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The Kepler Challenge Mountain Run NZ

The ASICS Kepler and Luxmore Grunt Challenge event

Kepler Challenge runner NZ

This the ASICS Kepler Challenge year's race will be held on Saturday 6th December 2014. The Kepler Challenge Mountain Run is the premier mountain running event in New Zealand and follows the 60 km Kepler Track circuit through the Fiordland National Park. It has been held annually since 1988, and draws competitors from throughout New Zealand and around the world. Around 450 runners enter the event with nearly all completing the demanding course.

Kepler Challenge NZ map

An easy first 5.6 km to Brod Bay turns to a steady, well graded further 8.2 km climb to the Luxmore Hut at 1085m. This first section also forms the route for the sister race, the ASICS Luxmore Grunt. For the next 14.5 km an excellent track undulates across the tops, reaching an altitude of 1400m before the spectacular descent to Iris Burn hut. It then follows a 16 km journey down the Iris Burn to Motorau hut via Rocky Point. A 9.5 km stage along the Waiau River back to the Control Gates completes the course.

Some facts and figures

Total km's running uphill: 8.2 + 4.1 + 3.4 = 15.7km ascent

Total elevation running uphill: 1197m + 150m = 1350metres

Total km's running downhill: 1.5 + 16.2 + 4.5 = 22km descent

Total descent elevation: 1350 metres (same as above)

Kepler Challenge NZ Race elevation

Other info:

The highest point is called the 'Luxmore Saddle'

There are 10 drink stations

Race records

Men's: Martin Dent 4:33:37 (2013) Martin broke the 8 year old record set by Phil Costley

Women's: Zelah Morrall 5:23:34 (2003) a new race record twice in a row!

Kepler Challenge NZ Race map

Kepler Race map-Toilet and Drink Stations.

The ASICS Luxmore Grunt event

Kepler Challenge runner climbing NZ

The 27km ASICS Luxmore Grunt is held on the first section of the Kepler Track and although a shorter distance than the full ASICS Kepler Challenge which follows the entire Kepler Track at 60km, the shorter 27km course up to Luxmore Hut and return is fittingly named the Grunt. Leaving from the Control Gates, an easy 5.6km to Brod Bay turns to a steady, well graded further 8.2km climb to the Luxmore Hut check point at 1085m. The course then returns back down the same track to the control gates to complete the course.

This year's race will be held on Saturday 6th December 2014.

Other info:

The highest point is at the 'Luxmore Hut' (1085m).

There are 3 drink stations in total (two, one of which is visited twice) 

Race records

Men's: Phil Costley 1:52:30 (2008)

Women's: Shireen Crumpton 2:04:18 (1998)

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Kepler Challenge Special Deals

Outside Sports, Te Anau have an instore promotion of 20% off retail for All GU products for the Kepler challenge event. Including GU Gel, GU chomps, GU roctane and GU brew. Promotion is available instore now, Thursday 4th December 2014 through until Sunday 7th December 2014. There is also a selection of Marmot Precip jackets for both mens and womens at 30% off until stocks last. Drop in and grab yourself a bargain- Kepler Registration is from 12pm Friday through till 6.30pm. So runners can stock up before or after registration.

 Outside Sports, Te Anau will be open until 8.30pm each night this weekend.


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