Welcome to the Run Larapinta Stage Race

COVID-19 update 19-7-21: Rapid Ascent is monitoring the various lockdowns and COVID-19 restrictions around Australia and how they may impact travel to the NT for Run Larapinta in August. We are hopeful that restrictions will ease so everyone can attend the race, but advise that we will still proceed with the 2021 race even if some runners from some states are unable to get to / from the NT due to the COVID circumstances in their home region.
Protecting the health and safety of the NT community and our competitors is our no. 1 priority, so runners who are forced to withdraw due to COVID-19 restrictions are entitled to a refund less a $50 admin fee. Read our refund policy for further details or contact us if you have any questions.

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.


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 Simpson’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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