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Bowen Island has an extensive network of scenic parks and trails on municipal and crown lands. Handloggers Half Marathon showcases some of the best of Bowen Island’s trails, mountain views, bluffs, single track, and a few burly creek beds too while passing through Crippen Regional Park and much of the Mount Gardner crown reserve.  

As avid trail users, the race organizers, volunteers, and participants have a vested interest in maintaining and expanding the Island’s trail network for future generations. Our race raises funds in support of the Bowen Island Trail Society (BITS) for investment in trail maintenance and development on Bowen Island.

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The Handloggers Half Marathon is raising funds in support of Akili Preparatory School for girls living in the Obunga slums of Kisumu, Kenya. This project provide girls a safe place to access a high quality education.

The school’s founders, Erick and David, were raised in the slum and returned after university to catalyze change from the inside. They are developing a sustainable, high quality education model to improve gender equality and empower women. This includes employing female teachers, nurturing strong leadership, and character education.