Event Details

The FreshChoice Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt take place on the first Saturday of December every year. Here are some key dates for our upcoming event.  A FREE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE will run from the Te Anau township to the Control Gates on race day, for more information click here.


Activity Date Time Location
Charity Challenge Entries Open 1st – 17th June 2024 6.30am Via Email
On-line entries open Saturday 6 July 2024 6.30am On-line
Registration Friday 6 Dec 2024 12.00 – 6.00pm Real NZ Events Centre
Gear Sale Friday 6 Dec 2024 12.00 – 6.00pm  Real NZ Events Centre
Kepler Challenge pre-race Saturday 7 Dec 2024 from 5.15am Control Gates *remember your TRANSPONDER
Kepler Challenge race start Saturday 7Dec 2024 6.00am Control Gates
Luxmore Grunt pre-race Saturday 7 Dec 2024 from 6.15am Control Gates *remember your TRANSPONDER
Luxmore Grunt race start Saturday 7 Dec 2024 7.00am Control Gates
Drinks at the Moose Saturday 7 Dec 2024 Post race The Moose
Event breakfast Sunday 8 Dec 2024 8.00am Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas 
Prize giving Sunday 8 Dec 2024 10.00am Real NZ Events Centre


Entry Fees

The entry fee for our events are as follows:

Item Fee
FreshChoice Kepler Challenge $375.00
FreshChoice Luxmore Grunt $255.00

Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.  Please note that a 5%  fee will be charged for credit card payments (this is not refundable). Payments made via internet banking do not incur a 5% fee.

Your entry fee includes:

  • Race pack with goodies
  • Personalised race bib
  • Transponder for the duration of the event
  • Checkpoint support (water, Pure Sports Nutrition : Electrolyte Hydration, bananas, oranges, Clif Bars, lollies)
  • Medical support and assistance around the course
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Timing Results
  • Category winners prizes
  • Eligibility for spot prizes
  • Knowing that a whole TOWN is supporting you during the event and that any profits from the event are distributed to local community groups!

Optional items

T-shirts, breakfast vouchers and reusable cups can be purchased through our on-line entry system.  If you purchase any of these items they will be put into your race pack for you to collect when you register for your chosen event.

Item Description Price
Post-race breakfast Catch up with your fellow runners and exchange stories from your run.
Enjoy a guilt-free, hearty buffet breakfast before you head home.
Bring your supporters.
$30.00 per person
Event T-shirt Purchase a memento from this year’s event.
Done the race, get the T-shirt!
Supporter’s T-shirt Your family and friends can show their support for you by wearing our special supporter’s T-shirt $25
Reusable cup The Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt are disposable cup-free events so you will need to carry a reusable cup with you. $15


Withdrawals and refunds

Should you need to withdraw from the Kepler Challenge or Luxmore Grunt before the event, the following refund policy will apply:

Withdrawal date Refund
Up to 30 September Entry fee less $60 cancellation fee
From 1 October to 15 days prior to event day Entry fee less 75% cancellation fee
1-14 days prior to event day No refund
On or after event day No refund

Refunds are calculated on race entry fees and do not include any additional items you may have ordered.

For any questions or to withdraw from your chosen event, please email our Race Secretary at info@keplerchallenge.co.nz.  Any refunds due will be credited to the card you used to pay your entry fee (minus the appropriate cancellation fee).

Event Cancellation

In the event of extreme weather conditions, or other factors beyond our control, the Organising Committee reserves the right to substitute an alternative run of a similar distance. In this case, entry fees will not be refunded. If the event is cancelled entirely, the Organising Committee will make the maximum refund possible to competitors.