This is it! Registration closes today… Mon, May 11.

And, we’ve hit our goal of 300 Racers!

Everyone who has taken the time to register, promote, tweet and Facebook the Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race has played a huge role in getting us to our goal of 300 Racers. Last year, being the beginner race organizers that we were, that was our capacity. However, with a year under our belt, we’re allowing a few of you late-bloomers to register until Monday, May 11th. But that’s it!

Don’t wait.

For all of you who haven’t registered and keep meaning to, or are yet undecided… this is your last chance! Join a team, race as an individual… or just come for the BBQ. Whatever the case, do not miss out on being part of this very worthwhile and exceptionally fun event.

Click the “Get Involved” button NOW!

More costumes this year please!

You have a choice:

  1. You can do the Giants Head Grind in your work out wear, your hiking gear or your street clothes. Lots of people will do just that and have lots of fun. Or…
  2. You can do the Giants Head Grind in a costume and win PRIZES! 

Here are two of our favourites from last year’s race to get your ideas flowing for this year:

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Individual and team costumes are encouraged, and we even have prizes for the best dressed 4-legged friend!

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Can’t wait to see what you come up with this year! See you in 2-weeks!

Still on the fence about doing the Grind?

Let Westjet make your decision for you..!

westjet-logoThere are still a few days left to sign up for this year’s Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race, which is taking place on Saturday, May 16th, 2015, and we have some great news!

Thanks to the generosity of the outstanding team at Westjet, we will be giving away two tickets to anywhere Westjet flies!** Each race participant will be provided one entry into the draw as part of their registration, and additional draw entries will be available for purchase on race day. The more you buy the better your chances are to win!

Just another great reason to join us for this year’s race. And, thank you again to Westjet for their generous support! 

**please note some flight restrictions apply

… and the winner is Okanagan Crush Pad!

OCP-Logo-vert-CMYKWe have several outstanding sponsors that have once again assisted with the participation and award prizing, but we would like to highlight that our major sponsor for the second year in a row is  Summerland’s very own Okanagan Crush Pad (aka OCP).

For the lucky participants in the 19+ age group categories, Okanagan Crush Pad will be providing wine for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

Thank you so much to the entire OCP Team… some of whom will also be joining us for the race.

Make sure to visit the winery while you are in the area… and check out their concrete eggs!

 

Bottleneck Drive joins us for this years Giants Head Grind

The wineries of the Bottleneck Drive in Summerland are joining in the Giants Head Grind festivities this year with a wine tasting  Friday evening May 15th during registration.  Pick up your registration package on Friday between 6:00 p.m.  and 9 :00 p.m. at the Summerland Waterfront Resort Ballroom and enjoy a few samples of some of the areas finest wines. Of course we hope you will take the time to visit wineries as well while you are here for the Grind Weekend.

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Saluting this years generous sponsors

Once again this year we are so pleased to welcome and welcome back some of our very generous sponsors….over the next few days we will feature those business that have taken up the cause and are joining us for the Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race…..May 16th, 2015..

Local Lounge and GrilleWe hope you enjoyed last years race breakfast and want to again thank Local Lounge Grille for coming on board as the breakfast sponsor. Christa-Lee and Cam along with their new Chef Bradley Clease and the entire Local team will welcome all of the registered participants for a complimentary breakfast to fuel your Grind starting at 8 a.m. on race morning.  

Nesters MarketNesters Market …..”Where the locals shop”  …is always a great place to start your day but it is equally a great place to finish and we guarantee you will be delighted to see the smiling faces of the Nesters Market staff including store manager Leanne Sieben once again handing out  tasty treats at the top of Giants Head Mountain …. there quite possibly be ice cream sandwiches involved…!

Summerland ResortSummerland Waterfront Resort and Spa is  again this years host hotel. Tom, Jason, Lisa, and the staff at the Waterfront have provided us not only with ongoing meeting and registration space but have assisted in providing volunteer gifts, prizing and volunteers that have been invaluable in ensuring the success of the Giants Head Grind.

Giants Head Grind Rack Cards are Now Available.

As we get closer to race day, we have been doing a little marketing of our own that we wanted to share with you…

4x8_GHG_RackCard_front-2015 4x8_GHG_RackCard_backThis is the front and back of our “4×8 Rack Cards”, which, if you’re an Okanagan local, you’ll start seeing at local businesses around the area.

Be sure to take a few to share with your friends and family!

And of course, if you’d like to have some for your business, let us know and we’ll send some your way.

Great Marketing. Important Message.

As we continue on this quest of bringing awareness to colon cancer as the second leading cause of both male and female cancer-related deaths in Canada, and the recognition that with early detection and treatment over 90% of these cancer-related deaths could and should have resulted in a full recovery, we have also been looking to like-minded organizations for inspiration.

no-one-wants-to-see-this-merediths-miracles-colon-cancer-foundationOne such organization is a non-profit out of the United States, Meredith’s Miracles, which we discovered when we found this hilarious transit campaign.

Would this get your attention…?

I think so! But it’s the message underneath that is really important:

“NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THIS EXCEPT FOR YOUR DOCTOR.

Colon cancer is the second most deadly cancer. But, detected early, it’s also one of the most treatable.”

Well done, Meredith’s Miracles.

Colon Cancer continues to ignore age boundaries.

The world has lost another young man to Colon cancer. Today the Globe & Mail covered the story of Matthew Wuest, the founder of popular hockey site CapGeek.com. Based in Nova Scotia, Wuest quietly built up an audience for what many perceived as the MOST important online resource in hockey.

CPT115_HKN_OBIT_Matthew_Wuest_20150320“Matthew Wuest brought the NHL’s complex salary-cap system to the masses through his wildly popular and influential website CapGeek. And he did it on his own, often from a laptop at his kitchen table in Halifax.

Wuest’s creation was the go-to source for salary and contract information for everyone interested in hockey. When he shut it down in January, fans and NHL insiders shared in the disappointment, not realizing that Wuest was battling colon cancer.

Wuest died Thursday at the age of 35.” –read the full story at GlobeandMail.com

It is time to stop considering colon cancer an “old person’s disease” and make screening more accessible to everyone young and old.  After all, “Not Knowing is Not the Answer.