The Kepler Challenge event
The Kepler Challenge is held on the 60 km Kepler Track circuit. This year's race will be held on Saturday 3rd December 2016.
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 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)
The highest point is called the 'Luxmore Saddle'
There are 10 drink stations - see map
4:33:37 (2013) Martin broke the 8 year old record set by Phil Costley
Zelah Morrall 5:23:34 (2003) a new race record twice in a row!