2018 Crunch Challenge Champ to Defend Title

He’s back !

Determined to defend his title as the Make It Or Break It  4-hour challenge champion, Douglas Race has registered for the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.

“I’m excited to test myself on the Crunch for a second year in a row,” Douglas said.  “This is the first time I’ve been the person with the target on their back, so I’m excited to see what the competition and the day brings. I honestly believe that the course record can be raised to 11-12 laps, but just not by me!”

The Make It Or Break It  is the signature event at the annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.  Starting at 9 a.m. and closing at 1 p.m., the 4-hour challenge lets competitors race to see who can put in the most laps of the Crunch within the allotted time.

“Whether it’s a personal best, or your out to take a medal, this event has become very popular over the years,” said event founder Alex Bell.

There is lots of bling to go around as the top three male and female winners in four age-groups will be awarded gold, silver, bronze and event organizers are looking for more youth and those 50+ to become involved.

Half Lap Rule

New this year is the formal recognition of the half-lap rule for the Make It Or Break It challenge.  If a competitor feels they can make it back up to the top timing mat before time is out, this will be recorded as an advancement and count toward their performance. Read more here.  Online registration is underway until midnight on Nov. 4, and event-day registration starts at 7 a.m. Register online and save!

Douglas Race (in blue) starts his first Make It Or Break It at the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge 2018

Stair Master for All Fitness Levels

Starting at 8 a.m., those competing in the Stair Master will vie to see who’s the fastest up the 437 west staircase.   Although anyone can compete in this event, the Stair Master is attracting elite tower climbers and the Stair Master titleholder is Nick Mcdonald who ascended in 2018, did so in 1 minute and 34 seconds.  This category is sanctioned for global ranking by the TWA (Towerrunning World Association).

Gold, silver and bronze  medals will go to the top three male and female winners in four age-groups. Youth and those 50+ are usually the least age groups registered, so chances to win a medal are high.

Slow but Steady? Go Recreational!

If racing is not your thing and you still want to come out and go at your own pace, check out the Recreational category which is by donation. This family-friendly option is great for children or youth and this year we’re launching the Kids Crunch Quest passport where you can collect stamps at stations along the trail and a completed passport gets you a prize when presented at the bottom.  This category also offers the option of being time-chipped so you can note your progress or work on a personal best.  Register online before Nov. 5 or show up on event-day to register from 9:15 a.m. onward.

Crunch for the Cause

Not only will you be taking part in a healthy activity, you’ll be enjoying nature on one of the most popular hiking trails around, all while supporting the cause. All funds raised go to the Coquitlam Foundation’s  Community Diversity Grant which provides grants to Tri-Cities individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs or education aimed at improving integration, participation or access in the community for any diversity group(s) identified by the community as being marginalized.

Supporting this years event are: Nothin’ Dragon Masters, New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

The event is being organized by the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team out of Dogwood Seniors Society.


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