Crunch planning meeting set for Monday, July 10

Are you able to help us man pre-registration tables at local events, and at the Crunch trail in August?

Anyone wishing to help out with  this year’s event is asked to turn out on Monday, July 10 at the Coquitlam Library (on Pinetree) at 7pm in the City Centre Boardroom (upstairs).

Feel free to also RSVP if you can make it or, can’t make it but want to assist. coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

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Construction Beginning Along Coquitlam Crunch

The City of Coquitlam has advised Coquitlam Crunch users that beginning this week, there will be construction for a new water main on Westwood Plateau that runs the length of the Coquitlam Crunch trail.

Detours will be in place along the trail throughout the construction period from July 2017 until spring 2018.

This includes a closure of the stairs portion in October 2017; however, to mitigate the disruption to trail users a detour will be in place that will include a new, permanent second set of stairs. There will be no impact to the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge in September and at no time is the City anticipating closing the trail.

Users of the Coquitlam Crunch trail are asked to obey posted detours and construction signage and personnel.

For information and updates visit www.coquitlam.ca/roadwork. For questions or concerns during construction, call the City at 604-927-3500.

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Body by Brandt signs on as 2017 Coquitlam Crunch Sponsor

Dean and Leigh Brandt present a donation to Brian Kenny, co-chair, Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge and president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team of Dogwood Pavilion Seniors Society.

Organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge are pleased to announce that Body by Brandt has signed on as a 2017 sponsor.  With over 30 years of combined experience Dean and Leigh Brandt are operators of the BodybyBrandt Fitness Centre, located in Coquitlam which provides a professional exercise space,  as a selection of fitness clothing, sports supplements, and vitamins.

“We’re really pleased to have Body by Brandt on board this year,” said Brian Kenny, event co-chair and president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team. “The Brandt team exemplify fitness, so they are definitely going to inspire others to get involved in the Challenge this year.”

Body by Brandt Fitness has assembled one of the best teams of trainers in the Vancouver lower mainland who compete as Pro Bikini, Pro Extreme Sport, and National level physique athletes. They specialize in diet and contest preparation.

“We are supporting this year’s event, because with our recent move and new location now in Coquitlam, we’re just down the road from the Coquitlam Crunch,”said Dean Brandt. “We wanted to support this honourable cause, and also get involved in more community events for 2017.  The Coquitlam crunch is our company’s official location for our outdoor cardio training, that many of us use on a daily basis. We’re thrilled to be involved, and be taking part in a community fitness event that will inspire others to get fit, and also give back to the community.”

The 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge will be held on Saturday, September 9 starting with the Stair Master challenge at 8 a.m.; the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge at 9 a.m.; and the Recreational at 10 a.m.  The event runs until 1 p.m.

To register go to www.coquitlamcrunch.com

 

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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge salutes returning sponsors

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge, now in its 8th year, wishes to salute and thank its returning sponsors.  “Without great contributions such as those provided by these sponsors, we wouldn’t have had the momentum to grow as we have over the years,” said Alex Bell, event founder.

Providing one of the largest contributions to date is New Earth Marketing, who maintain the event website.  Created in 2008 by Susan Jarema along with the help of her talented team, New Earth Marketing has built hundreds of websites and helped many businesses increase their revenues.

Providing a huge contribution with thousands of dollars in air time, is 98.7 The Point radio (CKPM FM).  Morning show host, Rod MacBeth also contributes personally as the event emcee, and will once again be providing updates on the mic throughout the day on Saturday, September 9. CKPM FM is the sound and voice of the Tri-Cities.

The City of Coquitlam Municipality is also to be thanked, providing support behind the scenes, as well as our official timekeeping.  Coquitlam is the sixth-largest city in the province and is one of the 21 municipalities comprising Metro Vancouver.

Eagle Ridge GM will once again host the ‘You’ve Reached the Top’ spot at the top of the Crunch providing participants with ice cold drinks, and music before they head back down. Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, located in Coquitlam, BC, is committed to exceeding client’s expectations in sales and service.They are one of the largest GM dealerships with over 700 vehicles in stock.

Always supportive of the local community, Pasta Polo will be on hand again. Family owned and operated by brothers Fred and Farrokh Soofi since 2001, Pasta Polo is renowned for its freshly made organic pasta, brick oven pizza, and signature Italian favorites.

Another returning sponsor is Thrifty Foods who is your local grocery store focused on food, driven by our fresh expertise and supported by superior customer service; and keeping our volunteers awake in the morning, we thank Starbucks for their coffee contribution.

We are pleased to have Vancity supporting again. Vancity is a member-owned financial co-operative headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with offices throughout the Lower Mainland. They ‘make good money’!

Our official event photographer, Joep Olthuis is quickly becoming known as a great go-to local photographer, and stepped in as a volunteer in 2016. We are pleased he will be shooting great images again in 2017.

Whether you can give a little, or give a lot, join our list of supporters who help make this charity event possible, and receive great exposure for your business!

Email us today at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

 

Want to get involved? Not a business, but wish to support our cause?
Proceeds from the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge got toward the Diversity Fund with the Coquitlam Foundation, and supports the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team out of the Dogwood Pavilion Seniors Society. Whether your provide a monetary donation or support in kind, it’s all needed and appreciated.

Become a Community Group supporter!

In 2015 , the Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy run by Diane Lee, not only participated in the event’s Recreational category, but made a sizable contribution to the cause.  Other community groups are encouraged to gather together, make a ‘group donation’ on the day, and walk the Crunch as a group (wear your group’s t-shirts with pride).

In 2015, Diane Lee and a large group from the Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy presented a substantial donation and walked as a group in their blue t-shirts.

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Next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Planning Meeting set for June 12th

Organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team have taken the helm for a second year and are holding the next planning meeting in June. Anyone wishing to help out with  this year’s event is asked to turn out on Monday, June 12th at the Coquitlam Library at 7pm in the City Centre Boardroom (upstairs).

“We are seeking people who can help in the planning stage as well as on the day of the event,” said Brian Kenny, president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “We are heavy into our planning phase, so we are looking for people who can assist with helping the event grow.”

If you can assist with community and corporate outreach; registration enhancement; or marketing and promotions we’d love to hear from you.  Event day volunteer rolls include help with road crossings, registration, race guidance,

“We also encourage any diversity groups from the Tri-Cities to attend or contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause, said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017.”

Feel free to also RSVP if you can make it or, can’t make it but want to assist. Email: coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs, and the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund. The event started in 2010 and takes place at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail in B.C., Canada. The Challenge features a Stair Master competition; the Make It Or Break It 4-hour competition; and a Recreational category. Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

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City of Coquitlam Launches Crunch Survey – Possible New Trail Route

Organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge are delighted to see that the City of Coquitlam has issued a survey for residents in the area, and Coquitlam Crunch Trail users to provide feedback on the use and improvements of the popular hiking trail. The city landmark is also the location of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge which runs each September – this year on September 9th!

Feedback will be received between May 9 – 28, and the City is also asking for feedback on a new trail route within the BC Hydro right-of-way from Dewdney Trunk Drive to Mariner Way.  Survey answers will be used to guide future improvements to the trail system.

Give Your Feedback on the Coquitlam Crunch Trail.  It will only take 5 – 7 minutes and responses will be kept anonymous.
Take the survey at www.coquitlam.ca/crunchsurvey

The Coquitlam Crunch is a popular and somewhat challenging hiking trail within the BC Hydro corridor, running from Runnel Drive up to the top of Westwood Plateau at Eagle Mountain Drive. During the 2.2 kilometre hike, the trail gains 242 metres in elevation – approximately 81 storeys and includes a staired section with over 400 timber stairs.

The Crunch is part of the City of Coquitlam’s trail system, which includes more than 100 kilometres of multi-surface trails and includes a portion of the Trans Canada Trail.

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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge early bird registration underway until May 31st

Organizers of the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge are pleased to announce that early bird registration is underway for this year’s event which will be held on Saturday, September 9th. Registering early saves you approximately 50% off your registration fee!

Whether you are a novice or serious athlete; working on becoming the best you; or are simply looking for a great outdoor activity that supports community, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is more than a foot race, or about climbing the Crunch trail. The event was created eight years ago by local resident Alex Bell, who’s goal was to create a ‘Diversity Fund’ within the Coquitlam Foundation. “My vision for the future is to have people representing every diversity group to join me in the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge,” said Bell.  In 2016 the 50+ dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters have take on organization of the event and funds also support their group and community programs which include mentoring challenged youth.

Diversity is more than just a difference in race or culture:

“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.” – Source

The Challenge starts at the base of the Coquitlam Crunch at the Scott Creek Community Gardens and the full loop (up and down) of the Crunch trail is approximately 4.5km, taking the average person (walking) anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours. The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge offers something for everyone whether you are a hardcore athlete, or you just want to get out in nature and exercise alone or with your family or friends.

Three ways to participate:

– Starting at 8 am the Stair Master  challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 stairs of the Crunch;
–  From 9 am to 1 pm, the Make It or Break It category challenges athletes to see how many times they can go up and down the full length of the Crunch within 4 hours;
–  From 9:30 am to 1 pm with a formal start at 10 am, the Recreational category simply encourages everyone to come out and support community, get some exercise, enjoy the day and try to complete the  Coquitlam Crunch at least once or even twice in 2 hours.

Age Groups: -15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 65+ years. A BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD will be awarded in age group for both male and female divisions for The Stair Master or the Make It Or Break It categories.

In 2017, our overall winner was Olympian Tina Connelly who completed 8 loops just under 4-hours with a time of 3:56.48, a distance of 35.2 km.  Many of our entrants participate simply because they want to work on their ‘personal best’ time, and are not necessarily interested in beating anyone. They want the achievement of simply saying, “I did it!”

Water and sports drinks will be available and free for participants thanks to generous sponsors.

Corporate sponsors are still being sought and are encouraged to get involved in this health-conscious and inclusive initiative by emailing coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com  Thus far, supporting for 2017 we have New Earth Marketing; 98.7 The Point FM Radio; Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMC;  Pasta Polo; and the City of Coquitlam.

Our registration platform is operated through the Running Room.

REGISTER TODAY and SAVE 50% until May 31st!

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Planning underway for Coquitlam Crunch Challenge 2017

Planning is underway for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, an event which celebrates diversity and supports the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund as well as the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs. The event started in 2010 by Coquitlam resident Alex Bell takes place at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail in B.C., Canada. The Challenge features a Stair Master competition; the Make It Or Break It 4-hour competition; and a Recreational category.

Current organizers, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team have taken the helm for a second year and held a first meeting in March, but it was dampened by snowfall conditions resulting in low attendance. Anyone wishing to help out with this year’s event is asked to turn out at the second meeting to take place on Monday, April 10th at the Dogwood Pavilion at 7pm. Feel free to also RSVP if you can make it or, can’t make it but want to assist.

This meeting is perfect for those wanting to help out as a volunteer, involved their own community group or organization, or lend their support as a sponsor.

“We encourage any diversity groups from the Tri-Cities to attend or contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause, said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017. They can reach us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, mental health, or other ideologies.  It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.” – Source: Oregon University.

Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

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Crunch Challenge donates to the Coquitlam Foundation ‘Diversity Fund’

(Photo Above: Cheque presentation at the Coquitlam Crunch – Left to right: Robbin Whachell, co-chair Crunch Challenge and Nothin’ Dragon member; Dwight Yochim, ED, Coquitlam Foundation; Brian Kenny, President, Nothin Dragon Masters dragon boat team / co-chair Crunch Challenge; and Alex Bell, Founder, Coquitlam Crunch Challenge. Photo: Joep Olthuis)

2017 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Date Announced – Tri-City Diversity Groups Sought

On January 13th, organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge met up with Dwight Yochim, Executive Director of the Coquitlam Foundation to present a portion of funds raised at the 2016 challenge. The donation goes directly into the “Diversity Fund,” and to date the event has raised over $18,000 for the fund.

“The addition of the Nothin’ Dragons’ organizational expertise made the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge a great success, added much-needed capital to the Coquitlam Foundation-managed Community Diversity Fund,” said Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Coquitlam Foundation. “As the charitable heart of Coquitlam, the Foundation is always pleased to see organizations such as the Nothin’ Dragons and the Diversity Fund  work together for the betterment of our community. They touch so many aspects of our community and should be proud of this effort.” Grant applications are now being accepted for the Community Diversity Fund, and groups may apply by contacting the Coquitlam Foundation by February 15th.

“We’re inviting all the Tri-Cities diversity groups to become involved in the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge which will be held on September 9, 2017 and we intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017,” said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We encourage any diversity groups to contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause. They can reach us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, mental health, or other ideologies.  It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.” – Source: Oregon University.

The event was founded by Coquitlam resident Alex Bell in 2010, whose vision is to have people representing every diversity group participating annually.  The next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is only 7 months and those interested in participating, or keeping abreast of all event details, are encouraged to join the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge mailing list. To subscribe go to coquitlamcrunch.com.

The 2016 Crunch Challenge would not have been possible without the kind support of New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 CKPM FM The Point Radio; Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMC;  Pasta Polo; Thrifty Foods  Vancity Port Moody, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Starbucks, MaxFit Movement Institute, Xaler Massage, KD Fitness, Tri-City Printing, and the City of Coquitlam.  To join this year’s enthusiastic team of sponsors and volunteers, email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs, and the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund. The event started in 2010 and takes place at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail in B.C., Canada. The Challenge features a Stair Master competition; the Make It Or Break It 4-hour competition; and a Recreational category. Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

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7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge a Success!

Under new leadership, and with many new improvements in place, the 7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge,  held on September 10th was deemed a success by organizers. This year’s event saw the addition of a timing system provided and overseen by tricity’s Trio Sports Events, and pre-event registration took place through the Running Room, with local race kit pickup at the Port Coquitlam location.  All the event photos can be seen on Facebook HERE.

“Although our numbers were not as high as we’d anticipated, the weather was perfect, and almost everyone that participated said they’d be back again next year,” said Nothin’ Dragon president, Brian Kenny who co-chaired the event with paddling teammate and three year Crunch volunteer, Robbin Whachell. “When the sponsors say it was worth their while, and they want to return, you know the event went well!” said Whachell.

Monies raised from the event will  benefit both seniors and youth through the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior paddling team who mentor challenged youth, as well as to build the ‘Diversity Fund’ housed under the Coquitlam Foundation, which was created by Crunch Challenge event founder Alex Bell in 2010.  Bell served as an advisor this year and both he and his wife Laurel were actively involved on event day, and Bell had the  honourary roll of handing out the gold, silver and bronze medals for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It categories, which were split into four age groups in both male and female divisions.

Adding to the event excitement was the heroic 24-hour Crunch marathon by Port Moody resident Guy Black, who successfully completed his goal with a total of 20 laps of the 4.5 km trail loop from bottom to top and back.

The inaugural Stair Master competitors! Check our results page to see who placed.

The inaugural Stair Masters competitors! Trevor Schmidt (in fluorescent green) was named the Stair Master for 2016. Check our results page to all the times. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

“Guy’s feat was greatly supported by the community, and he rarely walked alone, even during the night. “A lady named Frida, who I never met before, walked with me Friday afternoon and then showed up at midnight with her daughter and daughter’s friend,” said Black.  “They were wearing bright headlights and arrived at our support tent and walked with me to the top and back. Frida was concerned for my safety and she showed up again around 3:00 am and walked with me once more.” You can read Guy Black’s post marathon recap HERE.

Guy was supported the entire 24 hours by Diane Lee of Coquitlam’s Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy.  Many fellow academy members came out to cheer him on, and walk with him. His effort was also dedicated to Amanda Todd’s Legacy, and Carol Todd was out at the start and completion of Black’s marathon.  On Saturday, Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment presented Guy with a Colonel’s Challenge Coin for his community work in honouring veterans.

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Guy Black completed 20 laps in 24 hours, and is seen here with Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment who presented Guy with a Colonel’s Challenge Coin for his community work in honouring veterans (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

The Crunch Challenge’s inaugural Stair Master component (group photo seen at the top) had competitor’s run the 437 stairs of the Crunch to see who was the fastest, and a mother, young child and the family dog took the tiresome run up the stairs (doggy first).  Trevor Schmidt was named the Stair Master for 2016 with a time of 2:08.o.  See the official results of the Stair Master HERE.

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Several of the competitors in the inaugural Stair Master competition, to see who could run up the 437 stairs of the Crunch the fastest. Trevor Schmidt (far left) was named the Stair Master for 2016. Tara Carruthers (seen third in purple) was the top female competitor. Craig Premack placed first in the over 55; Liam Cotnor in the U15 group; and Carmen Lee in the 16-35 age group. Check our results page for more. (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

“We’ve already been in touch with the City of Helsinki to see about sending our  future winners to attempt their mountain and stair climb which inspired the Stair Master event at the Crunch,” said Brian Kenny.  “We are quite sure our stairs are much harder and longer than the stairs in Finland, and we will invite their fastest stair runner here.”

Although former record-holder of the Make It Or Break It Matt Sessions did not attend this year, some serious competitors came out to see how many times they could do the full loop of the Crunch in 4-hours.  Olympian Tina Connelly took the 2016 title matching Sessions with 8 loops as the new record holder, with a time of 3:56.48 — a distance of 35.2 km.  Connelly said entering was a last minute decision.  “The experience was a ‘challenge’ for sure, but I was pretty confident that I could get 8 loops in.  I planned to do the first 3 loops harder so that I could get a good buffer of time to work with, once the legs fatigued on the last few stair runs, and it seemed to work well for me.  As far as next year, I’m not sure. I think trying to do 9 loops in 4 hrs would be almost impossible for me so, I’m pretty satisfied with what I did here and that may be it for me. I’ll leave it to the young ones.” Read our feature about Connelly HERE.

To view all the results of the Make It Or Break It, click HERE.

“The event is well on its way of becoming a signature sport and community event for  Coquitlam, and has the potential to become one for the Vancouver Lower Mainland, and the west coast region,” said Robbin Whachell, who said she has met people who drive over the Port Mann Bridge to climb the Crunch on a regular basis. “I met a woman in Surrey who told me she carpools with her friends, and they love the Coquitlam Crunch, because it’s a whole lot easier than driving all the way to the Grouse Grind, and it’s free.”

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The one to beat in 2017! Olympian Tina Connelly is the 2016 “Make It Or Break It” winner and new record holder with a total of 8 loops in 3:56.48 — a distance of 35.2 km. Check our results page for all the results in four age groups. (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

Next year’s date has already been announced and the event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Interested sponsors can contact the organizing team at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge would not be possible without our volunteers, partners and sponsors.

Thanks goes out to the New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 CKPM FM The Point Radio; Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMCPasta Polo; Coquitlam Centre; Thrifty Foods  Vancity Port Moody, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Starbucks, MaxFit Movement Institute, Xaler Massage, KD Fitness, Tri-City Printing, and the City of Coquitlam.

(Photos by and special thanks to event photographer,  Joep Olthuis, supandshoot.com)

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Just some of the faces at Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge 2016 from left to right: Robbin Whachell, Janet Toddington, Mayor Richard Stuart, Sheynal Saujani, Alex Bell, Terry O’Neil, Jodie Wickens and children, Selina Robinson, Laurel Lawson, and Brian Kenny. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)


The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs, and the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund. The event started in 2010 and takes place at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail in B.C., Canada. The Challenge features a Stair Master competition; the Make It Or Break It 4-hour competition; and a Recreational category.

“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.” – Source

 

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