The event to be held on 3 December on the world famous Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park, is drawing even more competitors from around the world.
Last year 63 people from overseas entered the Kelper Challenge race, covering 60km over the mountains between Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, and 14 completed the shorter Luxmore Grunt race.
This year we will see 81 runners from abroad compete in the Kepler Challenge and 14 in the Luxmore Grunt.
The runners will compete in capacity fields of 450 athletes for the Kepler Challenge and 150 in the Luxmore Grunt.
These athletes have travelled from all corners of the world: Canada, Spain, UK, USA, Cayman Islands, South Africa, Japan, Germany, and of course, our closest neighbours Australia.
Many of our overseas competitors have said in their profiles, that they are looking forward to further challenges in their running. I think they may find that, at the Kepler Challenge.