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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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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Yellow Dog Brewing sponsors Beer Garden for Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

We’ve been working long and hard on this one, and it was hard to keep it a secret until we had all the proper protocols and insurance in place, but we are thrilled to announce that we are having a beer garden this year, thanks to the generous support of Yellow Dog Brewing!

The beer garden will be set up at the base of the Crunch during this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge, offering patrons and competitors a cold one as they enjoy the day and support community. All sales of Yellow Dog brew will go directly to the event charitable causes, the Coquitlam Foundation “Diversity Fund” and the senior dragon boat team, Nothin’ Dragon Masters to support their community initiatives with youth.

“Yellow Dog has been a sponsor of our dragon boat team for some time now,” said Brian Kenny, president, Nothin’ Dragon Masters, a team based out of Dogwood Pavilion who train at Rocky Point. “They are always doing something to support community, and we really appreciate their support of this event!”

The beer garden will be open between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Two pieces of ID are required. Please drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home.

Registration is underway in three categories, the Stair Master at 8 a.m.; the Make it or Break It 4-hour challenge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m; and the Recreational which starts formally at 10 a.m. after presentations, words from the mayor, organizers and event founder Alex Bell, and a warmup led by Leigh Brandt.

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.  The Recreational category will be ‘by donation’ on event day, and no amount is too large or too small.

All event details are at www.coquitlamcrunch.com

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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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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Coquitlam Crunch Challenge registration drive underway!

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

You will see some smiling faces along the Coquitlam Crunch trail during the coming weeks! We want to thank our dedicated volunteers for giving up their time to help spread the word about the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge set for Saturday September 9th.

If you attended the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market last weekend, we had a table and information out.  The photo above was taken by snapd Tri-Cities. If you missed it you can find everything on our website, coquitlamcrunch.com

Leading up to the event, now only 1 month away, volunteers will be handing out information cards and answering questions on how to register and support the 8th annual initiative which gives all proceeds to the Coquitlam Foundation “Diversity Fund” and the Nothin’ Dragon Masters 50 + dragon boat team and their youth mentoring initiatives.

“The event would not be where it is today without our volunteers,” said founder Alex Bell. “So many people have supported over the years, and many hands make light work!”

“I’m very pleased to have the Nothin’ Dragon Masters organizing again this year! The event has grown, and to have such an enthusiast group of people step in and take this on is admirable.”

The dragon boat team, with ages ranging from 50 through 80 years of age is operated under the Dogwood Senior’s Society.  Not only is the group a perfect example of diversity, the team also mentors challenged youth in the sport of dragon boating through their Kateslem Kids program. On top of training almost year round, and keeping up with their race season costs (they race against all ages throughout BC), they also sponsor the Riverside Secondary dragon boat team.

Event co-chairs wearing their Nothin’ Dragon Masters’ race shirts Brian Kenny (left) and Robbin Whachell (right) with 2016 volunteer Karin (Photo: Joep Olthuis)

“It’s a great event to be a participant in,” said Brian Kenny, Nothin’ Dragon Masters president, “as you can come out for the exercise and do the Crunch once or even twice in the Recreational category; or for those more fit and competitive-minded, participants can sign up for the Stair Master or Make It or Break It challenges.”

“We’re really encouraging families and community groups to come out together and walk the Crunch.  This event is all about community.”

Online registration is underway at a reduced price, but closes at midnight on September 7th. Not to worry, as last minute registration will take place on-site starting at 7am Saturday, September 9th at the base of the Crunch.

Supporting the 2017 Challenge is New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 The Point Radio, Body by Brandt, snapd Tri-Cities,  Shutter Up & Shoot, Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMC,   Vancity Port Moody, Thrifty FoodsPasta Polo, and the City of Coquitlam.

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

(Video below by Joy TV News was done in 2012)

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Crunch Challenge donates to the Coquitlam Foundation ‘Diversity Fund’

(Photo Above: Cheque presentation at the Coquitlam Crunch – Left to right: Robbin Whachell, co-chair Crunch Challenge and Nothin’ Dragon member; Dwight Yochim, ED, Coquitlam Foundation; Brian Kenny, President, Nothin Dragon Masters dragon boat team / co-chair Crunch Challenge; and Alex Bell, Founder, Coquitlam Crunch Challenge. Photo: Joep Olthuis)

2017 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge Date Announced – Tri-City Diversity Groups Sought

On January 13th, organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch ‘Diversity’ Challenge met up with Dwight Yochim, Executive Director of the Coquitlam Foundation to present a portion of funds raised at the 2016 challenge. The donation goes directly into the “Diversity Fund,” and to date the event has raised over $18,000 for the fund.

“The addition of the Nothin’ Dragons’ organizational expertise made the 2016 Coquitlam Crunch Challenge a great success, added much-needed capital to the Coquitlam Foundation-managed Community Diversity Fund,” said Dwight Yochim, Executive Director, Coquitlam Foundation. “As the charitable heart of Coquitlam, the Foundation is always pleased to see organizations such as the Nothin’ Dragons and the Diversity Fund  work together for the betterment of our community. They touch so many aspects of our community and should be proud of this effort.” Grant applications are now being accepted for the Community Diversity Fund, and groups may apply by contacting the Coquitlam Foundation by February 15th.

“We’re inviting all the Tri-Cities diversity groups to become involved in the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge which will be held on September 9, 2017 and we intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017,” said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We encourage any diversity groups to contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause. They can reach us at coquitlamcrunch@gmail.com.”

“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, mental health, 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: Oregon University.

The event was founded by Coquitlam resident Alex Bell in 2010, whose vision is to have people representing every diversity group participating annually.  The next Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is only 7 months and 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 2016 Crunch Challenge would not have been possible without the kind support of New Earth Marketing; Rod Macbeth and 98.7 CKPM FM The Point Radio; Eagle Ridge Chevrolet, Buick, GMC;  Pasta Polo; 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.  To join this year’s enthusiastic team of sponsors and volunteers, email coquitlamcrunch@gmail.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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