(North Vancouver) The skies began to clear as over 400 participants took to the trail this morning for the SHOES.COM Grouse Grind® Mountain Run. Now in its 26th year the event welcomed all ages and abilities to enjoy the iconic Grouse Grind® while raising valuable funds in support of BC Children’s Hospital through the Grind For Kids
First place in the men’s category was claimed by Nick Elson of Squamish, who crossed the finish line with a time of 28:00. Following close behind, with a second place finish was Eric Carter also of Squamish with a time of 28:45. Rounding out third place was Sean Collings of North Vancouver with a time of 29:39.
In the women’s category, first place honours went to Brooke Spence of North Vancouver with a time of 33:24. Coming in with a second place finish was Robyn Mildren of Vancouver with a time of 34:20 followed by Regina Vosahlo of Richmond with a time of 36:22 in third place.
“We were excited to see a wide range of participants join us for a fun-filled morning on the Grouse Grind®,” said Race Director Lynn Chappell. “Today’s event was a chance to celebrate personal achievement as well as team camaraderie, all while raising important funds for BC Children’s Hospital.”
As the showcase event of the Grouse Grind® season, the SHOES.COM Grouse Grind® Mountain Run draws hundreds of participants of all ages and abilities each year. From elite mountain runners to leisurely hikers, the event is inclusive of every age and fitness level and culminates in a mountaintop celebration for all to enjoy.
As in past years, proceeds from the SHOES.COM Grouse Grind® Mountain Run provide funds to the annual Grind For Kids campaign which has raised over $943,000 to date in support of the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Participants are encouraged to collect pledges for every completed Grind during the season. For more information about Grind For Kids, please visit grindforkids.ca
1st place – Nick Elson (28:00)
2nd place – Eric Carter (28:45)
3rd place – Sean Collings (29:39)
1st place – Brooke Spence (33:24)
2nd place – Robyn Mildren (34:20)
3rd place – Regina Vosahlo (36:22)
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 SHOES.COM Grouse Grind® Mountain Run 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.