drop-off point.

If you have your own car with a support crew / driver then you are welcome to make your own way out to the start / finish of each stage following the driving instructions listed in this event program. All roads are 2WD and can be driven in a hire car. Please ensure you arrive on time; the race will start on time!

TO BOOK: All race transfer bookings must be through the online registration system by Friday 21st July. If you have already entered Run Larapinta but would still like to book transfers or if you have any questions, please email Annie via info@rapidascent.com.au.

Transportation details

Listed below is a more detailed schedule and arrangements for the Rapid Ascent transportation - some times from the finish line may change slightly.

Friday
From the Stage 1 finish line at the Old Telegraph Station to The Chifley and Lasseters in Alice Springs

  • Mini bus will first depart at 7:30pm and then approximately every 25mins.

Saturday
To Stage 2 start from Alice Springs.

  • Malbunka (starts at Simpsons Gap)
    • 6:50am pick up at The Chifley and 7:00am pick up at Lasseters in the mini bus
  • Namatjira (starts at Hamilton Downs)
    • 6:50am pick up at The Chifley and 7:00am pick up at Lasseters, in the troop carrier.

From the Stage 2 finish line at Standley Chasm to The Chifley and Lasseters in Alice Springs

  • Mini bus will first depart at 1:30pm and then approximately every 90mins.

Sunday
To Stage 3 start from The Chifley and Lasseters in Alice Springs and from the Stage 3 finish line to Glen Helen Homestead Lodge. If you are staying at Glen Helen on Saturday night then please bring all your bags with you on Saturday morning.

  • Malbunka (starts at Ochre Pits)
    • 6:00am pick up at The Chifley and 6:10am pick up at Lasseters, in the mini bus.
  • Namatjira (Starts at Glen Helen)
    • 6:50am pick up at The Chifley and 7:00am pick up at Lasseters, in the troop carrier.

From the Stage 3 finish line at Ormiston Gorge to Glen Helen Homestead Lodge

  • Mini bus will first depart at 1:30pm and then approximately every 30mins.

Monday
To Stage 4 start from Glen Helen Homestead Lodge

  • Malbunka (Start at Redbank Gorge)
    • 6:15am pick up at Glen Helen, in the mini bus.
  • Namatjira (Start at Redbank Gorge)
    • 7:20am pick up at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, in the mini bus.

The Stage 4 finish line is at the Glen Helen Resort so no transportation is required / provided.

Tuesday (after the event)

From Glen Helen Resort to Alice Springs and the airport - departing at approx 6:00am and a later bus at approximately 9:00am (for later departures)

The bus will depart Glen Helen Resort for Alice Springs and the airport approx. 3hrs before the first competitor flies out of the airport. We will collect flight departure times during registration and confirm this bus departure time during the event.

It goes without saying that this transportation schedule is crucial to the event’s success, so please ensure that you have booked all the transports that you need. And if you are catching our buses, please ensure that you are ready on time and in the right place as per the schedule above, as we will not wait.

 


COMPETITOR SERVICES

Being runners ourselves and regularly participating in trail running events we understand the types of competitor’s services that set’s a good event apart from a great event. So the following competitor services will be provided to all runners:

Clothing transport

As all stage start and finish in different locations we will transport your clothing from one to the other while you’re racing. Just drop your clothing off to us at the race info marquee at the start line and then collect it from the same tent at the finish… easy-peasie!

Massage services

We will appoint a massage therapists to the event to provide massages to runners on a user pays basis from the event hotel each night. Further details will be advised nearer the event.

On site medical team

There will be a medical team on site and supervising the race during the event. The Medical team will be there to provide advice and support before and after the racing as well as to respond to help you if there is an emergency out on the track. The medical team will include a number of people which includes at least a doctor and/or paramedic plus first aid trained personnel.

Online results and results centre

The results from each day’s racing will be uploaded to the internet as soon as all competitors have finished, and will be printed and posted to the event notice board at the event expo during the week so you can see how you and your friends are performing overall and in your age category

Social functions and entertainment

A coordinated calendar of social functions will be conducted around the event schedule that will allow you to get to know one another away from the trails. Withy nightly presentation ceremony to recognise the day’s wines to the welcome dinner on Wednesday night and a massive presentation dinner on Sunday outside and on the banks of the mighty Finke River - you’ll have plenty of opportunity to have a bit of fun and get to know one another.

Further details on the event functions can be found on the Spectator Info page

Ultra-marathon research project - BASE Essentials

Exercise physiology and sports dietetic researchers from Monash University, Department of Nutrition Dietetics & Food, will be testing a newly formulated dehydrated meal range, at this year’s Run Larapinta. The range of quick to prepare and tasty meals are aimed at supporting the energy and nutritional requirements of ultra-endurance athletes during multi-day events. The researchers are looking to recruit a group of runners who wish to volunteer to taste test the meal range along the Run Larapinta multi-stage event. Runners will be free to consume any foods and beverages ad libitum, and integrate the provided meals within normal dietary habits. Runners who choose to consume solely their own foods and beverages ad libitum can still take part in the research.

What does participation in this research involve?

Before the start of Run Larapinta:

  • Complete a pre-event questionnaire that will include a food-fluid diary indicating your intended intake during Run Larapinta.
  • Have your body composition analysed.
  • Have your hydration status analysed.

 During Run Larapinta:

  • Wear a small SenseWear monitor on your triceps that will record your energy expenditure along the event.
  • Complete a food-fluid diary, which will include a symptom and meal sensory log.
  • Consume the provided meals (where applicable), alongside your normal food/fluid intake choices.

At the finish of Run Larapinta:

  • Have your body composition analysed.
  • Have your hydration status analysed.

 Benefits of participating:

  • You will be provided with a range of specialised dehydrated meals (x4 meals per day, where applicable).
  • Participants that complete all elements of the research will be offered a gift voucher to the value of $100.
  • As part of the research, participants will be provided with a full body composition, nutritional and hydration report.
  • By taking part in this study you will also gain an insight into how your body responds to a multi-stage ultra-marathon, which may provide valuable information that can be used in future multi-day events.

If you are interested in participating or have any further questions/queries please feel free to contact the research team:

Dr Vera Camoes-Costa, Research Coordinator (vera.costa@monash.edu)

Dr Ricardo Costa, Chief Investigator (ricardo.costa@monash.edu)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (please!)

Events like this can only operate with the assistance of a number of volunteers to help us get things organized and under way so you as competitors have the best possible event. Volunteering is also a great way to be involved with and enjoy the spirit of the event without having to actually ever turn a run or raise (much of) a sweat! So please suggest to any of your family members, partners or friends who are accompanying you during the event that we’d greatly appreciate any time they could spare to give us a hand be it for 2 hrs or 2 days…

This could vary from helping at registration on Wednesday, recording times at a finish line for a few hours or maybe manning a remote water point for half a day… either way we’d be grateful for any assistance for any length of time. We’ll fix them up with lunch on the day, an event t-shirt and a few other goodies.

Please contact John Jacoby at Rapid Ascent if you or your colleagues are interested, via info@rapidascent.com.au or 03 5261 5511.

 

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