Steven Hughes named Stair Master 2017 at Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Twenty-five competitors came out for the second ever Stair Master challenge to see who is the fastest up the 437 stairs of the Crunch trail. Before the activities got underway, the national anthem was sung by Gregory Ould; and City Councillor, Terry O’Neil and Friends sang “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” which has become a tradition at the event.

Congratulations goes out to the 2017 Stair Master, 27 year old, Steven Hughes who put out the fastest climb in 2 minutes flat. Steven sits on the board of  the MetamorepHIIT Fitness Society (HIIT meaning High-intensity-interval-training) which offers free workouts for all ages and fitness levels every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Parkland Elementary School.

Not only did Hughes win the Stair Master title, he went on to run in the 4-hour Make It or Break It event, and placed second in his ages group.

“I am a journeyman electrician,” said Hughes, “but recently I quit construction to pursue health and fitness.  I started a personal training program at Hilltop Academy this week.”

When asked what he did to train for the event he said, “I did the Crunch Stairs a couple weeks ago 15 times in a row, 11 of them with a 30lb weighted vest.  I haven’t done the Crunch a whole lot to be honest, however I am a Grouse Grind fanatic, doing it a few times a week, multiple times in a day. My best is 4 times in a row.  Sometimes I do it with my weighted vest. My fastest time up the Grind is 39minutes.”

The second fastest stair climber was gym owner, Dean Brandt who put out a challenge last month to other fitness trainers or gym owners, that if anyone could beat him, he would donate an additional $200.  BodybyBrandt was also a major sponsor of this year’s event.

Here are the Stair Master results:

The fastest female overall was Leipa Bajarunas with a time of 2:36.1.

U15 Female – Leipa Bajarunas (Gold, time 2:36)
16 – 35 yrs Female – Leigh Brandt (Gold, time 3:09), Amalia Urloiu (Silver, time 3:41)
36 – 65 Female – Trisha Hubbard (Gold, time 2:41), Aya Hirabayashi (Silver, time: 3:10), Crystal Ready (Bronze, time 3:26)
There were no entries in the 66+ category.

Male category results:

U15 Male – Nathan Chow (Gold, time 3:41)
16 – 35 yrs Male – Steven Hughes (Gold, time 2:00), Steven Quinn (Silver, time 2:27), Evan Morrison (Bronze, 2:32)
36 – 65 Male – Dean Brandt (Gold, time 2:02), Jason Demidoff (Silver, time: 2:03.8), Jeff Silcock (Bronze, time 2:06)
There were no entries in the 66+ category.

For Stair Master detailed results click HERE.

The 2017 event was proudly supported 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,  Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, 3D Basketball Academy, and Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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

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