Welcome to the Run Larapinta Stage Race

Wow – what an incredible experience we all had at the 2016 Run Larapinta Stage Race. All 130 competitors revelled in the boundless beauty of the Red Centre, the camaraderie between runners and the supreme satisfaction of completing this epic event. We congratulate you all on your achievements and say a heartfelt thank you for helping make this event the memorable event it was.

Linked below are some photo albums and event coverage from our unforgettable week.

The 2017 Run Larapinta Stage Race will be held over Friday 11th – Monday 14th August, so lock in your holidays and join us for an incredible trail running experience. Entries open in early 2017.


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 11th - Monday 14th August 2017 (confirmed dates for 2017)
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 will open in December 2016


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

Victory at Run Larapinta for Allston and O’Brien

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tasmanian skyrunner Hanny Allston and long-distance runner Kieran O’Brien from Brisbane have been crowned champions of Run Larapinta 2016, the second edition of the four-day, four-stage trail running race along the most spectacular sections of the Larapinta Trail in Central Australia.

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.

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