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”

“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.

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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Seeking Volunteers


The 7th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is set for Saturday, September 10th and volunteers make it happen!

This event which will support the Nothin Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and the Coquitlam Foundation‘s ‘Diversity Fund’ and is a great way to get out and enjoy a day at the Coquitlam Crunch and give back to your community.

Volunteers are needed for site set up and tear down, registration, traffic control,  photography, and general duties. We also need captains for each category, and for medal distribution.

This year’s event is being timed by Trio Sports Events, and most of the registration is being handled by Running Room, however many come out and register on the day.

If you are able to give a few hours of your time, our event setup will start at 6am on Saturday, September 10th and will be completely wrapped up by 2pm. You can put in a couple hours, or help for the entire time.  Registration starts at 7am, the Stair Master at 8am; Make It or Break It at 9am; and Recreational from 9:30am through to 1pm.

The start point, at the base of the Crunch will have registration and sponsor tents.

We hope you can join us, and we have two Volunteer Meetings planned:

1. Tuesday, August 16th at 6:3o pm in the Butler Room at Dogwood Pavilion,

2. Tuesday, September 6th on site at the base of the Crunch at 6:3o pm (located beside Scott Creek Community Gardens). Enter off Lansdowne Drive

If you have any questions, please direct them to

Thanks for your support!

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