Results of the 2019 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

The weather was perfect for the annual trail race on Saturday, Sept. 7 as the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge got underway with registration at 7 a.m. at the base of the Coquitlam Crunch trail beside Scott Creek Community Garden.  This was the fourth year the 50+ dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters from the Dogwood Seniors’ Society organized and hosted the event.

STAIR MASTER

The Stair Master event started the day with last year’s winner, Nick Mcdonald (16 – 35 yr. age group) returning to hold the title for another year.  This time Nick ascended the 437 west steps in 1:32.04, shaving 2 seconds from his 2018 results of 1:34.0.  Placing second and third ‘overall’ for males was Josh Greenwood (16-35 yrs.) in1:41.6; and Sean Zoschke (16-35 yrs.) in 1:42.3.  Full results can be viewed here.

Congrats to the Overall Top 3 Females in the Stair Master were:

1. Liepa Bajarunas (0-15 yrs.) in 2:51.3
2. Shelby Murphy (36-64 yrs.) in 3:03.7
3. Marina Khonina (36-64 yrs.) in 3:15.9

Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge gets underway at 9 a.m. (Photo: Originelle Designs Photography)

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT (MIOBI)

At 9 a.m. the Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge got underway with the largest number of registrants in this category.  Returning record-holder, Douglas Race (36 – 64 yr. age group) took the title a second year in a row finishing with 18 laps, in a time of 3:46:10; a pace of 5:43/K; and a distance of 39.6.

Joining Douglas as the second and third overall were Tom Petryshen with 18 laps in a time of 3:50:35; and Ray Barrett with 16 laps in 3:41:28.  Full results in all age groups can be viewed here.

FEMALE MIOBI medal results:
(– 15 yrs.)
Gold medal to Nicole Comrie with 8 laps in 2:53:49.

(16 – 35 yrs.) 
Gold to Katrina Hombrebueno with 14 laps in 3:53:56
Silver yo Terita Deare with 8 laps in 3:05:35
Bronze to Despina Stratidakis with 6 laps in 2:18:59

(36 – 64 yrs.)
Gold to Patty Gallivan with 12 laps in 3:35:32
Silver to Rik Chapman with 12 laps in 3:36:23
Bronze to Ramona Toth with 11 laps in 3:41:45

Top three overall best times in the Make It Or Break It (MIOBI) 4-hour challenge. Left to right: Tom Petryshen (silver), Douglas Race (gold) and Ray Barrett (bronze), all in the 36 – 64 age group.  (Photo: Robbin Whachell)

MALE MIOBI medal results: 
(– 15 yrs.)
Gold to Victor Mandric with 8 laps in 3:11:47

(16 – 35 yrs.)
Gold to David Bandiera with 16 laps in 3:47:04
Silver to Cuillermo Cepeda with 14 laps in 3:49:48
Bronze to Walton Beaux with 12 in 3:32:07

(36 – 64 yrs.) 
See top three overall mentioned above: Douglas Race; Tom Petryshen; and Ray Barrett

(65+ yrs.)
Gold to John Beers with 10 laps in 3:41:12
Silver to Don Prince with 8 laps in 3:16:18

All MIOBI results can be viewed here. Participants that did not stay for medal presentation can email coquiltamcrunch@gmail.com to organize the collection of their medal.


KIDS’ CRUNCH QUEST

This year’s Crunch Quest saw a great increase in family registration in the recreational category, as kids collected stamps on their Crunch Quest passports and claimed a prize at the base of the Crunch thanks to sponsors FortisBC and Sandpiper Signs & Decals. The passport featuring 8 animal characters was created by graphic artist, Brad Nickason and was a real hit with the kids.

Those who participated in this category can view their times here.

A big thanks for those who supported the event as volunteers, participants, and sponsors.  All funds raised will support the Community Diversity Fund housed within the Coquitlam Foundation.

Event organizers wish to thank the sponsors and supporters of this year’s event! They are the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, Mariner Brewing, Originelle Designs Photography, Rod MacBeth, Terry O’Neil, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, Steve Nash Fitness, On-Running.com, FA5 Fitness and Thrifty Foods.

PHOTOS!  Check our Gallery for photos, as well as our Facebook page photo album section.

 

Participants ascending the west stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch trail.  (Photo: Originelle Designs Photography)

 

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports 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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Schedule: 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

We are excited to see you Saturday, Sept. 7 for the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge! If you have not yet registered, no problem, as you can do so on the event day starting at 7 am. Here’s a look at how the day will be laid out:

7:00 a.m. REGISTRATION starts

STAIR MASTER and MAKE IT OR BREAK IT sign in and registration starts

7:45 a.m. All STAIR MASTER competitors assemble at the bottom of the 437 ‘west’ stairs

Rules explained

8:00 a.m. STAIR MASTER start

8:45 a.m. MEDALS presented for STAIR MASTER
Medals presented by event founder Alex Bell
Age groups are: 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over

Participants gather for the Make It or Break It

9:00MAKE IT OR BREAK IT start (Registration starts for Recreational)

9:30 — 10:00 RECREATIONAL (Crunch Quest) Welcome and WARM UP

Opening by Kwikwetlem First Nation
Words of Welcome by Coquitlam Mayor
Diversity grant presentation by event founder, Alex Bell
Recreational category warm-up by Leigh Brandt

10:00 a.m. RECREATIONAL start (participants can register until 11:00 am)

1:00 p.m. MIOBI Time Stop and Horn Blast

1:15 MEDALS presented for MAKE IT OR BREAK IT
Medals presented by founder Alex Bell
Age groups are: 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over

Mariner Brewing After Party, 2 – 6 p.m.

HOW TO FIND US: Click HERE for Crunch Map. We meet where it says ‘Start’ on the map, which is the same location as Scott Creek Community Garden – above the Lacrosse Box situated north of Guildford. Drive up Lansdowne Drive, north of Guildford Way. The entrance to the Crunch base is just past Scott Creek Middle School – first left heading east. View on GOOGLE MAPS.

There is extra PARKING at the Scott Creek Middle School adjacent to the Crunch start point. Best to walk or take the bus if you can. The closest SkyTrain location is Lafarge Lake-Douglas.

BATHROOMS: A port-a-potty will be available at the top and bottom of the Crunch. A public washroom is available at Brambleside Elementary School on Panorama (fourth street crossing going up).

THANK YOU to our 2019 events sponsors: New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, Steve Nash Fitness, FA5 Fitness and Thrifty Foods.

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Kids’ Crunch Quest comes to 10th Annual Charity Event

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge turns 10!

To celebrate organizers are launching the Kids Crunch Quest as part of the Recreational (family) category.

The Crunch Quest provides motivation for kids or ‘children of all ages’ to complete the 2.2km loop of the trail and collect stamps at stations along the way, and a completed passport gets you a prize when presented at the bottom.

“The Coquitlam Crunch is a trail for all ages,”said event founder Alex Bell. “We want to encourage more families and children to take part in the event, and hiking supports a healthy lifestyle habit.”

The passport features 8 animal that could be seen along the Crunch: the eagle, bear, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, coyote, cougar and the deer.

Registration is underway at coquitlamcrunch.com and is by donation for the Recreational category. All funds raised go to the Community Diversity Grant within the Coquitlam Foundation, supporting diversity groups in Coquitlam.

The Recreational category is ‘go at your own pace’ or work on your personal best! It also offers the option of being time-chipped so you can see your time for completing the loop.  Register online before Nov. 5 or show up on event-day to register from 9:15 a.m. onward. The Recreational has an official start at 10 a.m.  Factor in an hour, to an hour-and-a-half to complete the trail loop with little ones.

Collect stamps on the way up the Crunch, and down. When you get to the bottom, show your passport to receive a prize.

Organizers would like to thank Crunch Quest sponsors, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, FortisBC,  and the Crunch Quest designer, Brad Nickason.

Also supporting this years event is: New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

The event is being organized by the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team out of Dogwood Seniors Society.

REGISTER TODAY!

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2018 Crunch Challenge Champ to Defend Title

He’s back !

Determined to defend his title as the Make It Or Break It  4-hour challenge champion, Douglas Race has registered for the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.

“I’m excited to test myself on the Crunch for a second year in a row,” Douglas said.  “This is the first time I’ve been the person with the target on their back, so I’m excited to see what the competition and the day brings. I honestly believe that the course record can be raised to 11-12 laps, but just not by me!”

The Make It Or Break It  is the signature event at the annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.  Starting at 9 a.m. and closing at 1 p.m., the 4-hour challenge lets competitors race to see who can put in the most laps of the Crunch within the allotted time.

“Whether it’s a personal best, or your out to take a medal, this event has become very popular over the years,” said event founder Alex Bell.

There is lots of bling to go around as the top three male and female winners in four age-groups will be awarded gold, silver, bronze and event organizers are looking for more youth and those 50+ to become involved.

Half Lap Rule

New this year is the formal recognition of the half-lap rule for the Make It Or Break It challenge.  If a competitor feels they can make it back up to the top timing mat before time is out, this will be recorded as an advancement and count toward their performance. Read more here.  Online registration is underway until midnight on Nov. 4, and event-day registration starts at 7 a.m. Register online and save!

Douglas Race (in blue) starts his first Make It Or Break It at the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge 2018

Stair Master for All Fitness Levels

Starting at 8 a.m., those competing in the Stair Master will vie to see who’s the fastest up the 437 west staircase.   Although anyone can compete in this event, the Stair Master is attracting elite tower climbers and the Stair Master titleholder is Nick Mcdonald who ascended in 2018, did so in 1 minute and 34 seconds.  This category is sanctioned for global ranking by the TWA (Towerrunning World Association).

Gold, silver and bronze  medals will go to the top three male and female winners in four age-groups. Youth and those 50+ are usually the least age groups registered, so chances to win a medal are high.

Slow but Steady? Go Recreational!

If racing is not your thing and you still want to come out and go at your own pace, check out the Recreational category which is by donation. This family-friendly option is great for children or youth and this year we’re launching the Kids Crunch Quest passport where you can collect stamps at stations along the trail and a completed passport gets you a prize when presented at the bottom.  This category also offers the option of being time-chipped so you can note your progress or work on a personal best.  Register online before Nov. 5 or show up on event-day to register from 9:15 a.m. onward.

Crunch for the Cause

Not only will you be taking part in a healthy activity, you’ll be enjoying nature on one of the most popular hiking trails around, all while supporting the cause. All funds raised go to the Coquitlam Foundation’s  Community Diversity Grant which provides grants to Tri-Cities individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs or education aimed at improving integration, participation or access in the community for any diversity group(s) identified by the community as being marginalized.

Supporting this years event are: New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

The event is being organized by the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team out of Dogwood Seniors Society.

REGISTER TODAY!

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‘Half-Lap Rule’ announced for Make It or Break It challenge

Senior Competitor Ups the Competition!

Each year the annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Crunch attracts more and more competitors. The event will celebrate its tenth birthday this Sept. 7 and some of the competitors have supported the event for many years. With the introduction of professional timekeeping and medal awards for the top 3 placements in 4 age groups for the Stair Master and Make It or Break It categories since 2016, competitiveness has become sharper.

In 2018, at the start of the signature category, the Make It Or Break It, where the goal is to see how many times you can make the full 2.2 km loop (up and down) the Crunch in 4-hours, event organizers announced that if a participant felt they could make it back up to the top of the Crunch for a final half-lap before the 4-hours were up, that the top timing mat would clock them for a .5 or half-lap. If they tried, but could not make it up before the 4-hour mark, they would be out-of-luck clocking no extra distance.  No one had ever done so before (although the idea had been posed by one competitor in the previous year), so it was not expected.

Don Prince, a repeat competitor in the 66+ age group of this category completed 5 laps in a time of 3:17:47 and decided he could make it back to the top of the trail to clock the distance, and away he went.

After the horn blew for the 4-hour finish, results came in and according to the time, another competitor, Mark Hyder had the fastest result completing 5 laps for that age group clocking in at 3:04:06  on the timing mat at the start/finish line at the base of the Crunch.  Meanwhile, the timekeepers and event organizers did not realize that Don Prince had made his way back up to fit in a half-lap.  Mark Hyder could have done the same, and with 55 mins left on the clock, he could likely have easily done so.

Don Prince was awarded a silver medal during the medal presentation that followed, which was based on his time being clocked at the bottom. Organizers and timekeepers had not checked for the half-lap.

Mr. Prince later challenged the event team that he was the true winner. His resulting time was 3:49:34 for the 5.5 laps.

Results were adjusted accordingly and Don set a precedent by example for future Make It Or Break It events.  Event organizers wish participants to be aware of this half-lap rule, as it could earn them a higher result.

“We love how this event has progressed with a competitive spirit,” said founder Alex Bell. “We also want to remind the public that this event supports diversity in all its facets, that it’s for every age and fitness level and its aim is to bring the community together. While the event was based on the Make It Or Break It challenge, most people would come out for the Recreational category. We want to support our athletes, but also keep our families and community involved.”

Don Prince with event founder Alex Bell in 2016. This year marks Don’s 4th time competing in the Make It Or Break It 4-hour event. He is one of the few competitors in the 66+ age group, and to date the event has not had any females in this age group.

Youth and Seniors Wanted

“We really have something for everyone!” said event co-chair and president of Nothin’ Dragon, Brian Kenny. “We encourage youth and seniors to register as participation from these age groups has been extremely low, and so many of our medals go unused. We applaud local Cruncher, Don Prince who has competed in the event for several years in our 66+ category. We also salute the youth who have come out, and we look forward to many more for the 10th anniversary.”

“We’re looking at a special activation for children this year where they will get a passport and achieve stamps or stars along the trail and will receive a prize at the bottom for completing the Crunch.”

The Stair Master

2019 is the fourth installment of the Stair Master challenge, where participants run up the 437 west timber stairs to see who is the fastest.  The event is attracting elite tower climbers and the Stair Master titleholder is Nick Mcdonald who completed in 1 minute and 34 seconds in 2018.  This category is being evaluated for the global ranking of the TWA (Towerrunning World Association).

Medals and Age Groups

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in four age groups (male and female) for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It. Age groups are 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over. Online registration closes at midnight on Sept. 3 and offers savings, however, event day registration will still be available.

Go at Your Own Pace!

If you are not into racing, but still want to come out and support the cause, you can register as a family or individual for the Recreational category which provides an optional time-chip so you can clock your progress, work on a personal best, or have your own competition within your group. If you are participating in a business or community group, please wear your group shirts.

Register online before Sept. 5

Online registration is simple and helps event organizers greatly. Fees are nominal for the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It and by donation for the Recreational.

Highlight Your Business or Community Group

Sponsors are still being sought, in particular, a title-sponsor. Interested sponsors can email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com to learn more, and community groups interested in participating with a group donation are also welcome and will also be listed as a sponsor. Supporting this years event are: New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

The event is being organized by the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team out of Dogwood Seniors Society.

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10th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge 2 Months Away

Crunch for a Cause…

The tenth annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge takes place on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event was created by Coquitlam resident, Alex Bell to support diversity in the community by raising funds for the Coquitlam Foundation’s diversity fund.  Uses of this fund include grants to support diversity initiatives that encourage or facilitate the inclusion of diversity groups into the social or economic fabric of the community. Grants support initiatives that encourage dialogue, understanding and respect of, or between two or more diversity groups (such as seniors and youth, different cultures, different religions); and support initiatives to educate the community about the different diversity groups in order to promote better understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

To date, the event has raised over $20,000 and the fund generates a yearly diversity grant up to $800.

Crunch Challenge 2018: The Stair Master event.

Race and Recreation

2019 is the fourth installment of the Stair Master challenge, where participants run up the 437 west timbre stairs to see who is the fastest.  The event is attracting elite tower climbers and the Stair Master titleholder is Nick Mcdonald who completed in 1 minute and 34 seconds in 2018.  This category is being evaluated for the global ranking of the TWA (Towerrunning World Association).

The signature event of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is the Make It Or Break It, which sees participants run or walk the 2.2 km length of the Crunch trail as many times as possible within four hours. The ‘spot at the top’ has an elevation of 280 metres and on average takes approximately a half-hour to reach while walking. Holding the 4-hour record is Douglas Race who completed 9 laps in a time of 3:50:04 in 2018.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in four age groups (male and female) for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It. Age groups are 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over. Online registration closes at midnight on Sept. 4 and offers savings, however, event day registration will still be available.

If you are not into racing, but still want to come out and support the cause, you can register as a family or individual for the Recreational category which provides an optional time-chip so you can clock your progress, work on a personal best, or have your own competition within your group.

All ages and levels welcomed! 3 categories to choose from. Four age groups and medals for gold, silver and bronze in the Stair Master or Make It or Break It categories. Go at your own pace in the Recreational category.

Youth and Seniors Wanted

“We really have something for everyone!” said event co-chair and president of Nothin’ Dragon, Brian Kenny. “We encourage youth and seniors to register as participation from these age groups has been extremely low, and so many of our medals go unused. We applaud local Cruncher, Don Prince who has competed in the event for several years in our 66+ category.”

Spectators and participants will enjoy exciting race action, community group information tables, event announcer Rod Macbeth; ‘Oh Canada’ sung by The Anthem Singer, Gregory Ould; a traditional lands acknowledgement with Kwikwetlem First Nation opening; words of welcome by Mayor Richard Stewart; and this year’s diversity grant presentation by event founder, Alex Bell.

Coquitlam Crunch organizers, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team.

Dragon Boat Organizers

It was in 2016, that Bell sought the help of the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team. This diverse group, while dealing with the challenges associated with aging, aim to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. They support challenged youth through their Kateslem Kids dragon boat mentoring and team building program.

“This is our fourth year organizing this event,” said event co-chair Robbin Whachell. “We’ve taken it from strength to strength adding in the professional time-keeping and online registration components.” The dragon boat team, who have an average age of 65 years, and some seventy members, also host the Inlet Spring Regatta at Rocky Point, where 3000 paddlers competed and gave rave reviews. “We’re proud to be supporting community and sharing our passion for friendly competition. We’re looking for like-minded companies to do the same and join us at this 10th anniversary of the event.”

Highlight Your Business or Community Group

Sponsors are still being sought, in particular, a title-sponsor. Interested sponsors can email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com to learn more, and community groups interested in participating with a group donation are also welcome, and will also be listed as a sponsor. Supporting this years event is: New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Fraser Health, FortisBC, snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, Bahamas Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Rod MacBeth,  Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge to Celebrate 10th Year of Embracing Diversity

Flashback to 2010! Starting at 6 a.m. on August 29, Coquitlam resident and Safe Harbour co-ordinator Alexander Bell began to climb up and down the Coquitlam Crunch trail, as many times as he could in one day, after teaming up with the Coquitlam Foundation to launch a Community Diversity Fund for Coquitlam.

Bell made the climb 10 times that day, and his goal after that was to raise $10,000 over five years so that the fund would begin to generate enough interest to start distributing annual grants within the Tri-Cities.

“My vision for the future is to have people representing every diversity group to join me in the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge,” Bell said.

His financial goal was achieved in 2015, and to date, over $20,000 has been raised for the Community Diversity Fund which provides grants to Tri-Cities’ individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs or education aimed at improving integration and participation by diversity groups, identified by the community as being socially or financially marginalized. The fund now generates a yearly diversity grant of approximately $800.

In 2011 the event started as a 12-hour challenge but found its groove as a 4-hour event since 2015. In the early days, a simple timekeeping system of synchronized watches and a card punch after each lap was used. Today the event has advanced to professional timekeeping with participants wearing time chips and numbered bibs.

Alex Bell in 2010, the year he founded the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. He’s also seen with his daughter Sierra in the top image.

History highlights:

2010 – The Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is born. The record for the 12-hour Make It or Break It category of 10 round trips was set by founder, Alex Bell.

2011 –  Bell was joined by over 40 people doing the Challenge, and 15 volunteers supported.

2012 – Matt Sessions sets a new Make It or Break It record for 17 round trips in a 12-hour period. This record stands to this day.

2013 – Matt Sessions once again is the top competitor with 14 consecutive round trips in the Make It or Break It.  The “Anything’s Possible Trail” category was created in order to accommodate people with mobility challenges. The “Anything’s Possible” trail began at Northside Foursquare Church at the corner of Lansdowne Drive and David Avenue. Brain injury survivor and activist Michael Coss led this walk.

2014 – The city installs stairs for the steepest part of the trail. Matt Sessions repeats his record of 17 consecutive round trips in 12-hours.

2015Make it Or Break it moves to a 4-hour challenge and Matt Sessions wins completing 8 loops, clocking 24-minutes on his first loop. The new 4-hour format, most definitely added the speed component.

2016Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team joins as partners and event organizers. Trio Sports Events becomes official timekeeper.  The Stair Master is born and Trevor Schmidt takes the inaugural title in a time of 2:08. Make It Or Break It winner is Tina Connelly with 8 loops in a time of 3:56.  Guy Black does the 24-hour challenge. Medals were introduced for the two timed events.

2017Make It Or Break It new record holder, Ray Barrett with 8 loops in 3:35. New Stair Master record holder is Steven Hughes with a time of 2.00.

2018Towerrunning World Association recognizes the Stair Master event, and Nick Mcdonald sets a new record of 1:34. Make It Or Break It new record set by Douglas Race with 9 loops in 3:50.

2019Bahamas Athletics recognizes the event. New record-holders to be determined on September 7.

Matt Sessions in 2012. Matt is the 12-hour record holder with 17 loops. Today the Make It Or Break It is a 4-hour challenge.

Register Early and Save!

Online registration is discounted and runs until Sept. 3, 2019 for the Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge; the Stair Master challenge; and the Recreational category which is perfect for families, friends, and colleagues whether they are athletic or not. All participants in each event are bibbed and time chipped (optional for Recreational), and it’s a fun way for the kids (and adults) to see how long it takes to go up and down the beloved hiking trail.

Even though the city expanded the trail with a new east stairway in 2018, the event sticks to the traditional route which includes the west 437 stairs. It is the shorter route, but participants can use either stairway. Recreational participants are encouraged to use the new east stairs and leave the west stairs for the racers. The trail is open to the public during the 4-hour event, but the west stairs will be closed for 1 half-hour only during the Stair Master event between 8 to 8:30 am.

“We’re excited to be celebrating the 10th event,” said event co-chairperson, Brian Kenny. “We’re looking for local businesses to get on board to make this the best event yet.” Interested sponsors can email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com to learn more, and community groups interested in participating with a group donation are also welcome, and will also be listed as a sponsor.

The event has been supported by so many people. Here’s a photo in 2014 when Olympians Leah Pells and Chris Wilson took part. Event founder Alex Bell is on the far left.

Alex Bell (in white) in 2015 with some of the recreational participants of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.

Join our list of 2019 sponsors: New Earth Marketing, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Fraser Health, The Tri-City News, FortisBC,  snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, Bahamas Athletics, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Rod MacBeth, Ontrack Dental, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

We’ve come a long way! Register today for the 10th annual event in either the Stair Master, Make It Or Break It, or Recreational!

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Coquitlam Community Diversity Fund Tops $20,000 Mark

[Seen in above photo left to right: Robbin Whachell, event co-chair from the Nothin’ Dragon Masters; Dwight Yochim, E.D., Coquitlam Foundation; Brian Kenny, event co-chair and president, Nothin’ Dragon Masters; and event founder Alex Bell and principal of the donor-advised, foundation managed Community Diversity Fund (CDF).] 

Coquitlam B.C. – Organizers of the 2018 Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team presented a $1,500.00 cheque to the Coquitlam Foundation for the “Diversity Fund” recently and to date, the event has raised over $20,000 for the Fund.

“It is great to see that after nine years, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge continues to bring out so many people to support the fundraising goals of the Community Diversity Fund. As that fund grows so does the ability of the fund to help others,” said Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Coquitlam Foundation.

“I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the Nothin Dragon Master’s who have been running the event and their generosity to donate not only their time but all of the proceeds to the Coquitlam Community Diversity Fund,” said Alex Bell, event founder whose vision is to have people representing every diversity group participating annually. The fund provides grants to diversity initiatives that enhance the social and/or economic integration of diversity groups into the community. “Diversity groups include age (seniors and youth), socioeconomic (ie: homeless), mental health challenges, physical disabilities, LGBTQ, new immigrants, visible minorities,” said Bell. In 2018 the Fund supported the Tri-Cities Brain Injury Support Group.

Grant applications are now being accepted for the Community Diversity Fund, and groups may apply by contacting the Coquitlam Foundation by February 15.

Looking toward the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge which will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019, organizers are actively seeking sponsors to support the cause. Interested groups or businesses can email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

Early bird registration will be announced in the new year, and with the event only 9 months away, 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 2018 Crunch Challenge would not have been possible without the kind support of 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.

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports 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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Nick Mcdonald Named Stair Master 2018

Thirty-three competitors came out for the third ever Stair Master challenge to see who is the fastest up the 437 west timbre stairs on the Crunch trail.

This year’s event attracted elite tower runner and CN Tower record-holder, Shaun Stephens-Whale, and the event has since been sanctioned by the Tower Running World Association.

Congratulations goes out to the 2018 Stair Master, Nick Mcdonald who put out the fastest climb in 1:34.0 beating out Shaun Stephens-Whale’s time of 1:40.0 by 6 seconds. In a close third was Ryan Walton with 1:43.4.  Last year’s Stair Master Steven Hughes came fourth beating his 2017 record (2:00) with a time of 1:56.3.

Event organizers caught up with Nick after the event to pick his brain on a few things:

How did you find out about the event?
I run the Crunch often as a quick workout as I live close by. I saw the signs lining the Crunch and figured it would be fun to challenge myself alongside other ‘Stair Masters’.

How did you train for the event?
Apart from running the crunch, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking and playing hockey. I prefer to diversify the physical activity I engage in while focusing on what I find enjoyable. I have become more intrigued by stair climbing as of late. I find the Wreck Beach stairs out at UBC to be a good alternative and convenient to train at while at school.

Were you aware Shaun Stephens-Whale was competing against you?
I did not know of Shaun prior to the race. A quick google search post race informed me that he is quite the stair climbing athlete. I didn’t realize that Shaun was actually the fellow that approached me after the race and congratulated me. He was very humble and genuinely interested in my race approach. It would be a great opportunity to train with Shaun and I look forward to seeing him at future events.

Nick Mcdonald breezed up the 437 stairs in a record 1:34.0 (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Any comments about the race itself? Did you pass anyone?
The race was well organized. In the days leading up to the race I actually wasn’t sure what set of stairs the ‘Stair Master’ would take place on. The new set is quite grueling given its steep grade. I was glad it was on the original set. I only passed my girlfriend on the way up. Kait is my go-to training partner and I was so proud of her for her second place finish!

Any other thoughts or experiences you’d like to share about your prep, the day, the event?
The real champs are the runners in the ‘Make it or Break it’ category. This year Douglas ran 9 laps in under 4 hours, that is incredible! All participants of this category are truly the fit and determined competitors. A massive thank you to all the volunteers that attended and those that organized the event in the weeks, months prior. Without them all, this event wouldn’t be possible!

What other events do you compete in? What’s coming up?
I have tentatively signed up for a few fun runs in the Vancouver area, namely the Turkey Trot and the Fall Classic. I am uncertain whether there are any stair races in my future but you can definitely catch me out at the Coquitlam Crunch during the week running sets in preparation for next year!

Will you be back to defend your title next year?
I look forward to taking part next year! This is an event that appears to be gaining a lot of momentum and I would love to be a part of it in the future.

Carmen Lee (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

The fastest female overall was Carmen Lee (above) with a time of 2:16.1. shaving 10 seconds off of the top female time of 2017.  Coming second overall was Tara Carruthers with 2:30.4; and in third place overall was Kait Swales with 2:38.2.  Congrats to Addison Kim who was the only 15 and under competitor.

Placements by age group (female)
15 and under:  Addison Kim (gold, 3:17.0)
16 to 35 yrs: Carmen Lee (gold, 2:16.1); Kait Swales (silver, 2:38.2); Leigh Brandt (bronze, 2:34.9)
36 – 65 yrs: Tara Carruthers (gold, 2:30.4); Shelby Murphy (silver, 3:01.2); Lori Brotto (bronze, 3:04.3)
There were no entries in the 66+ category.

The male youth entries increased this year, thanks to one dad who stopped in to register all three of his sons before their Saturday soccer match! Way to go Reis brothers, and congrats to our medalists.

Congrats to all our female competitors! We’re still looking for 65+ female athletes for next year! (Photos: Jurgen Kaminski)

Gold for Addison!  Our only female competitor in the U15 age group, Addison Kim! She put in a time of 3:17.0 outrunning several of the males in the same age group. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Placements by age group (male)

15 and under: Tae Kim (gold, time 2:24.2); Brenen Kim; Nicholas Reis
16 – 35 yrs:  Nick Mcdonald (gold, 1:34.0); Shaun Stephens-Whale (silver, 1:40.0); and Ryan Walton (bronze, 1:43.4).
36 – 65 yrs: Masamichi Shibata (gold, 1:48.9); Dean Brandt (silver, 2:02), Thierry Joffre (bronze, 2:12.9)
66+: Wylie McLallen (gold, 5:03.7)

Gold medal to Masamichi Shibata for the win in the 36 – 65 age group with a very impressive time of 1:39.9 putting him 4th overall in the Stair Master! (Photo: Jurgen Kaminksi)

Congrats to our Stair Master male medalists! (Photos: Jurgen Kaminksi)

For Stair Master official results click HERE.

If you have not collected your medal and would like to, email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

For the event photo album on Facebook, click HERE. Thank you event photographer, Jurgen Kaminski!

Thank you to our 2018 event sponsors: 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.

Competitors of the 3rd ever Stair Master event at the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge on Sept. 8. (U15 kids missing from photo) Jurgen Kaminksi photography.

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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Douglas Race Named Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge ‘Make It or Break It’ Champion

The Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge signature event, the Make It Or Break It (MIOBI) sees competitors run the full length of the Crunch trail (approximately 4.5km loop) as many times as possible in 4 hours. In 2017, 8 laps were achieved by a few of the top athletes, but this year, Douglas Race blew everyone away with the completion of 9 laps with 10 minutes to spare, putting in a remarkable time of 3:50:04 and setting a new record.

Here are some comments from social media by those who were competing with Douglas:

  • “Right when I had to slow down, he sped up,” said Ray Barrett. “Had to settle for 3rd!”
  • “Amazing runner. After 6 loops or so he decided to shift to another gear,” said Mark Pain.
  • “This guy passed me so many times on the course today I thought there were 3 of him.”

Douglas lives in Vancouver and said he trains by running Stanley Park or along the seawall during the week, and on the weekends he prefers to run on the North Shore saying that Mount Fromme and Lynn Valley are his favorite training areas.  He typically runs 60-100k per week and said he hopes to be back for the event in 2019.

“I really enjoy the  grit and grind of running uphill, which is why I wanted to run this race. I had actually never done or seen the Crunch until race day, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I watched some YouTube videos and looked at pictures to try and get an idea as to what I had gotten myself into.”

“My first lap was a feel-out lap. After that I tried to run at a comfortable pace and relaxed on the downhills. I didn’t want to rush too hard on the downhills early on because the impact from downhill running can destroy your quads and ultimately your race. I stayed a few feet behind the current leaders for the first 4 laps even though I felt good. I wanted to conserve my energy in case it became a race to the finish. However, midway through the race I passed the other two runners without really realizing it. Once I had taken the lead I did a quick assessment and thought, ‘well I feel great and I’m not pushing any harder, so I’ll just keep running at this pace and see what happens.'”

TOP 3 overall! Left to right: Alex Bell, event founder; Peter Muralt second place MIOBI; Douglas Race, Make It Or Break It 4-hour overall challenge winner;  Ray Barrett, third place MIOBI overall; and Robbin Whachell, event co-chair. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Placing second overall was Peter Muralt with 8 laps and time of 3:44:47, and last year’s MIOBI winner, Ray Barrett came third with a time of 3:49:28.

Some of our female MIOBI competitors with their medals. (Photos: Jurgen Kaminski)

In the female division the fastest overall 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.

Maddie Falk took away the gold as the only competitor in the 15 and under. She did 5 laps in 3:34:01.

In the female 16 to 35, Leah Dixon was first with 5  laps (3:24:16); Alia Amlani was second with 4 laps (3:33:55) and a first for the event, third place was a tie with both Agnes Kocylo and Kelsey Andronik both with 4 laps (3:43:43).

Female 36 to 65  saw Amy Mazzone with 6 laps (3:46:26); Gillian Laing 5 laps (3:01:03); and Ramona Toth with 5 laps (3:19:51).

Maddie Falk was the only MIOBI competitor in the 15 and under. Congrats on your gold medal!

There were no male entries in the 15 and under, and only one entry in the men’s 16—35  group gave last year’s Stair Master winner, Steven Hughes a gold.

Congrats to our 66+ age group competitors! We had four men compete this year, and in first was Don Prince with 5.5 laps (3:17:47); second was Mark Hyder with 5 laps; and in third was Jim Paugh with 5 laps (3:38:14). *Please note there was a glitch on registrations entries – email us if you’d like to medals swapped.  coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

Some of our male competitors for the MIOBI 4-hour challenge. (Photos: Jurgen Kaminski)

Full results can be viewed HERE.  If you have not collected your medal and would like to, email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

For the event photo album on Facebook, click HERE. Thank you event photographer, Jurgen Kaminski!

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.

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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