Spectator Info

Bring your friends and family – experience the red centre together

Quick links for information below:

You do not need a support crew to participate in the Run Larapinta Stage Race. Support crews are not permitted to provide any assistance to any runners on the course at any time.

That is not to say that support crews, spectators, families and friends are not welcome – oh no, you are as welcome to come and be involved with the event as the sun is hot. Spectators bring a very friendly atmosphere to events and we openly encourage anyone who is thinking of coming to the race ‘to watch’ to book a flight now and come up and join the fun.

SPECTATOR VANTAGE POINTS

Spectators will be able to see the runners off at the start and finish of each stage and at a couple of other vantage points on some of the stages. The list of stage start and finishes is included below and additional vantage points and times will be added nearer the race.

STAGE 1:

The Malbunka – April and August events

  • Start location: The Mercuer Hotel in Alice Springs
  • Finish location: The Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs

The Namatjira – April and August events

  • Start location: 1km north of Mercure Hotel in Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs

STAGE 2:

The Malbunka – April and August events

  • Start location: Simpsons Gap – 25mins drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Standley Chasm – 45mins drive from Alice Springs

The Namatjira – April and August events

  • Start location: Old Hamilton Downs Station – 1hr30 drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Standley Chasm – 45mins drive from Alice Springs. (2hrs drive from Hamilton Downs)

STAGE 3:

The Malbunka – April event

  • Start location: Birthday Waterhole track / Red Centre Way road junction – 40mins drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Standley Chasm – 45mins drive from Alice Springs

The Namatjira – April event

  • Start location: NO ACCESS!! 4WD only
  • Finish location: Standley Chasm – 45mins drive from Alice Springs

The Malbunka – August event

  • Start location: Ochre Pits – 1hr10 drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Ormiston Gorge Car Park – 1hr25 drive from Alice Springs

The Namatjira – August event:

  • Start location: Glen Helen Homestead – 1hr20 drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Ormiston Gorge Car Park – 1hr25 drive from Alice Springs

STAGE 4:

The Malbunka – April event:

  • Start location: Ochre Pits – 1hr10mins drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Ellery Creek Waterhole – 1hr drive from Alice Springs

The Namatjira – April event:

  • Start location: Counts Point track – 1hr drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Ellery Creek Waterhole – 1hr drive from Alice Springs

The Malbunka – August event:

  • Start location: Redbank Gorge – 1hr45 drive from Alice Springs, 25mins from Glen Helen
  • Finish location: Glen Helen Homestead – 1hr20 drive from Alice Springs

The Namatjira – August event:

  • Start location: Redbank Gorge – 1hr45 drive from Alice Springs, 25mins from Glen Helen
  • Finish location: Glen Helen Homestead – 1hr20 drive from Alice Springs

 

TRANSPORT TO / FROM EACH STAGE

Supporters are most welcome to drive runners to and from the start / finish of each stage. All start and finish locations are accessible via a 2WD car (except the Short course start on April stage 3) and we will provide driving instructions and travel times in the event program nearer the event.

FUNCTIONS

Supporters are most welcome to join us for any of the social functions conducted as part of Run Larapinta as listed below. (Further details on each of these functions will be added nearer the time.)

APRIL – Tuesday 20 April | AUGUST – Wednesday 25 August

  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Happy Hour  at the event hotel (Lasseters in April and Mercure in August) . Come and meet the Race Director for a chat to ask any questions you have

APRIL – Wednesday 21 April | AUGUST – Thursday 26 August

  • 3:00pm – Official welcome to and race briefing at the event hotel (Lasseters in April and Mercure in August)

APRIL – Thursday 22 April | AUGUST – Friday 27 August

  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm Buffet Dinner outside on the grass at the event hotel (Lasseters in April and Mercure in August). Two course meal for ~$30pp. Please book a seat via the merchandise page.
  • 7:30pm. Stage 1 and 2 presentations will be conducted at the same spot.

APRIL – Friday 23 April | AUGUST – Saturday 28 August

  • 6:00pm – Two course buffet dinner at the event hotel (Lasseters in April and Glen Helen in August)

APRIL – Saturday 24 April | AUGUST – Sunday 29 August

  • From 5:30pm – Final Event Presentations at the event hotel (Lasseters in April and Glen Helen in August)
    A massive buffet dinner and celebration of the terrific race you’ve just finished conducted outside, on the banks of the mighty Finke River under a hundred billion stars. Four stage runners receive free entry whilst non runners can buy a ticket for $30 p/p at the merchandise page.

SIGHT SEEING

The MacDonnell Ranges and surrounding landscape is truly amazing and there is so much to see and do if you want to.

From short walks to gorges and water holes, to art galleries, wilderness centres, hot air balloons, desert parks and more… if you have not been to the Red Centre before then we can guarantee you will be amazed and will find plenty to do.

It is certainly possible for spectators and support crews to watch / help your runners AND to enjoy yourself by visiting some of the sites and attractions at the same time. Read the Travel and Accommodation page for more details.