65km – Standley Chasm to Telegraph Station along the Iconic Larapinta Trail taking the alternate high route on Section 3 between Standley Chasm and Jay Creek

OVERVIEW:

Is the 231km a bit more than you wanted to chew off? Come and run the 65km Standley Monster trail ultra through some of the most spectacular and runable sections of the Larapinta Trail. Starting and finishing on Sunday May 26th from Standley Chasm. The route starts off steep and rugged for the first 13km and then flattens out with almost non-stop views of the West MacDonnell Ranges on your left. Euro Ridge, 13kms from the finish line provides a final ‘sting in the tail’ with spectacular views as far as the eye can see to the the East, North and West. The 65km also incorporates a team relay option.

ENTRY FEE INCLUSIONS (Not applicable to buddy runners):

  • Hard Copy Course Maps and GPX Files
  • Race Bibs (front and Rear)
  • Aid Stations and supplies
  • Provision of on course Medical support
  • Event medals and trophies or equivalent
  • Race information booklet (hard copy and electronic 2 weeks before event date)
  • Camping/access fees at Larapinta Trail Campsites/trail heads during event for entrants only
  • The trail running experience of a lifetime!

WHAT THE ENTRY FEE DOESN’T COVER:

  • Transport to Race Start lines (WMM will provide an option at additional cost)
  • Park entry fees to see the actual Standley Chasm ($15)
  • Any meals before or after the event
  • Accommodation

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A 65km Ultra Trail Marathon – what more could you want. Running on challenging, rocky, technical terrain interlaced with sensational sections of flowing undulating hard-packed single track.

An early road trip of approximately 50km out of Alice Springs to the Start line at the culturally significant Standley Chasm. The peaceful surrounds of thousands of Eucalypts, bird songs echo off the adjacent cliffs, light breeze on a cool morning – you will feel like you are in another surreal world!

Beyond the Standley Chasm start line you will go into the most amazing back canyon, with  rocky technical sections and views up and down rugged ancient valleys full of Ghost Gums, Cycads Palms, Mulga Trees and spinifex. You will reach Millers Flat where you need to turn left and climb the high route option. The climb up this hill will test your endurance, and is the first of only three significant climbs between you and the finish line. It is the most spectacular and technical of all the climbs. Don’t forget to take some priceless selfies on top of this ridge.

Off this ridge, down through fish hole waterhole and continuing on to Mulga Camp – a well deserved check point, restock your fluids and eat some food. This signifies the end of the real hard stuff, with only two mild climbs in comparison to come. Easier running is your experience now through to Simpsons Gap checkpoint. From Simpsons Gap, 25km of fantastic running until the finish line. You may well encounter runners coming through, or indeed, you may pass runners from both the 231km and 65km events between here and the finish line. The last few kilometers takes you over Euro ridge, regarded as the best view of Alice Springs from the Trail and then, finally, down into the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station finish line – wow!

Summary

Photo opportunities – √ Challenge – √ Rugged Beauty – √ Amazing Vistas – √ Some beautiful easy running interlaced with some extremely demanding, technical ascents and descents. Gaiters are not required to protect your legs, but some people opt to wear them. We do recommend as a minimum – good quality trail running shoes (and maybe a spare pair in your drop bags), hats, sunscreen, plenty of fluid intake and ongoing nutrition.  Some navigation is required to confirm you are on the correct path at all times – and remember – follow the BLUE arrows at all times!

Don’t underestimate the challenge this Ultra Marathon offers competitors. To finish this will require guts, determination and stamina. But we know you can do it – the reward will last forever!

 

EVENT PROFILE:

65km Standley Monster Event Profile

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE MAP:

65km Monster Course Map

 

 

 

 

MAPPING:

GPX Map

GPX Download

KML Download

KEY DATES:  

65km Compulsory Briefing: Saturday 25th May, 5pm Double Tree by Hilton (Around the pool)

65km Start: Sunday May 26th, 6:30am from Standley Chasm Car Park – (transport by car pooling most likely)

65km Cut-off: Sunday May 26th, 11:59pm

REGISTRATION:

Registrations Open: Tuesday January 1st, 2019

Registrations Close: Tuesday April 30th , 2019

RACE FORMAT

Individual 65km Ultra

Or

Team of 3 relay, 1st leg (Standley Chasm to Mulga Camp – 23.2km), 2nd leg (Mulga Camp to Simpsons Gap – 16.4km), 3rd leg (Simpsons Gap to Telegraph Station – 25km)

Team planning tip: Leg 1 has the most elevation and is the most technical. Leg 2 and 3 are the most runable.

REGISTRATION COST:

Individual Early Bird (before midnight Jan 31st, 2019) – $400

Individual Normal Entry (Feb 1st, 2019 – April 30th, 2019) – $490

Team of 3 Early Bird (before midnight Jan 31st, 2019) – $300

Team of 3 Normal Entry (Feb 1st, 2019 – April 30th, 2019) – $360

REGISTRATION CONDITIONS:

Due to the physically challenging nature of the event and associated risks the following entry criteria will apply for all individual 65km race entrants

Solo Runners:

  • Evidence of successfully completing a 21.1km (Half Marathon) within the past 4 years on road or trail during an official event or training run with evidence.

And

  • Being at least 18 years of age at the date of the event starting

Team Runners:

  • Being at least 18 years of age at the date of the event starting

COMPULSORY BRIEFING:

A compulsory Briefing will be held on the lawns at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station for all 65 and 25km runners, Saturday 25th May at 5pm.

CLIMATE INFO:

In  May, the average daytime temperature is 23 degrees with overnight lows around 7 degrees. There is approximately 11 hours of daylight and a low chance of rainfall. Generally, people find that due to the low humidity of the dry desert air, they need to drink more fluids than usual.

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