Kepler Challenge Committee gearing up for 34th challenge

Fiordland Athletic Club members Gary Kirkman (left), who ran the Luxmore Grunt and Scott Underhay, who ran the Kepler Challenge, last year.

THE Kepler Challenge Committee will be hoping for less mud, rain and water this year after two years of extraordinary circumstances, including Covid-19 last year, hindered events.

It was a challenge, but the hardy Fiordlanders took it in their stride and announced the 2020 Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt anyway.

The committee is ready and eager for the 2021 event, perhaps with some international competitors as well.

Entries open at 6.30am on Saturday, with the waitlist operating the same as past years runners will be invited into the field (in the order they appear on the list) as places become available.

Each year, the Kepler Challenge opens spaces before general entry for the event, with proceeds going to community organisations in the area. The 25 spaces, at $1000 per person including a race T-shirt and event breakfast, were now full. The Kepler Challenge Committee will announce charities in Te Anau Basin who will receive these funds next month.

  • The Kepler Challenge and Luxmore Grunt will be held on December 4. For more information, go to