The young and the gently aged are all participating!

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We won’t single anyone out but we very pleased to see the wide range of age groups signing up to do the Grind with us in May. Currently out of the 155 people that are now registered we have our youngest participant taking on this challenge who I thought was 5 years old but I was just advised that the youngest registered is in fact 2 1/2 years old while the oldest so far remains at 69! That is a pretty wonderful spread of ages and we do have everything in between as well.

Thank you as always to those of you that have taken the time to register to date. We are now past the 1/2 way mark to achieve our goal of 300 participants. It is also great to see everyone out on the weekends getting in shape and even practicing the Grind Course.

If you haven’t registered the Early Bird pricing really will end on the 15th of April which is next Tuesday, hope you can book before then!

Thanks for following and thanks for taking on the Giants Head Grind!

Why are you doing the Giants Head Grind?

It is great to see that so many people have signed up to do the Giants Head Grind on May 17th, 2014. Our numbers are climbing steadily and as we begin the weekend we have 140 registered racers and just shy of $4,000 raised in donations to date. Our goal is 300 racers so we are almost at the half way mark and we believe that we can raise $30,000.00 for our cause… there are still 42 days until we climb that Grind!

For our family and many of those participating, the Face of Cancer and our reason for doing this race is Chris. We know there are many other stories and reasons that you are joining us and would so appreciate to hear from you about all the other people you will be honoring when you do the Grind.

Putting a Face on Cancer

The Face of our Cancer

The Face of our Cancer


The face of our Cancer
had blue eyes and dirty blond hair
an eyebrow splashed with white
a few lashes and a patch of hair the same

The face of our Cancer
was always up for mac and cheese
made a mean breakfast that usually involved hot sauce
wouldn’t pass on an ice cream sandwich or a good scotch

The face of our Cancer
loved frozen ice and the smell of the arena
always showed up early to the rink on game day
cheered for the leafs … not kidding… really cheered for the leafs

The face of our Cancer
read the instructions, knew all the rules, always had a plan
could make a game out of anything…even the mundane
believed winning wasn’t the only thing …it was everything

The face of our Cancer
got a tattoo when Canada won Olympic hockey double gold
added another after his own first Ironman
wasn’t able to add cancer survivor to the collection

The face of our Cancer
wasn’t much of a runner and then one day he was
didn’t like to swim until one day he did
found out that swim, bike, run was an amazing challenge

The face of our Cancer
would race into the house for late night leftovers
wouldn’t mind the same for breakfast the next morning
learned to cook so he could have what he wanted when he wanted

The face of our Cancer
saw more of the world than many, but not nearly enough
accomplished many things but had so much more left to do
was born more than a month late ….and died years to early

The face of our Cancer
was a brother, a nephew, a cousin an uncle
he was a friend, teammate, a partner and fiancée
the face of our cancer was our oldest son

What is the face of your Cancer?

Early Bird Price extended… to April 15th

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We are really building momentum and have now surpassed 130 registrations! Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to register thus far.

Good news for those of you that have not yet registered! We are extending the early bird price deadline to April 15th so you have a few more days to get signed up at the great price of $49.00.

Looking forward to hitting the next milestone of 200 registrations, which I am sure will happen soon! Watch later this week as we announce the prize draw that we will be giving away when we achieve 200 registrations. Just putting the final touches on the what that prize will look like!

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We are at 100 Participants and have a draw prize winner!

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It has happened! We hit the first 100 participants registered  for the Giants Head Grind this weekend! Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to sign up so far. As promised there is a great prize draw that has been offered by the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa for a 2 night stay.  Utilizing a program called random.org we have drawn the winning name.

The winner of our first prize draw is none other than Lee Agur….Congratulations Lee!

Tomorrow we will announce the next contest prize draw which will be drawn when we achieve 200 registrations.  All of the 200 registered participants will be eligible for the next prize draw. Keep watching for prize details tomorrow!

We really are close to the 300 mark…after all if everyone that is currently signed up each encourages 2 more people to register, we will be full!  Have a great day and thanks so much to all those that have registered so far!

Keep on Grinding….

Thanks for Registering!

Registration is just a few people short of hitting the first 100 participants. When we  reach that number we will draw for a 2 night stay at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa.  Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to sign up so far and if you haven’t had a chance to get your name in as yet we hope you will soon.  This year our goal is to have 300 participants so a big thanks to all of you that have helped to get us  almost 1/3 of the way to the goal.   We also have another two  teams signed up :

  • M.O.M.S – aka Mind over Mountains! Now that is positive thinking
  • Wandering Soles – looking foward to the Giants Head Grind adding to their wandering!

Thanks for following!

Don’t forget to set up your own Pledge Page!

Once you’ve registered, be sure to set up your pledge page for individual or team donations and help us reach our goal of raising $30,000!  Your confirmation email will include a link to set this up, or you can go to https://2mev.com/giants-head-grind/campaign/8/create/pledge/.

Thanks to so many people that have already registered for the Giants Head Grind happening in Summerland, BC on May 17th, 2014. We have almost 100 individual registrations to date including 7 teams.

Welcome to our current teams including :

  • Team Toddler – this team  definitely has a story to tell
  • The Calgary Crawlers – no question on their proposed speed….
  • Investorsgroup – lovin the name…and boy can they fund raise
  • Myketyn family –  so far voted most original team name
  • The Sunshine Family – must be from that healthy state of Oregon…..
  • Gartrell Grinders – excellent alliteration – they have a road and a grind
  • Team Eden – not only will they challenge the Giant but they will sell you a home

Thank you so much to everyone (individuals and teams) that have taken the time sign up thus far.

This race is for a very important cause and we are note taking Colon Cancer laying down…..make no mistake we will take that mountain with a vengeance, raise a lot of money and have a most memorable day.

If you have any questions or need help registering email us at info@giantsheadgrind.com.

Thanks for following!

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Welcome Brodo, True Grains and Nesters…this must be the food day!

I am sitting in the Vancouver Airport and Rianna is playing ….lots of emotions and so many memories…can’t believe we are planning a race …wonderful…the support…amazing…and the reason…. shocking …….

Brodo KitchenIn the midst of all this emotion we are so pleased and excited to have the remarkable and always smiling Paul Cecconi, Chef and owner of Brodo Kitchen and Catering in Penticton, confirmed as our Race Chef! …his motto is Simply Fresh Food!! Paul will be bringing the BBQ to the park at the end of the race and in his true style  it will be remarkable.   ….for more on Brodo Kitchen, go to www.tastebrodo.com Thanks Paul …we are thrilled to have you and your Brodo team on board!

True Grains…and about those wonderful people at True Grains in Summerland. There couldn’t be a nicer group of bakers than those at True Grains where not only their breads are organic but their spirits are too. We are more than fortunate to have them in Summerland where I have seen them open there doors after closing time to provide product to a customer in need. True Grains will be joining us for the Grind to ensure that all the bread products and delectable cookies and snacks are healthy…thank you so much Todd Laidlaw and your team!  www.truegrain.ca/index.php/hours-3/summerland-location

nesters“Where the locals shop” is their tag line and it is so fitting… Nesters Summerland… when we first told our City friends that Summerland had a Nesters they hardly believed us…such a great quality store in a relatively small community. Well it is a perfect fit…and we are very grateful to have the Nesters team on board and you will be too as they will be nourishing your spirits and your bodies as finishers in the Grind. Thank you so much Leanne Seiben and your team at Nesters. www.nestersmarket.com/summerland

Trust us when we say that you will be well fed at this race and it is all part of your race registration! You know Chris wouldn’t want it any other way.

ps…..there is a substantiated rumor that Ice Cream Bars…may be served at the finish line 🙂

Thanks for following….more tomorrow.

Registration now open…..

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month in Canada, something we had no idea even existed  just a few short years ago but it is a  fitting time to open up registration for the first annual Giants Head Grind – Christopher Walker Memorial Race taking place May 17th, 2014 in Summerland, British Columbia.

Hannah McDonald, Chris’s  fiancee kicked off  registration today as our 1st participant. Registration is now open and we hope you can join us  as a participant a team  or to donate to the cause!   ….go to giantsheadgrind.com/get involved/.

Be one of the 1st one hundred persons to register and your name will be entered into a draw for a two night stay for two persons at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa….www.summerlandresorthotel.com.

Let’s get our collective colons moving!!! (so to speak)  Look forward to seeing you at the  race.