The Sunshine Coast is the home of a major new racing event. This spring, Pender Harbour will join the obstacle race trend with the first annual Mountain Grind. The race will focus on participation and family fun.
The Mountain Grind is a 9 kilometre cross-country obstacle course showcasing the Suncoaster Trail. The obstacles, which include a mud pit, climbing wall, log carry to name a few, are influenced by the natural terrain and will be fun and challenging for participants of any fitness level ages 13 and up.
The event will be held at the Pender Harbour Lions Park on April 25 and 26, 2015. The two-day event will begin with a registration kick-off party on Saturday, where the racers can mingle, relax in the beautiful surroundings and pick up their registration packages. The event will be open to the public so everyone can enjoy the festive atmosphere, music, beer garden, food vendors and kids’ games (for ages 12 and under). Sunday is race day, and after the final participants have finished the course, there will be an awards ceremony which will recognize the top finishers in a number of categories and give all participants a chance to celebrate their achievements.
Race Directors Amanda Peterson and Silke Linnmann are both trained and certified fitness professionals who came up with the idea to bring an active, annual event to their community. “I have always wanted to take my Boot Camp class on an outdoor circuit,” says Peterson. The more Linnmann and Peterson talked about the idea, the bigger it became and the idea of a local obstacle race was born. These types of races are gaining popularity across the world, with participants having to prove their strength and overcome physical and mental challenges as they traverse a course. While many competitors approach these types of races with specific training goals, for some it is a badge of honour simply to complete the event.
The Mountain Grind is bringing this type of motivation to the Sunshine Coast by creating an experience that will allow people of various fitness levels to participate, but will also provide new and fun challenges for those competitive athletes who are looking for something that’s off the beaten path. “I wanted to bring something exciting and different to the Sunshine Coast that will not only highlight the natural beauty of the area, but also motivate people to lead an active lifestyle,” explains Linnmann. “I’m excited to see just how far we can all push ourselves.”
Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pender Harbour Event
Racers can register as solo participants, or as part of a team. Basically, “anyone can be a Grinder!” The fee is
$69 for those registering from January 1 – March 31, 2015.
For more information, or to register, go to www.mountaingrind.ca. Submited