How long have you been involved in Great Forest Events?
I've been involved with Great Forest Events Committee for the last four years and my initial involvement was as a runner entering their half marathon event. After seeing first-hand how fantastic the event was I got involved with the committee through my (then) job at Sport Manawatu, I have stayed ever since because I still believe it is the best off-road running event in NZ and it still has a lot of room for growth!
What does your role entail?
I'm on the online manager for the committee, so my role involves looking after their website and their online event registration system, as the event grows in size this includes thing like etickets, email reminders and making sure we have enough bib numbers and chips for all our runners and walkers. On the day it involves liaising with our sports timing guys and making sure that everything runs smoothly - including getting everyone's (hopefully) personal best time up on our website as fast as possible!
Why should people sign up and take part in the event?
The opportunity to complete a full marathon or half completely off road should not be missed! Beautiful course, no traffic hassles to worry about and a medal waiting for you when you finish can't hurt either.
What do you enjoy most from being apart of the event?
Firstly being part of a fantastic team and secondly seeing the determination and pride on everyone's faces as they cross that finish line - definitely the most satisfying part of the event!
Would you encourage others to help out?
Absolutely! It's a great local event to be apart of and a fantastic team of volunteers. Because the event is so large (more than 3400 in 2014) there is plenty of opportunity to help out in an area that interests you: the course, marketing, registration, handing out medals... the list goes on!
If you would like to help out with the event or want to take part in it yourself head to www.greatforest.org.nz