2017 Kepler Challenge & Luxmore Grunt

Great conditions for 2017 FreshCoice Kepler Challenge

We are all still at the finish line waiting for runners to complete the Challenge (and a few for the Grunt).

A brief overview of the race is below.


Kepler Challenge Event – 60km – 2017

In 1st place was Sam McCutcheon, aged 28yrs, in a time of 4:49:50

Sam said to Noel Walker (race commentator) at the finish “It was good and bad and everything in between”.  This is Sam’s 2nd win and third podium finish.

Another Blog from Britta!

Kepler Training

Hope the training is going well. As I’m writing this, the Kepler is 74 days away!

For me, this 10.5 weeks away feels like both a TON of time and no time at all: it’s far enough away that I’m not panicked at the idea of skipping a long run to go skiing, but close enough that as I’m riding the chairlift up the mountain my mind occasionally wanders to the definitive lack of chairlifts to take me up Luxmore.

Britta's Blog

Britta's Blog

Keep an eye out over the next few months for these.

Britta is entered in the 2017 Fresh Choice Kepler Challenge for the first time this year.  She has (very kindly) offered to write some blogs about her experiences.

Below is her first.  Do let us know your thoughts and if you would like to see more!


Hello Kepler Runners, Waitlisters, and Supporters!

Nutrition while training

Race Day Nutrition

Have you started planning your race day nutrition plan?

Training is the ideal time to practice and work towards a solid plan for race day. PURE Sports Nutritionist and co-founder Marewa Sutherland has put together some tips to point you in the right direction read more .

PURE Sports Nutrition is used at all of our aid stations around the course on event day.    

Their PURE Endurance Formula is (finally) back in stock also.  

A Kepler Update!

A Kepler Update

It has been a busy time!

With managing the Charity Challenge entrants, distribution of grants from these entries and the race-day entries on the 1st of July, Our race secretary is doing her best to get through everything. 

We thought it would be good to give you all a bit of an update on where we are at.


We had 12 entrants for the 2017 event  – Thank you! 

2017 Charity Challenge

2017 Charity Challenge

Apply Now!

The Te Anau Community has always been behind the Kepler Challenge event and in 2008 the event organizing committee came up with a novel idea to assist Te Anau in a unique way.

With a limited number of participants each year, competitors are often in limbo on waiting lists and can miss out on the opportunity to run in this stunning event.  In fact some years, the entries have sold out in just minutes!

Gear sale 2016

FreshChoice Kepler Challenge gear sale 2016

This year the gear sale will have several brands on sale. FreshChoice are giving away fresh fruit to keep runners energised while Montane, RAB and Fiordland House will have gear on sale.

Fiordland House will still be running the gear deal for Rab thermals, hats and gloves and Lowe Alpine jackets and pants - so get all your compulsory gear updated before check-in!

Montane are bringing a selection of their gear down too so some great deals are sure to be had.

Compulsory Gear deal

Compusory Gear deals

Need your gear sorting for the race? Fiordland House has a pack of thermal gear to meet the Comulsory Gear list requirements (you'll still need the other items though).

RAB Kepler Challenge Gear Deals

This year RAB and Fiordland House have got together and are offering some great deals for compulsory gear. Product will be available at the registration hall on Friday and Sunday but you can pre order this for earlier delivery so you can train in our gear or pick up at the hall so you don’t miss out.

$20,000 2016 Trust Fund

$20,000 2016 Trust Fund

As in 2015, the Kepler Challenge Mountain Run Trust wishes to donate up to $20,000 to local events or projects.  In 2015, the full amount of $20,000 was donated to the Fiordland Trails Trust to assist in completion of stage one of their Te Anau to Manapouri cycle trail.


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