Registration is now open for the ClearlyContacts.ca Grouse Grind Mountain Run, now in its 23rd year, happening on Sunday, September 15th with two run categories.
Considered to be the annual showcase event of the Grouse Grind season, the ClearlyContacts.ca Grouse Grind Challenge draws hundreds of participants each year and has become the ultimate fitness bragging right for outdoor enthusiasts on the west coast. From elite mountain runners to leisurely hikers, the event is inclusive of every age and fitness level with an emphasis on personal goal setting and achievement.
Grouse Grind Mountain Run
The first run category is the Grouse Grind Mountain Run for elite athletes who can race the clock and do the Grouse Grind in 45 minutes or less.
Qualifying times: 45 minutes (men) and 55 minutes (women). As a special benefit for Grouse’s longest-serving Grinders, participants who are aged 65 or older do not require a specific qualifying time to participate in the Grouse Grind Mountain Run.
The cash purse up for grabs is a shared total of $5,000. Top overall finishers (1st, 2nd and 3rd placed overall male and female finishers) will be awarded $1400, $700, $400 respectively. Top male and female finishers (1st, 2nd and 3rd) in each age category will receive medals.
Grouse Grind Mountain Challenge
The second run option is the Grouse Grind Mountain Challenge for casual Grouse Grinders. There’s no need to race the clock with the latter as the idea is to simply complete the whole run, raising funds for Grind for Kids as a team or solo participant.
- 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: 23:48held by Sebastian Salas, five-time reigning Grouse Grind Mountain Run champion (2008-12)
- Average time: The ClearlyContacts.ca Grouse Grind Challenge takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete, with two hours recommended for novice hikers.
- Participants: Hikers range in age from children to seniors with an equal male/female split.
All racers won’t want to miss the ClearlyContacts.ca Grouse Grind Challenge after-party at the top. $5 of each registration will go to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
To get the word out about the event I have an Annual Local’s Pass (year-round membership) for Grouse Mountain to give away. The Annual Local’s Pass provides great year-round value with access to our Skyride, a world of adventure and amazing benefits. All our passes now feature a dollar value pre-loading capability. Don’t let forgetting cash get between you and your post-Grind snack again.
Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite thing to do at Grouse Mountain – or what you would like to do with your pass should you win (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Follow Grouse Mountain on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.
Note! This contest is open to locals only as they are the only ones who can use valid Annual Local’s Passes.
Update The winner is @pool88!