The Handloggers Half Marathon is a formidable 21 km trail run race around Mt. Gardner. If you are ready to commit to achieving this personal goal and want to feel well prepared, this training program is designed specifically for you. The intention is to help you build your strength and fitness in stages while remaining injury free. Training with a group is a great way to stay inspired and encourage each other on your journey.
Choose your training level depending upon your goal for the race:
Option 1: Running a relay leg (5-10 km)
Suitable for those new to mountain trails or who have not already been in training for the previous 2 to 3 months.
Option 2: Running the full race (21 km)
Suitable for those who can comfortably run more than 6 km at any pace on moderate trails.
For either option, you will be provided with a comprehensive training schedule developed by experienced trail runners. Each weekly clinic will include coaching advice and tips with a technical focus such as:
• Wearing the right shoes
• Developing good form
• Finding your tempo
• Staying nourished
• Safety precautions when running in backcountry
• Negotiating technical terrain
• Trail etiquette
• Preparing for race day
This 14-week training program begins Saturday, June 2 and will continue weekly until race day on Saturday, September 1. The final two weeks will allow for participation in both the Rotary Run for Rwanda and the Handloggers Half Marathon.
You will be introduced to a variety of trails on Bowen during your training, so check your schedule carefully each week to note your meeting location.
Partial proceeds go to support the Bowen Island Trails Society.