Important notice


This year, in line with our ongoing commitment to improving the safety and management of the event, the Kepler Challenge Organising Committee has made the decision not to accept any late entries on registration evening for the Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt. The runner fields will be finalised from the waitlists by 9:00am on the Friday prior to the event and no additional runners will be accepted after that time.

Race gear!

ASICS Kepler Challenge gear packs

All these are approved items and can be used for compulsory gear. Colour options are black for everything except the beanie which is available in the black, pink, red and blue depending on stock. All products made from 100% NZ Merino wool except the gloves which have 5% of elastic to hold their shape. To view these products check out the website at

The pack includes:

Sponsor a trap!

Kepler Track Stoat Traps "Sponsor a Trap"

In 2007 the Kepler Challenge Committee put 252 boxes, with 2 traps in each, around approximately 80% of the Kepler Track. The only section not covered was from Luxmore Hut across the tops to the bush-line below Hanging Valley shelter. This section of the Track is about 12 kilometres. 

We're aiming to place another 60 traps through this section by November this year. The boxes, with two traps in each, are placed about every 200 metres and cost $140 each.

Charity Challenge places full for 2014

Charity Challenge places full for 2014

We have had unprecedented interest in the Charity Challenge this year. Places have already filled and a waitlist is held. We are extremely grateful to those runners who are happy to support our local community organisations, and extend our sincere thanks on their behalf.

If you missed out, we wish you good luck on registration day: 6:30am Saturday 5th July 2014.

Race Record Smashed in 2013 ASICS Kepler Challenge

Race Record Smashed in 2013 ASICS Kepler Challenge

Martin Dent from Canberra, Australia, blitzed the 2013 ASICS Kepler Challenge field in a record-breaking time of 4.33.37, on the challenging 60km mountain terrain course.

Beating a capacity field of 477 on a warm Fiordland day, Dent gained the lead early in the race, on the climb to the Luxmore Hut. Dent took out the King of the Mountain title, being the first to reach the Luxmore Hut.

We have a winner!

We have a winner!

We're pleased to announce a new runner in this year's field and already a winner – this time of a place in the event.

Our TradeMe auction for the Lesley Cantwell memorial fund was run over a week and we are delighted to have raised just over $2000.

The winning bid came from a previous runner, Malcolm Webb, who said "I’m thrilled to have won. Such a worthy cause as well. I remember being deeply moved when I heard about Lesley’s tragedy, so it’s fantastic to contribute towards her daughter’s fund."

Event place Auction

Charity Auction – 2013 ASICS Keper Challenge entry opportunity

The Kepler Challenge Committee has decided to auction a much sought after
place in the 2013 ASICS Kepler Challenge. This is now listed on Trademe:

The proceeds of the auction will go to a fund for Brooke Cantwell, the daughter of Lesley Cantwell who died recently after winning a race walking
title in Tahiti.

Smartwool Race Pack Deal 2013

Smartwool Race Pack Deal 2013

We've got together a pack for runners needing the thermal aspect of the compulsory gear.

Smartwool beanie

The pack includes:

  • 1 lightweight 195gm long sleeve crew neck top
  • 1 pair 195gm leggings
  • 1 beanie
  • 1 pair of liner gloves


All these are approved items and can be used for compulsory gear. Colour options are black for everything but we may be able to supply coloured beanies depending on stock.

Extra Luxmore spaces!

Great news for ASICS Luxmore Grunters!

We have some really good news for all those of you enjoying the hard yakka of a hill run. After a little negotiation, the Committee has secured an extra 50 places. This means that DOC have allowed us a total of 200 runners in the ASICS Luxmore Grunt. So get your typing fingers on for online entries, Saturday 6th July 2013!


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