Entry Info and Fees

The August 2022 edition of the Run Larapinta Stage Race has SOLD OUT.
Click here to join the wait list.

Entries to the April edition are also filling fast with just 20 spots remaining. We encourage anyone seeking an exceptional run in the Red Centre to sign up for April ASAP before it too fills up. Thank you for your support.


Entries to the APRIL 2022 event remain OPEN HERE

2022 race entry status:

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN RUN LARAPINTA? 

1. Enter Run Larapinta – fee details below
2. Book your accommodation
3. Book your flights
4. Book your transfers – race start/finish and airport transfers or check our our PACKAGE options
5. Join the Run Larapinta Facebook page for current and future participants in the race.

INDEX for further details below

Please get in touch via [email protected] or (03) 5261 5511 if you have any questions.

ENTRY FEES

Entry fees include a base fee level, plus an all-in-one package option** (includes base fee, transfers, dinners and more!)

ENTRIES CLOSE:

Online entries close 9:00am AEST Monday 23 August (or until the field limit is reached prior) 

Malbunka (Long Course) entry fees

BASE ENTRY

April Event: Enter prior to 8am on Friday 4 March 2022
August Event: Enter prior to 8am on Monday 4 July 2022 – SOLD OUT

LATE ENTRY

April Event: Enter after 8am on Friday 4 March 2022
August Event: Enter after 8am on Monday 4 July 2022 – SOLD OUT

DayStageDistanceBASE ENTRY
LATE ENTRY
AllFour-stage Runner (all stages)*$997$1097
AllFour-stage Runner (all stages) with PACKAGE**$1,223$1,291
Single Stage 119km$142$153
Single Stage 2                39km$313$334
Single Stage 334km$313$334
Single Stage 445km$337$357

All Malbunka entrants must meet the entry requirements as listed below.

**PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

  • 4 Stage Race Entry to The Malbunka
  • Race Transfers (transfers to/from the start/finish lines, includes a transfer from the final event hotel back to the airport on the morning after Stage 4
  • Ticket for the Buffet Dinner following Stage 1 & 2 & 3
  • Ticket for the Presentation Dinner on final day of racing (following Stage 4)

*4-Stage Runners (no package) receive:

  • 4 Stage Race Entry to The Malbunka
  • Ticket for the Presentation Dinner on final day of racing (following Stage 4)
  • NOTE: Meals tickets and transfers can be booked separately during the entry process


Namatjira (Short Course) entry fees

BASE ENTRY

April Event: Enter prior to 8am on Friday 4 March 2022
August Event: Enter prior to 8am on Monday 4 July 2022

LATE ENTRY

April Event: Enter after 8am on Friday 4 March 2022
August Event: Enter after 8am on Monday 4 July 2022

DayStageDistance BASE ENTRY LATE ENTRY
ALL
Four-stage Runner (all stages)*
$838$908
ALL
Four-stage Runner (all stages) with PACKAGE**
$1,0481,118
Stage 111km$118$132
Stage 218km$258$282
Stage 322km$237$262
Stage 430km$293$313

**PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

  • 4 Stage Race Entry to The Namatjira
  • Race Transfers (transfers to/from the start/finish lines, includes a transfer from the final event hotel back to the airport on the morning after Stage 4 (Monday)
  • Ticket for the Buffet Dinner following Stage 1 & 2 & 3
  • Ticket for the Presentation Dinner on final day of racing (following Stage 4)

*4-Stage Runners (no package) Receive:

  • 4 Stage Race Entry to The Namatjira
  • Ticket for the Presentation Dinner on final day of racing (following Stage 4)
  • NOTE: Meals tickets and transfers can be booked separately during the entry process

UTMB Qualifying Race & ITRA Points

The Malbunka course (4 stages) of Run Larapinta 2021 is with the UTMB as an official qualifying race for the UTMB World Series with a value of 3 points and is also awarded 3 ITRA points. For further information on UTMB click here.

ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

The Malbunka – Entry Qualifications

To be able to participate in any or all stages of the Malbunka, runners must have completed any one of the following between April 2020 and the 2022 races:

  • A 50km trail running race OR
  • A 100km trail running race OR
  • A marathon in a time of under 4.5 hours (this may be a road or trail marathon on flat terrain)
  • Previously completed the Malbunka at Run Larapinta 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2021

We have set in place these requirements to help ensure runners have the required skills and experience to complete the Malbunka stages safely and within the cut off times. You will be asked to provide a URL link to your race result as evidence of your satisfaction of these requirements during the online entry process (so have it handy when entering). If you have not yet completed these requirements but intend to do so before the Run Larapinta you can enter TBA in the field whilst entering and advise us at a later date.

***IMPORTANT: We are aware many of you may not have the opportunity to complete your planned pre-requisite race due to event cancellations in 2020/2021.
TIP: Please log your training (particularly longer runs) so that we can review your Strava account/gpx files in the lead in to the event. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.

The Namatjira – Entry Recommendations

Prior to competing in any stage of The Namatjira, we strongly recommend competitors have completed the following as an absolute minimum:

  • A 30+km trail run in the past year

This is not a hard and fast requirement but a strong recommendation.

General Recommendations for All Runners

We strongly recommend that prior to competing at Run Larapinta all competitors should have:

  • trained on rough, rocky, technical and uneven terrain on a considerable number of occasions
  • run off-road using a headtorch in the dark
  • experienced running with up to 3L of water in your backpack, plus other mandatory gear (ie. total back pack weight of 5-6kg) 

Entry Fee Inclusions

Participants entering Run Larapinta (in either Malbunka or Namatjira) will receive the following included in their entry fee:

  • Race Entry
  • Short-sleeved technical t-shirt with customised event print
  • FREE Access to high resolution event photographs during and immediately after the event
  • Fully marked and serviced race course
  • Professional medical support throughout the race
  • A free 5 month training program specific to Run Larapinta prepared by 2016 race winner Hanny Allston
  • Access to fresh fruit, cake and lollies at the finish of each stage
  • Entry to the final event presentation dinner *
  • Admission to Standley Chasm Park
  • Larapinta Trail Park Fees
  • Electronic timing and results
  • Printed copy of the event program
  • Personalised race plate (plus a small running plate for your back pack)
  • Finishers gift

Junior Entrants

Our general policy at Rapid Ascent is that we welcome junior competitors into all our events because we believe youth should be given the opportunity to challenge themselves if they want to and not be restricted just because of their age. We need to tread carefully because at the same time we also have a duty of care over them to make sure they get through safely and enjoy the experience.

Please review the following safeguards designed to ensure junior entrant’s safe participation during the event.

  • Junior entrants must submit a hydration and nutrition plan for Race Director’s approval before the race. We want to see what and how much the entrant plans to eat / drink during each stage so we can see an understanding of fuelling during an endurance event
  • Junior entrants must meet/chat with the Rapid Ascent RD on the phone approx. 4 weeks before the start of the race to discuss:
    • training and preparation for the event
    • hydration and nutrition plan during each stage
    • ability to use the MapsMe ap and navigation function to follow a course
    • mental attitude and approach to the race

Rapid Ascent also requires that:

  • Entrants submit a rough training plan that outlines what he will do for a minimum of 3 months leading in to the race
  • We see evidence that this training plan has been completed (via Strava link or other testimonial)
  • We’d also like to speak to a running coach or an independent runner who knows the entrant and who can vouch for them as well.
  • Entrants completing more than one stage must submit a medical certificate

Please contact Rapid Ascent to discuss these requirements further.

GROUP ENTRIES

Run Larapinta is the ideal event to attend with a bunch of trail running buddies as a social adventure together. 

If you enter as part of a group of 5 or more ‘4 Stage Runners’, you will receive an event branded hoodie, customised with your Group Name on the front.

To enter as part of a group simply add your group name when prompted during the entry process. We will match you up with your fellow group members. Please note all group entries must be submitted by 18 March 2022 for the April event and 8 July 2022 for the August event.

40% Discount for Locals

To support the local runners and members of the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club we are very happy to provide a 40% discount for any entries to the Run Larapinta Stage Race, this can be for all 4 stages or just for one stage. To qualify for the Alice Springs locals discount you must:
• be a permanent resident of Alice Springs
• be a current financial member of the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club.

How do I arrange the discounted entry?
• Contact Rapid Ascent office at [email protected] with proof of Alice Springs residency and your Alice Springs Running and Walking Club membership. We will then send you an entry discount code
• Enter online normally and pay the quoted entry fee (at checkout the discount will be applied).
• Please note the discount applies to online entries only and cannot be offered retrospectively after online entries close.
• If you have already entered Run Larapinta, please contact [email protected] to arrange for a refund of your discount amount.

FIELD LIMIT

Run Larapinta has a field limit of 200 4-Stage Runners (for each of the April and August Events)

TRANSFERS AND BUSES

AIRPORT TRANSFERS are available for purchase for $15 per person per transfer.

RACE TRANSFERS
are available for $175 per person, these include all transfers to/from the race start/finish lines as well as a transfer back to the airport from Glen Helen on the morning after the final Stage day. Please note for the August event, on days 3 and 4 transfers are conducted to/from Glen Helen as the race is based at Glen Helen (we will not transfer back to Alice Springs).

You can purchase transfers via the event registration system. If you have already registered but would like to make a transfer booking, please email [email protected].

All AIRPORT TRANSFERS AND RACE TRANSFER bookings must be made by 8:00am AEST Tuesday 29 March for April event and 8:00am AEST Tuesday 19 July for August event.
 Airport transfer bookings made after this date must be made directly with the transfer company of your choice. Please email [email protected] or call our office on (03) 5261 5511 if you have any questions.


GPS TRACKERS: inReach 2-Way Satellite Communicator FOR HIRE for $99

Tracker orders close Tuesday 22 March (for April event) and Tuesday 12 July (for August event)

We have arranged for satellite communicators to be available for runners to hire for your added safety whilst participating in the Run Larapinta Stage Race.

Whilst we will have manned checkpoints with medics on site and will provide a high level of care and supervision of all competitors, due to the remoteness of the course we cannot be everywhere at once (far from it). So if you are particularly safety conscious, want an added safety net or want your family and friends to know where you are we recommend hiring a cummunicator.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Please make payment for tracker hire via the Merchandise Store. If you have already entered, simply log back into your entry then click on ‘shop’ to select the item and make payment. Trackers will be available for collection at race registration.

TERMS OF ENTRY

Click here to download a copy of the Terms of Entry Form. If you have any questions about this, please contact Rapid Ascent via [email protected]

ENTRY AND REFUND POLICY 

Refund Policy

If a competitor withdraws at least 23 days prior to event day they have the option of a credit or refund:

  • Credit: Credit towards another Rapid Ascent event – less a 10% administration fee
  • Refund: A refund will be offered, less 25% administration fee

If a competitor withdraws less than 23 days before event day:

  • No credits or refunds will be issued

Refunds/credits must be requested in writing via [email protected]
A refund cannot be granted once a credit has been issued.

Covid-19 Withdrawal Policy

What If I cannot attend the event due to Covid-19 restrictions?

If you unable to attend the event based on Covid-19 restrictions in place 5 days prior to the event then you have the following options;

  • Credit: Credit towards another Rapid Ascent event – less a $25 administration fee
  • Refund: A refund of your entry fee, less $75 administration fee

Refunds/credits must be requested in writing via [email protected]

Transfer Policy

  • Transfer of individual race entries are NOT permitted.
  • Providing there are spaces available, a runner may transfer from a higher entry fee event/category to a lower entry fee event/category before 8:00am AEST on the Tuesday before event day. In this case, the difference between the two entry fees will not be refunded.
  • Providing there are spaces available, a runner may transfer from a lower entry fee event to a higher entry fee event up to 8:00am AEST on the Tuesday before event day – no admin fee will be charged. Any entry upgrades requested after 8:00am AEST on the Tuesday before event day will incur a $15 upgrade fee (plus entry fee difference), to be paid at race registration.

EVENT RESCHEDULING / CANCELLATIONS

If the event is deemed unsafe or unable to be held on the proposed date, the following steps shall be followed:

  • Rapid Ascent will endeavor to reschedule the event to another date with all entries transferring to the new date
  • If the new event date is more than 23 days after the original date and you are unable to attend a competitor may withdraw from the event according to the refund policy above.
  • If the new event date is within 23 days of the original date and you cannot attend you can receive a race credit to any Rapid Ascent event less a 25% admin fee

Note:

  • Rapid Ascent reserves the right to alter or amend the originally proposed course(s) from that which was published on the event website for any reason
  • Advice of any event postponement or change will be made on the front page of the event website as early as possible before the event, and will be posted to the official race notice board at the registration marquee.