Kepler Challenge Organising Committee
This unique, ultra marathon event has been staged annually since 1988. Recognised as a popular event within running circles, entrants are attracted from around New Zealand and overseas. Following the Kepler track the run traverses contrasting terrain, from bush clad river valleys to barren mountain peaks. The total distance is 60 kilometres, which includes an ascent of 1200 metres up Mount Luxmore. The event serves two groups, the elite ultra marathon runners and the individuals running for personal challenge.
The Luxmore Grunt - held in conjunction with the Kepler Challenge, this 28 kilometre run climbs the 1000 metres to Luxmore Hut before returning to the start point at the Te Anau control gates. This demanding course zigzags the steep slopes of Mount Luxmore and includes alpine tussock fields and the beech forrest along the shores of Lake Te Anau.