Final Days to Pre-order Event T-Shirts with Online Registration

We’re proud to be offering event shirts for the first time! Your purchase helps our cause — the Coquitlam Foundation Diversity Grant and the Dogwood Seniors Society 50+ dragon boat team and their youth mentoring programs.

To get your shirt in time for event-day pickup, orders must be in by Monday, August 27 at midnight.  Shirt sales will be cut off on Tuesday, August 28. We’re looking to get shirts available on event day also. We’ll confirm in our final mailing and on our website and social media channels.

T-shirts are from our event sponsor, Oddball Workshop, a local apparel company from Vancouver who provide shirts for major events like the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival.

Shirts are available when you register, so register today! Available sizes:

Mens / Sizes : S, M, L, XL – $30 and XXL & XXXL – $32
Womens / Sizes : S, M, L, XXL – $30 and XXL – $32
Youth / Sizes : XS(2-4), S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), XL (18-20) – $30

Register now!

Medals will be awarded in 4 age groups (15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over ) in both female and male divisions for the STAIR MASTER challenge, and the MAKE IT OR BREAK IT events.

If racing is not for you, register in our RECREATIONAL category that will formally start at 10 a.m.  This category is perfect for the entire family, or a group of friends or colleagues. You can register as a group with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 people.  There’s also family registration.

Enjoy our beer garden sponsored by Yellow Dog Brewing and Mariner Brewing with a bird’s eye view of the start / finish line and the trail, so spectators are welcomed too! It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Can’t make the date, but want to support? You can donate HERE.

The 2018 event is supported by New Earth Marketing, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, On Track Dental, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Joep Olthuis of Shutter Up & Shoot, The Tri-City News, Yellow Dog Brewing, Mariner Brewing, Magenta Printing & Imaging, City of Coquitlam, snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Body by Brandt, Rod Macbeth, Pasta Polo, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Clinic, lululemon, Starbucks, Jurgen Kaminski, and Hydro Pop Event Services Inc.

Get a reminder by RSVPing at the Facebook event page.

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 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.

 

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5 Reasons the Coquitlam Crunch is a Great (or Better) Option to the Grouse Grind

Those of us who live in the Tri-Cities know full well what ‘doing The Crunch” means, and the popular hiking trail is slowly becoming a favourite of fitness pleasure seekers from other neighbouring cities as well, even those living east of the Port Mann Bridge. According to the City of Coquitlam, during the summer the trail sees as many as 50,000 visits per month.

You don’t have to convince us as to why we love our local hiking trail, but Lower Mainland Grouse Grind enthusiasts should know these five reasons we think The Crunch is tops and is certainly worth a visit!

  1. The Coquitlam Crunch is free! Yes free. You can even park for free and enter the trail at four different crossing streets, letting you choose your circuit.
  2. The Crunch is more centrally located in the Lower Mainland versus the Grouse Grind in the North Shore.
  3. The Coquitlam Crunch is open year round! Although winter snow means watching what footwear you use, the Crunch is always open.
  4. The Crunch is for all fitness levels! There’s no pressure that once you are on the trail, you can’t turn around and head back down.  Anyone can. You can leave the trail at any point. You can go at your own pace, and stopping anywhere along the trail will not bother anyone else.
  5. The Crunch offers a variety of workout options! It’s no wonder it’s a go-to spot for local fitness instructors. With two sets of stairs – and a total of over 890 steps, the Crunch is perfect for those wanting to crush stairs to their heart’s content or offers a bit of both stairs and trail for a longer climb providing more variety because this popular fitness destination is a 2.2 km climb with over 240 metres in elevation change.

If you are a Crunch newbie, welcome to the experience, and if you’re interested in finding something to train for, why not register for the  Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge set for Saturday, Sept. 8?! This charity event has three categories:  the Stair Master; the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge, or for those wanting to go at their own pace, the Recreational.

We’ll see you at The Crunch!

The Stair Master is one component of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge and takes place on the west 437 stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

 

 

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City to Celebrate the Coquitlam Crunch on July 24

The City of Coquitlam is inviting Crunchers to pop by during your lunch break on Tuesday, July 24 as they celebrate the completion of the new stairs on the Coquitlam Crunch trail.

Now featuring two sets of stairs – and a total of over 890 steps – the Coquitlam Crunch provides a great, free recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats.

About the Celebration

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. with Opening Ceremony at 12:15 p.m.
Location: Coquitlam Crunch, Lansdowne Drive
Cost: FREE
RSVP to the Facebook event page to receive a reminder.

From Guildford Way, head north on Lansdowne Drive and park along the street just past Scott Creek Middle School. Parking is also available in the gravel parking lot just south of Lansdowne. Make your way up the new stairs to join us for the opening celebration at 12:15 p.m.

Event participants will be offered a refreshing frozen treat (while quantities last). Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

The Construction Project and Future Improvements to the Coquitlam Crunch

In the summer of 2017, the City undertook the construction of a new watermain on Westwood Plateau in order to better serve the Coquitlam residents in that area.

Because the watermain ran the length of the Coquitlam Crunch trail – and there was demand for more capacity on the trail – the City undertook the construction of a new, permanent second set of stairs. The second set of stairs allowed users to continue to ‘Crunch’ throughout the construction project.

The new stairway on the east side of the Coquitlam Crunch features a generous 3-metre (10 foot) width to accommodate two-way traffic and larger groups.

In January 2018, City Council supported further upgrades to the Coquitlam Crunch and approved, in principle, a multi-year plan that provides a vision for significant improvements along the route, including the addition of several new washroom facilities, new paved parking lots, viewing areas, outdoor exercise equipment, safer pedestrian street crossings, signage, and other trail amenities. The detail designs and budget approval for Phase 1 of the multi-year improvement plan are anticipated to go to Council later in 2018.

To find out more, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkplanning.

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New Free App Helps You ‘Keep Pace’ on the Crunch Stairs

Are you training for the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge ‘Stair Master‘ competition?  Well, we’ve got some good news! There’s a new free app called Keep Pace that can assist you with your progress on either the west or east stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch.

Developed by Stephen Langhjelm, a personal trainer, and health and fitness enthusiast, the Keep Pace app – Version 1.0 is in its infancy but ready for use.

“Additions and improvements will be made on the app as we go along. Nonetheless, it’s available for public use,” said Stephen. “It’s a pretty cool app and it will only get better as we make it more social media friendly to build the Keep Pace community. It’s especially fun for the Crunch steps because it’s not too long of a distance to be pulling your phone out constantly.”

The motto is “Keep It Simple, Keep Pace,” said the developer, who’s adapted it for other trails as well like the Grouse Grind. “You simply choose between Grind Pace, Crunch Pace, or Race Pace, then choose the Casual or Beat Your Best Mode, hit start when you’re ready, and you’re off. As you go along, you press corresponding buttons within the app as you reach the actual markers in your selected event, this will display your estimated finish time, letting you know if you need to pick up the pace or keep going as you are.”

For the 437 or 457 Steps, buttons can be pressed every 50 steps to display the user’s estimated finish time.

In the near future, additional trails and modes may be added to the app for users to use. However, Stephen said his current priority is to focus on the user experience as he develops the app. “Making the app more social media friendly so users can share their finish times on various social media platforms is the next step. As we go forward, we’ll also be heavily focused on improving the overall functionality and capability of the app.”

The Keep Pace app is available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Email: info@keeppace.app
Phone: 778 378 8684

 

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On Track Dental supports Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge are pleased to announce the support of On Track Dental who have come on as gold sponsors of this year’s event on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail.  On Track Dental in Port Coquitlam offers a variety of dental services by Dr. Myrna Pearce, Dr. Candace Woodman, and Dr. Darren Zomar.

All proceeds from sponsorship and monies raised at the event will go toward the Coquitlam Diversity Fund.  Funds also support the Dogwood Seniors Society’s  50+ dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters and their community initiatives.  The team has been coordinating the event for the past three years.

“Initiatives like the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge and programs offered by Nothin’ Dragon celebrate community spirit, healthy life choices and reach out to be inclusive to all,” said Dr. Myrna Pearce. “It is our pleasure to sponsor such a great community activity.”

On Track Dental joins other generous sponsors like New Earth Marketing, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Shutter Up & Shoot, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Vancity, Body by Brandt, snapd Tri-Cities, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC,  Pasta Polo, 3D Basketball Academy, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital, and the City of Coquitlam.

Would you like to support? To become an event sponsor email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

Registration is underway for the 9th annual event and registering online in advance will save you time and money.  You can also pre-order your event t-shirts and pick them up before event day along with your race kit.

Whether you are a novice or serious athlete; working on becoming the best you; or if you are simply looking for a great outdoor activity that supports community, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is for you! The 9th annual event starts at the base of the Coquitlam Crunch at the Scott Creek Community Gardens and the full loop (up and down using the west stairs) of the Crunch trail is approximately 4.5 km, taking the average person (walking) anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Three ways to participate:

Starting at 8 am the Stair Master  challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 west 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 groups for both male and female divisions for the Stair Master or the Make It Or Break It categories.

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 free for participants, thanks to our sponsors.

If you, or your business,  or community group would like to get involved please email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

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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.

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Coquitlam Diversity Fund Supports Tri-Cities Brain Injury Support Group

On June 13, a $800 grant from the Coquitlam Community Diversity Fund was presented to the Tri-Cities Brain Injury Support Group in order to help the members participate in an adapted water support activity and social outing.  The presentation took place at the Coquitlam Foundation’s annual awards night at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.

The purpose of the Coquitlam Community Diversity Fund is to help diversity groups in social or economic integration into the community.  This year’s grant will help people who have suffered traumatic brain injury and often find themselves socially isolated, to participate in a community group social/recreational activity that would not be possible without the aid of the grant. The opportunity to participate in community social activities is an extremely important part of recovery and sustainability for people with traumatic brain injury.

The adapted water sport activity will also introduce many of the group members to an opportunity to participate in a recreational activity designed for their safety, which wouldn’t be possible under normal circumstances.

When you take part in the annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, you help raise monies for the Coquitlam Community Diversity Fund which in turn supports members of a diversity group that may otherwise remain isolated and unable to participate in activities others take for granted.

If you, or your business,  or community group would like to get involved as a sponsor of the event, please email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

Get social and Like us on Facebook; and follow us on Twitter!

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.

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Early Bird Registration Underway for 2018 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Organizers of the 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge are pleased to announce online EARLY BIRD registration which is underway for the 2018 event on Saturday, September 8. 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 if you are simply looking for a great outdoor activity that supports community, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is for you! The event was created nine years ago by local resident Alex Bell, whose 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 taken 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.

The Stair Master takes place at the original 437 stairs at 8 a.m. Who will be this year’s fastest? (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

The event 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 4.5 km, taking the average person (walking) anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Three ways to participate:

Starting at 8 am the Stair Master  challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 west 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 groups for both male and female divisions for The Stair Master or the Make It Or Break It categories.

In 2017, our overall winner was Ray Barrett with 8 laps and a time of 3:35:41.  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 free for participants, thanks to generous our sponsors.

NEW in 2018:

  • Event t-shirts are available for purchase on the Running Room registration page. Sizes come in ladies, mens and youth. Adults will be green as seen here, and youth will be safety yellow.
  • With the new east stairway in place, please note that the event will take place on the older stairs, keeping the race length the same from previous years.

Past and returning sponsors include New Earth Marketing, Rod MacBeth and 98.7 The Point FM Radio, Shutter Up & Shoot (photo above), Oddball Workshop Apparel, Vancity, Body by Brandt, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick, GMC,  Pasta Polo, Yongho Martial Arts Academy, 3D Basketball Academy, and the City of Coquitlam.

Volunteers make it happen! We’re holding our first volunteers meeting at the Old Mill Boathouse on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

To become a sponsor, or to receive more information on the event please email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

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Crunch Challenge Founder Acknowledged for Community Leadership

Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge founder, Alex Bell was acknowledged for his community leadership on January 25, 2018, by Ron McKinnon, MP for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.

Bell was nominated by Robbin Whachell, seconded by Mayor Richard Stewart and was presented with a Canada 150 pin and certificate.  McKinnon was assigned with 22 pins to award to constituents.

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.

Below is the congratulations letter:

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Coquitlam Approves Crunch Enhancement Plan

City of COQUITLAM press release, Jan. 16, 2018 – The City of Coquitlam has approved a multi-year plan involving further expansion and enhancements to the Coquitlam Crunch trail system.

City Council has approved in principle a plan that provides a vision for significant improvements along the route, including the addition of several new washroom facilities, new paved parking lots, twinned trail sections, viewing areas, safe pedestrian street crossings, signage, and other trail amenities.

The trail expansion plan is divided into four phases, each of which will be brought to Council individually for design and funding approval. The detail designs and budget approval for Phase 1 is anticipated to come to Council later in 2018. The first three phases of the trail expansion are projected to cost $7 million, subject to Council review and approval.

The Crunch – one of Coquitlam’s most-loved recreational trails – is a 2.2-km route with over 240 metres in elevation gain. During busy summer months, it sees as many as 52,000 visits per month.

The City will now proceed with detail design plans for Phase 1 of the project, estimated at $2.5 million. This phase proposes creating new trail sections and viewing areas, adding outdoor exercise equipment, a pedestrian-activated crossing at Guildford Way, a new washroom facility at Lansdowne Drive, paved parking off Lansdowne, and reconfiguring the community garden.

In the meantime, a new stairway featuring more than 400 steps has opened to the public, offering visitors more variety and room to move.

Crunch trail users will be redirected to the new set of stairs as the existing set is temporarily closed due to construction on the new Westwood Plateau pump station and water main in the area. This extension ensures that visitors will be able to continue enjoying the trail without disruption.

The twin set of stairs runs parallel to the existing stretch of 437 steps, connecting near both the lower and upper levels of Lansdowne Drive. When the water main work is complete and both sets of stairs are open, this will create a recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats.

The new stairway also features a generous 10-foot (3-metre) width to accommodate two-way traffic and larger groups. Further enhancements to this section will continue in the coming weeks, with a formal opening planned for spring.

Trail enhancements are based on feedback from the community including a survey conducted last spring that involved more than 1,700 respondents. Detailed design plans and budget will be provided as part of each phase prior to construction. Phase 1 construction is expected to begin in late 2018 or early 2019.

For more information on the trail, visit www.coquitlam.ca/crunch.

View a video about the Coquitlam Crunch: https://youtu.be/TkCPsYqBOzI

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Coquitlam’s Diversity Fund Growing Through Crunch Challenge Event

[Seen in photo left to right: Robbin Whachell, event co-chair from the Nothin’ Dragon Masters; Dwight Yochim, E.D., Coquitlam Foundation; Brian Kenny, event co-chair and president, Nothin’ Dragon Masters; and event founder Alex Bell who is principal of the donor-advised, foundation managed Community Diversity Fund (CDF). Photo by Joep Olthuis / Shutter Up & Shoot]

Coquitlam B.C. – On January 6, organizers of the eighth annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge presented a $1,000.00 cheque to the Coquitlam Foundation for the “Diversity Fund.”

“It was fantastic to see the results of the hard efforts by everyone who worked on the 2017 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge last September,” said Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Coquitlam Foundation. “The rain on the day of the event didn’t dampen anyone’s demeanour as I saw smiles on everyone’s face including those who repeatedly ran the Crunch’s challenging stairs. The funds raised in 2017 bring the Community Diversity Fund total to almost $20,000.”

Grant applications are now being accepted for the Community Diversity Fund, and groups may apply by contacting the Coquitlam Foundation by February 16.  The Fund recently supported a Coquitlam-based job fair that was hosted by ISSofBC focusing on local refugees and new immigrants, attracting more than 150 participants.

“The more we can grow the fund the more we can grant,” said Alex Bell, Coquitlam resident and event founder whose vision is to have people representing every diversity group participating annually.  Bell is also the principal of the donor-advised, foundation managed diversity fund which provides grants to diversity initiatives that enhance the social and/or economic integration of diversity groups into the community. “Diversity groups include age (seniors and youth), socioeconomic (ie: homeless), mental health challenges, physical disabilities,  LGBTQ, new immigrants, visible minorities,” said Bell. “We’ve made great strides with this community event, and I’d really like to thank the Nothin’ Dragon Masters who came on board as event organizers in 2016.”

“We’re excited about the growth of the event,” said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny who is also the president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, Coquitlam’s only 50 + dragon boat team. “Looking toward this year’s event, we are actively seeking sponsors to make the Sept. 8 event even better. We can be reached at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

The start of early bird registration will be announced by the end of the month. With the next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge only 7 months away, 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 2017 Crunch Challenge would not have been possible without the kind support of New Earth Marketing; Rod MacBeth and 98.7 The Point CKPM FM radio; Vancity; City of Coquitlam; snapd Tri-Cities; Sandpiper Signs & Decals; Yellow Dog Brewing; Leigh Brandt and Body by Brandt; Eagle Ridge GMC; Joep Olthuis and Shutter Up & Shoot; Thrifty Foods; Starbucks Coffee; Pasta Polo; Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy; 3D Basketball Academy; Lululemon Coquitlam; and Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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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