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: http://www.trademe.co.nz/sports/running-track-field/other/auction-622603...

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!

Trapping gets results

Whio! That was a long day

The Kepler Track offered a new challenge for long term local stoat trapper and one time Kepler Challenger John Carter last week: The Iris Burn River Survey.  

The purpose was to look for Whio/Blue Ducks and armed with canine conservation ranger 'Oscar' (and owner 'Max') it was just another walk in the park…15km of slippery river bouldering later we still faced the 15km walk out from Rocky Point, and it was already 3pm!

the 2012 Noel Walker prize giving talk

2012 ASICS Kepler Challenge – Prize giving talk

1. Introduction

2012 - the 25th Kepler Challenge Mountain Run. For 25 years runners have been trucking into Te Anau, set to take up the ultimate challenge.

The pre race briefing left some runners perplexed. The DOC representative said if you are attacked by a falcon put your arms on your head – it will stop the falcon taking your head off. Unfortunately he didn’t explain why the loss of your arms would be any better!

2012 most improved

The 2012 most improved

After the prize giving it was discovered there was an error in the name given for the most improved male runner. Two runners with very similar details were unfortunately thought to be one and the same.

So, with an improvement of 1:48:41 over his previous recorded time in 2006, the 2012 Good Planets are Hard to Find – Don’t Blow It prize for the most improved time goes to Dave Candy of Christchurch. This is a cash prize of $500.

Armstrong wins 2012 ASICS Kepler Challenge

Armstrong wins 2012 ASICS Kepler Challenge for third time

Vajin Armstrong, 32, from Christchurch has won the 2012 ASICS Kepler Challenge today in a time of 4.55.24 on the challenging 60km mountain terrain course on a cool, windy day.

Beating an extended field of 480 runners, Armstrong led from the Forest Burn shelter, overtaking Martin Cox after the Luxmore Hut. Cox from Leicester, England, was first up the hill, in 1.07.04, winning the King of the Mountain title this year.

Kepler track conditions

Track conditions Labour weekend

Luxmore Hut to bush line Iris Burn: Moderate
Avalanche danger:  Expect 20-30cm of snow on the track, with isolated wind loaded pockets over 50cm and deeper in places.

If attempting to cross the tops, be prepared for longer travel times. Don’t be afraid to turn around if conditions worsen.
Avalanche activity could increase during Saturday and Sunday’s heavy rain.


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