GHG Rainbow on Race day

Pictures actually do tell the whole story

From a modest drizzle in the morning to perfect race temperatures by the time the race commenced at 1:00 p.m.  the photos from this years Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race really tell the full story.  While it was certainly a cooler day than in 2015 the weather was a welcome relief for all that climbed the Giant. To finish the day a double rainbow…..

Check all of this years photos in our photo gallery



The 2016 Results are in!

Congratulations to all of the participants and volunteers at the 3rd Annual Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race. It was an amazing day, and while we were a bit nervous for rain, the sun came out and we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. We even hosted our very first “Bike the Grind” event, with 26 racers (19 of whom also “Hiked the Grind” just a few short hours later!).

We are pleased to announce that this year’s race results are now live!

The 2016 First Place Male and Female BIKE Racers are:
  • Andrew Funamoto (M) 23:39
  • Krista Matthews (F) 27:28
The 2016 First Place Male and Female HIKE Racers are:
  • Jason Curran (M) 34:57
  • Erin Trainer (F) 39:59

Congratulations again to everyone who participated. And THANK YOU to all the amazing sponsors and volunteers that make this event the success that it is.

To check out the full list of results:


Many Ways to Climb, Conquer and Raise Funds for Our Cause

For those of you who have attended the Giants Head Grind, and even for those who haven’t but have heard all about it, you know that this isn’t your typical fundraising race. Now moving into its third year, The Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race has become a much anticipated annual event that brings together a community of participants, volunteers and locals for a weekend-long event that is of itself creating amazing memories for all those who participate.

But fun, community and memories aside, let’s not forget that we are also climbing the Grind with a purpose.

Funds raised will benefit Colon Cancer detection, diagnostics & research, and the continued upkeep of Giants Head Park trails. And there are so many ways that you can help with this great cause:

  1. If you’re participating, set up your donation page and start sharing. Every dollar counts!
  2. If you can’t join us on race day, fear not! Find a team or racer to support, or click Donate Now.
  3. For those available but not interested in climbing the Giant, join us on Sunday, May 22 for the “Grind Wine Tour“. You’ll even receive a $65.00 tax receipt.

Here’s the best part! For the individual who raises the most, we’re giving away two nights for two to Mount Engadine Lodge including food and non alcoholic beverages.

Now, go out and let’s reach our goal of $50,000!


Tea For A Cause does 3 teas for Our Cause!

We are thrilled to be working with Tea For A Cause who have created three great teas for “Our Cause”…..The Giants Head Grind

The Netminder – Black Tea

  • A little nettle goes along way to “block that puck”. This is not just gold in the net but a perfect blend to keep out the bad and help all the good in your body. Whether you drink this to start the day or finish it – this tea is your best “defence”.

Giants Head Green – Green Tea

  • What better way kick yourself into high gear and get ready to make the big climb then with a refreshing green tea packed full of peach, pomegranate and mint! Don’t just go half way….you deserve the rewards at the top!

Walker’s Toddler’s – Rooibos Tea

  • You might just lose yourself in the amazing flavours that are at work in this blend. Walker’s Toddler Tea is the perfect combination of flavours for the the child within us and an equally great drink for the children around us…make sure to keep an eye on those little people…you don’t want them to toddle off.

To order your Tea and contribute to the Giants Head Grind go to:

Summerlands' own Greg Machtaler

Registered Grind Participants to receive Day Pass to PGA Event Kelowna

We have some great news for anyone registered for this years Giants Head Grind. Hugh Vassos tournament director for the Inaugural Mackenzie PGA tournament coming to Kelowna this June is giving each one of our race participants a compliment Day Pass to the June Event….Here is the note that we received from Hugh tonight.

The inaugural Mackenzie Tour PGA TOUR Canada GolfBC Championship is coming to Gallagher’s Canyon June 9th – 12th. We are proud to sponsor the Giants Head Grind by offering one complimentary Day Pass to each participant. Thank you for supporting this great event and worthy cause. Hopefully you can take some time to enjoy watching professional golf at the GolfBC Championship happening just a few short weeks following the Grind.

Hugh Vassos
Tournament Director

Another great reason to register for this year Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race

Long an integral part of British Columbia’s rich golfing landscape, the Okanagan Valley now has its own professional tournament.|By ,Brad Ziemer
Giants Head Grind Bike Event

“Bike the Grind” Course is Now Available

Last year, we welcomed almost 500 walkers and runners to participate in the 2nd Annual Giants Head Grind, Christopher Walker Memorial Race, and this year we’ve decided to add a bike element to the race. Participants now have the added option to “Bike the Grind” for $59/ person, or if you’re really feeling ambitious, you can “Hike & Bike the Grind” for $89/ person.
The Bike Course will begin on Lakeshore Drive beside Peach Orchard Park at 9 am.

  • Cyclists will begin heading North and take a left up Peach Orchard Road.
  • At the top of Peach Orchard Road, cyclists will enter the roundabout and exit heading South on Rosedale Avenue (Third exit).
  • Heading South on Rosedale, cyclists will find another roundabout in 300 meters and will exit that roundabout heading east on Prairie Valley for 100 meters.
  • Then take the first right on Giants Head Road.
  • In another 300 meters, cyclists will take a sharp right up a steep road called Milne Road and at the top of Milne you will see the entrance to Giants Head on your left.
  • Take the left and ride to the top!

Click here for a larger view.

For full details and to register, go to



Dairy Farmers Team up with the Canadian Colorectal Association of Canada

The Dairy Farmers of Canada have teamed up with the  Colorectal  Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC) to promote healthy balanced diets with their new “Get Enough” App.  The really outstanding new is that when you download this app and begin to use it the Dairy Farmers will contribute $1.00 to  Colorectal  Cancer Association of Canada every day you utilize the app. What have you got to loose; it is a tremendous way for you to stay healthy and help you make sure you are eating the right foods while at the same time giving back to a very important cause.

For more information on the program go to GET ENOUGH and start using the app today.

Quote from the GET ENOUGH Website

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death in Canada. Colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancer.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, the key factors in preventing colorectal cancer are leading an active life, eating well, cutting down on alcohol, and not smoking.

Whole grains, pulses, vegetables, and fruits contain fibre, which keeps your digestive system running smoothly. Experts also recommend limiting your intake of processed meats as these have been shown to increase the risk of colorectal cancer.

A balanced diet composed of a variety of nutritious foods is an important part of maintaining good health. Canada’s Food Guide recommends an intake of 2-4 servings of Milk & Alternatives, including 500 ml of milk each day. 


Giants Head Grind has bold new T-Shirt this year!

Thanks to my wonderful neices Karen Brookman and Jennifer Brookman the T-Shirt at this years Giants Head Grind will be one that you won’t want to miss out on. Karen had a very unique concept which Jennifer assisted with tweaking and the result is magic…..
Want to see and own this years t-shirt…Join us May 21st for the 3rd Annual Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race go to to register.

“Miracles Happen when we Conquer the Giant”

Summerland Review_Feb25-2016

Race Organized in Walker’s Memory

PrintOn Thursday, February 25, Carla McLeod of the Summerland Review, sat down with Ellen Walker-Matthews to discuss the history of the Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race. We are honoured and thrilled with the end result and want to thank Carla and the Summerland Review for taking the time to tell this story in such a poignant and thoughtful manner.

“He would not be at all pleased for me to waste my life when he so desperately wanted to continue living his.”

We encourage you to read the full story here: Summerland Review, February 25, 2016, page 8.

But this is only our story. As we’ve learned over the past 3-years, every participant has their own story, and we want to hear it.

Comment below or email us and share with us why you’re planning to “Conquer the Giant” this year.

Chateau Whistler

Early Bird Draw – February 29th

Register by February 29th for a chance to win the Early Bird Prize from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

It’s Time Again to RISE and GRIND
Join us this year for the 3rd annual
Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race
Saturday May 21st, 2016 –  Summerland BC.
Register now at

Early Bird Draw
Register before February 29th, 2016
For a chance to win
2 nights accommodation for 2  on the Gold Floor at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler –

With dinner for 2 in the dining room
**some restrictions apply

Miracles Happen When We Conquer the Giant