Baxter has successfully planned, managed and executed a number of regional and international events. His portfolio includes everything from small-scale community-level events to high-profile and complex multi-million-dollar fundraising events.
Baxter self started producing events in 2000 when he organized the first Harbour City 3 on 3 basketball in Victoria, BC to bring people together through the power of sport, music, art and charity. Over the course of 20 years, the Harbour City 3 on 3 tournament morphed into an annual 3-day outdoor multi sports & entertainment festival in Victoria, BC, the Island Summer Games. “ISG” has become a Vancouver Island tradition and has grown to be the largest multi-sports and social event on the Island.
As someone who loves to bring community members, families and friends together to enjoy the outdoors, Baxter uses his creativity and positive attitude to found Running Tours Inc in 2017 where he created, designed & produced the ”Big Fun Run Series”, a series of family friendly running/walking events along with other group and private tours. To date, there's been 14 Big Fun Run Series events including the Big Elf Run which is recognized in "AMEX's Top 15 Worldwide Seasonal Events with a Twist".
Recently, Baxter truly enjoys the educating element as he's taught at LaSalle College and North Island College to prepare the next generation of Events,Tourism and Hospiltlaity up and comers. .
When not planning or teaching events, Baxter is also engaged in the music industry as the percussionist known as “Bongofide.” Over the years, Bongofide has played in local music festivals and has toured internationally, performing in a wide range of venues. A dream came true in 2015 when he played on IbizaSonica.com, a radio station in Ibiza, Spain which he idolized and set out to fulfill his vision of playing in studio.
Shannon originally moved to Vancouver in 2014. She has lived and worked around Kitsilano for the past five years. With a passion for healthy living and exercise she has competed in several local, provincial, and national beach volleyball tournaments. She has an educational background in Event Management and is Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified.
Shannon's future goals in fitness include running the upcoming Banff half marathon, competing in Crossfit competitions locally and internationally and receiving her yoga teacher training certification. Shannon is always happy to offer her latest healthy recipe ideas and motivation towards living your best life! She also enjoys a great local beer at Red Truck Brewery, so life is all about balance!
Meet Your Tour Guide, Shannon Hudson
Meet Your Tour Guide, Susan Gordan
Whether as an artist, photographer, equestrian, or athlete, Susan inspires people to release their inner "fun person" and succeed in their activity of choice. She was a professional horse trainer from 1983 until 2012, specializing in re-schooling ex-racehorses. After retiring from full-time training, she wrote and co-authored The Compassionate Equestrian, (Trafalgar Square Books in 2015). Her love for horses, running, and the environment are often on display in visual compilations in which she encourages others to engage by sharing their own personal stories. Her multi-faceted background also includes music and dance, which contributes to an upbeat, positive atmosphere in which to learn and improve the body and mind.
Susan began running competitively in 2008, at the age of 48. Since then, she has achieved numerous top podium finishes, championships, series wins, and is one of Canada’s highest age-graded masters women. She is an NCCP Trained Endurance Coach, a member of the Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club, and member/coach of the Salt Spring Sneakers.