Coquitlam’s Diversity Fund Growing Through Crunch Challenge Event

[Seen in 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 who is principal of the donor-advised, foundation managed Community Diversity Fund (CDF). Photo by Joep Olthuis / Shutter Up & Shoot]

Coquitlam B.C. – On January 6, organizers of the eighth annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge presented a $1,000.00 cheque to the Coquitlam Foundation for the “Diversity Fund.”

“It was fantastic to see the results of the hard efforts by everyone who worked on the 2017 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge last September,” said Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Coquitlam Foundation. “The rain on the day of the event didn’t dampen anyone’s demeanour as I saw smiles on everyone’s face including those who repeatedly ran the Crunch’s challenging stairs. The funds raised in 2017 bring the Community Diversity Fund total to almost $20,000.”

Grant applications are now being accepted for the Community Diversity Fund, and groups may apply by contacting the Coquitlam Foundation by February 16.  The Fund recently supported a Coquitlam-based job fair that was hosted by ISSofBC focusing on local refugees and new immigrants, attracting more than 150 participants.

“The more we can grow the fund the more we can grant,” said Alex Bell, Coquitlam resident and event founder whose vision is to have people representing every diversity group participating annually.  Bell is also the principal of the donor-advised, foundation managed diversity fund which 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. “We’ve made great strides with this community event, and I’d really like to thank the Nothin’ Dragon Masters who came on board as event organizers in 2016.”

“We’re excited about the growth of the event,” said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny who is also the president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, Coquitlam’s only 50 + dragon boat team. “Looking toward this year’s event, we are actively seeking sponsors to make the Sept. 8 event even better. We can be reached at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

The start of early bird registration will be announced by the end of the month. With the next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge only 7 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 2017 Crunch Challenge would not have been possible without the kind support of New Earth Marketing; Rod MacBeth and 98.7 The Point CKPM FM radio; Vancity; City of Coquitlam; snapd Tri-Cities; Sandpiper Signs & Decals; Yellow Dog Brewing; Leigh Brandt and Body by Brandt; Eagle Ridge GMC; Joep Olthuis and Shutter Up & Shoot; Thrifty Foods; Starbucks Coffee; Pasta Polo; Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy; 3D Basketball Academy; Lululemon Coquitlam; 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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SCHEDULE: Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge, Sept. 9th

We are excited to see you Saturday for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge!  If you have not yet registered, no problem, as you can do so on 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  All STAIR MASTER competitors assemble at the bottom of the 437 stairs

Rules explained

8:00 STAIR MASTER start

8:45 MEDALS presented for STAIR MASTER
Medals presented by founder Alex Bell
Age groups are: -15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 65+ years.

Participants gather for the Make It or Break It

9:00 MAKE IT OR BREAK IT start

9:30 — 10:00 RECREATIONAL Welcome and WARM UP

Words of Welcome by the Mayor
Presentation by community groups
Announcement by Alex Bell
Warm up by Leigh Brandt

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

1:00 pm 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 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 66+ years.

Enjoy the Beer Garden, open until 2 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).

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.


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.

“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

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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge registration drive underway!

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

You will see some smiling faces along the Coquitlam Crunch trail during the coming weeks! We want to thank our dedicated volunteers for giving up their time to help spread the word about the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge set for Saturday September 9th.

If you attended the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market last weekend, we had a table and information out.  The photo above was taken by snapd Tri-Cities. If you missed it you can find everything on our website, coquitlamcrunch.com

Leading up to the event, now only 1 month away, volunteers will be handing out information cards and answering questions on how to register and support the 8th annual initiative which gives all proceeds to the Coquitlam Foundation “Diversity Fund” and the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50 + dragon boat team and their youth mentoring initiatives.

“The event would not be where it is today without our volunteers,” said founder Alex Bell. “So many people have supported over the years, and many hands make light work!”

“I’m very pleased to have the Nothin’ Dragon Masters organizing again this year! The event has grown, and to have such an enthusiast group of people step in and take this on is admirable.”

The dragon boat team, with ages ranging from 50 through 80 years of age is operated under the Dogwood Senior’s Society.  Not only is the group a perfect example of diversity, the team also mentors challenged youth in the sport of dragon boating through their Kateslem Kids program. On top of training almost year-round, and keeping up with their race season costs (they race against all ages throughout BC), they also sponsor the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team.

Event co-chairs wearing their Nothin’ Dragon Masters’ race shirts Brian Kenny (left) and Robbin Whachell (right) with 2016 volunteer Karin (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

“It’s a great event to be a participant in,” said Brian Kenny, Nothin’ Dragon Masters president, “as you can come out for the exercise and do the Crunch once or even twice in the Recreational category; or for those more fit and competitive-minded, participants can sign up for the Stair Master or Make It or Break It challenges.”

“We’re really encouraging families and community groups to come out together and walk the Crunch.  This event is all about community.”

Online registration is underway at a reduced price but closes at midnight on September 7th. Not to worry, as last-minute registration will take place on-site starting at 7 am Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch.

Supporting the 2017 Challenge is New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 The Point Radio, Body by Brandt, snapd Tri-Cities,  Shutter Up & Shoot, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMC,   Vancity Port Moody, Thrifty FoodsPasta Polo, and the City of Coquitlam.

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

(Video below by Joy TV News was done in 2012)

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Next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Planning Meeting set for June 12th

Organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team have taken the helm for a second year and are holding the next planning meeting in June. Anyone wishing to help out with this year’s event is asked to turn out on Monday, June 12th at the Coquitlam Library at 7 pm in the City Centre Boardroom (upstairs).

“We are seeking people who can help in the planning stage as well as on the day of the event,” said Brian Kenny, president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “We are heavy into our planning phase, so we are looking for people who can assist with helping the event grow.”

If you can assist with community and corporate outreach; registration enhancement; or marketing and promotions we’d love to hear from you.  Event day volunteer roles include help with road crossings, registration, race guidance,

“We also encourage any diversity groups from the Tri-Cities to attend or contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause, said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017.”

Feel free to also RSVP if you can make it or, can’t make it but want to assist. Email: coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

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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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge early bird registration underway until May 31st

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 coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com  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.

REGISTER TODAY and SAVE 50% until May 31st!

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Planning underway for Coquitlam Crunch Challenge 2017

Planning is underway for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, an event which celebrates diversity and supports the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund as well as the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs. The event started in 2010 by Coquitlam resident Alex Bell 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.

Current organizers, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team have taken the helm for a second year and held a first meeting in March, but it was dampened by snowfall conditions resulting in low attendance. Anyone wishing to help out with this year’s event is asked to turn out at the second meeting to take place on Monday, April 10th at the Dogwood Pavilion at 7pm. Feel free to also RSVP if you can make it or, can’t make it but want to assist.

This meeting is perfect for those wanting to help out as a volunteer, involved their own community group or organization, or lend their support as a sponsor.

“We encourage any diversity groups from the Tri-Cities to attend or contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause, said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017. They can reach us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

“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, mental health, 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: Oregon University.

Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

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Crunch Challenge donates to the Coquitlam Foundation ‘Diversity Fund’

(Photo Above: Cheque presentation at the Coquitlam Crunch – Left to right: Robbin Whachell, co-chair Crunch Challenge and Nothin’ Dragon member; Dwight Yochim, ED, Coquitlam Foundation; Brian Kenny, President, Nothin Dragon Masters dragon boat team / co-chair Crunch Challenge; and Alex Bell, Founder, Coquitlam Crunch Challenge. Photo: Joep Olthuis)

2017 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Date Announced – Tri-City Diversity Groups Sought

On January 13th, organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge met up with Dwight Yochim, Executive Director of the Coquitlam Foundation to present a portion of funds raised at the 2016 challenge. The donation goes directly into the “Diversity Fund,” and to date the event has raised over $18,000 for the fund.

“The addition of the Nothin’ Dragons’ organizational expertise made the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge a great success, added much-needed capital to the Coquitlam Foundation-managed Community Diversity Fund,” said Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Coquitlam Foundation. “As the charitable heart of Coquitlam, the Foundation is always pleased to see organizations such as the Nothin’ Dragons and the Diversity Fund  work together for the betterment of our community. They touch so many aspects of our community and should be proud of this effort.” Grant applications are now being accepted for the Community Diversity Fund, and groups may apply by contacting the Coquitlam Foundation by February 15th.

“We’re inviting all the Tri-Cities diversity groups to become involved in the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge which will be held on September 9, 2017 and we intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017,” said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We encourage any diversity groups to contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause. They can reach us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

“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, mental health, 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: Oregon University.

The event was founded by Coquitlam resident Alex Bell in 2010, whose vision is to have people representing every diversity group participating annually.  The next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is only 7 months and 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 2016 Crunch Challenge would not have been possible without the kind support of New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 CKPM FM The Point Radio; Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMC;  Pasta Polo; Thrifty Foods  Vancity Port Moody, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Starbucks, MaxFit Movement Institute, Xaler Massage, KD Fitness, Tri-City Printing, and the City of Coquitlam.  To join this year’s enthusiastic team of sponsors and volunteers, email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

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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7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge a Success!

Under new leadership, and with many new improvements in place, the 7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge,  held on September 10th was deemed a success by organizers. This year’s event saw the addition of a timing system provided and overseen by tricity’s Trio Sports Events, and pre-event registration took place through the Running Room, with local race kit pickup at the Port Coquitlam location.  All the event photos can be seen on Facebook HERE.

“Although our numbers were not as high as we’d anticipated, the weather was perfect, and almost everyone that participated said they’d be back again next year,” said Nothin’ Dragon president, Brian Kenny who co-chaired the event with paddling teammate and three year Crunch volunteer, Robbin Whachell. “When the sponsors say it was worth their while, and they want to return, you know the event went well!” said Whachell.

Monies raised from the event will  benefit both seniors and youth through the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior paddling team who mentor challenged youth, as well as to build the ‘Diversity Fund’ housed under the Coquitlam Foundation, which was created by Crunch Challenge event founder Alex Bell in 2010.  Bell served as an advisor this year and both he and his wife Laurel were actively involved on event day, and Bell had the  honourary roll of handing out the gold, silver and bronze medals for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It categories, which were split into four age groups in both male and female divisions.

Adding to the event excitement was the heroic 24-hour Crunch marathon by Port Moody resident Guy Black, who successfully completed his goal with a total of 20 laps of the 4.5 km trail loop from bottom to top and back.

The inaugural Stair Master competitors! Check our results page to see who placed.

The inaugural Stair Masters competitors! Trevor Schmidt (in fluorescent green) was named the Stair Master for 2016. Check our results page to all the times. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

“Guy’s feat was greatly supported by the community, and he rarely walked alone, even during the night. “A lady named Frida, who I never met before, walked with me Friday afternoon and then showed up at midnight with her daughter and daughter’s friend,” said Black.  “They were wearing bright headlights and arrived at our support tent and walked with me to the top and back. Frida was concerned for my safety and she showed up again around 3:00 am and walked with me once more.” You can read Guy Black’s post marathon recap HERE.

Guy was supported the entire 24 hours by Diane Lee of Coquitlam’s Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy.  Many fellow academy members came out to cheer him on, and walk with him. His effort was also dedicated to Amanda Todd’s Legacy, and Carol Todd was out at the start and completion of Black’s marathon.  On Saturday, Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment presented Guy with a Colonel’s Challenge Coin for his community work in honouring veterans.

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Guy Black completed 20 laps in 24 hours, and is seen here with Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment who presented Guy with a Colonel’s Challenge Coin for his community work in honouring veterans (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

The Crunch Challenge’s inaugural Stair Master component (group photo seen at the top) had competitor’s run the 437 stairs of the Crunch to see who was the fastest, and a mother, young child and the family dog took the tiresome run up the stairs (doggy first).  Trevor Schmidt was named the Stair Master for 2016 with a time of 2:08.o.  See the official results of the Stair Master HERE.

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Several of the competitors in the inaugural Stair Master competition, to see who could run up the 437 stairs of the Crunch the fastest. Trevor Schmidt (far left) was named the Stair Master for 2016. Tara Carruthers (seen third in purple) was the top female competitor. Craig Premack placed first in the over 55; Liam Cotnor in the U15 group; and Carmen Lee in the 16-35 age group. Check our results page for more. (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

“We’ve already been in touch with the City of Helsinki to see about sending our  future winners to attempt their mountain and stair climb which inspired the Stair Master event at the Crunch,” said Brian Kenny.  “We are quite sure our stairs are much harder and longer than the stairs in Finland, and we will invite their fastest stair runner here.”

Although former record-holder of the Make It Or Break It Matt Sessions did not attend this year, some serious competitors came out to see how many times they could do the full loop of the Crunch in 4-hours.  Olympian Tina Connelly took the 2016 title matching Sessions with 8 loops as the new record holder, with a time of 3:56.48 — a distance of 35.2 km.  Connelly said entering was a last minute decision.  “The experience was a ‘challenge’ for sure, but I was pretty confident that I could get 8 loops in.  I planned to do the first 3 loops harder so that I could get a good buffer of time to work with, once the legs fatigued on the last few stair runs, and it seemed to work well for me.  As far as next year, I’m not sure. I think trying to do 9 loops in 4 hrs would be almost impossible for me so, I’m pretty satisfied with what I did here and that may be it for me. I’ll leave it to the young ones.” Read our feature about Connelly HERE.

To view all the results of the Make It Or Break It, click HERE.

“The event is well on its way of becoming a signature sport and community event for  Coquitlam, and has the potential to become one for the Vancouver Lower Mainland, and the west coast region,” said Robbin Whachell, who said she has met people who drive over the Port Mann Bridge to climb the Crunch on a regular basis. “I met a woman in Surrey who told me she carpools with her friends, and they love the Coquitlam Crunch, because it’s a whole lot easier than driving all the way to the Grouse Grind, and it’s free.”

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The one to beat in 2017! Olympian Tina Connelly is the 2016 “Make It Or Break It” winner and new record holder with a total of 8 loops in 3:56.48 — a distance of 35.2 km. Check our results page for all the results in four age groups. (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

Next year’s date has already been announced and the event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Interested sponsors can contact the organizing team at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge would not be possible without our volunteers, partners and sponsors.

Thanks goes out to the New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 CKPM FM The Point Radio; Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMCPasta Polo; Coquitlam Centre; Thrifty Foods  Vancity Port Moody, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Starbucks, MaxFit Movement Institute, Xaler Massage, KD Fitness, Tri-City Printing, and the City of Coquitlam.

(Photos by and special thanks to event photographer,  Joep Olthuis, supandshoot.com)

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Just some of the faces at Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge 2016 from left to right: Robbin Whachell, Janet Toddington, Mayor Richard Stuart, Sheynal Saujani, Alex Bell, Terry O’Neil, Jodie Wickens and children, Selina Robinson, Laurel Lawson, and Brian Kenny. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)


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.

“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

 

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Canadian Olympian’s Coquitlam Crunch Challenge “Make It Or Break It” time, now the record to beat

The 7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge took place on September 10th and the event draws some hardcore athletes each year.  Matt Sessions, former record holder for the Make It Or Break It event, which sees competitors doing as many 4.5 km loops of the Coquitlam Crunch trail within 4-hours, reached a total of 8 loops in 2015. He also held the record in previous years when the event was a 10-hour length.  Sessions did not attend this year, and was said to be away for another athletic event.

This year, Olympic long-distance runner, Tina Connelly, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 10,000 metres at the 1999 Pan American Games impressed the crowd at the Crunch Challenge as she too completed 8 loops just under 4-hours with a time of 3:56.48, a distance of 35.2 km.  Her ‘best overall’ and ‘women’s gold’ performance garnered cheers each time she ran in to cross the Crunch base timing-mat.

“The experience was a ‘challenge’ for sure, but I was pretty confident that I could get 8 loops in,” said Connelly. “I planned to do the first 3 loops harder so that I could get a good buffer of time to work with, once the legs fatigued on the last few stair runs, and it seemed to work well for me.  As far as next year, I’m not sure. I think trying to do 9 loops in 4 hrs would be almost impossible for me so, I’m pretty satisfied with what I did here and that may be it for me. I’ll leave it to the young ones.”

In 2014, retired female track and field Olympian who was once ranked first in the world in the 1500 metres, Leah Pells also took on the Make It Or Break It, doing the most laps of any of the female competitors at the Crunch during that year’s 10-hour feat.

“This is the first year we’ve had professional time-keeping,” said event founder Alex Bell. “In the early years we simply used a stamp card at the top and bottom of the trail to see how many cycles the athletes made in the designated time. Having Trio Sports Events handling our time-keeping this year is a huge asset, and will give our athletes a time to train for, and we hope the incentive to beat at the following year’s event.”

The Make It Or Break It, saw athletes competing in four ages groups (-15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 65+ years), and gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded in male and female divisions.

See the official event results HERE.  All photos from this year’s event can be seen HERE on Facebook.

The 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge was proudly supported by the City of Coquitlam, New Earth Marketing, 98.7 CKPM FM, Vancity, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pasta Pollo, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks, MaxFit Movement Institute, Xaler Massage, KD Fitness, and Tri-City Printing.

(Photos by Joep Olthuis, supandshoot.com)

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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Tri-Cities resident aims to become first 24-hour Cruncher

Port Moody, BC resident, Guy Black  plans to become the first person to go up and down the Coquitlam Crunch trail in Coquitlam for a 24 hour period. He announced his plans to the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge organizing team some months ago, and had been training diligently since that time. The attempt coincides with the 7th annual event started by Coquitlam resident Alex Bell who first did the Crunch for 12 hours.

Guy started on Friday, September 9th at 1pm and local dignitaries, Alex Bell, and members and volunteers of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team, who are the new organizers of the event came out to encourage Guy on his start.

Also offering words of encouragement were city councillor Terry O’Neil, Coquitlam; MLA Linda Reimer (Port Moody Coquitlam); MLA Selina Robinson, Coquitlam-Maillardville; Ron McKinnon, MP, Coquitlam – Port Coquitlam; and Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart.

Off he goes! (Photo: Joep Olthuis / http://www.supandshoot.com/)

Off he goes! (Photo: Joep Olthuis )

Guy Black is a member of the local Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy and he is being monitored during his 24 hour attempt by Diane Lee, owner of the Academy.

For his first couple of 4.5 km loops he was accompanied by Selina Robinson, Alex Bell, Diane Lee, and Adam Altwasser. Calling it his ‘Midnight Crunch’, when night fell, Guy used a headlamp for lighting, and adorned himself with purple lights in honour of the Amanda Todd Legacy.  Carol Todd was also present at his sendoff.

Throughout the night, friends and well-wishers stopped by to either walk with Guy or wish him well and offer food and refreshments at the support tent manned by Diane Lee and company.

The feat will culminate on Saturday, September 10th at 1pm, the same time the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge’s Make It Or Break It four-hour segment is over.  The public is invited to come out and cheer Guy on. Each lap he completes, he puts a black mark on his shirt to keep count.  Registration for this year’s Recreational category will go until 11am, and donations will support the Nothin Dragon Masters seniors dragon boat team, as well as the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity Fund’.

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#MidnightCrunch - Guy Black during his 24-Hour Crunch Marathon. Featured on CTV news Friday night. Guy started at 1pm Friday and will attempt to complete 24 hours! Seen here @ 9-10pm Friday night with Selina Robinson and Adam Altwasser of Kangho Hapkido. (Photo: Joep Olthuis / supandshoot.com)

#MidnightCrunch – Guy Black during his 24-Hour Crunch Marathon. Featured on CTV news Friday night. Guy started at 1pm Friday and will attempt to complete 24 hours! Seen here @ 9-10pm Friday night with Selina Robinson and Adam Altwasser of Kangho Hapkido. (Photo: Joep Olthuis / supandshoot.com)

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