Team Gartrell Grinders

Team Gartrell Grinders

More than 420 participate in grind

The second annual Giant’s Head Grind drew more than 420 participants, with 361 who finished the 5.6-kilometre course.

The second annual Giant’s Head Grind drew more than 420 participants, with 361 who finished the 5.6-kilometre course.

Ellen Walker-Matthews, organizer of the event, said this year’s grind brought 100 more participants than last year.

“We are absolutely thrilled at the support and participation as well as the tremendous community sponsorship and involvement,” Walker-Matthews said.

In addition to the grind participants, 80 people attended the barbecue after the race.

The youngest participant, carried by his father, was Everett Walker Kitchen. The oldest was 81.

In addition to local participants, some attended from California, Oregon, Alberta and the Lower Mainland.

More than $40,000 has been received this year and additional donations are still expected.

The grind was held in memory of Chris Walker, who died from colon cancer in 2013.

“The event is very important to our family to honour the memory of Chris and all that he stood for,” Walker-Matthews said.

“We encourage all that come out to do so in the memory of someone they have lost to cancer or in support of those that are still in the battle.”

 

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