Since its inception in 1988, the Kepler Challenge has always been a community-run event. To reinforce the not-for-profit nature of the event, the Kepler Challenge Mountain Run Trust (CC36502) was established in 1998 to oversee the organisation of the event.
Made up of local community leaders, the Trust's charitable objectives are:
- to organise and run the Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt
- to promote Te Anau and Fiordland as a destination nationally and internationally
- to promote physical activity and community involvement
- to promote and fund stoat eradication on the Kepler Track
- to fund or donate to local events or projects.
There are six Trustees who are responsible for providing governance, strategic and financial oversight for the running of the events as well as distributing funding to worthy community groups. The current Trustees are:
- Chris Shaw, Chair
- Jan Lieshout, Secretary
- Sarah McIntosh, Treasurer
- Ann Carran
- Steve Norris
- Brendan Meffan