Coquitlam gym owner puts out Stair Master challenge in support of diversity

Dean Brandt, owner of BodyByBrandt Fitness in #Coquitlam, would Like to Challenge all other gym owners and trainers in the Tri-Cities to match or beat his time in the STAIR MASTER event in the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge taking place on Sept. 9th, 2017 at 8 a.m.

Brandt stated in a letter, that if another gym owner or personal trainer beats his time, he will personally donate an additional $200 to the charitable causes of the event!

You do not have to be a fitness trainer or gym owner to compete. This is the second year the Stair Master is being offered, and the inaugural event had only 9 participants, and was won by Trevor Schmidt with a time of 2:02.  Full 2016 Stair Master results here.

“This is a new event for us, and we know this year we’ll have far more competitors,” said Alex Bell, event founder. “We remind everyone that both the Stair Master, and the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge have four age groups, and medals will be presented for the top three in both male and female divisions.”

Come out and try for a personal best, or challenge members of your family to see who is the fastest.  Timing is being provided by Trio Sports Events.

Online registration closes on September 7th offering a reduced entry fee. Race kits will be available for pickup before event day on September 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Running Room Port Coquitlam, so you can come out on event day ready to go.

Register today to compete against Dean or set a personal best time for yourself at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

Body by Brandt Fitness is a proud sponsor of this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, and 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.

This year’s event is being sponsored by New Earth Marketing, 98.7 The Point CKPM FM radio, Vancity; City of Coquitlam, snapd Tri-Cities, Yellow Dog Brewing, Body by Brandt, Eagle Ridge GMC, Shutter Up & Shoot, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks Coffee, Pasta Polo, 3D Basketball Academy, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge registration drive underway!

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

You will see some smiling faces along the Coquitlam Crunch trail during the coming weeks! We want to thank our dedicated volunteers for giving up their time to help spread the word about the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge set for Saturday September 9th.

If you attended the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market last weekend, we had a table and information out.  The photo above was taken by snapd Tri-Cities. If you missed it you can find everything on our website, coquitlamcrunch.com

Leading up to the event, now only 1 month away, volunteers will be handing out information cards and answering questions on how to register and support the 8th annual initiative which gives all proceeds to the Coquitlam Foundation “Diversity Fund” and the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50 + dragon boat team and their youth mentoring initiatives.

“The event would not be where it is today without our volunteers,” said founder Alex Bell. “So many people have supported over the years, and many hands make light work!”

“I’m very pleased to have the Nothin’ Dragon Masters organizing again this year! The event has grown, and to have such an enthusiast group of people step in and take this on is admirable.”

The dragon boat team, with ages ranging from 50 through 80 years of age is operated under the Dogwood Senior’s Society.  Not only is the group a perfect example of diversity, the team also mentors challenged youth in the sport of dragon boating through their Kateslem Kids program. On top of training almost year round, and keeping up with their race season costs (they race against all ages throughout BC), they also sponsor the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team.

Event co-chairs wearing their Nothin’ Dragon Masters’ race shirts Brian Kenny (left) and Robbin Whachell (right) with 2016 volunteer Karin (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

“It’s a great event to be a participant in,” said Brian Kenny, Nothin’ Dragon Masters president, “as you can come out for the exercise and do the Crunch once or even twice in the Recreational category; or for those more fit and competitive-minded, participants can sign up for the Stair Master or Make It or Break It challenges.”

“We’re really encouraging families and community groups to come out together and walk the Crunch.  This event is all about community.”

Online registration is underway at a reduced price, but closes at midnight on September 7th. Not to worry, as last minute registration will take place on-site starting at 7am Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch.

Supporting the 2017 Challenge is New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 The Point Radio, Body by Brandt, snapd Tri-Cities,  Shutter Up & Shoot, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMC,   Vancity Port Moody, Thrifty FoodsPasta Polo, and the City of Coquitlam.

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

(Video below by Joy TV News was done in 2012)

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8th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge for All Ages and Fitness Levels

Registration for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge scheduled for Saturday, September 9th is underway.  Young or old, and no matter your fitness level, you can take part!

“The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is a great family event,” said event founder Alex Bell.  “Last year we had many families walk and run the trail. We even had one woman with her dog and child run the Stair Master together.”

Age groups are: -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. Here are the 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 – Fee is $15
  • 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 – Fee is $25;
  • 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 – Fee (suggested donation) is $20 individual / $40 family.

A mother and daughter participate in the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

The 2017 edition will once again have professional timekeeping thanks to TRIO Sports Events, and medals will be awarded for both male and females, in four age groups.

“Everyone will have a bib and time chip,” said event co-chair Brian Kenny, who is president of the senior dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “Whether your going for a gold, silver,  or bronze medal in our Make It Or Break It or the Stair Master; or you just want to see how long it takes you to do one lap of the Crunch in the Recreational, there’s something for everyone.”

Save time and money, and pre-register before September 7th! Our pre-event registration is being handled by the Running Room, and the Port Coquitlam Running Room location is offering package pickup during select hours so you can arrive on event day ready-to-go! Simply go to Running Room, create a user name and password, and sign up to take part!

Online registration closes at midnight on September 7th.

Last minute registration will take place on-site starting at 7am Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch.

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

FOR ALL AGES~ Participants of the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch “Diversity” Challenge (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

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snapd Tri-Cities / Sandpiper Signs supports the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge

Matt from Sandpiper Signs & Decals hands over handbills with information about the upcoming Coquitlam Crunch Challenge to event co-chair, Brian Kenny (president Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team out of the Dogwood Seniors Society.

We’re pleased to announce that pumping up event promotions for the 2017 Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is snapd Tri-Cities and Sandpiper Signs!

“snapd is well-known in the community for supporting local events and charities, and we’re pleased they came to our aid,” said Brian Kenny, event co-chair and president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+  dragon boat team, who are event organizers for the second year in a row. “Everyone looks to their event calendar, and loves to see themselves, or someone they know in snapd.  We really appreciate the promotional support from both snapd and Sandpipers Signs & Decals.”

“I am very excited to support the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge through media and signage sponsorship,” said Carlo Zarrillo, owner of Sandpiper Signs and Decals. “This event and its location bring together, in one spot, everything my wife Bonita Zarrillo and I love about Coquitlam. The Crunch trail is a perfect location for a fun but rewarding workout, and we get to support diversity, while increasing awareness around inclusive communities.  We are very excited to be able to participate as well as snap pictures on-site of all the smiling faces. See you all there September 9th!”

Event posters, handbills, and promotional cards will be seen throughout the Tri-Cities. The event planning committee is already busy handing out information about the upcoming event, which will support not only the dragon boat team which functions under the Dogwood Seniors Society and has an average age of 65 years, but due to the tireless efforts of event founder Alex Bell, the event created the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity Fund” and to date has raised over $18,000.

Event planning committee members will be out at the the Crunch Trail over the coming weeks to talk to Crunch users about getting involved in the upcoming challenge which provides participants three ways to get involved. The easiest way to get involved is to simply show up on September 9 and make a donation, and enjoy the Recreational component, perfect for families or large groups. Those up for a big challenge can register for the Stair Master which will see who is the fastest up the 437 stairs of the Crunch; or they can register for the 4-hour Make It or Break It challenge, to see who has the fastest time, with the most up and down 280m loops of popular hiking trail. Events run from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

To get more information, and register, go to coquitlamcrunch.com. Although all proceeds go to the cause, participants can save if they register before September 7.

snapd Tri-Cities is a part of a full service media company. They put out a FREE monthly print publication specializing in a “non-political” friendly and entertaining photographic view of living in our community. They cover everything including: home, business, birthday and surprise parties; sporting events; business openings, sales and events; festivals & concerts; people on the street; parades; carnivals; and general daily life. They also include an upcoming events calendar, cartoons, jokes & quotes, recipes and informative articles. The paper is printed monthly and distributed through “exit news racks” at key Retail Stores and strategically by Current Advertisers in the area. For more information visit: https://tricitiesbc.snapd.com

Sandpiper Signs & Decals Inc. is a well established sign company in Coquitlam, BC who specialize in banners, large sign printing & installation, window decals, fridge magnets, vehicle graphics, trade show displays, and more.  Get more information at: www.sandpipersigns.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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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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