Welcome to the Run Larapinta Stage Race

Experience a run like no other

Boundless beauty, breathless exuberance, day-old friendships that will last for years and the unspoilt grandeur of a landscape that transcends time… This is an extraordinary run that should be on every bucket list.

Welcome to the Run Larapinta Stage Race, a 4-day, 4-stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Trail, in the MacDonnell Ranges around Alice Springs.

You won’t believe how magnificent the MacDonnell Ranges are and the peace and tranquillity running in central Australia gives you. There are endless k’s of trails like in these pictures… just waiting for you…

When: Friday 12th - Monday 15th August 2016 (confirmed dates for 2016)
Where: Larapinta Trail in the MacDonnell Ranges
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
What A 4-day, 4-stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail. Including two course distance options:
  • The Malbunka - long course with stages of 20-45km each day
  • The Namatjira - short course with stages of 11-30km each day
Who Trail runners worldwide are welcome; from the recreational to the elite. Friends and family members are encouraged to join you so they can share this incredible experience. 
Why This is a unique opportunity to combine your love for trail running with a visit to one of the most spectacular destinations in Australia.
How: Entries are now open - enter here

Final details: CLICK HERE to download the Official Event Program that includes all the final details for the 2016 Run Larapinta Stage Race such as event schedule, course descriptions and race rules. (18meg download. Right click and select ‘Save Link As’ to save to your desktop). 


Each stage will start and finish at different locations every day and showcase the many aspects of Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges. Course highlights will include: The old Telegraph Station, Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Glen Helen, Ormiston Gorge, The Finke River, Ochre Pits, Mt Sonder and of course the endless awe of the outback.

In true Rapid Ascent style, we can arrange all the race logistics for you so at the end of each day’s running you can kick back and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Red Centre. We’ll also help with your travel and tour arrangements so you can make the most of your trip to central Australia. 

Highlights from the 2015 edition

The first ever edition of the Run Larapinta Stage Race was held in 2015. Here are some of the highlights.

Event photos

Competitor testimonials

Here's what some of the 2015 competitors said:

Olga, Anne, Donna and Caroline, The Trail Beyond

“The event was superbly run; the course was challenging and spectacular; the support and information you provided throughout the 4 days was exceptional; and best of all, we had a blast. We would highly recommend this event to everyone - seriously, EVERYONE! There is a short course and a long course, and both will give you an experience of a lifetime. Thank you.”

Lauri Wild, Somerton Park, SA

"It was fantastic. I can’t believe I actually managed to finish it. It was well organised, magnificent trails and I’d recommend it to anyone. It was so much fun."

John Bauer, Melbourne

“Thank you for a wonderful 4 days on the Larapinta. George and I have come away from it with a sense of profound satisfaction; at the ability of our bodies to actually run for 4 days, the great camaraderie of the participants and the crew, and the wonderful surroundings of the trail.

“It was a real pleasure. The team did an outstanding job creating the new event, coaxing us through it, and above all creating a feeling that mere mortals like George and I felt comfortable and supported.”

Peter Hynd, Sydney

Check out his race video here: https://vimeo.com/138423158

Latest News

Allston’s Alice Calling: The Mum and daughter duo preparing to take on Run Larapinta

Friday, June 17, 2016
Hanny Allston loves running in wild places. The notorious running bug courses through her veins, and when she’s not running, or competing at the elite level, she’s talking about it as a coach and outdoor athletic shop owner.

Early Bird Special - Lasseters Hotel

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Book before 30th April to receive a FREE room upgrade at Lasseters Hotel, 4 star luxury accommodation in a prime Desert Springs position.

Welcome to the 2016 HOKA ONE ONE Trail Running Series

Friday, April 1, 2016
Entries open today for Australia’s most popular trail running series – the 2016 HOKA ONE ONE Trail Running Series that takes place around Melbourne between June and September. Formally called the Salomon Trail Running Series, The Series has undergone a facelift and revitalisation for 2016 that sees HOKA ONE ONE forming a partnership with event managers Rapid Ascent in what is sure to be a popular move for runners and this reputable running brand.

Click here for more news


Countdown to Race Day:

12 Aug 2016 7:00AM