SCHEDULE: Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge, Sept. 10th

We are excited to see you Saturday for the 7th 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 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
  • 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
      • Warm up by Krista Langtry

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


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.

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).


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Online Registration Closes Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Midnight – Race Kit Pickup Dates Announced

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

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 during store hours on:

Thursday, August 8th; and

Friday, August 9th.

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.

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

The event is proudly supported by the City of Coquitlam, New Earth Marketing, 98.7 CKPM FM, Vancity, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pasta Pollo, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks, and Tri-City Printing.


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Port Moody Resident to Attempt 24-Hour Crunch Marathon

As a lead up to this year’s Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge on Saturday, September 10th, Port Moody resident Guy Black will be attempting to become the first person to complete a 24-hour marathon on the popular hiking trail, the Coquitlam Crunch.  He will start on Friday, September 9th at 1 pm and his completion will culminate with the official stoppage time of the event’s Make It Or Break It category, where competitors will see how many times they can complete the 4.5 km loop within 4 hours. At night Guy will wear a head lantern and purple lights in honour of Amanda Todd’s Legacy.

“Guy approached us with the idea in support of this year’s event, and we thought it very brave of him,” said Brian Kenny, co-chair of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge‘s organizing committee. “The Challenge is hard enough at 4 hours, but to do 24, almost seems crazy!”

Guy has trained hard to get himself ready for this unique challenge by running, walking, and weight lifting and through his martial arts practice.  Guy’s overall conditioning is very important and a vital component is his martial arts training. He is a member of Coquitlam’s Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, who will be acting as his support team during the 24 hour effort.

To prepare for this upcoming endurance test, Guy’s been taking long runs to Belcara Village  and Buntzen Lake, walking up Rick Hanson’s Thermal Drive hill and Rochester, and even trekking up Mount Seymour once each week. “I have done several long distance all night walks before, including walking 100 km from Port Moody to Victoria in 2014,” said Guy. “But crunching for 24 hours is something completely different, and might be the most challenging thing I have ever done.”


Members of Kangho Hapkido, along with Fin Donnelly, MP for Port Moody – Coquitlam (center) with Guy Black to his left. The Hapkido martial arts team will be providing support at the Crunch during Guy Black’s attempt to become the first person to complete a 24 hour marathon on the Coquitlam trail.

Another reason for Guy’s attempt is to help commemorate  Coquitlam’s 125th anniversary, and the city’s mayor Richard Stewart plans to be on hand to see him off, along with other well-wishers.  Even though Guy is in great shape, and has been successful with his training, he said he can’t guarantee he will complete the 24 hours. “It will be a very difficult physical challenge with no guarantee of success or even survival,” he said. “The Crunch is either walking up or walking down a hill and nothing else, no flat sections, just up or down.  Some people have compared the Crunch to the Grouse Grind or even Mount Seymour and perhaps you can’t really compare a hill to a mountain, but it is very steep and not a short easy walk.”

Knowing what it takes to endure a test of physical strength, Guy has been offered encouragement by his good friend and fellow martial arts colleague, Fin Donnelly, MP for Port Moody – Coquitlam, who supports the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge each year he’s in town.  “I’ve known Guy for about six years, and he’s a hard-working community advocate who has done a lot for veterans,” said Donnelly. “As a long distance swimmer, I know how hard his effort will be, and how he will also feel a sense of accomplishment on completing his run. Good luck, Guy!”


Left to right: Robbin Whachell, Co-Chair, Coquitlam Crunch Planning Committee; Guy Black; Diane Lee of Hapkido Kangho Martial Arts Academy; and Brian Kenny, Co-Chair and President, Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team.

The Coquitlam Crunch trail will remain open as usual during Guy’s run, as well as during the Saturday official event which takes place with registration starting at 7 am, through to the medal presentations which should wrap up by 1:30 pm.  The stairs will only close for one half hour (8 am to 8:30 am) for the Stair Master challenge, but the side path will still be accessible during that time.

If you’re not into timed or marathon like activities, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge event offers the Recreational category, perfect for family’s or individuals who want to enjoy the day out and support diversityOnline registration via the Running Room is available ONLY until midnight on Tuesday, September 6th, whereupon registration will then take place the morning of the event. Save time, and register online. There are 4 age groups in both male and female divisions.

More information is available at


The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is an annual event held each September to raise funds for the Coquitlam Foundation and Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters. Coquitlam Crunch is a steep, urban trail that follows a route under the hydro lines. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

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Why you should support the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge…

Many of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge participants will be out on Saturday, September 10th because they are into fitness, and may be working toward attaining a medal in either the Stair Master or the Make It Or Break It category in one of our male or female four age groups.  Some of those entrants may be competing 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!”

Then there are those that are coming out because they’ve heard ‘all the buzz’ about the Challenge but have never even been to the Coquitlam Crunch before. They are teaming up with friends and family to finally discover what the hype is all about, and will choose September 10th as the day to finally make it happen.

The majority of those who are coming out on the big day, do so to support community.

Whether you are a serious athlete, working on becoming the best you, or 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 seven 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.

But, just what is diversity?

“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


One man with a vision, and the well-known event has grown by leaps and bounds. To date the event has raised over $16,000. With the growth,  in 2016 the Nothin Dragon Masters team became the new co-benefactors, hosts, and organizers of the event.  This is the same team who who will be helping host and compete in the dragon boat races for the BC 55+ Games at the end of September.

The Coquitlam based 50+ dragon boat team is made up of primarily seniors up to age 80 who refuse to sit idle. This diverse group, while dealing with the challenges associated with aging, aim to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. Not only does the club support close to 70 masters (male and female) athletes who compete throughout the year, they are also involved in the community and mentor challenged youth from the Tri-Cities in the sport of dragon boating through their Kateslem Kids program which came first this year at a regional youth dragon boat festival on Burnaby Lake. They also support the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team who came first internationally at the 2016  Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival.

If you have not registered as yet, we hope we’ve provided a reason for you to do so.  Register online and save time – online registration will close on September 6th, whereupon we still be able to register on the day of the event at 7am.

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

The event is proudly supported by the City of Coquitlam, New Earth Marketing, 98.7 CKPM FM, Vancity, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pasta Pollo, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks, and Tri-City Printing.

(Photo: Joep Olthuis)

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7th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Awarding Medals in Four Age Groups

7th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge scheduled for Saturday, September 10th is UNDERWAY and is being supported by the City of Coquitlam and is a #Coquitlam125 sanctioned event. The 2016 edition will bring in professional timekeeping thanks to TRIO Sports Events, and registration is being handled by the Running Room.

“This year everyone will have a bib and time chip,” said president of the new event organizers Brian Kenny, President, Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “We’re excited to also offer 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.”
Age groups are: -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. Here are the 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 – Fee is $10;
  • 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 $25;
  • 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.
Save time, and pre-register!

Our pre-event registration is being handled by RUNNING ROOM, and the Port Coquitlam Running Room location is offering PACKAGE PICKUP so you can arrive on event day ready-to-go! Simply go to Running Room, create a user name and password, and sign up!

Online registration closes at midnight on September 6th.

Registration will also take place on-site starting at 7am Saturday, September 10th at the base of the Crunch.
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