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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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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Coquitlam ‘Stair Master’ Challenge Attracts Elite Tower Climber

Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge organizers created the Stair Master component of the event three years ago to provide another option for fitness advocates to support the charity that promotes diversity. The Stair Master sees competitors running up the 437 timber west stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch trail to determine the fastest ‘Stair Master’ in four ages groups for both male and female athletes. The Stair Master is the first event of the day and will start promptly at 8 a.m.

This year, elite tower climber Shaun Stephens-Whale of Roberts Creek, B.C. will be joining those vying for the title on Saturday, Sept. 8  and he’s registered in the 16 – 35 age group.  Shaun is known for competing in such stair races as the Eiffel Tower climb in Paris, France;  the Rainier Tower climb in Seattle, Washington; and he’s the current record-holder for the CN Tower climb in Toronto.

The 28-yr-old said his love for running started at the age of 12, when he saw a brochure for the BC Lung Association’s Climb the Wall event at the Sheraton Wall Centre. “At the time I already considered myself a serious runner, competing in many of the Vancouver’s local road races. The thought of running up a building was both a nauseating and exhilarating proposition – one that still captivates me to this day.” Shaun prepared for that first race by sprinting up and down the single flight of stairs in his living room while his dad sat on a couch, encouraging him and calling out splits. “50 times up, that was the goal, and four minutes of burning would just about get me there.”

“Of all the different types of training I do, none puts the body in more agony than a hard stair workout: lungs burning, legs flushed with lactic acid, vision squeezed as stars start to appear in your periphery,” said the former University of Victoria student who has decided to chase his dream of becoming one of the best tower runners in the world.

Tower running has seen tremendous growth with races occurring all across the globe and federations like towerrunning.com vetting for the world’s best racers. Alongside the growth in competitiveness, stair climbing as a fitness and wellness tool is becoming more recognized with campaigns such as Take the Stairs Day. “This shouldn’t be surprising,” says Shaun, “as there is perhaps no better way of getting a quick, effective, full body workout than going up stairs.”

Although Shaun is now a serious contender for the 2018 Stair Master title at the 2018 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, there are four age groups (15 yrs and under, 16 – 35 yrs, 36 – 64 yrs, 65 yrs or over) in both male and female divisions. A total of 24 medals (gold, silver, bronze) will be handed out for the Stair Master.

In 2016, the inaugural Stair Master had only nine people take part and Trevor Schmidt was the overall winner with a time of 2:08. With the event growing to twenty-five competitors in 2017, the overall winner was Steven Hughes with a time of 2:00. Despite doubling in size, the Stair Master only saw two competitors in the 15 and under age group, and that was Nathan Chow and Liepa Bajarunas, who both walked away with a gold medal. There were no entrants in the 65+ age group. This category will be evaluated for the global ranking of the TWA (Towerrunning World Association)

“We’re very excited to have Shaun competing this year!” said Alex Bell, event founder.”So many people come to the Crunch just to do the stairs. We know the Stair Master will grow, and we want to encourage all ages to try it. I know that there are some fit seniors out there, because I see them on the Crunch, and there are loads of Tri-Cities youth that would make the stairs look easy.”

The Stair Master will see competitors starting at 30 second intervals, and those that cannot make it to the top on a run, are asked to step to the side path to continue up walking, as not to impede the next contestant. The Crunch trail remains open to the public during the challenge, but the west stairs will be closed from 8 – 8:30 a.m. for the Stair Master. Crunch users will be able to cross over and use the new east stairs during that time.

Online registration is now underway thanks to Running Room, and timing is being handled by Trio Sports Events.   Registration for the Stair Master is also available on event day  (on location) at 7 a.m.  — Stair Master starts at 8 a.m. sharp. Registering online allows you to pick up your race kit in advance.

The 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge supports the Coquitlam Foundation’s  Community Diversity Fund, as well as the Dogwood Seniors Society’s dragon boat team, Nothin’ Dragon and their youth mentoring programs.

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, Shaunnessy 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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Crunch Diversity Challenge Now Offering Group Registration

Here we grow again!  You asked, and we’re pleased to provide a group registration rate for the ‘Recreational’ category for this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Get your friends, school mates, sports team, or work colleagues together and do the Crunch!  We encourage you to wear  your own team shirt with pride to identify your group, or order an event shirt to wear.

Group registration is a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 people.

Registration is $50 for 10 members + $5 for any additional members.

The Recreational category formally gets underway at 10 a.m. and is for those wanting to support the event, but go at their own pace up the Crunch trail.  Even though you’ve opted to not complete in the Make It Or Break It 4-hour race, you have the option to still be bibbed, and time-chipped to see how long it takes you to go to the top and back — run your own race with your group to see which of you was the fastest with one loop. Anyone registered in this category can start at any time after 10 a.m. up to  1 p.m. and the circuit up and down the Crunch takes approximately 1 hour.

‘The Spot at the Top’ of the Crunch (a 2.2 km gradual climb) will offer a reprieve with a rest area and refreshments, and the lululemon cheering squad!

Register today and join in on the fun!  There will be a beer garden sponsored by both Yellow Dog and Mariner Brewing waiting for you at the bottom opening at 11 a.m. and open until the event closes at 3 p.m.

REGISTER NOW!

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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On Track Dental supports Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge are pleased to announce the support of On Track Dental who have come on as gold sponsors of this year’s event on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail.  On Track Dental in Port Coquitlam offers a variety of dental services by Dr. Myrna Pearce, Dr. Candace Woodman, and Dr. Darren Zomar.

All proceeds from sponsorship and monies raised at the event will go toward the Coquitlam Diversity Fund.  Funds also support the Dogwood Seniors Society’s  50+ dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters and their community initiatives.  The team has been coordinating the event for the past three years.

“Initiatives like the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge and programs offered by Nothin’ Dragon celebrate community spirit, healthy life choices and reach out to be inclusive to all,” said Dr. Myrna Pearce. “It is our pleasure to sponsor such a great community activity.”

On Track Dental joins other generous sponsors like New Earth Marketing, Sandpiper Signs & Decals, Shutter Up & Shoot, Oddball Workshop Apparel, Vancity, Body by Brandt, snapd Tri-Cities, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick GMC,  Pasta Polo, 3D Basketball Academy, Optimum Family Chiropractic, Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital, and the City of Coquitlam.

Would you like to support? To become an event sponsor email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

Registration is underway for the 9th annual event and registering online in advance will save you time and money.  You can also pre-order your event t-shirts and pick them up before event day along with your race kit.

Whether you are a novice or serious athlete; working on becoming the best you; or if you are simply looking for a great outdoor activity that supports community, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is for you! The 9th annual event starts at the base of the Coquitlam Crunch at the Scott Creek Community Gardens and the full loop (up and down using the west stairs) of the Crunch trail is approximately 4.5 km, taking the average person (walking) anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Three ways to participate:

Starting at 8 am the Stair Master  challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 west 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 groups for both male and female divisions for the Stair Master or the Make It Or Break It categories.

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 free for participants, thanks to our sponsors.

If you, or your business,  or community group would like to get involved please email us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

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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.

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Early Bird Registration Underway for 2018 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Organizers of the 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge are pleased to announce online EARLY BIRD registration which is underway for the 2018 event on Saturday, September 8. 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 if you are simply looking for a great outdoor activity that supports community, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is for you! The event was created nine years ago by local resident Alex Bell, whose 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 taken 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.

The Stair Master takes place at the original 437 stairs at 8 a.m. Who will be this year’s fastest? (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

The event 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 4.5 km, taking the average person (walking) anywhere from 1 to 1.5 hours.

Three ways to participate:

Starting at 8 am the Stair Master  challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 west 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 groups for both male and female divisions for The Stair Master or the Make It Or Break It categories.

In 2017, our overall winner was Ray Barrett with 8 laps and a time of 3:35:41.  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 free for participants, thanks to generous our sponsors.

NEW in 2018:

  • Event t-shirts are available for purchase on the Running Room registration page. Sizes come in ladies, mens and youth. Adults will be green as seen here, and youth will be safety yellow.
  • With the new east stairway in place, please note that the event will take place on the older stairs, keeping the race length the same from previous years.

Past and returning sponsors include New Earth Marketing, Rod MacBeth and 98.7 The Point FM Radio, Shutter Up & Shoot (photo above), Oddball Workshop Apparel, Vancity, Body by Brandt, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet Buick, GMC,  Pasta Polo, Yongho Martial Arts Academy, 3D Basketball Academy, and the City of Coquitlam.

Volunteers make it happen! We’re holding our first volunteers meeting at the Old Mill Boathouse on Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

To become a sponsor, or to receive more information on the event please email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

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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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