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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.