Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge For All Ages and Fitness Levels

Crunch for a Cause…

The ninth annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge takes place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the popular Coquitlam hiking trail that was expanded this year to include a second set of stairs.

The event was created by Coquitlam resident, Alex Bell to support diversity in the community by raising funds for the Coquitlam Foundation’s diversity fund. To date, the event has raised over $20,000 and the fund generates a yearly diversity grant up to $800.

It was in 2016, that Bell sought the help of the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team. This diverse group, while dealing with the challenges associated with aging, aim to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. They support challenged youth through their Kateslem Kids dragon boat mentoring and team building program.

“Bringing in Nothin’ Dragon brought new life to the event,” said Bell. “They have expanded the event and brought it up to a professional level with time-keeping and online registration.” The dragon boat team, who have an average age of 65 years, and some seventy members, also hosted and organized the inaugural Inlet Spring Regatta last year at Rocky Point, where 3000 paddlers competed and gave rave reviews.

Race and Recreation:

2018 sees the third installment of the Stair Master challenge, where participants run up the 437 west timbre stairs to see who is the fastest.  The event is growing and this year it has attracted elite tower climber,  Shaun Stephens-Whale of Roberts Creek, B.C. who is the current record holder of the CN Tower climb. The 2017 titleholder, Stephen Hughes did the stair climb in 2 minutes flat.  Both men will be competing in the 16 – 35 age group.  This category will be evaluated for the global ranking of the TWA (Towerrunning World Association)

The signature event of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is the Make It Or Break It, which sees participants run or walk the 2.2 km length of the Crunch trail as many times as possible within four hours. The ‘spot at the top’ has an elevation of 280 metres and on average takes approximately a half-hour to reach while walking.

Medals will be awarded in four age groups (male and female) for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It.

If you are not into racing, but still want to come out and support the cause and try out the trail, you can register as a family, group, or individual for the Recreational category which provides an optional time-chip so you can clock your progress, work on a personal best, or have your own competition within your family or group. The Recreational will start off with a warm up with Leigh Brandt, Canada’s first IFBB Bikini Pro, international cover model, and owner of BodyByBrandt personal training.

Youth and Seniors Wanted:

“We really have something for everyone!” said event co-chair and president of Nothin’ Dragon, Brian Kenny. “We encourage youth and seniors to register as participation from these age groups has been extremely low, and so many of our medals go unused.”

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be handed out for each race event (Stair Master and Make It Or Break It) for male and female categories. Age groups are 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over. Online registration closes at midnight on Sept. 4 and offers savings, however, event day registration will still be available.

A beer garden sponsored by Yellow Dog Brewing, Mariner Brewing, and the Rotary Club of Coquitlam will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the base of the trail adjacent to the Scott Creek Community Gardens. All proceeds support charity. Other refreshments and snacks will be available including a water-bottle-refill station.

Spectators and participants will enjoy exciting race action, community group information tables, event announcer Rod Macbeth; ‘Oh Canada’ sung by The Anthem Singer, Gregory Ould; a Kwikwetlem First Nation opening; words of welcome by Mayor Richard Stewart; and this year’s diversity grant presentation by event founder, Alex Bell.

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,  City of Coquitlam, snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Body by Brandt, Rod Macbeth, Pasta Polo, Magenta Printing & Imaging, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Clinic, lululemon, Starbucks, Jurgen Kaminski, Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise, and Hydro Pop Event Services Inc.

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Yellow Dog and Mariner Sponsor Crunch Challenge Beer Garden

We’re pleased to announce and are very grateful for the support of Yellow Dog Brewing and  Mariner Brewing for this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge!

You can cool down and enjoy a libation at the event beer garden which will open at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. at the foot of the Crunch trail, adjacent to the Scott Creek Community Garden and on top of the gravel lot.  It’s the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the Crunch trail and stairs, as well as the finish/start line for the event.

This is the second time the event has hosted a beer garden, and last year, after a summer drought, the skies opened on the day of the event; a day that is traditionally warm, or hot, and dry — but no one seemed to mind.

“Last year we felt glorious with the rain,” said event co-chair Brian Kenny, President, Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team. “We celebrated the best attendance even though it was wet. This year, we’re expecting it to be ‘business as usual’ with the weather. We’re thrilled to have Yellow Dog back, who also sponsor our dragon boat team, as well as Coquitlam’s premier brewery, Mariner!”

There will be plenty to watch and see as the Stair Master takes place at 8 a.m. sharp; followed by the Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge.For those not up to a race, you can sign up for the Recreational and walk the Crunch at your leisure.

The official opening of the event will take place between 9 and 10 a.m. with an opening by Kwikwetlem First Nation and words from Coquitlam’s mayor, Richard Stewart (who registered early for the event).

Enjoy music provided by Rod MacBeth (event MC) and a there’s a few other surprises in store. This is a pet friendly event, and it runs rain or shine!

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.

We’ll see you at the Crunch!

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‘Online’ Registration Closes Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Midnight – Race Kit Pickup Dates Announced

Online registration for the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge closes at midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 4th. You’ll want to take advantage of registering online, as you’ll pay a lower registration fee, and you can take advantage of pre-event package pickup of your Race Kit (race bib and shoe time chip).

Race Kits can be collected at Port Coquitlam Running Room at #202, 2748 Lougheed Hwy only during these dates and times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 6th, from 7 – 9 p.m., and
  • Friday, Sept. 7th, from 7 – 9 p.m.

If you are unable to pick up during this time, your kit will be ready for you at the registration table on race day from 7 a.m. You can also register on race day!

Please note that you will be required to fill out a waiver on race day.

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. We also have a 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!

The event supports the Coquitlam Foundation‘s Diversity Fund and the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat racing team, and their community initiatives.

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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Coquitlam ‘Stair Master’ Challenge Attracts Elite Tower Climber

Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge organizers created the Stair Master component of the event three years ago to provide another option for fitness advocates to support the charity that promotes diversity. The Stair Master sees competitors running up the 437 timber west stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch trail to determine the fastest ‘Stair Master’ in four ages groups for both male and female athletes. The Stair Master is the first event of the day and will start promptly at 8 a.m.

This year, elite tower climber Shaun Stephens-Whale of Roberts Creek, B.C. will be joining those vying for the title on Saturday, Sept. 8  and he’s registered in the 16 – 35 age group.  Shaun is known for competing in such stair races as the Eiffel Tower climb in Paris, France;  the Rainier Tower climb in Seattle, Washington; and he’s the current record-holder for the CN Tower climb in Toronto.

The 28-yr-old said his love for running started at the age of 12, when he saw a brochure for the BC Lung Association’s Climb the Wall event at the Sheraton Wall Centre. “At the time I already considered myself a serious runner, competing in many of the Vancouver’s local road races. The thought of running up a building was both a nauseating and exhilarating proposition – one that still captivates me to this day.” Shaun prepared for that first race by sprinting up and down the single flight of stairs in his living room while his dad sat on a couch, encouraging him and calling out splits. “50 times up, that was the goal, and four minutes of burning would just about get me there.”

“Of all the different types of training I do, none puts the body in more agony than a hard stair workout: lungs burning, legs flushed with lactic acid, vision squeezed as stars start to appear in your periphery,” said the former University of Victoria student who has decided to chase his dream of becoming one of the best tower runners in the world.

Tower running has seen tremendous growth with races occurring all across the globe and federations like towerrunning.com vetting for the world’s best racers. Alongside the growth in competitiveness, stair climbing as a fitness and wellness tool is becoming more recognized with campaigns such as Take the Stairs Day. “This shouldn’t be surprising,” says Shaun, “as there is perhaps no better way of getting a quick, effective, full body workout than going up stairs.”

Although Shaun is now a serious contender for the 2018 Stair Master title at the 2018 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, there are four age groups (15 yrs and under, 16 – 35 yrs, 36 – 64 yrs, 65 yrs or over) in both male and female divisions. A total of 24 medals (gold, silver, bronze) will be handed out for the Stair Master.

In 2016, the inaugural Stair Master had only nine people take part and Trevor Schmidt was the overall winner with a time of 2:08. With the event growing to twenty-five competitors in 2017, the overall winner was Steven Hughes with a time of 2:00. Despite doubling in size, the Stair Master only saw two competitors in the 15 and under age group, and that was Nathan Chow and Liepa Bajarunas, who both walked away with a gold medal. There were no entrants in the 65+ age group. This category will be evaluated for the global ranking of the TWA (Towerrunning World Association)

“We’re very excited to have Shaun competing this year!” said Alex Bell, event founder.”So many people come to the Crunch just to do the stairs. We know the Stair Master will grow, and we want to encourage all ages to try it. I know that there are some fit seniors out there, because I see them on the Crunch, and there are loads of Tri-Cities youth that would make the stairs look easy.”

The Stair Master will see competitors starting at 30 second intervals, and those that cannot make it to the top on a run, are asked to step to the side path to continue up walking, as not to impede the next contestant. The Crunch trail remains open to the public during the challenge, but the west stairs will be closed from 8 – 8:30 a.m. for the Stair Master. Crunch users will be able to cross over and use the new east stairs during that time.

Online registration is now underway thanks to Running Room, and timing is being handled by Trio Sports Events.   Registration for the Stair Master is also available on event day  (on location) at 7 a.m.  — Stair Master starts at 8 a.m. sharp. Registering online allows you to pick up your race kit in advance.

The 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge supports the Coquitlam Foundation’s  Community Diversity Fund, as well as the Dogwood Seniors Society’s dragon boat team, Nothin’ Dragon and their youth mentoring programs.

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, Shaunnessy 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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Crunch Diversity Challenge Now Offering Group Registration

Here we grow again!  You asked, and we’re pleased to provide a group registration rate for the ‘Recreational’ category for this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Get your friends, school mates, sports team, or work colleagues together and do the Crunch!  We encourage you to wear  your own team shirt with pride to identify your group, or order an event shirt to wear.

Group registration is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 people.

Registration is $50 for 10 members + $5 for any additional members.

The Recreational category formally gets underway at 10 a.m. and is for those wanting to support the event, but go at their own pace up the Crunch trail.  Even though you’ve opted to not complete in the Make It Or Break It 4-hour race, you have the option to still be bibbed, and time-chipped to see how long it takes you to go to the top and back — run your own race with your group to see which of you was the fastest with one loop. Anyone registered in this category can start at any time after 10 a.m. up to  1 p.m. and the circuit up and down the Crunch takes approximately 1 hour.

‘The Spot at the Top’ of the Crunch (a 2.2 km gradual climb) will offer a reprieve with a rest area and refreshments, and the lululemon cheering squad!

Register today and join in on the fun!  There will be a beer garden sponsored by both Yellow Dog and Mariner Brewing waiting for you at the bottom opening at 11 a.m. and open until the event closes at 3 p.m.

REGISTER NOW!

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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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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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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