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.
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“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 www.giantsheadgrind.ca/participate.

 

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 giantsheadgrind.com to register.

“Miracles Happen when we Conquer the Giant”

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.

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 www.giantsheadgrind.ca

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

“It Never Seems That Difficult”

“It never seems that difficult…once you’ve reached your destination”.

Watching the ribbon of color circling up Giants Head Mountain we pause to catch our breath and our thoughts are awed by this incredible site and the beauty of what lay before us.

This is the Giants Head Grind a day of thoughtful celebration and achievement.  An event where more than 500 people have come together climbing this former volcano, creating a kaleidoscope of memorable moments.

The event started to honor our son, Christopher Walker who challenged Colon Cancer in 2013 and has evolved into a day where many bring their stories, memories, tears and hopes to the mountain taking strength and encouragement from the collective spirit and energy of others.

The climb brings out the best of all that it touches; challenging, pushing, inspiring and humbling but ultimately offering a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Walking or running from the beach to the peak, the Grind offers up 5.6 km and a grueling 500 feet of elevation change.  Like life, the climb is not an easy one and there are moments of exasperation and exhaustion where stopping seems like the best and only answer. Encouraged on by enthusiastic volunteers and of course the promise of ice cream sandwiches and other treats at the top, we push ourselves to move forward.

At last when there is little more to give… the reward; those final few steps to the very top where surrounded by breathtaking vistas, we catch our breath and enjoy the moments of laughter and comradery as we all realize that we have reached the finish line…and perhaps… it wasn’t that difficult.

Later at the Finishers BBQ there is a fullness and warmth surrounded by new friends and old, the retelling of  the events of the day, the tingle of tired limbs and the simple beauty of the surroundings.

None of this changes the loss for us or others but it may make a small contribution to the success of a diagnosis and outcome for someone else in the the near future.  In the meantime it keeps our loved ones close and brings meaning and hopefulness to their struggle.

This years Giants Head Grind takes place on May 21st, 2016 in Summerland, BC. Funds raised at the event are used to promote early diagnostics and testing as well as bring awareness to this serious Canadian killer. For more information or to register for this year’s event go to …www.giantsheadgrind.com

WHO Cancer Report

In October 2015, the World Heath Organization released a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) relating to processed meat and colorectal cancer. As experts weigh in on these warnings on processed meat, we thought this article from Independent out of the UK provided some helpful guidelines for reducing your risk of cancer:

  1.  Stop smoking.
  2. Avoid the sun.
  3. A diet that is low in red meat.
  4. Foods high in fibre.
  5. Two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables a day.
  6. Obesity and being overweight.

Check out the full list on www.independent.co.uk.

Oh… and don’t forget to get screened for early detection and prevention of Colon Cancer.

Not Knowing is Not the Answer

“The National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) acknowledges colorectal cancer as the third most common cancer and the second most common cause of death from a cancer among men and women in Canada, second only to lung cancer. If, however, the cancer is detected early through screening, it may be highly treatable and need not be deadly. In a majority of cases, colorectal cancer is preventable and yet each year in Canada, thousands of people are diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer.”

The Colorectal Cancer Association of Cancer has put together an in-depth page listing the different types of screening for colorectal cancer including:

  1. Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Test (gFOBT)
  2. Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT or iFOBT)
  3. Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  4. Colonoscopy
  5. CT Colonography (Virtual Colonoscopy)
  6. Stool DNA Test (sDNA) or Fecal DNA Testing

Each one is described in detail on their “Screening & Diagnostics: A guide to screening tests” page. Check it out!

Photo of Colorectal Cancer Association Transit Advertising from 2011.

Race Day Photos 2015

A special Giants Head Grind thanks goes to husband and wife team, Valdo and Anna, who raced around throughout the day from the Beach to the Peak, and everywhere in between, to capture some outstanding photos of all of our participants.

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Click on an image to view
the set in Google+

We hope you enjoy re-living the day as you glance through these photos… okay, maybe not the climb itself (ouch!), but definitely the people, the view, the food courtesy of Nester’s Market, Brodo and True Grains, and the beverages from Okanagan Crush Pad and Bad Tattoo.

Of course, let’s not forget all of our amazing Sponsors and volunteers who helped to make the Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race 2015 a weekend to remember!

See you again in 2016…