ASICS Kepler Challenge 2011 Starts

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.

Track conditions

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

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.

Runner to watch in 2011

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.

A charity runner's pledge

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.

Armstrong wins 2010 Kepler Challenge in perfect dry conditions

Armstrong wins 2010 Kepler Challenge

Vajin Armstrong, 30, from Christchurch has won the 2010 Kepler Challenge in a time of 5:03:27 on the challenging 60k mountain terrain course on a clear, hot, sunny day - perfect dry conditions.

Beating a field of 415 runners after a 6am start, Armstrong led for the final 5k after overtaking Norman Dunroy. Dunroy, from Dunedin, came in close behind with a time of 5:04:56.

Snow no!

Snow no!

Every winter sees a fair bit of snow up on the Kepler mountains. The town itself, not so much. The occasional cm at most. So imagine our surprise earlier this year when Te Anau had a whopping 8 inches in town (or even 15 inches depending on which news story you might have read). Just think how much more would have fallen high up in the mountains.

Kepler's new look website

Kepler's new look website

Hi, and welcome to our new look website. We hope you like the changes we've made and the new features we'll be bringing over the next wee while. If you see anything that looks odd, do please let us know by sending an email to Please include details of your browser and operating system so that we can better investigate the issue.

In the meantime, enjoy!


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