For several years this was the official site for the Alice Springs Running Festival.
Content is from the site's 2017 archived content.

The current site for the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club which will have the most up to date information about the Alice Springs Running Festival is found at:

The Alice Springs Running Festival is the Red Centre’s pinnacle running event, held on the third Sunday in August. In its third year, the Festival has three key events; the 10km run & walk, half marathon and marathon (previously the Alice Springs Marathon).

The Alice Springs Running and Walking Club has been active since 1979, operating previously as Alice Springs Fun Runners, Alice Springs Harriers, Alice Springs Running Club and now Alice Springs Running and Walking Club.

The Alice Springs Marathon has been held every year since the Club's inception. The Marathon is recognised nationally and internationally as an extremely friendly and well organised event, attracting both interstate and international competitors in addition to local entrants.


I was in Australia several years ago visiting my college room mate during our spring break. She lived in this magnificent contemporary house on Scotland Island located north of Sydney, in New South Wales. The house, the Italian modern furniture and lighting fixtures were to die for. I vowed that one day I too would have a house which would be appropriate to furnish with stylish contemporary Italian furniture. Her brother was also home. He had spent his junior year in the US attending MIT. Apparently his room mate enjoy gambling and they would often play online. Her brother found a casino that offered slots for US players. He would sign in as his room mate and play. I suppose it wasn't so strange considering that Australians are crazy for pokies- that's Australian for slots. I had never played any sort of casino game, but the three of us would go down in the evenings to the local pub and play pokies.

My room mate and I are serious runners and we decided to register for the Alice Springs Running Festival half marathon when we first arrived for the summer holidays. We planned to stay a week in Alice Springs before the August race. It required a 3 hour plane ride to Alice Springs which is in the center of Australia. The two locations, Alice Springs and Scotland Island couldn't have been more different from one another. No, we didn't win the half marathon, but both of us did our personal bests at that time. Jump ahead three years later and I am moving into a new modern home overlooking the Atlantic Ocean just north of Washington DC. My new husband and I are shopping for, you guessed it, Italian modern furniture. When I told my former room mate she sent us the name of the designer of her parents' furniture so we could inquire at a great store in Philadelphia called e room service 360 who is an authorized dealer of the most respected Italian furniture designers and manufacturers in the market place today. I am so excited.

Am I still playing pokies / slots. I occasionally go online to an affiliate site called Online-Casino-Party and play demo slot games. Online gambling is currently not legalized and regulated in Maryland. The demo slot games are fun since you don't have to worry about losing any money. But if I hit it big, I can't collect either. Next time I visit Australia, I definitely plan on visiting Alice Springs when they are holding their annual Alice Springs Running Festival and will drop into the local pub to play some pokies!

2017 Festival partners with the Baker Institute

The Alice Springs Running Festival is excited to announce that it will this year partner with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. The Baker Institute does incredible work improving health for Aboriginal Australians through vital medical research and outreach health services. The Institute has roots in Central Australia, being the first of its kind in Alice Springs when it established here in 2007.

When you register, you'll be given the option to make a small but very welcomed donation that will go straight to the Baker Institute to help them to continue their vital work. Don't forget that early bird registrations close 30 June 2017 - register before then to make sure you get your free Festival singlet!


2017 Registrations open!

Register NOW for the 2017 Alice Springs Running Festival, to be held Sunday 20th August 2017.

This year we're bringing back all of the favourite events: Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Run, 10km Walk and the popular 5km Run/Walk. Register before 30 June 2017 to be eligible for your FREE Festival singlet.

We're delighted that running legend Steve Moneghetti will be returning as our Festival Ambassador and there will be a range of ways to meet and learn from Australia's greatest distance runner over the Festival weekend.


Registration for the Alice Springs Running Festival is now open. Events this year are the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Run, 10km Walk, and a 5km Run/Walk.

Event start times are:
  • 6.30am - Marathon
  • 7am - Half Marathon
  • 7.30am - 10km
  • 8.30am - 5km



Course Maps




Race Day

Sunday 20 August 2017

Event options
Marathon 42.2km, Half Marathon 21.1km, 10km Run, 10km Walk and 5km Run/Walk

Start location and times
All events start and finish at Lasseters on Barrett Drive. Start times for all events are:
  • Marathon – 6.30am
  • Half Marathon – 7am
  • 10km Run & 10km Walk – 7.30am
  • 5km Run/Walk – 8.30am
Cut-off times
The cut-off time for runners in all events is 12noon. Competitors that have not completed their event by this time will be collected by a sweep vehicle.

Aid stations
Aid stations will be every 3km for competitors in the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km. Aid stations will have water, Vaseline, bandaids and jelly beans.  

Personalised drinks can be placed in the designated boxes at Registration Pack collection on Saturday afternoon, or at sign-on on Sunday morning, prior to 6am. They must be clearly marked with your bib number and the kilometre marker where you would like your drink placed.

Head phones on course
The course follows open roads with traffic and for the safety of all participants, the use of personal music devices on the course is not allowed.

Start/Finish Line
The following will be available at the start/finish line for competitors’ comfort and enjoyment:
  • Sports medicine tent
  • Food and hot drinks for purchase
  • Complimentary bag drop
  • Souvenir merchandise for purchase (pending stock availability)
  • Ample seating to watch the event
Sports Medicine
A sports medicine service will be available at the start/finish line. If you are in need of sports medicine on the course, please let volunteers at a drink stop know that you need assistance. Volunteers will also be patrolling the course and can call for assistance if required.

Toilets are available at the start/finish area, inside the Alice Springs Convention Centre. A portaloo will also be available along the course at the 6km and 30km marks approximately.

At this time of the year, Alice Springs can be extremely cold around the starting time for all events, often with sub zero temperatures.  Once the suns rises, it can warm up quite quickly, and temperatures on race day could reach 30 degrees. Please make sure you are well hydrated before and during your event, and dress in layers that can be easily discarded en route. Any layers that are discarded at the aid stations will be brought back to the start/finish line for collection at the Presentation Lunch.

Presentation lunch
All participants will receive a ticket to the presentation lunch in their race packs. Lunch is at 12noon at the Juicy Rump, with presentations commencing at 12.30pm. Family and friends wishing to join the lunch can purchase additional tickets on the day for $15.

Charlie Lowson from STS Photography is the official photographer for the 2016 Festival. Photographs will be made available shortly after the event on STS Photography's website for free download for two weeks. Event organisers will post on the Festival's Facebook page when these photos are available.




The Alice Springs Running Festival continues to see incredible growth each year, which means more volunteers are needed to ensure the continued success of the event. Volunteering doesn’t need to come with a long-term commitment and previous experience isn’t necessary! Many volunteers are required on race day, so travelling visitors are also invited to volunteer for the day.

The Festival Committee is currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:
  • Course marshalls
  • Water stops (3-4 volunteers at each)
  • Start/finish set up
  • Bag-packing competitor kits
All volunteers will receive a Race pack with Festival merchandise, breakfast delivered to them on the course, and will be further thanked for their efforts with a complimentary ticket to the presentation lunch.