Half Marathon Training Program

Race Day Ready

Prepare yourself to experience Bowen’s challenging mountain trail race

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.

Phil Osborne

Trail Running Coach

Phil is a co-founder of Handloggers Half Marathon, a co-founder and board member of the Bowen Island Trail Society, an organization dedicated to the building and maintenance of trails on the island, and helps lead SunRun InTraining clinics on Bowen. He’s been a runner since school days and has been running the west coast mountain trails for almost 20 years.

Joanna Quarry

Trail Running Coach

Joanna is a CanFitPro certified personal trainer, weight room supervisor, level one NCCP certified Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee coach. She has been the clinic coordinator for Bowen Sun Run since 2009 and is often seen biking to work, running the trails, and leaping for frisbees!


14-week program
includes race entry fee

Group size
Min 10/Max 24


Physical level
• Active

2018 Dates
Every Saturday
June 2 – September 1
8:30 a.m. start time

Registration is closed


8:30 a.m.*  Meet at designated location for each week (refer to your training schedule) to participate in clinic and trail run. Length of run differs week to week, check your training schedule.

*Please be aware if you miss the meet-up time, the group will leave as scheduled without you.

Weather guarantee

This adventure will proceed rain or shine. Sunshine is nice, but running in the rain is lovely, too.

What to bring

• Proper running shoes for technical terrain
• Handheld water bottle or hydration vest/pack

Physical ability

All adventurers need to be in good physical health in order to fully participate. When selecting your adventure, please make sure you have read through the description carefully and assess your ability to cope with the activities involved. Please note that if, in the opinion of the instructor, guide, or coach, any participant who is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Bowen Island Adventures reserves the right to exclude them from the adventure without refund.