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How to enter the Run Larapinta

  1. The Malbunka 19.5k

    Run 19.5km
    AUD $124–AUD $134
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  2. The Malbunka 41k

    Run 41km
    AUD $274–AUD $294
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  3. The Malbunka 30.5k

    Run 30.5km
    AUD $274–AUD $294
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  4. The Malbunka 45k

    Run 45km
    AUD $294–AUD $313
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  5. The Namatjira 11k

    Run 11km
    AUD $103–AUD $113
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  6. The Namatjira 20k

    Run 20km
    AUD $225–AUD $244
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  7. The Namatjira 22k

    Run 22km
    AUD $206–AUD $227
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  8. The Namatjira 30k

    Run 30km
    AUD $253–AUD $273
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Run Larapinta routes

    The Run Larapinta Stage Race will be conducted along some of the most spectacular sections of the famed Larapinta Trail in the MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs in Central Australia. Stretching a total of 223km from the Old Telegraph Station to Mt Sonder in the West, the Larapinta Trail is an incredible journey through a timeless landscape – making for simply superb trail running.

Each stage passes through an incredibly diverse range of landscapes that makes for remarkable running:

    Steep sided, red rocky gorges often with waterholes in the bottom
    Rocky ridge tops providing views to the edge of the earth
    Dry savannah country filled with wildflowers
    Wide valleys with steep rocky mountain ridges and summits all around…

Event Details

What’s Included

All entrants to the Run Larapinta Stage Race will receive a free high performance technical running shirt manufactured by Compress Sport as part of your entry. Being light coloured this shirt will be great for running in the sunny, warmer weather expected during the race.

Kit List

MANDATORY GEAR LIST FOR ALL RUNNERS AT ALL TIMES, IRRESPECTIVE OF CATEGORY OR THE MALBUNKA OR THE NAMATJIRA:

Race Number Plate x 2. This must be worn on your front (large) and back/backpack (small), attached to the outermost garment at all times. (Our suggested way of wearing this is on a thin, elastic piece of cord or a triathlon band, so you can easily have it on the outside no matter what you are wearing and without having to fiddle with safety pins.)

First Aid Kit (minimum contents: 2 x crepe bandages, 6 x wound closure strips, 1 x triangular bandage, 2 x non-stick wound dressing pads and a pair of surgical gloves) . These can be purchased from Race Registration for $15ea, or online when you enter.Space blanket (available at Race Registration for $7ea or online when you enter.)

A whistle (available at Race Registration for $5ea or online when you enter.)

Mobile phone (Telstra recommended best coverage)

1 long sleeve thermal top (polypropylene, wool or similar). The garment must be of a size and style to fit you. Note: cotton, lycra or any ‘compressions’ garments do not qualify.

Water container

for Namatkira and Malbunka stage 2: all runners must leave the Fish Hole water point with a minimum of 3lt with you

for the Malbunka stage 3: all runners must start the race with a minimum of 3lt water / hydration with you

for all other stages: 750ml minimum capacity (may be a water bottle or bladder in a backpack). NOTE: Many runners may need capacity to carry more than this - please come prepared.

A copy of the topographical map from the printed event program given out at registration. Recommended to be in a waterproof bag (snap lock or freezer bag OK).

A beanie to keep your head warm – a Headsock or ‘Buff’ is sufficient

Matches or cigarette lighter

1 x windproof jacket.

White light torch or headlamp (Stage 1 all runners, Stage 4 Malbunka runners only) Must be bright enough to light the track at least 50m ahead of you, and sufficient batter power to get you to the finish line. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all stages

You can purchase several of these items via the Event Shop.

RECOMMENDED GEAR LIST, ADDITIONAL TO THE ITEMS LISTED ABOVE:

Headtorch or small, emergency torch

A second pair of running shoes incase you get a blow out or blisters in your first pair

A means of carrying additional water (bigger bladder, soft flasks or bottles)

The GPS maps set up on your phone with a mapping app (Maps.ME recommended). Details here

Additional clothing to match the conditions expected on the day. BE SENSIBLE.

Hat and sunglasses and sunscreen (in a small tube you can carry with you)

Polypro gloves and arm warmers for the cool morning starts

Water proof bag or snap lock for your mobile phone

Food and additional water / hydration

Vaseline, Body Glide or other body lubricant - including some in a small tube you can carry with you

Sports injury tape (like Elastoplast)

Headtorch or small, emergency torch

Water purification tablets

Foam roller and massage ball (and yoga mat?) to loosen up your legs after each stage

Thongs / sandals for after racign so your feet can breath

External power source for your phone (x2) for tiem at Glen Helen and even on the course if using th emaps and taking a lot of photos

InReach 2 way Satellite Communicator - for hire for $75

Recommend travel insurance in case you need helicopter rescue on the course - or enquire with your ambulance membership or with your personal accident insurance.

Spectators

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.

FAQs

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ‘FOUR-STAGE RUNNER’ AND A ‘SINGLE-STAGE RUNNER’?

A ‘Four-Stage Runner’ is participating in all 4 stages over the 4 days of the one distance.

A ‘Single-Stage Runner is either doing 1, 2, 3 or 4 events over the four days.

HOW WILL I BE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 'FOUR-STAGE RUNNERS' AND 'SINGLE-STAGE RUNNERS'?

Competitors running the Malbunka will have a red race plate. Those doing all four stages will have a number between 1 and 100. Those participating as a single stage runner will have a number between 100 and 200.

Competitors running the Namatjira will have a yellow race plate. Those doing four stages will have a number between 200 and 300; while those doing a single stage(s) will have a nubmer between 300 and 400.

CAN I CHANGE FROM A ‘FOUR-STAGE RUNNER TO A ‘SINGLE-STAGE RUNNER’?

Yes – you can drop down from a Four-Stage Runner prior to the event or during the event.

Please note you will not be eligible for the prize money or General Classification prizes.

You will still be eligible for the Stage Winner prizes.

CAN I UPGRADE FROM A ‘SINGLE-STAGE RUNNER’ TO A ‘FOUR-STAGE RUNNER’?

Yes, of course! Please note to qualify for General Classification you must be entered as a ‘Four-Stage Runner’ prior to race one. Please contact Annie via [email protected] to make a change to your race entry.

AM I GOOD ENOUGH TO DO THE EVENT?

Absolutely!

The Run Larapinta Stage Race includes stages of two different lengths so runners can select the set of stages that matches their running ability and objectives. Whilst Run Larapinta is primarily designed for runners to complete all 4 stages of a given event, runners may also enter individual stages- so you can tailor the event to suit your needs.

While the race is encouraged for runners of differing ablities, please note there are specific entry qualifications for competing in any stage of the Malbunka and some reccomendations for all runners particpating in any stage of the Malbunka or Namatjira courses.

I NEED TO UPDATE MY CONTACT DETAILS – HOW DO I DO THIS?

You can login to your entry to update your personal details here. Alternatively, please email [email protected] to notify us of any updates.

HOW DO I GET TO THE START LINE AND BACK FROM THE FINISH LINE?

You can book a full race transfers package for $150 during the registration process. This ensures you get a lift to all starts and back from all finishes.

WHAT IS THE MALBUNKA?

The Malbunka is the name given to the long course race at Run Larapinta, with stages of 20-45km each day.

It’s been named after Hezekiel Malbunka, an Indigenous stockman, who ran 126km from Hermannsburg (originally a Lutheran Mission and now Aboriginal community) on the Finke River in the MacDonnell Ranges to Alice Springs in order to save the life of missionary administrator, Carl Strehlow (1871 – 1922).

Regarded as one of Australia’s most important anthropological experts on the local Arrernte and Luritja Indigenous cultures, Strehlow lay dying at the mission homestead. As horses were being saddled to dispatch a message to the Telegraph Station at Alice Springs requesting medical assistance be sent from Adelaide, Malbunka declared that he would go faster on foot.

It took Malbunka only a day and a half to run the 126km to Alice Springs, quicker than station hands agreed could have been achieved by their horses. Incredibly, he then turned around and ran back, taking only a day to return.

WHAT IS THE NAMATJIRA?

The Namatjira is the name given to the short course race at Run Larapinta with stages of 10-30km each day. It’s been named after Indigenous identity Albert Namatjira.

Albert Namatjira (1902–1959) was a Western Aranda-speaking Aboriginal artist from Hermannsburg in the western MacDonnell Ranges in Australia. As one of the most prominent Aboriginal artist of the time, he was a pioneer of contemporary Indigenous Australian art.

His watercolour Australian outback desert landscapes were of the Hermannsburg School of Aboriginal art. With their richly detailed watercolour depictions, the predominantly western style departed from the highly symbolic style of traditional Aboriginal art whilst drawing upon person experience.

Namatjira is also symbolic of the Australian Indigenous rights movement and the bridging of Australian cultures, being the first Northern Territory Aboriginal person to be freed from the restrictions of legislation that made Aborigines wards of the State, becoming in 1957 the first Aboriginal person to be granted Australian citizenship

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