Event Schedules

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

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 – Event Hotel
6:30pm onwardsDinner and drinks available at The Event Hotel
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 Event Hotel. Note – ALL competitors must register during this time.
3:00pmRace briefing and official welcome
5:00pmMalbunka START: Mercure Stage 1 – Mercure Alice Springs Resort
5:30pmNamatjira START: Mercure Stage 1 – Near Schwarz Ave
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Thursday 22nd April 2021

5:50am/6:00amCompetitors’ buses depart Lasseters to the start lines
7:00amSTART: 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 event hotel
7:30pmPresentations for Stages 1 and 2 on the lawns at the event hotel

Friday 23rd April 2021

5:30am/5:40amCompetitors’ buses depart Lasseters to the start line (Malbunka runners) (departure time TBC)
5:45am/5:55amCompetitors’ buses depart Lasseters to the start line (Namatjira runners)
(departure time TBC)
7:30amSTART: Malbunka Stage 3 – Birthday Waterhole Turn-off (Start Time TBC)
8:15amSTART: Namatjira Stage 3 – Birthday Waterhole
(Start Time TBC)
6:00pmEvent venue TBC
6:30pm‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony at (venue TBC) followed by Stage 3 presentations
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Saturday 24th April 2021

6:00amCompetitors’ buses depart Lasseters to the start line – Malbunka runners
7:00amCompetitors’ buses depart
Lasseters to the start line – Namatjira runners
8:00amSTART: Malbunka Stage 4 – Ochre Pits
8:00amSTART: Namatjira Stage 4 – Counts Point Turn-off
5:30pmOfficial event presentation dinner – Event Hotel
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. 
7:30am / 8:30am / 9:00am Competitors’ buses departs Glen Helen Lodge for Alice Springs and the airport – three departures.     

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 – The Mercure Alice Springs Resort bar
6:30pm onwardsDinner and drinks available at The Mercure Alice Springs Resort bar and restaurant
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Thursday 26th August 2021

All morningCompetitors arrive and airport shuttle operates
11:00pm – 3:00pmRegistration at the Mercure Alice Springs Resort (Event Centre and Event Hotel). Note – ALL competitors must register during this time.
3:00pmRace briefing and official welcome at Mercure Alice Springs Resort
5:00pmMalbunka START: Mercure Stage 1 – Mercure Alice Springs Resort
5:30pmNamatjira START: Mercure Stage 1 – Near Schwarz Ave
That nightRecommended accommodation in Alice Springs

Friday 27th August 2021

5:50am/6:00amCompetitors’ buses depart The Mercure/Lasseters to the start lines
7:00amSTART: 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 Mercure Alice Springs Resort
7:30pmPresentations for Stages 1 and 2 on the lawns at Mercure Alice Springs

Saturday 28th August 2021

5:30am/5:40amCompetitors’ buses depart The Mercure/Lasseters to the start line (Malbunka runners)
5:45am/5:55amCompetitors’ buses depart The Mercure/Lasseters to the start line (Namatjira runners)
7:30amSTART: Malbunka Stage 3 – Ochre Pits carpark
8:15amSTART: Namatjira Stage 3 – Glen Helen Lodge
6:00pmEvent dinner at Glen Helen Lodge
6:30pm‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony at The Glen Helen Lodge followed by Stage 3 presentations
That nightRecommended accommodation at Glen Helen

Sunday 29th August 2021

5:00amCompetitors’ buses depart Glen Helen to the start line – Malbunka runners
6:00amCompetitors’ buses depart Glen Helen to the start line – Namatjira runners
6:00amSTART: Malbunka Stage 4 – Redbank Gorge
7:00amSTART: Namatjira Stage 4 – Redbank Gorge
5:30pmOfficial event presentation dinner – Glen Helen Resort
That nightRecommended accommodation at Glen Helen


 *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. 
7:30am / 8:30am / 9:00am Competitors’ buses departs Glen Helen Lodge for Alice Springs and the airport – three departures.     

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