Coquitlam’s Diversity Fund Growing Through Crunch Challenge Event

[Seen in photo left to right: Robbin Whachell, event co-chair from the Nothin’ Dragon Masters; Dwight Yochim, E.D., Coquitlam Foundation; Brian Kenny, event co-chair and president, Nothin’ Dragon Masters; and event founder Alex Bell who is principal of the donor-advised, foundation managed Community Diversity Fund (CDF). Photo by Joep Olthuis / Shutter Up & Shoot]

Coquitlam B.C. – On January 6, organizers of the eighth annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge presented a $1,000.00 cheque to the Coquitlam Foundation for the “Diversity Fund.”

“It was fantastic to see the results of the hard efforts by everyone who worked on the 2017 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge last September,” said Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Coquitlam Foundation. “The rain on the day of the event didn’t dampen anyone’s demeanour as I saw smiles on everyone’s face including those who repeatedly ran the Crunch’s challenging stairs. The funds raised in 2017 bring the Community Diversity Fund total to almost $20,000.”

Grant applications are now being accepted for the Community Diversity Fund, and groups may apply by contacting the Coquitlam Foundation by February 16.  The Fund recently supported a Coquitlam-based job fair that was hosted by ISSofBC focusing on local refugees and new immigrants, attracting more than 150 participants.

“The more we can grow the fund the more we can grant,” said Alex Bell, Coquitlam resident and event founder whose vision is to have people representing every diversity group participating annually.  Bell is also the principal of the donor-advised, foundation managed diversity fund which provides grants to diversity initiatives that enhance the social and/or economic integration of diversity groups into the community. “Diversity groups include age (seniors and youth), socioeconomic (ie: homeless), mental health challenges, physical disabilities,  LGBTQ, new immigrants, visible minorities,” said Bell. “We’ve made great strides with this community event, and I’d really like to thank the Nothin’ Dragon Masters who came on board as event organizers in 2016.”

“We’re excited about the growth of the event,” said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny who is also the president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters, Coquitlam’s only 50 + dragon boat team. “Looking toward this year’s event, we are actively seeking sponsors to make the Sept. 8 event even better. We can be reached at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

The start of early bird registration will be announced by the end of the month. With the next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge only 7 months away, 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 2017 Crunch Challenge would not have been possible without the kind support of New Earth Marketing; Rod MacBeth and 98.7 The Point CKPM FM radio; Vancity; City of Coquitlam; snapd Tri-Cities; Sandpiper Signs & Decals; Yellow Dog Brewing; Leigh Brandt and Body by Brandt; Eagle Ridge GMC; Joep Olthuis and Shutter Up & Shoot; Thrifty Foods; Starbucks Coffee; Pasta Polo; Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy; 3D Basketball Academy; Lululemon Coquitlam; and Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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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Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge 2017 the Best Yet!

The much needed rain fell, but nobody cared, and the 8th installment of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge was our best event to date!  Over 300 took part on September 9, and over $4000 (and counting) which will go toward the Coquitlam Foundation and the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their initiatives. A highlight of the day was a presentation of $800 from the community diversity furn to ISSofBC.  Youth groups, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts, and 3D Basketball were this year’s presenting community partners and donated close to $1000 each.

We’d like to applaud our volunteers who not only helped us from bright and early on event day ensuring needs were met and participants were safely crossing roads etc., they were a huge help leading up to the event assisting with ways to improve this year’s experience, and putting in time on location at the busy trail telling Crunchers about the event beforehand.

Trumpets blast for our 2017 sponsors: New Earth Marketing who host our website; our event MC Rod MacBeth and media partner 98.7 The Point CKPM FM radio; Vancity; City of Coquitlam; media partner snapd Tri-Cities; Sandpiper Signs & Decals; our beer garden sponsor Yellow Dog Brewing; Leigh Brandt who led our warmup and Body by Brandt; Eagle Ridge GMC; our event photographer Joep Olthuis and Shutter Up & Shoot; Thrifty Foods; Starbucks Coffee; Pasta Polo; community partner Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy; community partner 3D Basketball Academy; Lululemon Coquitlam and the cheering squad at the top; and Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

Community group presentations, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts; and 3D Basketball Academy (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

Thanks to everyone who participated in our three event categories and gave donations!  Our official time-keeping was run by Trio Sport Events and our start /finish arch sponsored by Running Room.

So who won!?  All our results can be viewed HERE on our results page.  Check our Blog page for articles on the Stair Master and Make It or Break It winners.  Congratulations to new Make It or Break It record holder, Ray Barrett, and Stair Master  Steven Hughes.

Almost 400 photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook album HERE.

Photos: Joep Olthuis

We are already looking to 2018, so save the date for September 8th!  If you or your business, community group, or church group would like to get involved please email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com and be sure to join our mailing list (see our home page) as not to miss a thing in 2018.  Event registration will commence with early bird pricing in the spring.

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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

 

Photos: Joep Olthuis

Photos: Joep Olthuis / Shutter Up & Shoot

 

 

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New Record Holder for Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge ‘Make It or Break It’

Beating last year’s top time for the 4-hour Make It or Break It category, which sees competitors doing full loops of the 4.5 km Crunch trail was 43-yr-old, Ray Barrett with 8 laps and a time of 3:35:41.

Coming second place was Brian Clements with a time of 3:47:53; and third place was Matt Sessions with 3:51:41, both with 8 laps.

“What a fun event!” said Barrett. “This was my second time. In 2015, Matt Sessions and I also did the event where I got 7 laps and he got 8.”

The fastest female overall was 43-yr-old Renee Caesar with a time of 3:52:46.  She was followed by 24-yr-old Jessica Tite.  They were the only two women to complete 8 loops.  15-yr-old Gracie Lorenson-Nordstrand came 3rd in overall time for the female category with 3:54:46, and completed 7.5 loops in the 4-hour period.

Full results can be viewed HERE.

For the event photo album click HERE.

The 2017 event was 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.

 

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

8 laps a piece!! Left to right: Brian Clements (2nd place / 8 laps / 3:47:41); Ray Barrett (1st place / 8 laps / 3:35:41) ; and Matt Sessions (2rd place / 8 laps / 3:51:41) Photo: Joep Olthuis of Shutter Up & Shoot

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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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