Welcome to the Run Larapinta Stage Race

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.

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


Thursday 26 August to Sunday 29 August 2021 (this is the ‘2021 event’ – open to all). SOLD OUT!!! 


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


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.  


Two course distance options for both tour dates:

The Malbunka (long course)*

The Namatjira (short course)

20km – 45km stages

11km – 30km stages

    • Stage 1: 19.5km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
    • Stage 2: 41km from Simpsonโ€™s Gap to Standley Chasm
    • Stage 3: 31km from Birthday Waterhole turn off to Standley Chasm.
    • Stage 4: 32km from Ochre Pits to Ellery Creek Waterhole
  • Stage 1: 11km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
  • Stage 2: 22km from The Old Hamilton Downs Station to Standley Chasm
  • Stage 3: 20km Birthday Waterhole to Standley Chasm.
  • Stage 4: 26km from Counts Point turn off to Ellery Creek Waterhole.

*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 an unforgettable trail running experience 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.

Race Recap from April 21 – 24 2021:

  • Event Review Read HERE
  • Stage Results – View HERE
  • Photo Gallery – A selection of Stage highlights can be found on the Rapid Ascent Ultra Running Events Facebook Page HERE

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