Although the race preparations start in January, from a runner's perspective the first date to note is online entry day! Below is a step-by-step diary to take you through the whole thing.
Registration for the 2018 event opens at 6.30am (NZ time) on 7th July 2018.
Refund date 1 - 31st October
75% cancellation fee.
Refund date 2 - 14 days before race day
No refund on entry fees from now. (For full refund information please read the withdrawals and refunds page and conditions of entry.)
The event weekend – dates and times.
Friday 30th November 2018
Race packs and check-in
This will be available from 12:00pm on the day before the race (Friday) at the Real Journeys Community Events Centre, Te Anau. For more on the registration process please see the FAQ page. Photo ID may be required. Note that you must be at check-in before 7:00pm
This is compulsory, for both events, and held the evening before the race; 7:30 till 8:00pm at the Real Journeys Community Events Centre.
There will be a gear sale again this year. Further Faster will be there with great deals and staff to advise on their merchandise.
Check them out on their website to get your shopping list organised! They are offering a 15% discount to Kepler competitors!
December 1st 2018
Race-line check-in and start
You must check-in again at the start line:
From 5:30am - FreshChoice Kepler Challenge
Race starts at: 6:00am
From 6:30am - FreshChoice Luxmore Grunt
Race starts: 7:00am
There is a free bus to the start line which departs:
- Sutherland’s Paper Plus, Town Centre
5:15am and 6:15am
- Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas, Lake Front Drive,
5:20am and 6:20am
- Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park,
5:25am and 6:25am
Please wait at the roadside.
During the day there will be an on-demand shuttle bus running between the finish-line and Te Anau. Look out for the van around the finish line and if you can't see it... do feel free to ask anyone with an orange vest.
Drinks at the Moose
After the race why not head along to the Moose Bar on the lake front and have a drink. The Moose offer a free drink to all runners - look for the voucher in your race pack!
2nd December 2018
8:00am - This is available prior to the prize giving on Sunday at the Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. Make sure you place your order on the entry form if you wish to attend. A limited number of extra breakfasts may be available at pre-race check-in.
10:00am - To be held the morning after the race at the Real Journeys Community Events Centre. Be sure to bring your race number along to be in to get your spot prize!