Event Schedule and Services

Event schedule and key logistics

Run Larapinta 2019 confirmed dates Friday 16 August to Sunday 19 August.

Listed below is the event schedule and key logistical information.

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EVENT SCHEDULE - 2019*

*Schedule for 2019 below. Times may be subject to change (ever so slightly) closer to the event.

Thursday 15th 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 Mercure Alice Springs Resort bar
6:30pm onwards Dinner and drinks available at The Mercure Alice Springs Resort bar and restaurant
That night Recommended accommodation in Alice Springs

 

Friday 16th August

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

 

Saturday 17th August

5:50am/6:00am Competitors’ buses depart The Mercure/Lasseters to the start lines
7:00am START: Malbunka Stage 2 - Simpsons Gap
7:30am Stage 1 Namatjira Presentations at start line - Old Hamilton Downs Homestead
8:00am START: Namatjira Stage 2 - Old Hamilton Downs Homestead
That night Recommended accommodation in Alice Springs
6:00pm - 7:30pm Event dinner at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort
7:30pm Presentations for Stages 1 and 2 on the lawns at Mercure Alice Springs

 

Sunday 18th August

5:30am/5:40am Competitors’ buses depart The Mercure/Lasseters to the start line (Malbunka runners)
6:00am/6:10am Competitors’ buses depart The Mercure/Lasseters to the start line (Namatjira runners)
7:30am START: Malbunka Stage 3 - Ochre Pits carpark
8:30am START: Namatjira Stage 3 - Glen Helen Lodge
6:00pm Event dinner at Glen Helen Lodge
6:30pm ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony at The Glen Helen Lodge followed by Stage 3 presentations
That night Recommended accommodation at Glen Helen

Monday 19th August

5:00am Competitors’ buses depart Glen Helen to the start line - Malbunka runners
6:00am Competitors’ buses depart Glen Helen to the start line - Namatjira runners
6:00am START: Malbunka Stage 4 - Redbank Gorge
7:00am START: Namatjira Stage 4 - Redbank Gorge
6:30pm Official event presentation dinner – Glen Helen Resort
That night Recommended accommodation at Glen Helen


 *Please note start times may change pending weather conditions (earlier if it is hotter)

Tuesday 20th August

Competitors depart or embark on further exploration of Australia's Red Centre.
7:30/8:30/9:00am Competitors’ buses departs Glen Helen Lodge for Alice Springs and the airport - three departures.     

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 16th August 2019 at the Event Centre at The Mercure 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
  • A wrist band for those who have booked our bus transports - this is your bus ticket
  • Safety Pins
  • Technical t-shirt – if you enter ALL stages for The Malbunka or The Namatjira
  • Sponsors information or product


COMPETITOR BRIEFING

3:00pm Friday 16th August 2019: All runners are strongly encouraged to attend the competitors’ briefing at The Mercure 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 Mercure 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 2019 to stay on each night are as follows (more details on each venue can be found on the Travel and Accommodation page.)

  • Thursday 15th August (if arriving a day(s) early) - Stay in Alice Springs – either at The Mercure or Lasseters, or elsewhere in town
  • Friday 16th August – Stay in Alice Springs – either at The Mercure or Lasseters, or elsewhere in town
  • Saturday 17th August – Stay in Alice Springs – either at The Mercure or Lasseters, or elsewhere in town
  • Sunday 18th August – Stay at the Glen Helen Resort (1hr20min drive from Alice Springs)
  • Monday 19th August – Stay at the Glen Helen Resort (1hr20min drive from Alice Springs)
  • Tuesday 20th August - Depart for home or stay and explore a bit longer!!

 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Please click the link below to view current transfer bookings.

>>CLICK HERE<<


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 the 'Rapid Ascent race transfers' (see below), your airport departure transfer (Glen Helen back to the airport) is included in that cost, so you will only need to book a departure transfer if you wish to stay in Alice for an extra night (or more) and depart Wednesday 22nd August or later. Airport departure transfers are available for $15 pp per transfer and will provided by The Alice Wanderer. 


TO BOOK AN AIRPORT TRANSFER:
All airport transfer bookings must be through the online registration system by 8:00 Friday 27th July. If you are yet to confim your flights, please enter 'TBA' in each field then email your flight information to info@rapidascent.com.au by Friday 27 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 27July; please contact the transfer company of your choice directly.

 

RAPID ASCENT RACE TRANSFERS TO STAGE STARTS AND FINISHES

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW CURRENT TRANSFER BOOKINGS.

>>CLICK HERE<<

Click here to read the e-mail sent about transfers on 19th July 2018.


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 Mercure 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 Mercure 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 Mercure 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 27thJuly. 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 Mercure and Lasseters in Alice Springs

  • Mini bus will first depart at 6:45pm and then approximately every 25mins.

Saturday
To Stage 2 start from Alice Springs.

  • Malbunka (starts at Simpsons Gap)
    • 5:50am pick up at The Mercure and 6:00am pick up at Lasseters
  • Namatjira (starts at Hamilton Downs)
    • 5:50am pick up at The Mercure and 6:00am pick up at Lasseters

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

  • Bus will first depart at 12:30pm and then approximately every 60mins.

Sunday
To Stage 3 start from The Mercure and Lasseters in Alice Springs and from the Stage 3 finish line to Glen Helen 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)
    • 5:30am pick up at The Mercure and 5:40am pick up at Lasseters
  • Namatjira (Starts at Glen Helen)
    • 6:00am pick up at The Mercure and 6:10am pick up at Lasseters

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

  • Mini bus will first depart at 11:30pm and then approximately every 30mins.

Monday
To Stage 4 start from Glen Helen Homestead Lodge

  • Malbunka (Start at Redbank Gorge)
    • 5:00am pick up at Glen Helen, in the bus.
  • Namatjira (Start at Redbank Gorge)
    • 6:00am pick up at Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, in the bus.

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

Tuesday (after the event)

  • 7:30am Bus from Glen Helen Resort to Alice Springs and the airport - for departures before 12:00pm
  • 8:30am Bus from Glen Helen Resort to Alice Springs and the airport - for departures between 12:00pm and 1:20pm
  • 9:00am Bus from Glen Helen Resort to Alice Springs and the airport - for departures between after 1:20pm

The bus will stop off at The Mercure and Lasseters and then go to the Alice Springs Airport. Passengers on flights (or tour bookings) before 12:00pm must catch the first bus, those with bookings between 12:00pm and 1:20pm must catch the second bus and those with bookings after 1:20pm must catch the third bus. We will collect flight departure times during registration and confirm the bus passenger list 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!

On site medical team

There will be a medical team on site during the event to respond to help if there is an emergency out on the track (please call the phone number on the back of your race place). The medical team will consist of a medical base with A&E doctor, paramedic and first aiders at the finish line each day and at least one mobile unit to respond to issues that arise.

We will also have an A&E Doctor staying with us at the Mercure and at Glen Helen who is available for consultations on event related injuries / conditions back at the accommodation. Contact Julia directly on 0439 388 896.

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

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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