The numbers of overseas runners for the 2012 Kepler Challenge and the Luxmore Grunt are well up on last year's tally.
The Asics-sponsored event on December 1 will again take place on the world famous Kepler Track in Fiordland National Park.
Last year 81 people from overseas entered the race, covering 60km over the mountains between Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri, and 14 completed the shorter Luxmore Grunt race.
This year 131 runners from abroad will compete in the Kepler Challenge and 13 in the Luxmore Grunt.
The runners will compete in capacity fields of 450 athletes for the Challenge and 150 in the Grunt.
Athletes will travel from around the world, including Canada, England, the United States, South Africa, Japan, Germany, Finland, France, Poland, Russia, Ireland, Scotland, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Australia.
Many more runners are on the waiting list to even get to the starting line - as of yesterday there were 194 hopefuls.
Thanks to the Kepler Challenge organising committee, The Southland Times has one race entry, with one night's accommodation, to give away.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enter and we'll announce the winner next week. Entries close 5pm, Wednesday, November 14.
- The Southland Times