5 Reasons the Coquitlam Crunch is a Great (or Better) Option to the Grouse Grind

Those of us who live in the Tri-Cities know full well what ‘doing The Crunch” means, and the popular hiking trail is slowly becoming a favourite of fitness pleasure seekers from other neighbouring cities as well, even those living east of the Port Mann Bridge. According to the City of Coquitlam, during the summer the trail sees as many as 50,000 visits per month.

You don’t have to convince us as to why we love our local hiking trail, but Lower Mainland Grouse Grind enthusiasts should know these five reasons we think The Crunch is tops and is certainly worth a visit!

  1. The Coquitlam Crunch is free! Yes free. You can even park for free and enter the trail at four different crossing streets, letting you choose your circuit.
  2. The Crunch is more centrally located in the Lower Mainland versus the Grouse Grind in the North Shore.
  3. The Coquitlam Crunch is open year round! Although winter snow means watching what footwear you use, the Crunch is always open.
  4. The Crunch is for all fitness levels! There’s no pressure that once you are on the trail, you can’t turn around and head back down.  Anyone can. You can leave the trail at any point. You can go at your own pace, and stopping anywhere along the trail will not bother anyone else.
  5. The Crunch offers a variety of workout options! It’s no wonder it’s a go-to spot for local fitness instructors. With two sets of stairs – and a total of over 890 steps, the Crunch is perfect for those wanting to crush stairs to their heart’s content or offers a bit of both stairs and trail for a longer climb providing more variety because this popular fitness destination is a 2.2 km climb with over 240 metres in elevation change.

If you are a Crunch newbie, welcome to the experience, and if you’re interested in finding something to train for, SAVE the DATE for the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 8! This charity event has three categories:  the Stair Master; the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge, or for those wanting to go at their own pace, the Recreational.

We’ll see you at The Crunch!

The Stair Master is one component of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge and takes place on the west 437 stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch (Photos: Joep Olthuis)



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Planning underway for Coquitlam Crunch Challenge 2017

Planning is underway for the 8th annual Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, an event which celebrates diversity and supports the Coquitlam Foundation’s ‘Diversity’ Fund as well as the Nothin’ Dragon Masters senior dragon boat team and their community programs. The event started in 2010 by Coquitlam resident Alex Bell 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.

Current organizers, the Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team have taken the helm for a second year and held a first meeting in March, but it was dampened by snowfall conditions resulting in low attendance. Anyone wishing to help out with this year’s event is asked to turn out at the second meeting to take place on Monday, April 10th at the Dogwood Pavilion at 7pm. Feel free to also RSVP if you can make it or, can’t make it but want to assist.

This meeting is perfect for those wanting to help out as a volunteer, involved their own community group or organization, or lend their support as a sponsor.

“We encourage any diversity groups from the Tri-Cities to attend or contact us as soon as possible to learn how they can participate in the event to bring more awareness to their cause, said Crunch Challenge co-chair Brian Kenny. “We intend to highlight these groups as our thrust for 2017. 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.

Learn more at coquitlamcrunch.com

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Tri-Cities Community TV supports the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge

Featuring footage taken at the 2014 and 2015 events, the busy crew at Tri-Cities Community TV have recently released a video segment to help promote this year’s Coquitlam Crunch Challenge.

The video features words from participants, and sponsors, as well as the event founder, Alex Bell.

This year the Challenge will feature time chips and bibs thanks to Trio Sports Events, and Running Room. Registration is now underway.

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.

To REGISTER or MAKE A DONATION click HERE.  Online registration closes on Tuesday, September 6th at midnight, whereupon you can register the morning of the event starting at 7am.

Save time, and register online! Package pickup for chips and bibs can be made at Port Coquitlam Running Room on two dates / times, so you can arrived ready!

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