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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City to Celebrate the Coquitlam Crunch on July 24

The City of Coquitlam is inviting Crunchers to pop by during your lunch break on Tuesday, July 24 as they celebrate the completion of the new stairs on the Coquitlam Crunch trail.

Now featuring two sets of stairs – and a total of over 890 steps – the Coquitlam Crunch provides a great, free recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats.

About the Celebration

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. with Opening Ceremony at 12:15 p.m.
Location: Coquitlam Crunch, Lansdowne Drive
Cost: FREE
RSVP to the Facebook event page to receive a reminder.

From Guildford Way, head north on Lansdowne Drive and park along the street just past Scott Creek Middle School. Parking is also available in the gravel parking lot just south of Lansdowne. Make your way up the new stairs to join us for the opening celebration at 12:15 p.m.

Event participants will be offered a refreshing frozen treat (while quantities last). Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

The Construction Project and Future Improvements to the Coquitlam Crunch

In the summer of 2017, the City undertook the construction of a new watermain on Westwood Plateau in order to better serve the Coquitlam residents in that area.

Because the watermain ran the length of the Coquitlam Crunch trail – and there was demand for more capacity on the trail – the City undertook the construction of a new, permanent second set of stairs. The second set of stairs allowed users to continue to ‘Crunch’ throughout the construction project.

The new stairway on the east side of the Coquitlam Crunch features a generous 3-metre (10 foot) width to accommodate two-way traffic and larger groups.

In January 2018, City Council supported further upgrades to the Coquitlam Crunch and approved, in principle, a multi-year plan that provides a vision for significant improvements along the route, including the addition of several new washroom facilities, new paved parking lots, viewing areas, outdoor exercise equipment, safer pedestrian street crossings, signage, and other trail amenities. The detail designs and budget approval for Phase 1 of the multi-year improvement plan are anticipated to go to Council later in 2018.

To find out more, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkplanning.

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Coquitlam Approves Crunch Enhancement Plan

City of COQUITLAM press release, Jan. 16, 2018 – The City of Coquitlam has approved a multi-year plan involving further expansion and enhancements to the Coquitlam Crunch trail system.

City Council has approved in principle a plan that provides a vision for significant improvements along the route, including the addition of several new washroom facilities, new paved parking lots, twinned trail sections, viewing areas, safe pedestrian street crossings, signage, and other trail amenities.

The trail expansion plan is divided into four phases, each of which will be brought to Council individually for design and funding approval. The detail designs and budget approval for Phase 1 is anticipated to come to Council later in 2018. The first three phases of the trail expansion are projected to cost $7 million, subject to Council review and approval.

The Crunch – one of Coquitlam’s most-loved recreational trails – is a 2.2-km route with over 240 metres in elevation gain. During busy summer months, it sees as many as 52,000 visits per month.

The City will now proceed with detail design plans for Phase 1 of the project, estimated at $2.5 million. This phase proposes creating new trail sections and viewing areas, adding outdoor exercise equipment, a pedestrian-activated crossing at Guildford Way, a new washroom facility at Lansdowne Drive, paved parking off Lansdowne, and reconfiguring the community garden.

In the meantime, a new stairway featuring more than 400 steps has opened to the public, offering visitors more variety and room to move.

Crunch trail users will be redirected to the new set of stairs as the existing set is temporarily closed due to construction on the new Westwood Plateau pump station and water main in the area. This extension ensures that visitors will be able to continue enjoying the trail without disruption.

The twin set of stairs runs parallel to the existing stretch of 437 steps, connecting near both the lower and upper levels of Lansdowne Drive. When the water main work is complete and both sets of stairs are open, this will create a recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats.

The new stairway also features a generous 10-foot (3-metre) width to accommodate two-way traffic and larger groups. Further enhancements to this section will continue in the coming weeks, with a formal opening planned for spring.

Trail enhancements are based on feedback from the community including a survey conducted last spring that involved more than 1,700 respondents. Detailed design plans and budget will be provided as part of each phase prior to construction. Phase 1 construction is expected to begin in late 2018 or early 2019.

For more information on the trail, visit www.coquitlam.ca/crunch.

View a video about the Coquitlam Crunch: https://youtu.be/TkCPsYqBOzI

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Feedback Supports Expansion of Coquitlam Crunch

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 2, 2017 – One of Coquitlam’s most popular trails – the Coquitlam Crunch – could soon see improvements and expansion based on recent public feedback.

The Coquitlam Crunch is a 2.2 km (794 foot) trail with 242 metres (794 feet) in elevation gain. During busy summer months, the trail sees as many as 52,000 visits per month and “doing the Crunch” has become synonymous with Coquitlam. The trail attracts locals as well as users throughout the region. The most popular portion of the trail is the steepest, where more than 400 stairs connect lower Lansdowne Drive to upper Lansdowne Drive.

In spring 2017, the City conducted surveys to gain feedback from Crunch users. The response was unprecedented and more than 1,700 respondents provided feedback that revealed top desired improvements including: washrooms, site furnishings and support features such as benches and drinking water fountains, and trail improvements to address loose or slippery trail surfacing and stair sections.

City staff have developed preliminary plans to prioritize improvements with implementation being spread over four phases in a five-year plan with an anticipated budget of $7 million for phases one to three. Detailed plans and budget will be provided as part of each future phase.

In addition, the Crunch is currently benefiting from improvements due to a new watermain being constructed along the trail route. In order to maintain accessibility for users, a new, permanent second set of stairs has been constructed and is expected to be open in Oct. 2017.

Improving and enhancing the trail will take the Crunch to another level, offering a more broad recreation experience to residents, as well as becoming a regional destination amenity supporting tourism and economic development.

Next steps in this process include developing a final Coquitlam Crunch Expansion Plan for Council consideration later in 2017. With Council support, phase one of the expansion could take place in 2018.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

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Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge 2017 the Best Yet!

The much needed rain fell, but nobody cared, and the 8th installment of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge was our best event to date!  Over 300 took part on September 9, and over $4000 (and counting) which will go toward the Coquitlam Foundation and the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their initiatives. A highlight of the day was a presentation of $800 from the community diversity furn to ISSofBC.  Youth groups, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts, and 3D Basketball were this year’s presenting community partners and donated close to $1000 each.

We’d like to applaud our volunteers who not only helped us from bright and early on event day ensuring needs were met and participants were safely crossing roads etc., they were a huge help leading up to the event assisting with ways to improve this year’s experience, and putting in time on location at the busy trail telling Crunchers about the event beforehand.

Trumpets blast for our 2017 sponsors: New Earth Marketing who host our website; our event MC Rod MacBeth and media partner 98.7 The Point CKPM FM radio; Vancity; City of Coquitlam; media partner snapd Tri-Cities; Sandpiper Signs & Decals; our beer garden sponsor Yellow Dog Brewing; Leigh Brandt who led our warmup and Body by Brandt; Eagle Ridge GMC; our event photographer Joep Olthuis and Shutter Up & Shoot; Thrifty Foods; Starbucks Coffee; Pasta Polo; community partner Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy; community partner 3D Basketball Academy; Lululemon Coquitlam and the cheering squad at the top; and Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

Community group presentations, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts; and 3D Basketball Academy (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our three event categories and gave donations!  Our official time-keeping was run by Trio Sport Events and our start /finish arch sponsored by Running Room.

So who won!?  All our results can be viewed HERE on our results page.  Check our Blog page for articles on the Stair Master and Make It or Break It winners.  Congratulations to new Make It or Break It record holder, Ray Barrett, and Stair Master  Steven Hughes.

Almost 400 photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook album HERE.

Photos: Joep Olthuis

We are already looking to 2018, so save the date for September 8th!  If you or your business, community group, or church group would like to get involved please email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com and be sure to join our mailing list (see our home page) as not to miss a thing in 2018.  Event registration will commence with early bird pricing in the spring.

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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

 

Photos: Joep Olthuis

Photos: Joep Olthuis / Shutter Up & Shoot

 

 

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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 coquitlamcrunch.com

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8th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Awarding Medals in Four Age Groups

This is the second year  the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge will award medals in four age, as official time-keeping is again being handled by Trio Sport Events.

“Everyone will have a bib and time chip,” said president of the new event organizers Brian Kenny, President, Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “We’ll hand out gold, silver, and bronze medals to our top three competitors in the Make It Or Break It and the Stair Master for both male and female in four ages groups.”

Medal presentations will follow directly after the Stair Master at approximately 8:45 a.m. and the Make It Or Break It medals will be presented before 1: 30 p.m. The full event schedule is at the base of this article.

Age groups are: -15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years;  and 66+ years. A BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD will be awarded in age group for both male and female divisions.

Although online registration has closed, you can still register on event day starting at 7 a.m. on location at the Crunch base camp.

Here are the three ways you can still participate:

  • Starting at 8 am the STAIR MASTER challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 stairs of the Crunch – Fee is  $20 / $15 Youth / $18 Seniors
  • 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 – Fee is $30 / $20 Youth / $22 Seniors
  • 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 – Fee (suggested donation) is $20 individual / $40 family, but any amount will be received!

If you do not feel like competing, but wish to support the Coquitlam Foundation‘s ‘Diversity Fund’ and co-benefactors the, Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat racing team,  join our RECREATIONAL category that will formally start at 10am.  Perfect for the entire family.  We also have a beer garden this year with a bird’s eye view of the start / finish line and the trail!

Can’t make the date, but want to support the Coquitlam Foundation‘s ‘Diversity Fund’ and co-benefactors the, Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat racing team and their community initiatives, you can donate HERE.

The event is 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.

Our pre-event registration was handled by RUNNING ROOM, and the Port Coquitlam Running Room location is offering RACE KIT PICKUP so you can arrive on event day ready-to-go! Pick up is Thursday and Friday evenings between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. at their store.

Registration will take place on-site starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch off Lansdowne Drive.
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Online Registration Closes Thursday, Sept. 6 at Midnight – Race Kit Pickup Dates Announced

Although you can register on event day starting at 7 a.m. for the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, we hope you have taken advantage of our online registration. It will save you time and money.

By registering online, it allows you to  pickup your Race Kit (race bib and shoe time chip) at Port Coquitlam Running Room at #202,  2748 Lougheed Hwy between 7 and 9 p.m. only on:

Thursday, Sept. 7th; and Friday, Sept. 8th. Between 7 to 9 p.m. only. Those who pick it up get 25 % off on store merchandise, except electronics.

If you are unable to pickup during this time, your kit will be ready for you at the registration table on race day.

Please note that you will be required to fill out a waiver on race day.

We are excited to see you!

Medals will be awarded in 4 age groups in both female and male divisions for the STAIR MASTER challenge, and the MAKE IT OR BREAK IT events.

If you do not feel like competing, but wish to support the Coquitlam Foundation‘s ‘Diversity Fund’ and co-benefactors the, Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat racing team,  join our RECREATIONAL category that will formally start at 10am.  Perfect for the entire family.  We also have a beer garden this year with a bird’s eye view of the start / finish line and the trail!

Can’t make the date, but want to support? You can donate HERE.

The event is 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.

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Crunch Kids wanted for the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Do you have a CRUNCH KID!? Why not register him or her in the Stair Master or Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge? Here’s one young lady who competed last year, and medaled.

“The event has four different age groups, and we’d love to see growth in our 15 and under age group,” said event founder Alex Bell.  “We’ll be awarding a gold, silver and bronze in all the age groups for male and female.”

In 2016 only two children competed in the four hour Make It or Break It, and they took home a gold and silver. The 16 to 35 year age group only had two people for the same event – both automatically medaling for completing the four hours.  “It’s easy to get a medal at our event, as we are still growing. This is only the second year we’ve given out medals, and the second year we’ve have professional time-keeping. I’m excited about the growth,” said Bell.

Last year no children 15 and under competed in the Stair Master, which is the first event of the day, starting at 8 a.m. and sees competitors put in their best time heading up the 437 stairs of the Crunch.

“We’d love to see more schools, churches, and youth groups out competing. Fitness is a lifestyle, and kids often make it look easy!” continued Bell.  “Of course, if they do not want to compete in the two timed events, they can always come out and do the Recreational, which is at their own pace.”

Online registration closes on September 7 offering a reduced entry fee. Race kits will be available for pickup before event day on September 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Running Room Port Coquitlam, so you can come out on event day ready to go. You can still register on event day, but come early.

Stair Master is at 8 a.m.; Make It or Break It at 9 a.m; and Recreational starts at 10 a.m.

Bring the family pet as Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital will be on site offering tips on hiking with your four-legged friend. Parents that will not be competing, but want to watch their kids can also hang out in the Yellow Dog Brewing beer garden opening at 11 a.m.

All event details are at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

This year’s challenge is being sponsored 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, 3D Basketball Academy, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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Yellow Dog Brewing sponsors Beer Garden for Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

We’ve been working long and hard on this one, and it was hard to keep it a secret until we had all the proper protocols and insurance in place, but we are thrilled to announce that we are having a beer garden this year, thanks to the generous support of Yellow Dog Brewing!

The beer garden will be set up at the base of the Crunch during this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, offering patrons and competitors a cold one as they enjoy the day and support community. All sales of Yellow Dog brew will go directly to the event charitable causes, the Coquitlam Foundation “Diversity Fund” and the senior dragon boat team, Nothin’ Dragon Masters to support their community initiatives with youth.

“Yellow Dog has been a sponsor of our dragon boat team for some time now,” said Brian Kenny, president, Nothin’ Dragon Masters, a team based out of Dogwood Pavilion who train at Rocky Point. “They are always doing something to support community, and we really appreciate their support of this event!”

The beer garden will be open between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Two pieces of ID are required. Please drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

Registration is underway in three categories, the Stair Master at 8 a.m.; the Make it or Break It 4-hour challenge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m; and the Recreational which starts formally at 10 a.m. after presentations, words from the mayor, organizers and event founder Alex Bell, and a warmup led by Leigh Brandt.

Online registration closes on September 7 offering a reduced entry fee. Race kits will be available for pickup before event day on September 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Running Room Port Coquitlam, so you can come out on event day ready to go. You can still register on event day, but come early.  The Recreational category will be ‘by donation’ on event day, and no amount is too large or too small.

All event details are at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

This year’s event is being sponsored 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, 3D Basketball Academy, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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