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

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Is the 128km 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 runnable sections of the Larapinta Trail. Starting and finishing on Sunday May 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
  • Spot Tracker
  • 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 a small 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 will be rewarded with the most amazing Welcome to Country experience. The peaceful surrounds of thousands of Eucalyptus, 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 aid station and continuing on to Mulga Camp – both well deserved check points. Restock your fluids and eat some food at Mulga Camp. 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 the 231km, 128km 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!

ELEVATION GAIN:

Elevation data as calculated by International Trail Runners Association (ITRA) (https://itra.run/race/19641-west-macs-monster-2021-65km-standley-monster&2021)

Elevation gain 1,770m

Elevation Loss 1,932m

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 21st May 2022, 5pm at Double Tree by Hilton

65km Start: Sunday May 22nd 2022, 6:30am from Standley Chasm Car Park – (transport available by event at a small additional cost)

65km Cut-off: Sunday May 22nd 2022, 11:59pm

REGISTRATION:

Registrations Open: October 1st, 2021

Earlybird registrations close: Midnight October 31st, 2021

Online Registrations for personalised bib close: April 30th , 2022

Registrations still available online up until 5pm Friday 13th May 2022 providing pre-qualifications are met. Some conditions apply.

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 runnable.

BUDDY RUNNERS:

Buddy Runners are not permitted for the 65km Standley Monster Event

DROP BAGS:

Drop bags can be left at the time of registration for any of the manned aid stations. Our preference is for the insulated zip top shopping bags for consistency. Check point labels will be available to be filled out at registration to attach to your bags for clear identification. We encourage you to identify your bags with your own coloured ribbon or similar to allow you to find them quickly at an aid station.

REGISTRATION COST:

Individual Early Bird (before midnight October 31st, 2021) – $390

Individual Normal Entry (Nov 1st, 2021 – April 30th, 2022) – $490

Team of 3 Early Bird (before midnight Oct 31st, 2021) – $390

Team of 3 Normal Entry (Nov 1st, 2021 – April 30th, 2022) – $490

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 2 years on trail during an official event or training run with evidence. (Due to COVID related race cancellations, we may accept a training runs to the same distance. Please contact us)

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 around the pool at the DoubleTree by Hilton for all 65 and 25km runners, Saturday 22nd 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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