(North Vancouver) After an amazing 19-hour day on the Grouse Grind®, Grouse Mountain is pleased to announce that the 3rd annual Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge has helped raise over $21,000 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 saw a record 36 athletes seek 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 over $870,000 to the cardiology unit at BC Children’s Hospital.
A new record was set at this year’s Multi-Grouse Grind® Challenge event as Ian Robertson of Vancouver completed 16 Grouse Grinds over the 19 hour period. This topped the previous record of 15 Grouse Grinds in one day set by Idar Karlsen during the inaugural Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge event in 2014.
Tuesday’s event also saw a new female record set as Vancouver resident Andrea Johb completed 15 Grouse Grinds, topping previous record holder Sarah Tomlinson’s 13 Grouse Grinds set at the 2014 event.
After finally wrapping a long day on Mother Nature’s Stairmaster, the 36 participants had hiked a collective total of 362 Grouse Grinds in a one-day period.
“We are thrilled to have so many people participate in this year’s Multi-Grouse Grind® Challenge and show their support for BC Children’s Hospital,” said Julia Grant, Grouse Mountain Communications Manager. “The achievements of these incredible athletes are extremely commendable and they should take great pride in supporting the Grind For Kids program.”