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(North Vancouver) Perfect hiking conditions greeted racers at the start line this morning for the 27th annual Grouse Grind® Mountain Run Presented by VPG Realty Inc. This year’s event saw over 400 participants of all ages and abilities take on the iconic Grouse Grind while raising valuable funds in support of BC Children’s Hospital. 

First place in the men’s category was claimed by Geoff Kabush of Squamish, who crossed the finish line with a time of 28:06. Following close behind, with a second place finish was Eric Carter of Squamish with a time of 28:20. Right on his heels, in third place was Jordan Guenette of West Vancouver with a time of 28:22. 

In the women’s category, first place honours went to Robyn Mildren of Vancouver with a time of 34:35. Coming in with a second place finish was Keri Lynn McKenzie of North Vancouver with a time of 37:06 followed by Victoria McMillan of North Vancouver with a time of 37:52 in third place. 

“We were thrilled to see everyone from elite mountain runners to determined hikers enjoying a fun-filled morning on the Grouse Grind,” said Race Director Chelsea Carswell. “This annual favourite event is a fantastic culmination of the Grind season, celebrating personal achievement and team camaraderie all while raising important funds for BC Children’s Hospital.” 

Participants in the Grouse Grind Mountain Run are encouraged to raise funds in support of BC Children’s Hospital. In addition, Grouse Mountain donates a portion of the proceeds from the Grouse Grind Mountain Run to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

2017 Results: 
Men: 
1st place – Geoff Kabush (28:06) 
2nd place – Eric Carter (28:20) 
3rd place – Jordan Guenette (28:22) 

Women: 
1st place – Robyn Mildren (34:35) 
2nd place – Keri Lynn McKenzie (37:06) 
3rd place – Victoria McMillan (37:52) 

Course details: 
Length: 3 kilometres (1.86 miles) 
 Elevation gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet) 
Base: 274 metres (900 feet) above sea level 
Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet) 
Total stairs: 2,830 
Fastest-ever official time: 25:01 
Average time: The Grouse Grind Mountain Run presented by VPG Realty Inc. takes approximately one hour to complete, with 1.5 hours recommended for novice hikers.
Participants: Hikers range in age from children to seniors with an equal male/female split. 

About Grouse Mountain: 
Grouse Mountain is the number one visitor attraction in the Lower Mainland, with 1.3 million annual visitors. Known as the Peak of Vancouver, we offer unparalleled panoramic views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains along with a wide range of year-round outdoor and educational activities, dining and more. For more information, please visit grousemountain.com.

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