Official: the ASICS Kepler Challenge good for your health
One of our runners wrote to us recently looking for the name of a fellow runner... not normally something we'd do as we respect your privacy. But this time? Rather different. Read on...
25 Years and still running!
For the Kepler Challenge's 25th year we would like you, the runners, to send us your stories and memories about the race itself and the (run) up to it!
Email email@example.com with anything you have - photos, funny stories, interesting things that have happened. We're hoping to collect as much as we can so put finger to keyboard and send it all through.
ASICS Kepler Challenge 2011 Winners
Thrilled to win the ASICS Kepler Challenge
ASICS Luxmore Grunt winners
The ASICS Luxmore Grunt was a battle between experience and youth. Stuart Doyle, 45, of Canberra, Australia, overtook to beat Troy McAlister, a year 12 Southland lad from Winton aged just 17. Doyle came in at 2:02:43, with McAlister at 2:04:17. Third was Richard Ford at 2:10:47.
ASICS Kepler Challenge 2011 starts
On a calm and fairly warm morning the first runners have passed the Luxmore Hut checkpoint.
In the men's event Martin Lukes reached the hut in a time of 1:09:58 followed by Vajin Armstrong (last year's winner) and Daniel Clendon.
In the women's event Shireen Crumpton (last year's winner) passed Luxmore Hut in 1:21:48 with Vanessa Haverd and Victoria Beck in second and third place.
Kepler track conditions
Most of the track is looking good for Saturday's race. A couple of snowy speed-bumps have been installed just to remind you that you are in an alpine area so watch out for those. The weather will be the one to watch (as always) so make sure you have double-checked your gear.
Survey finds kiwi in Te Anau’s backyard
An intensive listening survey for Northern Fiordland brown kiwi (Fiordland tokoeka) on the Kepler track circuit has detected at least 35 individual kiwi living in the area. The November survey, lead by tutor Patrick (Paddy) Stewart and 27 students from Tauranga Polytechnic, set up 15 listening stations around Mt Luxmore tops, and a further 6 listening stations in the Iris Burn Valley.
Front runners - 24th ASICS Kepler Challenge 2011
A quick list of known likely front runner names to watch in this year's event.
ASICS Kepler Challenge
Vajin Armstrong of Christchurch was winner of the 2010 Kepler Challenge and has an estimated time this year of 4.59.59. Earlier this year, Vajin won the Mototapu marathon and was a member of the 2011New Zealand trail running team to the Commonwealth Championships.
Charity Runner’s Pledge
The 2011 ASICS Kepler Challenge has 15 charity runners who have paid $1000 to ensure their entry into the 60km mountain run. This year, the money is going to our very worthy youth group, the Te Anau Scout Troop.
One of our 15 charity runners has made a very generous pledge. For every minute he knocks off his previous Kepler Challenge time, he will donate a further $10 to this year’s charity, the Te Anau Scout Group.