Sunday, October 26, 2008

Grouse Grind - Weekly Ritual

I can now happily say that I actually look forward to doing the Grouse Grind every weekend. A friend recently asked if I feel relief or satisfaction once reaching the top. Two months ago there was only relief. That's changed. Now I am looking at getting personal bests....possibly breaking the 40 min mark before the snow flies. I am even considering upgrading my current Grind footwear (hand-me-down Vans from a sponsored mountain biker) to something a little sportier......faster?

Grind facts from the Grouse Mountain website:

Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
- Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)
- Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
- Total Stairs: 2,830
Statistics: Annually, over 100,000 people hike the Grind™.
Average Time: On average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike.For novice hikers, up to two hours is recommended.
Participants: Hikers range in age from 7 to 90, with an equal male/female split.

Course Record

The official course record to date for men is 26:19 held by Michael Simpson set at the 2007 Grouse Grind Mountain Run®. For women, the record is 31:04 held by Leanne Johnston and set at the 2007 event. Unofficially (that is, a record set outside the annual Grouse Grind Mountain Run®) the course record is an amazing 24:22, set by two-time World Mountain Running champion Jonathan Wyatt of New Zealand. Jonathan set the record in June of 2004 while visiting Vancouver. The renowned runner has also participated in the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games.


Anonymous said...

grind #1: aug.10- 53:59
grind PB: oct.26- 42:25
Average number of trips per grind- 4
cost of tram per trip: 5$
cost of eating at grind restaurant: 0$
ability to keep up with half crippled girlfriend: priceless