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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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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