Event: 21st Great For­est events

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - Pho­tos by Lisa Trow

A record num­ber of more than 3000 peo­ple took part in 21st Great For­est events in the Waitarere For­est near Levin last month. The events in­clude a marathon, a half marathon, a 10km and a 5km. The 5km is pop­u­lar for fam­i­lies and the older gen­er­a­tion. The tracks goes over var­ied sur­faces through forests on for­est sin­gle roads, sandy paths and ends over grassy slopes.

The an­nual event started in 1997 when around 150 walked or ran in the for­est to­wards the Manawatu River. That event and some fu­ture events was or­gan­ised by Re­nee Steele. Right: The ad­ver­tis­ment pro­mot­ing the first event.

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