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 (April and August):

The Malbunka

  • Start location: The Botanic Gardens in Alice Springs
  • Finish location: The Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs

The Namatjira

  • Start location: Schwarz Cres Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Old Telegraph Station in Alice Springs

STAGE 2 (April and August):

The Malbunka

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

The Namatjira

  • 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 (April):

The Malbunka

  • 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

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

STAGE 4 (April):

The Malbunka

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

The Namatjira

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

STAGE 3 (August):

The Malbunka

  • Start location: Ochre Pits car park – 1 hour 10mins drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Ormiston Gorge car park – (20mins from Start Line) 1 hour 20mins drive from Alice Springs

The Namatjira

  • Start location: Glen Helen lodge – 1 hour 20mins drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Ormiston Gorge car park – (10mins from Start Line) or 1 hour 20mins drive from Alice Springs

STAGE 4 (August):

The Malbunka

  • Start location: Redbank Gorge – 25min drive from Glen Helen or 1hr45mins drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Glen Helen lodge

The Namatjira

  • Start location: Redbank Gorge – 25min drive from Glen Helen or 1hr45mins drive from Alice Springs
  • Finish location: Glen Helen lodge

 

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 – April 2022

(August 2022 functions to be listed here shortly)

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.)

Thursday 21 April

  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Happy Hour at Juicy Rump Lasseters. Come and meet the Race Director for a chat to ask any questions you have

Friday 22 April

  • 3:00pm – Official welcome to and race briefing at Crowne Plaza Lasseters

Saturday 23 April

  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm Buffet Dinner outside on the grass at the event hotel
  • 7:30pm. Stage 1 and 2 presentations will be conducted at the same spot.

Sunday 24 April

  • 6:00pm – Buffet dinner at the Botanic Gardens

Monday 25 April

  • From 5:30pm – Final Event Presentations at the event hotel

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.