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(North Vancouver) Over 360 participants took to the trail Saturday morning for the 28th annual Grouse Grind® Mountain Run Presented by VPG Realty Inc. This annual favourite welcomes hikers of all ages to take on the iconic Grouse Grind while raising valuable funds in support of BC Children’s Hospital. 

The finish of the day belonged to the women. In the women’s category, first place honours went to Madison Sands of Maple Ridge who, with a time of 30:02, broke the course record by nearly a minute (previously held by Kristin Størmer Steira, 30:52). Following close behind with a second place finish was Brooke Spence of North Vancouver with a time of 32:37. Rounding out third place was Robyn Mildren of Vancouver with a time of 34:00. 

Race title sponsor, VPG Realty, generously provided a special course record incentive, payable if a female or male finisher were to break the course records. “We couldn’t be more pleased. Our heartiest congratulations go to Madison Sands for an outstanding run today. $2,500 well earned”, said VPG Realty Founder, Eric Langhjelm. 

First place in the men’s category was claimed by Jordan Guenette of West Vancouver, who crossed the finish line with a time of 28:30. Coming in with a second place finish was Eric Carter of Squamish with a time of 29:14 followed by Marcus Ribi of Vancouver in third place with a time of 29:57. 

“It’s a thrill to see such a range of participants, from elite mountain runners to novice hikers, all take on the challenge of conquering Mother Nature’s Stairmaster at this fun event,” said Event Manager, Mallory Fitzgerald. “It’s a fantastic culmination of the Grind season, celebrating personal achievement while raising important funds for the cardiology department of 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.  

2018 Results 
Men: 
1st place – Jordan Guenette (28:30) 
2nd place – Eric Carter Bib (29:14) 
3rd place – Marcus Ribi (29:57) 

Women: 
1st place – Madison Sands (30:02) – new course record 
2nd place – Brooke Spence (32:37) 
3rd place – Robyn Mildren (34:00) 

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.