(Photo above: Top 3 in the Stair Master. Left to right is event founder, Alex Bell; Stair Master winner Nick Mcdonald; elite tower runner and second place winner, Shaun Stephens-Whale; third place winner Ryan Watson; and event co-chair Brian Kenny. Photo credit to Jurgen Kaminski)
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The 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge was held on Sept. 8 at the beloved local trail and the event which sees the Stair Master, Make It Or Break It and Recreational categories was a great success. All event proceeds support the Coquitlam Foundation’s community diversity grant as well as the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team and their programs with youth.
The event was opened with an indigenous blessing by Kwikwetlem First Nation, and then words by event founder Alex Bell, as well as a greeting by Coquitlam mayor, Richard Stewart. Oh Canada was sung by Councillor Terry O’Neill.
While the imminent call for rain all week may have kept some away, the weather turned out perfect with only cloud cover with ideal cooler temperatures, and no rain fell. Race categories doubled in size from the previous year.
Excitement for the Stair Master challenge was at an all time high with elite tower running, Shaun Stephens-Whale competing. The event had 33 competitors and when it was all said and done, Nick Mcdonald was named Stair Master 2018 with a shocking time of 1:34 beating out Stephens-Whale who took second with 1:40; and in third came Ryan Watson with 1:43. For the women it was Carmen Lee with a time of 2:16.5; second was Tara Carruthers with 2:30.4; and third was Kate Swales with 2:38.2. Medals were handed out in four ages groups. The Stair Master event is now sanctioned with towerrunning.com, the Tower Running World Association. View all Stair Master results HERE.
“This is a great event,” said Stephen-Whale who can now include it in his tower running points. “It was very well organized. I’ll be back next year!”
Next was the Make It Or Break It (MIOBI) which started at 9 a.m. and completed at 1 p.m. challenging competitors to do the full length of the Crunch trail (approximately 4.5km loop) as many times as possible. In 2017, 8 laps were achieved by a few athletes, but this year, Douglas Race blew everyone away with completion of 9 laps and he had 10 minutes to spare on the 4-hour event! His time was 3:50:04, with second overall being Peter Muralt with 8 laps and time of 3:44:47, and last year’s MIOBI winner, Ray Barrett coming third with a time of 3:49:28.
In the female division of the MIOBI, it was Amy Mazzone with 6 laps in 3:46:26, second overall was Gillian Laing with 5 laps in 3:01:03, and in third was Ramona Toth with 5 laps in a time of 3:19:51. View all results HERE.
“We’re excited about the growth this year!” said Alex Bell. “We’ll be moving the 10th annual 2019 event to a Sunday in hopes to not conflict with other fitness challenges (or Saturday soccer) going on the same day, so next year’s date will be Sunday, Sept. 8. We really want to focus on getting more families out now that our race events are well attended. This is a community event for everyone!”
Those who participated in the Recreational were also time-chipped and they could go at their own pace or do as many loops as they wanted. Record-holder of the former 12-hour MIOBI loop challenge turned up for the Recreational and put in 5 laps in his blue jeans. View all results HERE.
More growth! In 2019 the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge will also be sanctioned by BC Athletics.
“We’d like to thank our announcer, Rod MacBeth, our tireless volunteers, and our sponsors, all through which this event would not be possible,” said Brian Kenny, Nothin’ Dragon Masters president and event co-chair.
2018 event sponsors were: 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, Running Room Port Coquitlam, Trio Sports Events, Pasta Polo, Magenta Printing & Imaging, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Clinic, lululemon, Starbucks, photographer Jurgen Kaminski, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Phoenix Squadron, and Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise.
ALL EVENT PHOTOS can be seen on our Facebook album HERE. Thank you Jurgen Kaminski!