Welcome to the Run Larapinta Stage Race

Event Information 2022

Run Larapinta is a 4 day, 4 stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Trail in Australia’s Northern Territory. In 2022, there will be two Run Larapinta events due to COVID-19 implications in 2021 with one race having already been held in April 2022.

Boundless beauty, breathless exuberance, day-old friendships that will last for years and the unspoilt grandeur of a landscape that transcends time… this is an extraordinary run that should be on every bucket list.


  • Friday 12 August to Monday 15 August, 2022 >> SOLD OUT << entry wait list enacted.
  • (NEXT YEAR’S DATES: Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 August 2023. Race will be based from Alice Springs and move to Glen Helen. Entries will open in ~October 2022)


Larapinta Trail in the MacDonnell Ranges; Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.


ENTRIES HAVE SOLD OUT FOR THE AUGUST 2022 EVENT – a waitlist is in place for those still keen to run.


Trail runners from around Australia (and overseas) – from the recreational to the elite. You don’t need to be fast but you do need to be determined.  


EVENT PROGRAM: The event program August Run Larapinta Stage Race is essential reading for all event attendees and covers details like event schedule, course descriptions, rules and more. READ IT HERE

The Malbunka (long course)*

The Namatjira (short course)

20km – 45km stages

11km – 30km stages

    • Stage 1: 20km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
    • Stage 2: 41km from Simpson’s Gap to Standley Chasm
    • Stage 3: 30.5km Ochre Pits to Ormiston Gorge (stay at Glen Helen)
    • Stage 4: 46km Redbank Gorge (via Mt Sonder) to Glen Helen (stay at Glen Helen)
  • Stage 1: 12km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
  • Stage 2: 20km from Standley Chasm to Standley Chasm  NEW
  • Stage 3: 22km Glen Helen to Ormiston Gorge (stay at Glen Helen)
  • Stage 4: 31km Redbank Gorge to Glen Helen (stay at Glen Helen)

*NOTE, the Malbunka course has selected minimum entry requirements and is aimed at trail runners. Walking the entire course each day will NOT meet the cut-offs.

Join us for two unforgettable trail running experiences in Australia’s spectacular Red Centre.

“Run Larapinta was an amazing way to see a beautiful part of Outback Australia. The trail is tough, but the beauty of the area, its vastness and majesty made every step worthwhile. I feel privileged to have seen a special part of our country and met some lovely people along way.” Karen, 2019 participant.

**The Run Larapinta Stage Race did not proceed in August 2021 due to the ongoing COVID restrictions around Australia and the changes to the NT border entry requirements that came into effect mid-year. Those competitors were emailed early August with their options prior to 2022 entries opening to the public in October 2021.

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