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Geoff Kabush beats runners at their own sport, wins B.C. mountain race

Three-time Olympian and 15-time Canadian national champion won the 2017 Grouse Grind Mountain Run on Sunday

by Tim Huebsch

Geoff Kabush beat a field of runners at their own sport on the weekend.

The 40-year-old Comox, B.C. native, a 15-time Canadian champion in various cycling disciplines, won the Grouse Grind Mountain Run, and $1,500, on Saturday. The event features an ascent of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver, B.C. along the route called the Grouse Grind, a 2.9 km trail with 2,830 stairs and 853 m of elevation gain.

Cyclists often excel at the Grouse Grind as much of the route involves stair climbing. Sebastian Salas – a cyclist who was banned two-years in 2013 for missing an out of competition doping-test – holds the Grouse Grind men’s course record.

“I heard cyclocross involves a bit of running so I did a little this weekend at the Grouse Grind Mountain Run,” Kabush wrote on social media. “It was more like walking slowly up a really steep hill completely red-lined however.”

The 40-year-old North Vancouver local continues to race competitively and rides for SCOTT Sports.

The three-time Olympian for Canada won the mountain run by 14 seconds in 28:06 over Eric Carter and Jordan Guenette behind him. Robyn Mildren won the women’s event in 34:35. Both course records – 25:01 and 30:52 – survived another day.