Event Schedules

The August 2021 event schedule is below April’s – click here for quick access

Event Program – Essential Reading

The official Event Program for the Run Larapinta April 2021 Event is now available and is essential reading for all competitors (and supporters) with schedule, course maps, race rules and more.

  • View program directly in Issuu here
  • Download (and print) a PDF copy here

APRIL EVENT SCHEDULE

The event schedule below is for the April Event Date

Tuesday 20th April 2021

All dayCompetitors arrive and airport shuttle operates
5:00pm – 6:00pmHappy Hour drinks and chance to chat with the Race Director – at the Crowne Plaza
6:30pm onwardsDinner and drinks available at the Crowne Plaza
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Wednesday 21st April 2021

All morningCompetitors arrive and airport shuttle operates
11:00pm – 3:00pmRegistration at the Event Centre and the Crowne Plaza. Note – ALL competitors must register during this time.
3:00pmRace briefing and official Welcome to Country
5:30pmMalbunka START: Stage 1 – Botanic Gardens
6:00pmNamatjira START: Mercure Stage 1 – Near Schwarz Ave
6:45pm – 8.45pmShuttle buses operate to take runners from finish back to Crowne
plaza hotel
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Thursday 22nd April 2021

5:50amCompetitors’ buses depart Crowne Plaza to the start lines
6:45amSTART: Malbunka Stage 2 – Simpsons Gap
8:00amSTART: Namatjira Stage 2 – Old Hamilton Downs Homestead
12:30pm-4:00pmBuses depart Standley Chasm to return runners to Crowne Plaza

That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs
6:00pm – 7:30pmEvent buffet dinner at the Crowne Plaza
7:30pmPresentations for Stages 1 and 2 at the Crowne Plaza

Friday 23rd April 2021

5:50amCompetitors’ buses depart Crowne Plaza to the start line (Namatjira runners) (departure time TBC)
6:00amCompetitors’ buses depart Crowne Plaza to the start line (Malbunka runners)
(departure time TBC)
7:30amSTART: Malbunka Stage 3 – Birthday Waterhole Turn-off (Start Time TBC)
8:00amSTART: Namatjira Stage 3 – Birthday Waterhole
(Start Time TBC)
12:30pm-4:30pmBuses depart Standley Chasm to return runners to Crowne Plaza
6:30pmDinner at Alice Springs Botanical Gardens followed by Stage 3 presentations
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Saturday 24th April 2021

6:00amCompetitors’ buses depart Crowne Plaza to the start line – Malbunka runners
6:15am
Competitors’ buses depart Crowne Plaza to the start line – Namatjira runners
8:00amSTART: Malbunka Stage 4 – Ochre Pits
8:00amSTART: Namatjira Stage 4 – Counts Point Turn-off
1:00pm and 3:30pmCoaches depart Ellery Creek Big Hole to take runners back to Crowne Plaza

5:30pm

Official event presentation dinner – Crowne Plaza
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

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

Sunday 25th April 2021

Competitors depart or embark on further exploration of Australia’s Red Centre. 
Airport Shuttles depart taking competitors back to the airport 🙁     

The race schedule is designed so that you may arrive into Alice Springs on Wednesday, register and then race all in the one day – saving a day of leave from home if you need to.

AUGUST EVENT SCHEDULE

The event schedule below is for the August Event Dates.

Wednesday 25th August 2021

All dayCompetitors arrive and airport shuttle operates
5:00pm – 6:00pmHappy Hour drinks and chance to chat with the Race Director – Double Tree hotel
6:30pm onwardsDinner and drinks available at the Double Tree hotel
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Thursday 26th August 2021

All morningCompetitors arrive and airport shuttle operates
11:00pm – 3:00pmRegistration at the Double Tree hotel. Note – ALL competitors must register during this time.
3:00pmRace briefing and official welcome at the Double Tree hotel
5:30pmMalbunka START: Stage 1 – Botanic Gardens
6:00pmNamatjira START: Mercure Stage 1 – Near Schwarz Ave
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Friday 27th August 2021

5:50am/6:00amCompetitors’ buses depart The Double Tree to the start lines
6:40amSTART: Malbunka Stage 2 – Simpsons Gap
8:00amSTART: Namatjira Stage 2 – Old Hamilton Downs Homestead
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs
6:00pm – 7:30pmEvent buffet dinner at The Double Tree
7:30pmPresentations for Stages 1 and 2 on the lawns at The Double Tree

Saturday 28th August 2021

5:50amCompetitors’ buses depart Lasseters to the start line (Slowest half of Namatjira runners) (departure time TBC)
6:15amCompetitors’ buses depart The Double Tree to the start line (Malbunka runners and fastest half of Namatjira runners)
(departure time TBC)
7:30amSTART: Malbunka Stage 3 – Birthday Waterhole Turn-off (Start Time TBC)
7:50am & 8:30amSTART: Namatjira Stage 3 – Birthday Waterhole
(Start Time TBC) – 2 x waves starts – slowest runners in first wave
12:30pm onwardsBuses depart Standley Chasm to return runners to The Double Tree
6:30pmDinner at Alice Springs Botanical Gardens followed by Stage 3 presentations
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Sunday 29th August 2021

5:00amCompetitors’ buses depart The Double Tree to the start line – Malbunka runners
5:45am
Competitors’ buses depart The Double Tree to the start line – Namatjira runners
7:00amSTART: Malbunka Stage 4 – Ochre Pits
7:30amSTART: Namatjira Stage 4 – Counts Point Turn-off
1:00pm and 3:30pmCoaches depart Ellery Creek Big Hole to take runners back to The Double Tree

6:00pm

Official event presentation dinner – The Double Tree
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs


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

Monday 30th August 2021

Competitors depart or embark on further exploration of Australia’s Red Centre. 
Airport shuttles operate taking peopel back to the airport 🙁

The race schedule is designed so that you may arrive into Alice Springs on Thursday, register and then race all in the one day – saving a day of leave from home if you need to.

“This fantastic event challenged me greatly, but also provided so much enjoyment and amazing scenery… I met some amazing people, including the event staff! I still don’t think it has sunk in yet what I achieved… :-)” Afy Afrouz