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With the help of Columbia Sportswear we have launched our first year of the Grouse Grind Ambassadors program. We asked out to the Grind community, "Why do you Grind?" and were sent responses of every kind. Inspirational, recreational, charitable, you name it. With all these great responses, we were tasked to select only ten Ambassadors.

Our new Grind Ambassadors are all unique individuals who — while having different stories for frequenting the Grind — all share the same passion for the outdoors and Grouse Mountain.

They were each outfitted, head-to-toe, in brand new Columbia Sportswear gear and will be able to put it to the test through a year of frequent abuse on the Grind!

Over the next week we will be introducing you to all ten Ambassadors. Here are the first three...

Meet the Ambassadors...
Yuen Chow

Being lucky enough to live in Vancouver, I love taking advantage of the beauty the landscape has to offer from beach to mountain. It’s amazing how I can start my day doing the Grind and stare down at the city from the top and then be at the Spanish Bank the same morning. The love doing the Grind because it is rewarding in so many ways: great workout, great view up top and great cause (Grind for Kids). 

 In addition to the Grind, I am an avid runner (road and trail), having completed six marathons and over twenty half marathons. I also enjoy playing ball hockey, bike riding, snowboarding, golf, tennis, volleyball and yoga.
Amy Tso

My hobbies are snowboarding, snowshoeing and rollerblading. I love food, which is why I like to stay in shape, be active and healthy! I was born in Vancouver and now live in Surrey.

The reason I do the Grind is to stay in shape, there's no other work out that compares to the outdoors and Mother Nature's stair master in Vancouver. You get the fresh mountain air, being in the nature and the positive vibe from the other hikers going up the Grind.

My goal is to be the first female to climb the Grind 1000 times, officially.
Krishna Raisinghani

I was born and raised in Vancouver and I've been hooked on the Grouse Grind ever since I first tried it. I love the intense workout with a breathtaking reward at the finish: an amazing view of the entire city. I go up a few times a week and I'm currently working on some speed goals and getting faster. 

Besides the Grind, I'm into a ton of other outdoor sports — anything from other hikes, to cycling, to my main activity, running. I ran my first marathon this year but my favorite distance is still the half marathon: I'm training for a few half marathons in the next year as well as my first triathlon.