By Paul Dixon
|The District of North Vancouver Fire Rescue team (centre) finished first in the mixed category in the Grouse Grind during the 2009 World Police & Fire Games in Vancouver this week. Alicante Bombaros from Spain placed second while Madrid Fire Rescue came third. Ryan Bryson of Vancouver Airport Crash Rescue won the men's category. Photo by Paul Dixon.
Aug. 7, 2009, Vancouver - The Grouse Grind mountain race is a Vancouver institution. Located on the North Shore’s Grouse Mountain, the Grind rises 853 metres over a distance of 2.9 kilometres, earning the nickname Mother Natures’ Stairmaster. A rebuilt version of the trail that existed long before chairlifts and today’s aerial tram, more that 100,000 people a year take the challenge.
By Paul Dixon
official record time for the Grind is 26:19 for men and 31:04 for women, both
times recorded at the annual Grouse Grind in 2007. Unofficially, world champion
mountain runner Jonathon Wyatt of New Zealand has done it in 24:22.
Bryson of Vancouver Airport Crash Rescue won the World Polce & Fire Games open
men’s category in just over 30 minutes. Other notable placings by Canadians: North
Vancouver District Fire Rescue, first in the mixed category; Port Coquitlam
Fire Rescue first in the masters mixed; and Vancouver Fire Rescue second in the
the physical challenge presented by the Grind, as competitors were coming down
the mountain by tram, District of North Vancouver Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance
personnel were headed up the trail on foot responding to an apparent heart