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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.