The annual Great Forest Events is in the scenic Matariki Forest at Waitere Beach near Levin and is run on forest roads with no vehicles to worry about. Great Forest Events has 42km marathon, 21km half marathon and 10km and 5km fun runs.
The course is a half marathon circuit and a two circuit marathon course giving views of the scenic Manawatu River. 10km and 5km Events are fun run/walks and families and schools are encouraged to enter. There are water stations and marshals along each route and plenty of shade.