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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Canadian Olympian’s Coquitlam Crunch Challenge “Make It Or Break It” time, now the record to beat

The 7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge took place on September 10th and the event draws some hardcore athletes each year.  Matt Sessions, former record holder for the Make It Or Break It event, which sees competitors doing as many 4.5 km loops of the Coquitlam Crunch trail within 4-hours, reached a total of 8 loops in 2015. He also held the record in previous years when the event was a 10-hour length.  Sessions did not attend this year, and was said to be away for another athletic event.

This year, Olympic long-distance runner, Tina Connelly, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 10,000 metres at the 1999 Pan American Games impressed the crowd at the Crunch Challenge as she too completed 8 loops just under 4-hours with a time of 3:56.48, a distance of 35.2 km.  Her ‘best overall’ and ‘women’s gold’ performance garnered cheers each time she ran in to cross the Crunch base timing-mat.

“The experience was a ‘challenge’ for sure, but I was pretty confident that I could get 8 loops in,” said Connelly. “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.”

In 2014, retired female track and field Olympian who was once ranked first in the world in the 1500 metres, Leah Pells also took on the Make It Or Break It, doing the most laps of any of the female competitors at the Crunch during that year’s 10-hour feat.

“This is the first year we’ve had professional time-keeping,” said event founder Alex Bell. “In the early years we simply used a stamp card at the top and bottom of the trail to see how many cycles the athletes made in the designated time. Having Trio Sports Events handling our time-keeping this year is a huge asset, and will give our athletes a time to train for, and we hope the incentive to beat at the following year’s event.”

The Make It Or Break It, saw athletes competing in four ages groups (-15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 65+ years), and gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded in male and female divisions.

See the official event results HERE.  All photos from this year’s event can be seen HERE on Facebook.

The 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge was proudly supported by the City of Coquitlam, New Earth Marketing, 98.7 CKPM FM, Vancity, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pasta Pollo, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks, MaxFit Movement Institute, Xaler Massage, KD Fitness, and Tri-City Printing.

(Photos by Joep Olthuis, supandshoot.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.

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Guy Black on his 24-Hour Crunch marathon

On Saturday, September 10th, Port Moody resident Guy Black became the first person to walk up and down the Coquitlam Crunch for 24 hours. Dubbed his Midnight Crunch, he achieved twenty 4.5 km loops in the 24 hour period. (Photos above were taken by Joep Olthuis, supandshoot.com)

The following is Guy’s post-event message:

The Coquitlam Crunch 24 Hour Challenge totally surprised me in so many ways. It became a big event – an effort of community. After looking at some photos of myself I can’t believe I did it, and what it became. One photo stands out and that was the one of Diane Lee and I at the top, very late Friday evening, and Geoff Scott was filming us and my face was wet. I did not realize how hard on my body the walk actually was.

I trained for two months to get ready, which included 2 and 3 hour hour runs and 5 hour walks up Mount Seymour, but when I actually saw how steep the Crunch steps were I became very worried and had some self doubt, maybe a lot of doubt, that I could make it.

When the 24 hour Crunch began things went okay and the trail was not too bad but it was quite long and seemed to have 3 different sections to it. Most of my walking time I was accompanied by someone, and we would talk and that took my mind away from what I was doing. At 1:59 am I checked my phone and saw the time, but said to Diane Lee (who was my the head of my support team), “Hey it’s 1:59 am” and she said no it’s not. I said it was probably only 11:00 pm and I checked again and it was 1:59 am – we were so happy time was moving fast.
When we hit 3:00 am I was suddenly hit with feeling very sleepy and just wanted to close my eyes, so I walked with my eyes shut and held on to Diane’s shoulder. When the sun came up Saturday morning and people started to arrive they started to cheer me on and my low energy gradually changed to me walking faster and wanting to push myself harder. Even people in the Make Or Break It “insane” category who were running the entire route for 4 hours of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge that was now underway were cheering for me. I was more impressed by what they were doing more than by what I was doing.

Each time I reached the bottom of the hill Rod MacBeth from The Point radio station announced my arrival and everyone would cheer. It was becoming a big deal. On my 19th crunch I passed two runners and said to them as a joke, that I would run my 20th crunch and they smiled. That was my joke to them and I had no plans to actually run it. When I found out I had only 45 minutes left and I had finished #19, I decided I would run the last one, so I ran most of the way up and all the way down and passed the two runners and they said to each other, he said he was going to run it and he is doing it. That made me smile.

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Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment presented Guy with a Colonel’s Challenge Coin for his community work in honouring veterans (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

During the night we saw bears twice near the top and I saw several coyotes. Geoff Scott from Tri City Community TV amazed me by spending so much time filming including late Friday night and then he went home and edited everything and put it online. Geoff came back again Saturday, spending most of the day filming. He was just amazing.

Mayor Richard Stewart walked with me many times Friday and Saturday and it was a pleasure to have his company, along with his dog. MLA Selina Robinson walked several times Friday and then reappeared Friday night for a late night walk in the dark. These two people proved their commitment to their community.

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. They were wearing bright headlights and arrived at our support tent ready to walk, and we made it to the top and back. She was concerned for my safety since I was doing some late night walks by myself and she showed up again around 3:00 am and walked with me. Amazing !

Carol Todd came on Friday and again on Saturday. We are friends and I was walking for her and the Amanda Todd Legacy Society, she helped to keep me going by her just being there.
Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment is a man who sometimes walks with two canes. I met him half way up the Crunch, and he came to support my walk. He thanked me for what I was doing by presenting me with the Honourary Colonels Challenge Coin. Amazing…

Rod from The Point FM was great and he put the spotlight on me many, many times and every time I arrived at the bottom of the hill he announced my arrival and cheered me on. He said I was his hero for that weekend, but I think he was my hero.

Diane Lee’s Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, well without them I could not have done the 24 hour crunch. They were there the entire time, they looked after me and made sure I was safe and walked with me. They were the backbone of me being able to make it.

And everyone that cheered me on just made it easier for me to keep going. All of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge participants cheering for me was great and very surprising;
To Alex Bell, Robbin Whachell and Brian Kenny, thank you for listening to my unique idea to Crunch for 24 hours, and including it in the 7th annual Crunch ‘Diversity Challenge;
And to Linda Reimer for always supporting me and our community;

Coquitlam City Councillor Terry O’Neil who wished me well on my send off and later waited for me half way up the hill;

Mark from Fin Donnelly’s constituency office;

MP Ron McKinnon and Port Moody City Councillor Zoe Royer for continued support;

Moveo Sport and Rehabilitation Centre for fixing my injuries and making me feel better;

Diane Strandberg of The Tri-City News for her great coverage of the event and writing “Go Guy Go”;

CTV for their commitment to our event and coming Friday and Saturday to film;
Global TV for their Thursday morning studio interview;

Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy support team members: Sun Woo Park, Chan Woo Park (brothers); Clinton Lee; Go Takai; Dan Birsan and his son Alex; Ezra Mara; Tetty and her son Kenneth Boediman; Wilson Lee and Adam Altwasser; Tony Shen and Farhang Behrouzi; Anthony and Jennifer with thier son Trevor Ho; Stefanie Putzhammer with her son Peter Hutter; Laleh Kermani with her son Armeen; Joanne Terry with her son Zachary Edwards; Sarah Ha; Serena Lee; Diane Lee, and Manager Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy.

I am positive I have missed a few people I should be thanking, so sorry. In summary the event grew into something big and very special, and was a great effort by many people and most of them I have never met before. There was support and encouragement from people physically pushing themselves as hard or harder than I was.

There were so many people who made sure that I was safe, and helped me to reach my goal.

Thanks,
Guy

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