2022 Run Larapinta Stage Race

200 passionate trail runners from across Australia will head to the Red Centre next week for the Run Larapinta Stage Race, held from Friday 22 April to Monday 25 April, 2022.

Competitors will experience four-stages over four-days of trail running on some of the most spectacular sections of the iconic Larapinta Trail in Australia’s Northern Territory.

The sold-out event was originally meant to be held in August 2021, however was deferred to April due to COVID-19 impacts.

The popular stage race has developed a cult status among trail runners since its’ conception seven years ago, and organisers Rapid Ascent can’t wait to share the sensational experience with participants next week.

“The event is far more a running experience than a race and we can’t wait share the beauty of the red centre landscapes with our enthusiastic runners,” said General Manager of Rapid Ascent, Sam Maffett.

“Many participants come away with life-long friendships and have reset their limits of what they can achieve when they cross the final finish line; it really is an amazing experience,” said Maffett.

The official course follows sections of Larapinta Track in the heart of the West MacDonnell Ranges, to the west of Alice Springs.

Two different course lengths are on offer: the Malbunka long course features stages of 20km – 46km each day and The Namatjira stages of 12km – 26km.

Based out of Alice Springs, participants will encounter breathtaking landmarks such as Brinkley Bluff, Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap.

The final Stage 4 on the Monday finishes at the serene Ellery Creek Waterhole where participants will get to cool off and celebrate their achievements with an unofficial party in the water complete with ‘pool’ floats.

Designed for runners of all types, the terrain is rough and rocky; but is unlike any other landscape in Australia, adding to the drawcard for participants.

“With spectacular views at every turn, it’s no wonder Run Larapinta has quickly gained a reputation as a must-do bucket-list event,” said Maffett.

2022 will feature a second Run Larapinta Stage Race on 12 – 15 August with entries to this event reaching capacity almost instantly. Rapid Ascent have a self-imposed field limit of 200 runners.

“We want to preserve the experience for all runners rather than compromise the course and runners’ experiences for the sake of more people,” said Maffett.

The event would not be possible without the support from the NT Government which has helped event promoters Rapid Ascent market the event at a national level and reach capacity fields.

For more information on the Run Larapinta Stage Race please head to the official website at www.RunLarapinta.com.au.


DatesFriday 22 April to Monday 25 April 2025 (this is the deferred ‘2021 August event’)

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 with two course distance options:

The Malbunka (the longer course):


·        Stage 1: 20km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station

·        Stage 2: 41km from Simpson’s Gap to Standley Chasm

·        Stage 3: 31km from Birthday Waterhole turn off to Standley Chasm.

·        Stage 4: 32km from Ochre Pits to Ellery Creek Water Hole.

The Namatjira (the shorter course):


·        Stage 1: 12km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station.

·        Stage 2: 26km from Standley Chasm Road to Standley Chasm.

·        Stage 3: 22km Birthday Waterhole to Standley Chasm.

·        Stage 4: 26km from Counts Point turn off to Ellery Creek Water Hole.