‘Half-Lap Rule’ announced for Make It or Break It challenge

Senior Competitor Ups the Competition!

Each year the annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Crunch attracts more and more competitors. The event will celebrate its tenth birthday this Sept. 7 and some of the competitors have supported the event for many years. With the introduction of professional timekeeping and medal awards for the top 3 placements in 4 age groups for the Stair Master and Make It or Break It categories since 2016, competitiveness has become sharper.

In 2018, at the start of the signature category, the Make It Or Break It, where the goal is to see how many times you can make the full 2.2 km loop (up and down) the Crunch in 4-hours, event organizers announced that if a participant felt they could make it back up to the top of the Crunch for a final half-lap before the 4-hours were up, that the top timing mat would clock them for a .5 or half-lap. If they tried, but could not make it up before the 4-hour mark, they would be out-of-luck clocking no extra distance.  No one had ever done so before (although the idea had been posed by one competitor in the previous year), so it was not expected.

Don Prince, a repeat competitor in the 66+ age group of this category completed 5 laps in a time of 3:17:47 and decided he could make it back to the top of the trail to clock the distance, and away he went.

After the horn blew for the 4-hour finish, results came in and according to the time, another competitor, Mark Hyder had the fastest result completing 5 laps for that age group clocking in at 3:04:06  on the timing mat at the start/finish line at the base of the Crunch.  Meanwhile, the timekeepers and event organizers did not realize that Don Prince had made his way back up to fit in a half-lap.  Mark Hyder could have done the same, and with 55 mins left on the clock, he could likely have easily done so.

Don Prince was awarded a silver medal during the medal presentation that followed, which was based on his time being clocked at the bottom. Organizers and timekeepers had not checked for the half-lap.

Mr. Prince later challenged the event team that he was the true winner. His resulting time was 3:49:34 for the 5.5 laps.

Results were adjusted accordingly and Don set a precedent by example for future Make It Or Break It events.  Event organizers wish participants to be aware of this half-lap rule, as it could earn them a higher result.

“We love how this event has progressed with a competitive spirit,” said founder Alex Bell. “We also want to remind the public that this event supports diversity in all its facets, that it’s for every age and fitness level and its aim is to bring the community together. While the event was based on the Make It Or Break It challenge, most people would come out for the Recreational category. We want to support our athletes, but also keep our families and community involved.”

Don Prince with event founder Alex Bell in 2016. This year marks Don’s 4th time competing in the Make It Or Break It 4-hour event. He is one of the few competitors in the 66+ age group, and to date the event has not had any females in this age 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. We also salute the youth who have come out, and we look forward to many more for the 10th anniversary.”

“We’re looking at a special activation for children this year where they will get a passport and achieve stamps or stars along the trail and will receive a prize at the bottom for completing the Crunch.”

The Stair Master

2019 is the fourth installment of the Stair Master challenge, where participants run up the 437 west timber 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).

Medals and Age Groups

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. 3 and offers savings, however, event day registration will still be available.

Go at Your Own Pace!

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. If you are participating in a business or community group, please wear your group shirts.

Register online before Sept. 3

Online registration is simple and helps event organizers greatly. Fees are nominal for the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It and by donation for the Recreational.

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 are: 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.

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

REGISTER TODAY!

 

 

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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge to Celebrate 10th Year of Embracing Diversity

Flashback to 2010! Starting at 6 a.m. on August 29, Coquitlam resident and Safe Harbour co-ordinator Alexander Bell began to climb up and down the Coquitlam Crunch trail, as many times as he could in one day, after teaming up with the Coquitlam Foundation to launch a Community Diversity Fund for Coquitlam.

Bell made the climb 10 times that day, and his goal after that was to raise $10,000 over five years so that the fund would begin to generate enough interest to start distributing annual grants within the Tri-Cities.

“My vision for the future is to have people representing every diversity group to join me in the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge,” Bell said.

His financial goal was achieved in 2015, and to date, over $20,000 has been raised for the Community Diversity Fund which provides grants to Tri-Cities’ individuals, non-profit organizations, or community groups initiating actions, programs or education aimed at improving integration and participation by diversity groups, identified by the community as being socially or financially marginalized. The fund now generates a yearly diversity grant of approximately $800.

In 2011 the event started as a 12-hour challenge but found its groove as a 4-hour event since 2015. In the early days, a simple timekeeping system of synchronized watches and a card punch after each lap was used. Today the event has advanced to professional timekeeping with participants wearing time chips and numbered bibs.

Alex Bell in 2010, the year he founded the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. He’s also seen with his daughter Sierra in the top image.

History highlights:

2010 – The Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is born. The record for the 12-hour Make It or Break It category of 10 round trips was set by founder, Alex Bell.

2011 –  Bell was joined by over 40 people doing the Challenge, and 15 volunteers supported.

2012 – Matt Sessions sets a new Make It or Break It record for 17 round trips in a 12-hour period. This record stands to this day.

2013 – Matt Sessions once again is the top competitor with 14 consecutive round trips in the Make It or Break It.  The “Anything’s Possible Trail” category was created in order to accommodate people with mobility challenges. The “Anything’s Possible” trail began at Northside Foursquare Church at the corner of Lansdowne Drive and David Avenue. Brain injury survivor and activist Michael Coss led this walk.

2014 – The city installs stairs for the steepest part of the trail. Matt Sessions repeats his record of 17 consecutive round trips in 12-hours.

2015Make it Or Break it moves to a 4-hour challenge and Matt Sessions wins completing 8 loops, clocking 24-minutes on his first loop. The new 4-hour format, most definitely added the speed component.

2016Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team joins as partners and event organizers. Trio Sports Events becomes official timekeeper.  The Stair Master is born and Trevor Schmidt takes the inaugural title in a time of 2:08. Make It Or Break It winner is Tina Connelly with 8 loops in a time of 3:56.  Guy Black does the 24-hour challenge. Medals were introduced for the two timed events.

2017Make It Or Break It new record holder, Ray Barrett with 8 loops in 3:35. New Stair Master record holder is Steven Hughes with a time of 2.00.

2018Towerrunning World Association recognizes the Stair Master event, and Nick Mcdonald sets a new record of 1:34. Make It Or Break It new record set by Douglas Race with 9 loops in 3:50.

2019Bahamas Athletics recognizes the event. New record-holders to be determined on September 7.

Matt Sessions in 2012. Matt is the 12-hour record holder with 17 loops. Today the Make It Or Break It is a 4-hour challenge.

Register Early and Save!

Online registration is discounted and runs until Sept. 3, 2019 for the Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge; the Stair Master challenge; and the Recreational category which is perfect for families, friends, and colleagues whether they are athletic or not. All participants in each event are bibbed and time chipped (optional for Recreational), and it’s a fun way for the kids (and adults) to see how long it takes to go up and down the beloved hiking trail.

Even though the city expanded the trail with a new east stairway in 2018, the event sticks to the traditional route which includes the west 437 stairs. It is the shorter route, but participants can use either stairway. Recreational participants are encouraged to use the new east stairs and leave the west stairs for the racers. The trail is open to the public during the 4-hour event, but the west stairs will be closed for 1 half-hour only during the Stair Master event between 8 to 8:30 am.

“We’re excited to be celebrating the 10th event,” said event co-chairperson, Brian Kenny. “We’re looking for local businesses to get on board to make this the best event yet.” 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.

The event has been supported by so many people. Here’s a photo in 2014 when Olympians Leah Pells and Chris Wilson took part. Event founder Alex Bell is on the far left.

Alex Bell (in white) in 2015 with some of the recreational participants of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge.

Join our list of 2019 sponsors: New Earth Marketing, City of Coquitlam, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Fraser Health, The Tri-City News, FortisBC,  snapd Tri-Cities, Vancity, Trio Sports Events, Bahamas Athletics, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Rod MacBeth, Ontrack Dental, Body by Brandt, Coquitlam Chrysler, lululemon, Pasta Pollo, Starbucks, and Thrifty Foods.

Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

We’ve come a long way! Register today for the 10th annual event in either the Stair Master, Make It Or Break It, or Recreational!

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Nick Mcdonald Named Stair Master 2018

Thirty-three competitors came out for the third ever Stair Master challenge to see who is the fastest up the 437 west timbre stairs on the Crunch trail.

This year’s event attracted elite tower runner and CN Tower record-holder, Shaun Stephens-Whale, and the event has since been sanctioned by the Tower Running World Association.

Congratulations goes out to the 2018 Stair Master, Nick Mcdonald who put out the fastest climb in 1:34.0 beating out Shaun Stephens-Whale’s time of 1:40.0 by 6 seconds. In a close third was Ryan Walton with 1:43.4.  Last year’s Stair Master Steven Hughes came fourth beating his 2017 record (2:00) with a time of 1:56.3.

Event organizers caught up with Nick after the event to pick his brain on a few things:

How did you find out about the event?
I run the Crunch often as a quick workout as I live close by. I saw the signs lining the Crunch and figured it would be fun to challenge myself alongside other ‘Stair Masters’.

How did you train for the event?
Apart from running the crunch, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking and playing hockey. I prefer to diversify the physical activity I engage in while focusing on what I find enjoyable. I have become more intrigued by stair climbing as of late. I find the Wreck Beach stairs out at UBC to be a good alternative and convenient to train at while at school.

Were you aware Shaun Stephens-Whale was competing against you?
I did not know of Shaun prior to the race. A quick google search post race informed me that he is quite the stair climbing athlete. I didn’t realize that Shaun was actually the fellow that approached me after the race and congratulated me. He was very humble and genuinely interested in my race approach. It would be a great opportunity to train with Shaun and I look forward to seeing him at future events.

Nick Mcdonald breezed up the 437 stairs in a record 1:34.0 (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Any comments about the race itself? Did you pass anyone?
The race was well organized. In the days leading up to the race I actually wasn’t sure what set of stairs the ‘Stair Master’ would take place on. The new set is quite grueling given its steep grade. I was glad it was on the original set. I only passed my girlfriend on the way up. Kait is my go-to training partner and I was so proud of her for her second place finish!

Any other thoughts or experiences you’d like to share about your prep, the day, the event?
The real champs are the runners in the ‘Make it or Break it’ category. This year Douglas ran 9 laps in under 4 hours, that is incredible! All participants of this category are truly the fit and determined competitors. A massive thank you to all the volunteers that attended and those that organized the event in the weeks, months prior. Without them all, this event wouldn’t be possible!

What other events do you compete in? What’s coming up?
I have tentatively signed up for a few fun runs in the Vancouver area, namely the Turkey Trot and the Fall Classic. I am uncertain whether there are any stair races in my future but you can definitely catch me out at the Coquitlam Crunch during the week running sets in preparation for next year!

Will you be back to defend your title next year?
I look forward to taking part next year! This is an event that appears to be gaining a lot of momentum and I would love to be a part of it in the future.

Carmen Lee (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

The fastest female overall was Carmen Lee (above) with a time of 2:16.1. shaving 10 seconds off of the top female time of 2017.  Coming second overall was Tara Carruthers with 2:30.4; and in third place overall was Kait Swales with 2:38.2.  Congrats to Addison Kim who was the only 15 and under competitor.

Placements by age group (female)
15 and under:  Addison Kim (gold, 3:17.0)
16 to 35 yrs: Carmen Lee (gold, 2:16.1); Kait Swales (silver, 2:38.2); Leigh Brandt (bronze, 2:34.9)
36 – 65 yrs: Tara Carruthers (gold, 2:30.4); Shelby Murphy (silver, 3:01.2); Lori Brotto (bronze, 3:04.3)
There were no entries in the 66+ category.

The male youth entries increased this year, thanks to one dad who stopped in to register all three of his sons before their Saturday soccer match! Way to go Reis brothers, and congrats to our medalists.

Congrats to all our female competitors! We’re still looking for 65+ female athletes for next year! (Photos: Jurgen Kaminski)

Gold for Addison!  Our only female competitor in the U15 age group, Addison Kim! She put in a time of 3:17.0 outrunning several of the males in the same age group. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Placements by age group (male)

15 and under: Tae Kim (gold, time 2:24.2); Brenen Kim; Nicholas Reis
16 – 35 yrs:  Nick Mcdonald (gold, 1:34.0); Shaun Stephens-Whale (silver, 1:40.0); and Ryan Walton (bronze, 1:43.4).
36 – 65 yrs: Masamichi Shibata (gold, 1:48.9); Dean Brandt (silver, 2:02), Thierry Joffre (bronze, 2:12.9)
66+: Wylie McLallen (gold, 5:03.7)

Gold medal to Masamichi Shibata for the win in the 36 – 65 age group with a very impressive time of 1:39.9 putting him 4th overall in the Stair Master! (Photo: Jurgen Kaminksi)

Congrats to our Stair Master male medalists! (Photos: Jurgen Kaminksi)

For Stair Master official results click 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!

Thank you to our 2018 event sponsors: 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.

Competitors of the 3rd ever Stair Master event at the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge on Sept. 8. (U15 kids missing from photo) Jurgen Kaminksi photography.

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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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: 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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Records set at 2018 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

(Photo above: Top 3 in the Stair Master. Left to right is event founder, Alex Bell; Stair Master winner Nick Mcdonald; elite tower runner and second place winner, Shaun Stephens-Whale; third place winner Ryan Watson; and event co-chair Brian Kenny. Photo credit to Jurgen Kaminski)

Date Announced for 2019 Event…

The 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge was held on Sept. 8 at the beloved local trail and the event which sees the Stair Master, Make It Or Break It and Recreational categories was a great success. All event proceeds support the Coquitlam Foundation’s community diversity grant as well as the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team and their programs with youth.

The event was opened with an indigenous blessing by Kwikwetlem First Nation, and then words by event founder Alex Bell, as well as a greeting by Coquitlam mayor, Richard Stewart. Oh Canada was sung by Councillor Terry O’Neill.

Stair Master medalists stand for a group photo with event founder Alex Bell (left) and event co-chair, Brian Kenny (Credit to Jurgen Kaminski)

While the imminent call for rain all week may have kept some away, the weather turned out perfect with only cloud cover with ideal cooler temperatures, and no rain fell. Race categories doubled in size from the previous year.

Excitement for the Stair Master challenge was at an all time high with elite tower running, Shaun Stephens-Whale competing. The event had 33 competitors and when it was all said and done, Nick Mcdonald was named Stair Master 2018 with a shocking time of 1:34 beating out Stephens-Whale who took second with 1:40; and in third came Ryan Watson with 1:43. For the women it was Carmen Lee with a time of 2:16.5; second was Tara Carruthers with 2:30.4; and third was Kate Swales with 2:38.2. Medals were handed out in four ages groups. The Stair Master event is now sanctioned with towerrunning.com, the Tower Running World Association. View all Stair Master results HERE.

“This is a great event,” said Stephen-Whale who can now include it in his tower running points. “It was very well organized. I’ll be back next year!”

The Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge gets underway at 9 a.m. Competitors run the length of the Crunch and back as many time as possible. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Next was the Make It Or Break It (MIOBI) which started at 9 a.m. and completed at 1 p.m. challenging competitors to do the full length of the Crunch trail (approximately 4.5km loop) as many times as possible. In 2017, 8 laps were achieved by a few athletes, but this year, Douglas Race blew everyone away with completion of 9 laps and he had 10 minutes to spare on the 4-hour event! His time was 3:50:04, with second overall being Peter Muralt with 8 laps and time of 3:44:47, and last year’s MIOBI winner, Ray Barrett coming third with a time of 3:49:28.

In the female division of the MIOBI, it 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. View all results HERE.

“We’re excited about the growth this year!” said Alex Bell. “For our 10th annual 2019 on Saturday, Sept. 7, we really want to focus on getting more families out now that our race events are well attended. This is a community event for everyone!”

Those who participated in the Recreational were also time-chipped and they could go at their own pace or do as many loops as they wanted. Record-holder of the former 12-hour MIOBI loop challenge turned up for the Recreational and put in 5 laps in his blue jeans. View all results HERE.

A father and his two daughters finish the Recreational category which sees them climb the full length of the Crunch trail and back again. A distance of 4.5 km. Number 154 seen here was our youngest participant. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

More growth!  In 2019 the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge will also be sanctioned by BC Athletics.

“We’d like to thank our announcer, Rod MacBeth,  our tireless volunteers, and our sponsors, all through which this event would not be possible,” said Brian Kenny, Nothin’ Dragon Masters president and event co-chair.

2018 event sponsors were: 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.

ALL EVENT PHOTOS can be seen on our Facebook album HERE. Thank you Jurgen Kaminski!

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

Dignitaries, special guests, sponsors, volunteers and Recreational category participants during a group photo just before 10 a.m. (Credit to Jurgen Kaminski)

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Crunch Kids 15-yrs and Under Wanted

Do you have a CRUNCH KID!? Why not register him or her in the Stair Master, or the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge? Here’s one young lady who competed last year, and medaled.

“The event has four different age groups, and we’d love to see growth in our 15 and under age group,” said event founder Alex Bell.  “We’ll be awarding a gold, silver and bronze in all the age groups for male and female. With the Stair Master being a new event, we only saw one participants in the 15 and under last year. So many medals were not handed out.”

In 2017 only two children competed in the four-hour Make It or Break It, and they took home a gold and silver.  They were Gracie Lorenson-Nordstrand and Maddie Falk. No boys competed.

“It’s easy to get a medal at our event, as we are still growing. This is only the second year we’ve given out medals, and the second year we’ve have professional time-keeping. I’m excited about the growth,” said Bell.

Last year only one 15 and under competed in the Stair Master,  and that was Liepa Bajarunas (seen above). The Stair Master starts at 8 a.m. and is a quick run up the 437 ‘west’ stairs of the Crunch.

“We’d love to see more schools, churches, and youth groups out competing. Fitness is a lifestyle, and kids often make it look easy!” continued Bell.  “Of course, if they do not want to compete in the two timed-events, they can always come out and do the Recreational, which is at their own pace.”

New this year, each participant 15 and under will receive a Starbucks reusable water bottle free while supplies last.

Gracie Lorenson-Nordstrand took gold in the Make It Or Break it 4-hour challenge in 2017 (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

This year there’s a group registration being offered. Online registration closes at midnight on September 4 offering a reduced entry fee. All funds go to charity. Race kits will be available for pickup before event day on September 6 and 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Running Room Port Coquitlam, so you can come out on event day ready to go. You can still register on event day, but come early. Registration opens at 7 a.m.

Stair Master is at 8 a.m.; Make It or Break It at 9 a.m; and Recreational starts at 10 a.m.

Bring the family pet as Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital will be on site offering tips on hiking with your four-legged friend. Parents that will not be competing, but want to watch their kids can also hang out in the Yellow Dog Brewing and Mariner Brewing sponsored beer garden opening at 10 a.m.

All event details are at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

THANK YOU to our 2018 events sponsors: 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, Pasta Polo, Magenta Printing & Imaging, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Clinic, lululemon, Starbucks, Jurgen Kaminski, Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise, and Hydro Pop Event Services Inc.

Maddie Falk took silver in the Make It Or Break it 4-hour challenge in 2017 (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

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Schedule: Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge 2018

We are excited to see you Saturday, Sept. 8 for the 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge! If you have not yet registered, no problem, as you can do so on the event day starting at 7 am. Here’s a look at how the day will be laid out:

7:00 a.m. REGISTRATION starts

STAIR MASTER and MAKE IT OR BREAK IT sign in and registration starts

7:45 a.m. All STAIR MASTER competitors assemble at the bottom of the 437 ‘west’ stairs

Rules explained

8:00 a.m. STAIR MASTER start

8:45 a.m. MEDALS presented for STAIR MASTER
Medals presented by event founder Alex Bell
Age groups are: 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over

Participants gather for the Make It or Break It

9:00 MAKE IT OR BREAK IT start (Registration starts for Recreational)

9:30 — 10:00 RECREATIONAL Welcome and WARM UP

Opening by Kwikwetlem First Nation
Words of Welcome by Coquitlam Mayor
Diversity grant presentation by event founder, Alex Bell
Recreational category warm-up by Leigh Brandt

10:00 a.m. RECREATIONAL start (participants can register until 11:00 am)

Beer Garden sponsored by Yellow Dog and Mariner opens

1:00 p.m. MIOBI Time Stop and Horn Blast

1:15 MEDALS presented for MAKE IT OR BREAK IT
Medals presented by founder Alex Bell
Age groups are: 15 and under; 16- 35 years; 36-64 years; and 65 or over

Enjoy the Beer Garden, open until 2 p.m.

HOW TO FIND US: Click HERE for Crunch Map. We meet where it says ‘Start’ on the map, which is the same location as Scott Creek Community Garden – above the Lacrosse Box situated north of Guildford. Drive up Lansdowne Drive, north of Guildford Way. The entrance to the Crunch base is just past Scott Creek Middle School – first left heading east. View on GOOGLE MAPS.

There is extra PARKING at the Scott Creek Middle School adjacent to the Crunch start point. Best to walk or take the bus if you can. The closest SkyTrain location is Lafarge Lake-Douglas.

BATHROOMS: A port-a-potty will be available at the top and bottom of the Crunch. A public washroom is available at Brambleside Elementary School on Panorama (fourth street crossing going up).

THANK YOU to our 2018 events sponsors: 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, Pasta Polo, Magenta Printing & Imaging, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC, Coquitlam Chrysler, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaughnessy Veterinary Clinic, lululemon, Starbucks, Jurgen Kaminski, Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise, and Hydro Pop Event Services Inc.

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Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge For All Ages and Fitness Levels

Crunch for a Cause…

The ninth annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge takes place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the popular Coquitlam hiking trail that was expanded this year to include a second set of stairs.

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

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.

“Bringing in Nothin’ Dragon brought new life to the event,” said Bell. “They have expanded the event and brought it up to a professional level with time-keeping and online registration.” The dragon boat team, who have an average age of 65 years, and some seventy members, also hosted and organized the inaugural Inlet Spring Regatta last year at Rocky Point, where 3000 paddlers competed and gave rave reviews.

Race and Recreation:

2018 sees the third installment of the Stair Master challenge, where participants run up the 437 west timbre stairs to see who is the fastest.  The event is growing and this year it has attracted elite tower climber,  Shaun Stephens-Whale of Roberts Creek, B.C. who is the current record holder of the CN Tower climb. The 2017 titleholder, Stephen Hughes did the stair climb in 2 minutes flat.  Both men will be competing in the 16 – 35 age group.  This category will be 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.

Medals will be awarded in four age groups (male and female) for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It.

If you are not into racing, but still want to come out and support the cause and try out the trail, you can register as a family, group, 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 family or group. The Recreational will start off with a warm up with Leigh Brandt, Canada’s first IFBB Bikini Pro, international cover model, and owner of BodyByBrandt personal training.

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.”

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be handed out for each race event (Stair Master and Make It Or Break It) for male and female categories. 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.

A beer garden sponsored by Yellow Dog Brewing, Mariner Brewing, and the Rotary Club of Coquitlam will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the base of the trail adjacent to the Scott Creek Community Gardens. All proceeds support charity. Other refreshments and snacks will be available including a water-bottle-refill station.

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 Kwikwetlem First Nation opening; words of welcome by Mayor Richard Stewart; and this year’s diversity grant presentation by event founder, Alex Bell.

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

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Yellow Dog and Mariner Sponsor Crunch Challenge Beer Garden

We’re pleased to announce and are very grateful for the support of Yellow Dog Brewing and  Mariner Brewing for this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge!

You can cool down and enjoy a libation at the event beer garden which will open at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. at the foot of the Crunch trail, adjacent to the Scott Creek Community Garden and on top of the gravel lot.  It’s the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the Crunch trail and stairs, as well as the finish/start line for the event.

This is the second time the event has hosted a beer garden, and last year, after a summer drought, the skies opened on the day of the event; a day that is traditionally warm, or hot, and dry — but no one seemed to mind.

“Last year we felt glorious with the rain,” said event co-chair Brian Kenny, President, Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team. “We celebrated the best attendance even though it was wet. This year, we’re expecting it to be ‘business as usual’ with the weather. We’re thrilled to have Yellow Dog back, who also sponsor our dragon boat team, as well as Coquitlam’s premier brewery, Mariner!”

There will be plenty to watch and see as the Stair Master takes place at 8 a.m. sharp; followed by the Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge.For those not up to a race, you can sign up for the Recreational and walk the Crunch at your leisure.

The official opening of the event will take place between 9 and 10 a.m. with an opening by Kwikwetlem First Nation and words from Coquitlam’s mayor, Richard Stewart (who registered early for the event).

Enjoy music provided by Rod MacBeth (event MC) and a there’s a few other surprises in store. This is a pet friendly event, and it runs rain or shine!

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.

We’ll see you at the Crunch!

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‘Online’ Registration Closes Wednesday, Sept. 4 at Midnight – Race Kit Pickup Dates Announced

Online registration for the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge closes at midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 4th. You’ll want to take advantage of registering online, as you’ll pay a lower registration fee, and you can take advantage of pre-event package pickup of your Race Kit (race bib and shoe time chip).

Race Kits can be collected at Port Coquitlam Running Room at #202, 2748 Lougheed Hwy only during these dates and times:

  • Thursday, Sept. 6th, from 7 – 9 p.m., and
  • Friday, Sept. 7th, from 7 – 9 p.m.

If you are unable to pick up during this time, your kit will be ready for you at the registration table on race day from 7 a.m. You can also register on race day!

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

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. We also have a 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!

The event supports the Coquitlam Foundation‘s Diversity Fund and the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat racing team, and their community initiatives.

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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