10th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge 2 Months Away

Crunch for a Cause…

The tenth annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge takes place on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event was created by Coquitlam resident, Alex Bell to support diversity in the community by raising funds for the Coquitlam Foundation’s diversity fund.  Uses of this fund include grants to support diversity initiatives that encourage or facilitate the inclusion of diversity groups into the social or economic fabric of the community. Grants support initiatives that encourage dialogue, understanding and respect of, or between two or more diversity groups (such as seniors and youth, different cultures, different religions); and support initiatives to educate the community about the different diversity groups in order to promote better understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

To date, the event has raised over $20,000 and the fund generates a yearly diversity grant up to $800.

Crunch Challenge 2018: The Stair Master event.

Race and Recreation

2019 is the fourth installment of the Stair Master challenge, where participants run up the 437 west timbre stairs to see who is the fastest.  The event is attracting elite tower climbers and the Stair Master titleholder is Nick Mcdonald who completed in 1 minute and 34 seconds in 2018.  This category is being evaluated for the global ranking of the TWA (Towerrunning World Association).

The signature event of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is the Make It Or Break It, which sees participants run or walk the 2.2 km length of the Crunch trail as many times as possible within four hours. The ‘spot at the top’ has an elevation of 280 metres and on average takes approximately a half-hour to reach while walking. Holding the 4-hour record is Douglas Race who completed 9 laps in a time of 3:50:04 in 2018.

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in four age groups (male and female) for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It. Age groups are 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over. Online registration closes at midnight on Sept. 4 and offers savings, however, event day registration will still be available.

If you are not into racing, but still want to come out and support the cause, you can register as a family or individual for the Recreational category which provides an optional time-chip so you can clock your progress, work on a personal best, or have your own competition within your group.

All ages and levels welcomed! 3 categories to choose from. Four age groups and medals for gold, silver and bronze in the Stair Master or Make It or Break It categories. Go at your own pace in the Recreational category.

Youth and Seniors Wanted

“We really have something for everyone!” said event co-chair and president of Nothin’ Dragon, Brian Kenny. “We encourage youth and seniors to register as participation from these age groups has been extremely low, and so many of our medals go unused. We applaud local Cruncher, Don Prince who has competed in the event for several years in our 66+ category.”

Spectators and participants will enjoy exciting race action, community group information tables, event announcer Rod Macbeth; ‘Oh Canada’ sung by The Anthem Singer, Gregory Ould; a traditional lands acknowledgement with Kwikwetlem First Nation opening; words of welcome by Mayor Richard Stewart; and this year’s diversity grant presentation by event founder, Alex Bell.

Coquitlam Crunch organizers, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team.

Dragon Boat Organizers

It was in 2016, that Bell sought the help of the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team. This diverse group, while dealing with the challenges associated with aging, aim to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. They support challenged youth through their Kateslem Kids dragon boat mentoring and team building program.

“This is our fourth year organizing this event,” said event co-chair Robbin Whachell. “We’ve taken it from strength to strength adding in the professional time-keeping and online registration components.” The dragon boat team, who have an average age of 65 years, and some seventy members, also host the Inlet Spring Regatta at Rocky Point, where 3000 paddlers competed and gave rave reviews. “We’re proud to be supporting community and sharing our passion for friendly competition. We’re looking for like-minded companies to do the same and join us at this 10th anniversary of the event.”

Highlight Your Business or Community Group

Sponsors are still being sought, in particular, a title-sponsor. Interested sponsors can email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com to learn more, and community groups interested in participating with a group donation are also welcome, and will also be listed as a sponsor. Supporting this years event is: New Earth Marketing, The Tri-City News, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Fraser Health, FortisBC, snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, Bahamas Athletics, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Rod MacBeth,  Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

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Final Days to Pre-order Event T-Shirts with Online Registration

We’re proud to be offering event shirts for the first time! Your purchase helps our cause — the Coquitlam Foundation Diversity Grant and the Dogwood Seniors Society 50+ dragon boat team and their youth mentoring programs.

To get your shirt in time for event-day pickup, orders must be in by Monday, August 27 at midnight.  Shirt sales will be cut off on Tuesday, August 28. We’re looking to get shirts available on event day also. We’ll confirm in our final mailing and on our website and social media channels.

T-shirts are from our event sponsor, Oddball Workshop, a local apparel company from Vancouver who provide shirts for major events like the Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival.

Shirts are available when you register, so register today! Available sizes:

Mens / Sizes : S, M, L, XL – $30 and XXL & XXXL – $32
Womens / Sizes : S, M, L, XXL – $30 and XXL – $32
Youth / Sizes : XS(2-4), S (6-8), M (10-12), L (14-16), XL (18-20) – $30

Register now!

Medals will be awarded in 4 age groups (15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over ) in both female and male divisions for the STAIR MASTER challenge, and the MAKE IT OR BREAK IT events.

If racing is not for you, register in our RECREATIONAL category that will formally start at 10 a.m.  This category is perfect for the entire family, or a group of friends or colleagues. You can register as a group with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 people.  There’s also family registration.

Enjoy our beer garden sponsored by Yellow Dog Brewing and Mariner Brewing with a bird’s eye view of the start / finish line and the trail, so spectators are welcomed too! It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

The 2018 event is supported by 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, Magenta Printing & Imaging, City of Coquitlam, snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Body by Brandt, Rod Macbeth, Pasta Polo, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Clinic, lululemon, Starbucks, Jurgen Kaminski, and Hydro Pop Event Services Inc.

Get a reminder by RSVPing at the Facebook event page.

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 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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