Results of the 2019 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

The weather was perfect for the annual trail race on Saturday, Sept. 7 as the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge got underway with registration at 7 a.m. at the base of the Coquitlam Crunch trail beside Scott Creek Community Garden.  This was the fourth year the 50+ dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters from the Dogwood Seniors’ Society organized and hosted the event.

STAIR MASTER

The Stair Master event started the day with last year’s winner, Nick Mcdonald (16 – 35 yr. age group) returning to hold the title for another year.  This time Nick ascended the 437 west steps in 1:32.04, shaving 2 seconds from his 2018 results of 1:34.0.  Placing second and third ‘overall’ for males was Josh Greenwood (16-35 yrs.) in1:41.6; and Sean Zoschke (16-35 yrs.) in 1:42.3.  Full results can be viewed here.

Congrats to the Overall Top 3 Females in the Stair Master were:

1. Liepa Bajarunas (0-15 yrs.) in 2:51.3
2. Shelby Murphy (36-64 yrs.) in 3:03.7
3. Marina Khonina (36-64 yrs.) in 3:15.9

Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge gets underway at 9 a.m. (Photo: Originelle Designs Photography)

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT (MIOBI)

At 9 a.m. the Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge got underway with the largest number of registrants in this category.  Returning record-holder, Douglas Race (36 – 64 yr. age group) took the title a second year in a row finishing with 18 laps, in a time of 3:46:10; a pace of 5:43/K; and a distance of 39.6.

Joining Douglas as the second and third overall were Tom Petryshen with 18 laps in a time of 3:50:35; and Ray Barrett with 16 laps in 3:41:28.  Full results in all age groups can be viewed here.

FEMALE MIOBI medal results:
(– 15 yrs.)
Gold medal to Nicole Comrie with 8 laps in 2:53:49.

(16 – 35 yrs.) 
Gold to Katrina Hombrebueno with 14 laps in 3:53:56
Silver yo Terita Deare with 8 laps in 3:05:35
Bronze to Despina Stratidakis with 6 laps in 2:18:59

(36 – 64 yrs.)
Gold to Patty Gallivan with 12 laps in 3:35:32
Silver to Rik Chapman with 12 laps in 3:36:23
Bronze to Ramona Toth with 11 laps in 3:41:45

Top three overall best times in the Make It Or Break It (MIOBI) 4-hour challenge. Left to right: Tom Petryshen (silver), Douglas Race (gold) and Ray Barrett (bronze), all in the 36 – 64 age group.  (Photo: Robbin Whachell)

MALE MIOBI medal results: 
(– 15 yrs.)
Gold to Victor Mandric with 8 laps in 3:11:47

(16 – 35 yrs.)
Gold to David Bandiera with 16 laps in 3:47:04
Silver to Cuillermo Cepeda with 14 laps in 3:49:48
Bronze to Walton Beaux with 12 in 3:32:07

(36 – 64 yrs.) 
See top three overall mentioned above: Douglas Race; Tom Petryshen; and Ray Barrett

(65+ yrs.)
Gold to John Beers with 10 laps in 3:41:12
Silver to Don Prince with 8 laps in 3:16:18

All MIOBI results can be viewed here. Participants that did not stay for medal presentation can email coquiltamcrunch@gmail.com to organize the collection of their medal.


KIDS’ CRUNCH QUEST

This year’s Crunch Quest saw a great increase in family registration in the recreational category, as kids collected stamps on their Crunch Quest passports and claimed a prize at the base of the Crunch thanks to sponsors FortisBC and Sandpiper Signs & Decals. The passport featuring 8 animal characters was created by graphic artist, Brad Nickason and was a real hit with the kids.

Those who participated in this category can view their times here.

A big thanks for those who supported the event as volunteers, participants, and sponsors.  All funds raised will support the Community Diversity Fund housed within the Coquitlam Foundation.

Event organizers wish to thank the sponsors and supporters of this year’s event! They are the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, Mariner Brewing, Originelle Designs Photography, Rod MacBeth, Terry O’Neil, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, Steve Nash Fitness, On-Running.com, FA5 Fitness and Thrifty Foods.

PHOTOS!  Check our Gallery for photos, as well as our Facebook page photo album section.

 

Participants ascending the west stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch trail.  (Photo: Originelle Designs Photography)

 

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports 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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2018 Crunch Challenge Champ to Defend Title

He’s back !

Determined to defend his title as the Make It Or Break It  4-hour challenge champion, Douglas Race has registered for the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.

“I’m excited to test myself on the Crunch for a second year in a row,” Douglas said.  “This is the first time I’ve been the person with the target on their back, so I’m excited to see what the competition and the day brings. I honestly believe that the course record can be raised to 11-12 laps, but just not by me!”

The Make It Or Break It  is the signature event at the annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.  Starting at 9 a.m. and closing at 1 p.m., the 4-hour challenge lets competitors race to see who can put in the most laps of the Crunch within the allotted time.

“Whether it’s a personal best, or your out to take a medal, this event has become very popular over the years,” said event founder Alex Bell.

There is lots of bling to go around as the top three male and female winners in four age-groups will be awarded gold, silver, bronze and event organizers are looking for more youth and those 50+ to become involved.

Half Lap Rule

New this year is the formal recognition of the half-lap rule for the Make It Or Break It challenge.  If a competitor feels they can make it back up to the top timing mat before time is out, this will be recorded as an advancement and count toward their performance. Read more here.  Online registration is underway until midnight on Nov. 4, and event-day registration starts at 7 a.m. Register online and save!

Douglas Race (in blue) starts his first Make It Or Break It at the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge 2018

Stair Master for All Fitness Levels

Starting at 8 a.m., those competing in the Stair Master will vie to see who’s the fastest up the 437 west staircase.   Although anyone can compete in this event, the Stair Master is attracting elite tower climbers and the Stair Master titleholder is Nick Mcdonald who ascended in 2018, did so in 1 minute and 34 seconds.  This category is sanctioned for global ranking by the TWA (Towerrunning World Association).

Gold, silver and bronze  medals will go to the top three male and female winners in four age-groups. Youth and those 50+ are usually the least age groups registered, so chances to win a medal are high.

Slow but Steady? Go Recreational!

If racing is not your thing and you still want to come out and go at your own pace, check out the Recreational category which is by donation. This family-friendly option is great for children or youth and this year we’re launching the Kids Crunch Quest passport where you can collect stamps at stations along the trail and a completed passport gets you a prize when presented at the bottom.  This category also offers the option of being time-chipped so you can note your progress or work on a personal best.  Register online before Nov. 5 or show up on event-day to register from 9:15 a.m. onward.

Crunch for the Cause

Not only will you be taking part in a healthy activity, you’ll be enjoying nature on one of the most popular hiking trails around, all while supporting the cause. All funds raised go to the Coquitlam Foundation’s  Community Diversity Grant which provides grants to Tri-Cities individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs or education aimed at improving integration, participation or access in the community for any diversity group(s) identified by the community as being marginalized.

Supporting this years event are: Nothin’ Dragon Masters, New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Coquitlam Chrysler, Fraser Health, FortisBC, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, BC Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

The event is being organized by the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team out of Dogwood Seniors Society.

REGISTER TODAY!

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Douglas Race Named Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge ‘Make It or Break It’ Champion

The Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge signature event, the Make It Or Break It (MIOBI) sees competitors run the full length of the Crunch trail (approximately 4.5km loop) as many times as possible in 4 hours. In 2017, 8 laps were achieved by a few of the top athletes, but this year, Douglas Race blew everyone away with the completion of 9 laps with 10 minutes to spare, putting in a remarkable time of 3:50:04 and setting a new record.

Here are some comments from social media by those who were competing with Douglas:

  • “Right when I had to slow down, he sped up,” said Ray Barrett. “Had to settle for 3rd!”
  • “Amazing runner. After 6 loops or so he decided to shift to another gear,” said Mark Pain.
  • “This guy passed me so many times on the course today I thought there were 3 of him.”

Douglas lives in Vancouver and said he trains by running Stanley Park or along the seawall during the week, and on the weekends he prefers to run on the North Shore saying that Mount Fromme and Lynn Valley are his favorite training areas.  He typically runs 60-100k per week and said he hopes to be back for the event in 2019.

“I really enjoy the  grit and grind of running uphill, which is why I wanted to run this race. I had actually never done or seen the Crunch until race day, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I watched some YouTube videos and looked at pictures to try and get an idea as to what I had gotten myself into.”

“My first lap was a feel-out lap. After that I tried to run at a comfortable pace and relaxed on the downhills. I didn’t want to rush too hard on the downhills early on because the impact from downhill running can destroy your quads and ultimately your race. I stayed a few feet behind the current leaders for the first 4 laps even though I felt good. I wanted to conserve my energy in case it became a race to the finish. However, midway through the race I passed the other two runners without really realizing it. Once I had taken the lead I did a quick assessment and thought, ‘well I feel great and I’m not pushing any harder, so I’ll just keep running at this pace and see what happens.'”

TOP 3 overall! Left to right: Alex Bell, event founder; Peter Muralt second place MIOBI; Douglas Race, Make It Or Break It 4-hour overall challenge winner;  Ray Barrett, third place MIOBI overall; and Robbin Whachell, event co-chair. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Placing second overall was Peter Muralt with 8 laps and time of 3:44:47, and last year’s MIOBI winner, Ray Barrett came third with a time of 3:49:28.

Some of our female MIOBI competitors with their medals. (Photos: Jurgen Kaminski)

In the female division the fastest overall was Amy Mazzone with 6 laps in 3:46:26, second overall was Gillian Laing with 5 laps in 3:01:03, and in third was Ramona Toth with 5 laps in a time of 3:19:51.

Maddie Falk took away the gold as the only competitor in the 15 and under. She did 5 laps in 3:34:01.

In the female 16 to 35, Leah Dixon was first with 5  laps (3:24:16); Alia Amlani was second with 4 laps (3:33:55) and a first for the event, third place was a tie with both Agnes Kocylo and Kelsey Andronik both with 4 laps (3:43:43).

Female 36 to 65  saw Amy Mazzone with 6 laps (3:46:26); Gillian Laing 5 laps (3:01:03); and Ramona Toth with 5 laps (3:19:51).

Maddie Falk was the only MIOBI competitor in the 15 and under. Congrats on your gold medal!

There were no male entries in the 15 and under, and only one entry in the men’s 16—35  group gave last year’s Stair Master winner, Steven Hughes a gold.

Congrats to our 66+ age group competitors! We had four men compete this year, and in first was Don Prince with 5.5 laps (3:17:47); second was Mark Hyder with 5 laps; and in third was Jim Paugh with 5 laps (3:38:14). *Please note there was a glitch on registrations entries – email us if you’d like to medals swapped.  coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com

Some of our male competitors for the MIOBI 4-hour challenge. (Photos: Jurgen Kaminski)

Full results can be viewed HERE.  If you have not collected your medal and would like to, email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

For the event photo album on Facebook, click HERE. Thank you event photographer, Jurgen Kaminski!

2018 event sponsors were: Nothin’ Dragon Masters, New Earth Marketing, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, On Track Dental, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Joep Olthuis of Shutter Up & Shoot, The Tri-City News, Yellow Dog Brewing, Mariner Brewing,  City of Coquitlam, snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Body by Brandt, Rod Macbeth, Running Room Port Coquitlam, Trio Sports Events, Pasta Polo, Magenta Printing & Imaging, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Clinic, lululemon, Starbucks, photographer Jurgen Kaminski, the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Phoenix Squadron, and Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise.

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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