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(North Vancouver) Taking the 4,100-foot elevation gain in stride, close to 600 participants made the 16-kilometre climb from West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park to the Peak of Vancouver this morning during the renowned Seek the Peak event.

Now in its 12th year, Seek the Peak challenges participants to take on the strenuous course alone or as part of a relay team. With every 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 1:22:21, this year’s Seek the Peak title goes to Benoit Gignac with the lead female, Rebecca Sheffield not far behind at 1:36:01. Beating their winning time from last year’s event Team Dignum’s Warriors clocked in at 1:21:46 to take top honours in the relay category. For a complete list of official race times, please click here.

Including the nearly $30,000 raised during this year’s event, Seek the Peak has contributed almost $400,000 since its inception to directly support research conducted by the BC Cancer Agency. This year’s top team, the RCH Breast Buddies, raised $3,570 while top individual fundraiser Ken Seethram contributed $4,330.

“Once again, our Seek the Peak participants have gone the extra mile to raise valuable funds for the BC Cancer Foundation’s incredible work in the fight against breast cancer,” said Grouse Mountain general manager Michael Cameron. “Without your inspiring and dedicated fundraising efforts, this donation today would not be possible and for that we extend our sincere gratitude.”

"The BC Cancer Foundation is proud to be a part of Seek the Peak as participants face an incredible fitness challenge while raising funds to support breakthrough research into breast cancer. This one day fitness grind will have a significant impact on the thousands of women and their families who are impacted by breast cancer this year," said Erik Dierks, VP of Development, BC Cancer Foundation.

To donate to Seek the Peak, please click here.