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 time… this is an extraordinary run that should be on every bucket list.


There are two event options in 2021:

  • Wednesday 21 April to Saturday 24 April 2021  (this is the rescheduled ‘2020 event’ – open to all). ENTRIES NOW OPEN
  • Thursday 26 August to Sunday 29 August 2021 (this is the ‘2021 event’ – open to all). ENTRIES NOW OPEN


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 Simpson’s Gap to Standley Chasm
    • Stage 3: April: 31km from Birthday Waterhole turn off to Standley Chasm.

August: 30.5km from Ochre Pits to Ormiston Gorge

  • Stage 4: April: 32km from Ochre Pits to Ellery Creek Waterhole

August: 45km from Redbank Gorge to Mt Sonder and Glen Helen

  • 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: April: 20km Birthday Waterhole to Standley Chasm.

    – August: 22km from Glen Helen to Ormiston Gorge via Ormiston Pound

  • Stage 4: April: 26km from Counts Point turn off to Ellery Creek Waterhole.

    – August: 30km from Redbank Gorge to and 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.

“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.

Join us for an unforgettable trail running experience in Australia’s spectacular Red Centre.


Check out some of the 2019 highlights and race summaries in these Facebook albums:

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