Feedback Supports Expansion of Coquitlam Crunch

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 2, 2017 – One of Coquitlam’s most popular trails – the Coquitlam Crunch – could soon see improvements and expansion based on recent public feedback.

The Coquitlam Crunch is a 2.2 km (794 foot) trail with 242 metres (794 feet) in elevation gain. During busy summer months, the trail sees as many as 52,000 visits per month and “doing the Crunch” has become synonymous with Coquitlam. The trail attracts locals as well as users throughout the region. The most popular portion of the trail is the steepest, where more than 400 stairs connect lower Lansdowne Drive to upper Lansdowne Drive.

In spring 2017, the City conducted surveys to gain feedback from Crunch users. The response was unprecedented and more than 1,700 respondents provided feedback that revealed top desired improvements including: washrooms, site furnishings and support features such as benches and drinking water fountains, and trail improvements to address loose or slippery trail surfacing and stair sections.

City staff have developed preliminary plans to prioritize improvements with implementation being spread over four phases in a five-year plan with an anticipated budget of $7 million for phases one to three. Detailed plans and budget will be provided as part of each future phase.

In addition, the Crunch is currently benefiting from improvements due to a new watermain being constructed along the trail route. In order to maintain accessibility for users, a new, permanent second set of stairs has been constructed and is expected to be open in Oct. 2017.

Improving and enhancing the trail will take the Crunch to another level, offering a more broad recreation experience to residents, as well as becoming a regional destination amenity supporting tourism and economic development.

Next steps in this process include developing a final Coquitlam Crunch Expansion Plan for Council consideration later in 2017. With Council support, phase one of the expansion could take place in 2018.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

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Online Registration Closes Thursday, Sept. 6 at Midnight – Race Kit Pickup Dates Announced

Although you can register on event day starting at 7 a.m. for the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, we hope you have taken advantage of our online registration. It will save you time and money.

By registering online, it allows you to  pickup your Race Kit (race bib and shoe time chip) at Port Coquitlam Running Room at #202,  2748 Lougheed Hwy between 7 and 9 p.m. only on:

Thursday, Sept. 7th; and Friday, Sept. 8th. Between 7 to 9 p.m. only. Those who pick it up get 25 % off on store merchandise, except electronics.

If you are unable to pickup during this time, your kit will be ready for you at the registration table on race day.

Please note that you will be required to fill out a waiver on race day.

We are excited to see you!

Medals will be awarded in 4 age groups in both female and male divisions for the STAIR MASTER challenge, and the MAKE IT OR BREAK IT events.

If you do not feel like competing, but wish to support the Coquitlam Foundation‘s ‘Diversity Fund’ and co-benefactors the, Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat racing team,  join our RECREATIONAL category that will formally start at 10am.  Perfect for the entire family.  We also have a beer garden this year with a bird’s eye view of the start / finish line and the trail!

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

The event is 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.

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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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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 Challenge Awarding Medals in Four Age Groups

7th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge scheduled for Saturday, September 10th is UNDERWAY and is being supported by the City of Coquitlam and is a #Coquitlam125 sanctioned event. The 2016 edition will bring in professional timekeeping thanks to TRIO Sports Events, and registration is being handled by the Running Room.

“This year everyone will have a bib and time chip,” said president of the new event organizers Brian Kenny, President, Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “We’re excited to also offer gold, silver, and bronze medals to our top three competitors in the Make It Or Break It and the Stair Master for both male and female in four ages groups.”
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 $10;
  • 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.
Save time, and pre-register!

Our pre-event registration is being handled by RUNNING ROOM, and the Port Coquitlam Running Room location is offering PACKAGE PICKUP so you can arrive on event day ready-to-go! Simply go to Running Room, create a user name and password, and sign up!

Online registration closes at midnight on September 6th.

Registration will also take place on-site starting at 7am Saturday, September 10th at the base of the Crunch.
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