Steven Hughes named Stair Master 2017 at Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Twenty-five competitors came out for the second ever Stair Master challenge to see who is the fastest up the 437 stairs of the Crunch trail. Before the activities got underway, the national anthem was sung by Gregory Ould; and City Councillor, Terry O’Neil and Friends sang “Oh What a Beautiful Morning,” which has become a tradition at the event.

Congratulations goes out to the 2017 Stair Master, 27 year old, Steven Hughes who put out the fastest climb in 2 minutes flat. Steven sits on the board of  the MetamorepHIIT Fitness Society (HIIT meaning High-intensity-interval-training) which offers free workouts for all ages and fitness levels every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Parkland Elementary School.

Not only did Hughes win the Stair Master title, he went on to run in the 4-hour Make It or Break It event, and placed second in his ages group.

“I am a journeyman electrician,” said Hughes, “but recently I quit construction to pursue health and fitness.  I started a personal training program at Hilltop Academy this week.”

When asked what he did to train for the event he said, “I did the Crunch Stairs a couple weeks ago 15 times in a row, 11 of them with a 30lb weighted vest.  I haven’t done the Crunch a whole lot to be honest, however I am a Grouse Grind fanatic, doing it a few times a week, multiple times in a day. My best is 4 times in a row.  Sometimes I do it with my weighted vest. My fastest time up the Grind is 39minutes.”

The second fastest stair climber was gym owner, Dean Brandt who put out a challenge last month to other fitness trainers or gym owners, that if anyone could beat him, he would donate an additional $200.  BodybyBrandt was also a major sponsor of this year’s event.

Here are the Stair Master results:

The fastest female overall was Leipa Bajarunas with a time of 2:36.1.

U15 Female – Leipa Bajarunas (Gold, time 2:36)
16 – 35 yrs Female – Leigh Brandt (Gold, time 3:09), Amalia Urloiu (Silver, time 3:41)
36 – 65 Female – Trisha Hubbard (Gold, time 2:41), Aya Hirabayashi (Silver, time: 3:10), Crystal Ready (Bronze, time 3:26)
There were no entries in the 66+ category.

Male category results:

U15 Male – Nathan Chow (Gold, time 3:41)
16 – 35 yrs Male – Steven Hughes (Gold, time 2:00), Steven Quinn (Silver, time 2:27), Evan Morrison (Bronze, 2:32)
36 – 65 Male – Dean Brandt (Gold, time 2:02), Jason Demidoff (Silver, time: 2:03.8), Jeff Silcock (Bronze, time 2:06)
There were no entries in the 66+ category.

For Stair Master detailed results 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

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8th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Awarding Medals in Four Age Groups

This is the second year  the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge will award medals in four age, as official time-keeping is again being handled by Trio Sport Events.

“Everyone will have a bib and time chip,” said president of the new event organizers Brian Kenny, President, Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “We’ll hand out gold, silver, and bronze medals to our top three competitors in the Make It Or Break It and the Stair Master for both male and female in four ages groups.”

Medal presentations will follow directly after the Stair Master at approximately 8:45 a.m. and the Make It Or Break It medals will be presented before 1: 30 p.m. The full event schedule is at the base of this article.

Age groups are: -15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years;  and 66+ years. A BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD will be awarded in age group for both male and female divisions.

Although online registration has closed, you can still register on event day starting at 7 a.m. on location at the Crunch base camp.

Here are the three ways you can still participate:

  • Starting at 8 am the STAIR MASTER challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 stairs of the Crunch – Fee is  $20 / $15 Youth / $18 Seniors
  • From 9 am to 1 pm, the MAKE IT OR BREAK IT category challenges athletes to see how many times they can go up and down the full length of the Crunch within 4 hours – Fee is $30 / $20 Youth / $22 Seniors
  • From 9:30 am to 1 pm with a formal start at 10 am, the RECREATIONAL category simply encourages everyone to come out and support community, get some exercise, enjoy the day and try to complete the Coquitlam Crunch at least once or even twice in 2 hours – Fee (suggested donation) is $20 individual / $40 family, but any amount will be received!

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 the Coquitlam Foundation‘s ‘Diversity Fund’ and co-benefactors the, Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat racing team and their community initiatives, 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.

Our pre-event registration was handled by RUNNING ROOM, and the Port Coquitlam Running Room location is offering RACE KIT PICKUP so you can arrive on event day ready-to-go! Pick up is Thursday and Friday evenings between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m. at their store.

Registration will take place on-site starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch off Lansdowne Drive.
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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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SCHEDULE: Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge, Sept. 9th

We are excited to see you Saturday for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge!  If you have not yet registered, no problem, as you can do so on 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  All STAIR MASTER competitors assemble at the bottom of the 437 stairs

Rules explained

8:00 STAIR MASTER start

8:45 MEDALS presented for STAIR MASTER
Medals presented by founder Alex Bell
Age groups are: -15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 65+ years.

Participants gather for the Make It or Break It

9:00 MAKE IT OR BREAK IT start

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

Words of Welcome by the Mayor
Presentation by community groups
Announcement by Alex Bell
Warm up by Leigh Brandt

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

1:00 pm 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 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 66+ years.

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).

This year’s challenge is being sponsored 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, 3D Basketball Academy, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, 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.

“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.” – Source

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Crunch Kids wanted for the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

Do you have a CRUNCH KID!? Why not register him or her in the Stair Master or 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.”

In 2016 only two children competed in the four hour Make It or Break It, and they took home a gold and silver. The 16 to 35 year age group only had two people for the same event – both automatically medaling for completing the four hours.  “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 no children 15 and under competed in the Stair Master, which is the first event of the day, starting at 8 a.m. and sees competitors put in their best time heading up the 437 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.”

Online registration closes on September 7 offering a reduced entry fee. Race kits will be available for pickup before event day on September 7 and 8 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.

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 beer garden opening at 11 a.m.

All event details are at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

This year’s challenge is being sponsored 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, 3D Basketball Academy, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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Coquitlam gym owner puts out Stair Master challenge in support of diversity

Dean Brandt, owner of BodyByBrandt Fitness in #Coquitlam, would Like to Challenge all other gym owners and trainers in the Tri-Cities to match or beat his time in the STAIR MASTER event in the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge taking place on Sept. 9th, 2017 at 8 a.m.

Brandt stated in a letter, that if another gym owner or personal trainer beats his time, he will personally donate an additional $200 to the charitable causes of the event!

You do not have to be a fitness trainer or gym owner to compete. This is the second year the Stair Master is being offered, and the inaugural event had only 9 participants, and was won by Trevor Schmidt with a time of 2:02.  Full 2016 Stair Master results here.

“This is a new event for us, and we know this year we’ll have far more competitors,” said Alex Bell, event founder. “We remind everyone that both the Stair Master, and the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge have four age groups, and medals will be presented for the top three in both male and female divisions.”

Come out and try for a personal best, or challenge members of your family to see who is the fastest.  Timing is being provided by Trio Sports Events.

Online registration closes on September 7th offering a reduced entry fee. Race kits will be available for pickup before event day on September 7 and 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Running Room Port Coquitlam, so you can come out on event day ready to go.

Register today to compete against Dean or set a personal best time for yourself at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

Body by Brandt Fitness is a proud sponsor of this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, and has assembled one of the best teams of trainers in the Vancouver lower mainland who compete as Pro Bikini, Pro Extreme Sport, and National level physique athletes. They specialize in diet and contest preparation.

This year’s event is being sponsored 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, 3D Basketball Academy, Kangho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy, Shaunnessy Veterinary Hospital.

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8th Annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge for All Ages and Fitness Levels

Registration for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge scheduled for Saturday, September 9th is underway.  Young or old, and no matter your fitness level, you can take part!

“The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is a great family event,” said event founder Alex Bell.  “Last year we had many families walk and run the trail. We even had one woman with her dog and child run the Stair Master together.”

Age groups are: -15 years; 16-35 years; 36-65 years; and 65+ years. A BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD will be awarded in age group for both male and female divisions. Here are the three ways to participate:

  • Starting at 8 am the STAIR MASTER challenges athletes to see who is the fastest running up the 437 stairs of the Crunch – Fee is $15
  • From 9 am to 1 pm, the MAKE IT OR BREAK IT category challenges athletes to see how many times they can go up and down the full length of the Crunch within 4 hours – Fee is $25;
  • From 9:30 am to 1 pm with a formal start at 10 am, the RECREATIONAL category simply encourages everyone to come out and support community, get some exercise, enjoy the day and try to complete the Coquitlam Crunch at least once or even twice in 2 hours – Fee (suggested donation) is $20 individual / $40 family.

A mother and daughter participate in the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

The 2017 edition will once again have professional timekeeping thanks to TRIO Sports Events, and medals will be awarded for both male and females, in four age groups.

“Everyone will have a bib and time chip,” said event co-chair Brian Kenny, who is president of the senior dragon boat team, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters. “Whether your going for a gold, silver,  or bronze medal in our Make It Or Break It or the Stair Master; or you just want to see how long it takes you to do one lap of the Crunch in the Recreational, there’s something for everyone.”

Save time and money, and pre-register before September 7th! Our pre-event registration is being handled by the Running Room, and the Port Coquitlam Running Room location is offering package pickup during select hours so you can arrive on event day ready-to-go! Simply go to Running Room, create a user name and password, and sign up to take part!

Online registration closes at midnight on September 7th.

Last minute registration will take place on-site starting at 7am Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch.

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

FOR ALL AGES~ Participants of the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch “Diversity” Challenge (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

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snapd Tri-Cities / Sandpiper Signs supports the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge

Matt from Sandpiper Signs & Decals hands over handbills with information about the upcoming Coquitlam Crunch Challenge to event co-chair, Brian Kenny (president Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+ dragon boat team out of the Dogwood Seniors Society.

We’re pleased to announce that pumping up event promotions for the 2017 Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is snapd Tri-Cities and Sandpiper Signs!

“snapd is well-known in the community for supporting local events and charities, and we’re pleased they came to our aid,” said Brian Kenny, event co-chair and president of the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50+  dragon boat team, who are event organizers for the second year in a row. “Everyone looks to their event calendar, and loves to see themselves, or someone they know in snapd.  We really appreciate the promotional support from both snapd and Sandpipers Signs & Decals.”

“I am very excited to support the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge through media and signage sponsorship,” said Carlo Zarrillo, owner of Sandpiper Signs and Decals. “This event and its location bring together, in one spot, everything my wife Bonita Zarrillo and I love about Coquitlam. The Crunch trail is a perfect location for a fun but rewarding workout, and we get to support diversity while increasing awareness around inclusive communities.  We are very excited to be able to participate as well as snap pictures on-site of all the smiling faces. See you all there September 9th!”

Event posters, handbills, and promotional cards will be seen throughout the Tri-Cities. The event planning committee is already busy handing out information about the upcoming event, which will support not only the dragon boat team which functions under the Dogwood Seniors Society and has an average age of 65 years but due to the tireless efforts of event founder Alex Bell, the event created the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity Fund” and to date has raised over $18,000.

Event planning committee members will be out at the Crunch Trail over the coming weeks to talk to Crunch users about getting involved in the upcoming challenge which provides participants three ways to get involved. The easiest way to get involved is to simply show up on September 9 and make a donation, and enjoy the Recreational component, perfect for families or large groups. Those up for a big challenge can register for the Stair Master which will see who is the fastest up the 437 stairs of the Crunch; or they can register for the 4-hour Make It or Break It challenge, to see who has the fastest time, with the most up and down 280m loops of popular hiking trail. Events run from 8 a.m to 1 p.m.

To get more information, and register, go to coquitlamcrunch.com. Although all proceeds go to the cause, participants can save if they register before September 7.

snapd Tri-Cities is a part of a full-service media company. They put out a FREE monthly print publication specializing in a “non-political” friendly and entertaining photographic view of living in our community. They cover everything including home, business, birthday and surprise parties; sporting events; business openings, sales and events; festivals & concerts; people on the street; parades; carnivals; and general daily life. They also include an upcoming events calendar, cartoons, jokes & quotes, recipes and informative articles. The paper is printed monthly and distributed through “exit news racks” at key Retail Stores and strategically by Current Advertisers in the area. For more information visit: https://tricitiesbc.snapd.com

Sandpiper Signs & Decals Inc. is a well-established sign company in Coquitlam, BC who specializes in banners, large sign printing & installation, window decals, fridge magnets, vehicle graphics, trade show displays, and more.  Get more information at: www.sandpipersigns.com

The Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge is an annual event founded by Tri-City’s resident Alex Bell, which celebrates diversity and supports the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs, and the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund. The event started in 2010 and takes place at the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail in B.C., Canada. The Challenge features a Stair Master competition; the Make It Or Break It 4-hour competition; and a Recreational category. Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

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7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge a Success!

Under new leadership, and with many new improvements in place, the 7th annual Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge,  held on September 10th was deemed a success by organizers. This year’s event saw the addition of a timing system provided and overseen by tricity’s Trio Sports Events, and pre-event registration took place through the Running Room, with local race kit pickup at the Port Coquitlam location.  All the event photos can be seen on Facebook HERE.

“Although our numbers were not as high as we’d anticipated, the weather was perfect, and almost everyone that participated said they’d be back again next year,” said Nothin’ Dragon president, Brian Kenny who co-chaired the event with paddling teammate and three year Crunch volunteer, Robbin Whachell. “When the sponsors say it was worth their while, and they want to return, you know the event went well!” said Whachell.

Monies raised from the event will  benefit both seniors and youth through the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior paddling team who mentor challenged youth, as well as to build the ‘Diversity Fund’ housed under the Coquitlam Foundation, which was created by Crunch Challenge event founder Alex Bell in 2010.  Bell served as an advisor this year and both he and his wife Laurel were actively involved on event day, and Bell had the  honourary roll of handing out the gold, silver and bronze medals for both the Stair Master and Make It Or Break It categories, which were split into four age groups in both male and female divisions.

Adding to the event excitement was the heroic 24-hour Crunch marathon by Port Moody resident Guy Black, who successfully completed his goal with a total of 20 laps of the 4.5 km trail loop from bottom to top and back.

The inaugural Stair Master competitors! Check our results page to see who placed.

The inaugural Stair Masters competitors! Trevor Schmidt (in fluorescent green) was named the Stair Master for 2016. Check our results page to all the times. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

“Guy’s feat was greatly supported by the community, and he rarely walked alone, even during the night. “A lady named Frida, who I never met before, walked with me Friday afternoon and then showed up at midnight with her daughter and daughter’s friend,” said Black.  “They were wearing bright headlights and arrived at our support tent and walked with me to the top and back. Frida was concerned for my safety and she showed up again around 3:00 am and walked with me once more.” You can read Guy Black’s post marathon recap HERE.

Guy was supported the entire 24 hours by Diane Lee of Coquitlam’s Kang-Ho Hapkido Martial Arts Academy.  Many fellow academy members came out to cheer him on, and walk with him. His effort was also dedicated to Amanda Todd’s Legacy, and Carol Todd was out at the start and completion of Black’s marathon.  On Saturday, Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment presented Guy with a Colonel’s Challenge Coin for his community work in honouring veterans.

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Guy Black completed 20 laps in 24 hours, and is seen here with Honourary Colonel Ted Hawthorne of the British Columbia Regiment who presented Guy with a Colonel’s Challenge Coin for his community work in honouring veterans (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

The Crunch Challenge’s inaugural Stair Master component (group photo seen at the top) had competitor’s run the 437 stairs of the Crunch to see who was the fastest, and a mother, young child and the family dog took the tiresome run up the stairs (doggy first).  Trevor Schmidt was named the Stair Master for 2016 with a time of 2:08.o.  See the official results of the Stair Master HERE.

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Several of the competitors in the inaugural Stair Master competition, to see who could run up the 437 stairs of the Crunch the fastest. Trevor Schmidt (far left) was named the Stair Master for 2016. Tara Carruthers (seen third in purple) was the top female competitor. Craig Premack placed first in the over 55; Liam Cotnor in the U15 group; and Carmen Lee in the 16-35 age group. Check our results page for more. (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

“We’ve already been in touch with the City of Helsinki to see about sending our  future winners to attempt their mountain and stair climb which inspired the Stair Master event at the Crunch,” said Brian Kenny.  “We are quite sure our stairs are much harder and longer than the stairs in Finland, and we will invite their fastest stair runner here.”

Although former record-holder of the Make It Or Break It Matt Sessions did not attend this year, some serious competitors came out to see how many times they could do the full loop of the Crunch in 4-hours.  Olympian Tina Connelly took the 2016 title matching Sessions with 8 loops as the new record holder, with a time of 3:56.48 — a distance of 35.2 km.  Connelly said entering was a last minute decision.  “The experience was a ‘challenge’ for sure, but I was pretty confident that I could get 8 loops in.  I planned to do the first 3 loops harder so that I could get a good buffer of time to work with, once the legs fatigued on the last few stair runs, and it seemed to work well for me.  As far as next year, I’m not sure. I think trying to do 9 loops in 4 hrs would be almost impossible for me so, I’m pretty satisfied with what I did here and that may be it for me. I’ll leave it to the young ones.” Read our feature about Connelly HERE.

To view all the results of the Make It Or Break It, click HERE.

“The event is well on its way of becoming a signature sport and community event for  Coquitlam, and has the potential to become one for the Vancouver Lower Mainland, and the west coast region,” said Robbin Whachell, who said she has met people who drive over the Port Mann Bridge to climb the Crunch on a regular basis. “I met a woman in Surrey who told me she carpools with her friends, and they love the Coquitlam Crunch, because it’s a whole lot easier than driving all the way to the Grouse Grind, and it’s free.”

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The one to beat in 2017! Olympian Tina Connelly is the 2016 “Make It Or Break It” winner and new record holder with a total of 8 loops in 3:56.48 — a distance of 35.2 km. Check our results page for all the results in four age groups. (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

Next year’s date has already been announced and the event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Interested sponsors can contact the organizing team at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.

The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge would not be possible without our volunteers, partners and sponsors.

Thanks goes out to the New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 CKPM FM The Point Radio; Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMCPasta Polo; Coquitlam Centre; Thrifty Foods  Vancity Port Moody, Wiivv Custom Fit 3D-Printed Orthotics, Jessica Prasad ilovehomes.ca, Starbucks, MaxFit Movement Institute, Xaler Massage, KD Fitness, Tri-City Printing, and the City of Coquitlam.

(Photos by and special thanks to event photographer,  Joep Olthuis, supandshoot.com)

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Just some of the faces at Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge 2016 from left to right: Robbin Whachell, Janet Toddington, Mayor Richard Stuart, Sheynal Saujani, Alex Bell, Terry O’Neil, Jodie Wickens and children, Selina Robinson, Laurel Lawson, and Brian Kenny. (Photo: Joep Olthuis)


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.

“The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.  It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.” – Source

 

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SCHEDULE: Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge, Sept. 10th

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

7:00 REGISTRATION starts

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

7:45  All STAIR MASTER competitors assemble at the bottom of the 437 stairs

  • Rules explained

8:00 STAIR MASTER start

8:45 MEDALS presented for STAIR MASTER

  • Medals presented by founder Alex Bell
  • Participants gather for the Make It or Break It

9:00 MAKE IT OR BREAK IT start

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

      • Words of Welcome by the Mayor
      • Warm up by Krista Langtry

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

1:00 pm Time Stop and Horn Blast

1:15  MEDALS presented for MAKE IT OR BREAK IT

 

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.

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).

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