City of Coquitlam releases Coquitlam Crunch Challenge promotional video

 

Thanks to the City of Coquitlam, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge has it’s first ever promotional video! The hard working production team put out a call out a few weeks ago, and our co-chair of the event’s organizing committee and Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat teammate, Robbin Whachell helped explain the event on location at the popular hiking trail, the Coquitlam Crunch. You can view photos of the shoot HERE on Facebook.  Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge founder Alex Bell is also seen in the video.

With film captured, the City also plans to produce a tourism piece to further promote the use of the Coquitlam Crunch. It is definitely one of the landmarks of the Tri-Cities and a favourite fitness go-to! The Crunch is listed #3 on the 125 things to do in Coquitlam to commemorate the City’s 125th anniversary in 2016;  and was recently written up as the suggested ‘1st stop’ on the scenic Vancouver to Hope Highway 1 Route by the Vancouver Sun.

Event organizers would like to thank all those that came out to assist, and special thanks goes to Kathleen Vincent and Heather Escaravage from the City and Shaun Davis from Wildwood Creative for making it all happen!

Online registration closes at midnight on Tuesday, September 6th, but you can show up on event day to register starting at 7am.  The Stair Master starts at 8am; the Make It Or Break It at 9 am; and the Recreational will formally get underway at 10 am after welcome remarks by mayor Richard Stewart.

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 ilovehomes.ca, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pasta Pollo, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks, and Tri-City Printing.

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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 ilovehomes.ca, 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.”

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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 www.coquitlamcrunch.com

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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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Coquitlam Crunch ‘Stair Master’ Competitors Challenged to Beat Helsinki’s World’s Fastest Stair Run!

In 2015 in Helsinki, Finland Marten Bostrom ran 400m in 64.00 seconds in an incredible display of stair climbing prowess as seen in this Youtube video.  He managed his ascent by taking every second or third stairs of the 426 climb known as Malminkartanonhuippu, an artificial hill near Helsinki. Not long after, a man named Toni Leinonen, completed the same stairs in a jaw-dropping 58.75 seconds!

Meanwhile in Canada and fast forward to 2016,  organizers of the 7th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge in Canada, have put out a challenge to Canadian athletes to run in this year’s Stair Master on Saturday, September 10th to see who in Canada is the fastest up the 437 stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch.   The Crunch is a steep, urban 2.3 km trail that follows a route under large hydro power lines and is Coquitlam’s version of the Grouse Grind, a well-known hiking trail in Vancouver.

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At the top of the 437 stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch.

“We are very excited about this new category in the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge,” said event founder, Alex Bell. “So many people come to the Crunch just to do the stairs which were put in by the City in 2014. The Crunch is always open to the public during our annual challenge, but this year we will close the stairs (but not the side path) for 30 minutes or less to put on the Stair Master challenge,” said Bell.

Registration is underway and for the inaugural year of the Stair Master, the fee to sign-up is only $10! Trio Sporting Events will be providing timekeeping of this exciting uphill foot race.

“We feel our Stair Master climb is just as difficult as the Helsinki version and we have more bends and wider steps in some portions, as well as 9 more stairs!” said Brian Kenny, co-chair of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge and president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team who are the new event organizers. “It will be interesting to see who takes the challenge, and what the fastest time will be. We also encourage anyone to work on their personal best over the years ahead.”

The Stair Master will see competitors starting at 30 second intervals, and those that cannot make it to the top on a run, are asked to step to the side path to continue up walking, as not to impede the next contestant running the stairs after them.

Who will be the fastest up the 437 stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch on Saturday, September 10th?

Who will be the fastest up the 437 stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch on Saturday, September 10th?

Once the Stair Master is completed, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge’s signature event, the Make It Or Break It which start at 9 am. It challenges competitors to run or walk the full Crunch trail loop of 4.5 km as many times as possible in 4 hours. Medals will be awarded in four age groups and in male and female divisions for both of these competitions.

If the Stair Master and the Make It Or Break It  sound too exhausting, there’s the Recreational category for families and individuals who want to go at their own pace.  “All participants will have time chips and bibs,” said Brian Kenny. “We think the children will get a kick out of being in the event, and everyone will leave knowing their time up to the top and down.”  The Recreational portion starts formally at 10 am, right after a fun family-friendly warmup by local fitness guru, Krista Langtry at 9:45 am.

The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge has something for everyone and event proceeds will go to the seniors paddling team, Nothin’ Dragon Masters as well as to a ‘Diversity Fund’ with the Coquitlam Foundation.
Online registration now closed – Come out at 7am on Saturday, September 10th to register for the 8am Stair Master.

The event is a City sanctioned #Coquitlam125 official event, and is proudly supported by New Earth Marketing, 98.7 CKPM FM, Vancity, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pasta Pollo, Thrifty Foods, Starbucks, and Tri-City Printing.

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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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