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(North Vancouver) Undeterred by grey skies and a 4,100-foot elevation gain, more than 700 participants made the 16-kilometre climb from West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park to the Peak of Vancouver on Sunday morning in Seek the Peak presented by Columbia.

Now in its 11th year, Seek the Peak presented by Columbia challenges participants to tackle the course alone or as part of a relay team. With every upward step, valuable funds are raised for the BC Cancer Foundation’s lifesaving work in the fight against breast cancer.

With a record-setting time of 1:23:37, this year’s Seek the Peak title goes to Victoria’s Shaun Stephens-Whale with the lead female, Kim Magnus not far behind at 1:35:08. Not to be outdone, Team Dignums Warriors clocked in at 1:25:35 to take top honours in the relay category. For a complete list of official race times, please click here.

Including the nearly $40,000 raised during this year’s event, Seek the Peak presented by Columbia has collected more than $350,000 since its inception to directly support research conducted by the BC Cancer Agency.

“On behalf of Grouse Mountain, a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all of the participants and fundraisers who took part in Seek the Peak presented by Columbia,” said Grouse Mountain general manager Michael Cameron. "Without your tireless efforts, this significant donation to the BC Cancer Foundation’s incredible work in the fight against breast cancer would not be possible. Your dedication is truly inspirational.”

“Thanks to the incredible efforts of this year’s Seek the Peak presented by Columbia participants and Grouse Mountain, thousands of dollars will be directed to the lifesaving research taking place every day at the BC Cancer Agency,” said Christine Basque, associate vice president of development for the BC Cancer Foundation. “These valuable funds will go a long way in providing hope and new discoveries that will significantly improve the lives of breast cancer patients in British Columbia."

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