Early Bird Registration Underway for 2018 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Organizers of the 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge are pleased to announce online EARLY BIRD registration which is underway for the 2018 event on Saturday, September 8. 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 if you are simply looking for a great outdoor activity that supports community, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is for you! The event was created nine years ago by local resident Alex Bell, whose 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 taken 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.

The Stair Master takes place at the original 437 stairs at 8 a.m. Who will be this year’s fastest? (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

The event 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 4.5 km, taking the average person (walking) anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Three ways to participate:

Starting at 8 am the Stair Master  challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 west 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 groups for both male and female divisions for The Stair Master or the Make It Or Break It categories.

In 2017, our overall winner was Ray Barrett with 8 laps and a time of 3:35:41.  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 free for participants, thanks to generous our sponsors.

NEW in 2018:

  • Event t-shirts are available for purchase on the Running Room registration page. Sizes come in ladies, mens and youth. Adults will be green as seen here, and youth will be safety yellow.
  • With the new east stairway in place, please note that the event will take place on the older stairs, keeping the race length the same from previous years.

Past and returning sponsors include New Earth Marketing, Rod MacBeth and 98.7 The Point FM Radio, Shutter Up & Shoot (photo above), Oddball Workshop Apparel, Vancity, Body by Brandt, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick, GMC,  Pasta Polo, Yongho Martial Arts Academy, 3D Basketball Academy, and the City of Coquitlam.

Volunteers make it happen! We’re holding our first volunteers meeting at the Old Mill Boathouse on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

To become a sponsor, or to receive more information on the event please email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

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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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ISSofBC receives $800 grant at the 2017 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

On Saturday September 09, 2017, during the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge event, ISSofBC (Immigrant Services Society of BC) received this year’s Coquitlam Community Diversity grant of $800. The grant will be used to organize a career fair for immigrant and refugee job seekers in Coquitlam and the surrounding communities. There will be booths of service providers showcasing all the services available to immigrants and refugees; Intercultural competency training to increase cultural awareness; and company booths allowing employers to meet participants and to provide job opportunities.

ISSofBC will be inviting local employers who are hiring various kinds of positions. ISS has connections with some employers who specifically would like to give those opportunities to newcomers. A tentative date has been set for November for the job fair to take place.

The Community Diversity grant, which is administered by the Coquitlam Foundation, was started in 2010 when founders of the grant, Laurel Lawson and Alexander Bell started the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge as a fundraiser for the fund. Through the Coquitlam Foundation, the fund provides community grants to organizations operating in Coquitlam that undertake projects that promote the social or economic integration of any one of the eight diversity dimensions: Ages, Faiths, Cultures, Sexual Orientation, Mental and Physical abilities, Gender, Socio-Economic Level and Ethnicity.

The Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is now in its 8th year. Since its first year the event has continued to grow and in 2016 the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, a dragon boat team from the Dogwood Seniors Society joined in to help grow the event even larger. The Nothin’ Dragon’s support diversity through their activities operating a senior’s team and two local youth teams. These teams are important for the social integration and well being of these two age groups. The money raised through the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge now goes to support both the Nothin’ Dragons and the Community Diversity Fund.

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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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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Coquitlam gym owner puts out Stair Master challenge in support of diversity

Dean Brandt, owner of BodyByBrandt Fitness in #Coquitlam, would Like to Challenge all other gym owners and trainers in the Tri-Cities to match or beat his time in the STAIR MASTER event in the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge taking place on Sept. 9th, 2017 at 8 a.m.

Brandt stated in a letter, that if another gym owner or personal trainer beats his time, he will personally donate an additional $200 to the charitable causes of the event!

You do not have to be a fitness trainer or gym owner to compete. This is the second year the Stair Master is being offered, and the inaugural event had only 9 participants, and was won by Trevor Schmidt with a time of 2:02.  Full 2016 Stair Master results here.

“This is a new event for us, and we know this year we’ll have far more competitors,” said Alex Bell, event founder. “We remind everyone that both the Stair Master, and the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge have four age groups, and medals will be presented for the top three in both male and female divisions.”

Come out and try for a personal best, or challenge members of your family to see who is the fastest.  Timing is being provided by Trio Sports Events.

Online registration closes on September 7th 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.

Register today to compete against Dean or set a personal best time for yourself at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

Body by Brandt Fitness is a proud sponsor of this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, and has assembled one of the best teams of trainers in the Vancouver lower mainland who compete as Pro Bikini, Pro Extreme Sport, and National level physique athletes. They specialize in diet and contest preparation.

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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8th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge for All Ages and Fitness Levels

Registration for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge scheduled for Saturday, September 9th is underway.  Young or old, and no matter your fitness level, you can take part!

“The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is a great family event,” said event founder Alex Bell.  “Last year we had many families walk and run the trail. We even had one woman with her dog and child run the Stair Master together.”

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 $15
  • 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.

A mother and daughter participate in the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

The 2017 edition will once again have professional timekeeping thanks to TRIO Sports Events, and medals will be awarded for both male and females, in four age groups.

“Everyone will have a bib and time chip,” said event co-chair Brian Kenny, who is president of the senior dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “Whether your going for a gold, silver,  or bronze medal in our Make It Or Break It or the Stair Master; or you just want to see how long it takes you to do one lap of the Crunch in the Recreational, there’s something for everyone.”

Save time and money, and pre-register before September 7th! Our pre-event registration is being handled by the Running Room, and the Port Coquitlam Running Room location is offering package pickup during select hours so you can arrive on event day ready-to-go! Simply go to Running Room, create a user name and password, and sign up to take part!

Online registration closes at midnight on September 7th.

Last minute registration will take place on-site starting at 7am Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch.

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

FOR ALL AGES~ Participants of the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch “Diversity” Challenge (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

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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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