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Rotary Run Recap: Another successful Run for Rwanda

The 13th annual run hosted by Bowen Island Rotary attracted over 100 runners

Well, that was quite a weekend that was, what with tourists and locals massing in the Cove for all the end-of-summer events. In fact, the 13th Rotary Run for Rwanda was nearly cancelled at the last moment due to the poor air quality, but we went for it, and so did over 100 keen runners and walkers!

We lost a few participants who were not happy to risk it, and we quite understood their hesitation. Some runners decided to shorten their runs from 10K to 5K, and some did a short walk rather than a longer one; altogether it was a happy community event, with many parents running with their children in both the kids’ run and the 5K.

It was great to see the same families participating year after year, with the enthusiastic younger generation coming to the fore. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the 25 or so volunteers who helped make this event a great success.

We are also very grateful to all our financial sponsors: Frits de Vries Architects, Dr. Gloria Chao, Bowen Island Properties, Allard & Amanda Ockeloen, Barbara Wahler Interior Design, Presman Wealth and Barry Adams. A huge round of thanks to Savary Island Pie Co. and Artisan Eats for the delicious muffins, to the General Store for water and juice boxes, to Ruddy Potato for fruit and drinks, to the Snug Coffee for feeding the volunteers, and finally for the businesses who donated prizes: lululemon, Forerunners, Cates Pharmacy, USSC and Phoenix Books.

And last of all, here are the winners of all categories:

Kids’ 1.5K (9 and under) - First boy: Arlo Rubin; First girl: Dela Butler Gutelius

5K run: Women - 1st: Rachel Milau; 2nd: Katherine Kennedy; 3rd: Arianna Lunn

Men - 1st: Zachary Kennedy; 2nd: Oscar Ryan; 3rd: Christian Milau

Under 12 - Girls: Mabel Butler Gutelius, Boys: Trent Bristow, closely followed by twin Hayden

10K run - Women: 1st: Wylde Marsh; 2nd: Pam Matthews; 3rd: Catherine Rolfsen

Men - 1st: Colin Kerr; 2nd: Nicholas Belluk; 3rd Beck Morissette

All results with times, plus some photos, can be found on our websites: or

Thanks to registrations, donations, financial sponsorships and T-shirt sales, we have raised enough funds to continue Komera Canada’s support of the young women we help in rural Rwanda. More information about the great work done by our parent organization, Komera, can be found on