June 21, 2018 4:56 pm
Updated: June 22, 2018 12:13 am

Record number of hikers grind it out for charity in annual Grouse Mountain challenge

Hikers have gotten an early start on the trails today for the 4th annual Multi-Grouse Grind challenge. Jennifer Palma explains how the event raises money for a good cause.

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If you know the Grouse Grind, you know it’s no easy feat and that’s why most people don’t plan on doing it more than once in a single day.

The exception is today.

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Dozens of hikers hit the natural stair climb bright and early Thursday to make their way up and down the Grind as many times as they can and it’s all for a good cause.

Starting at 4 a.m. and doing as many laps as they can until about 10 p.m. on the longest day of the year, hikers try to break their personal best record and help raise money to help sick kids in B.C..

“We’ve had close to 60 participants so that’s a record number for us hitting the trail and we’re hopeful that it’s a great day,” Grouse Mountain Spokesperson Julia Grant said.

The annual Multi-Grouse Grind Challenge raised about $22,000 last year for the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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Most hikers say their motivation is to give back to their community and to be outside on a beautiful day while helping children in need.

Participants don’t just show up and take part in the dawn-to-dusk challenge on the day of the event; leading up to it, they had to meet a minimum $200 fundraising requirement.

It’s also the official and only sanctioned event to determine the record-holder for climbs up the Grouse Grind in a single day, according to organizers.

It’s an impressive physical feat; last year’s record was 17 grinds during the event.

~ With files from Jennifer Palma 

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