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After an amazing 16-hour day on the Grouse Grind®, Sunday’s second-annual Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge has helped raise almost $9,000 as part of the mountain’s annual support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation!

As the only sanctioned event to determine the record-holder for most ascents of the Grouse Grind® in a one-day period, the Multi-Grind Challenge involved 15 endurance athletes seeking their personal best while raising valuable funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Grind For Kids program.  Since its inception six years ago, Grind For Kids has contributed almost $700,000 to the cardiology unit at BC Children’s Hospital!

To maximize daylight for Multi-Grind Challenge participants, the event was held on the longest day of the year. What followed was a steady and dedicated uphill battle which saw a number of unprecedented results in the only event of its kind on the Grouse Grind®.

Leading the way was 70-year-old Idar Karlsen who came within two ascents of his record-setting 15 Grinds in one day that he set during last year’s inaugural event. A familiar face on the trail, Karlsen has completed 887 lifetime Grinds to rank eighth in the all-time standings!

Hot on his heels was Atessa Marashi whose 11 Grinds were a personal best in her first Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge. Participant Amy Tso also came in with 11.

After finally wrapping a long day on Mother Nature’s Stairmaster, the 15 participants had hiked a collective total of 116 Grouse Grinds in a one-day period. A big, BIG round of applause to all of the incredible athletes who participated in this year's event!

Thank you to:

Idar Karlsen: 13
Chris Battson: 9
Merlin Mott: 8
Scott Young: 7
Graeme Adamson: 6

Atessa Marashi: 11
Amy Tso: 11
Andrea Johb: 10
Christine McDonald: 8
Stephanie Lee: 7
Pargol Lakhan: 7
Julia Derek: 7
Melissa Searle: 6
Jennifer Pink: 6
Monique Osborne: 4


The Grouse Grind is CLOSED. The lower portion of the BCMC is closed Monday to Friday while trails upgrades are underway from April 4th to June 30th. Detour along the Baden-Powell and Larsen Trails. More information on the Metro Vancouver website.