Records set at 2018 Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge

(Photo above: Top 3 in the Stair Master. Left to right is event founder, Alex Bell; Stair Master winner Nick Mcdonald; elite tower runner and second place winner, Shaun Stephens-Whale; third place winner Ryan Watson; and event co-chair Brian Kenny. Photo credit to Jurgen Kaminski)

Date Announced for 2019 Event…

The 9th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge was held on Sept. 8 at the beloved local trail and the event which sees the Stair Master, Make It Or Break It and Recreational categories was a great success. All event proceeds support the Coquitlam Foundation’s community diversity grant as well as the Dogwood Seniors Society’s Nothin’ Dragon Masters dragon boat team and their programs with youth.

The event was opened with an indigenous blessing by Kwikwetlem First Nation, and then words by event founder Alex Bell, as well as a greeting by Coquitlam mayor, Richard Stewart. Oh Canada was sung by Councillor Terry O’Neill.

Stair Master medalists stand for a group photo with event founder Alex Bell (left) and event co-chair, Brian Kenny (Credit to Jurgen Kaminski)

While the imminent call for rain all week may have kept some away, the weather turned out perfect with only cloud cover with ideal cooler temperatures, and no rain fell. Race categories doubled in size from the previous year.

Excitement for the Stair Master challenge was at an all time high with elite tower running, Shaun Stephens-Whale competing. The event had 33 competitors and when it was all said and done, Nick Mcdonald was named Stair Master 2018 with a shocking time of 1:34 beating out Stephens-Whale who took second with 1:40; and in third came Ryan Watson with 1:43. For the women it was Carmen Lee with a time of 2:16.5; second was Tara Carruthers with 2:30.4; and third was Kate Swales with 2:38.2. Medals were handed out in four ages groups. The Stair Master event is now sanctioned with towerrunning.com, the Tower Running World Association. View all Stair Master results HERE.

“This is a great event,” said Stephen-Whale who can now include it in his tower running points. “It was very well organized. I’ll be back next year!”

The Make It Or Break It 4-hour challenge gets underway at 9 a.m. Competitors run the length of the Crunch and back as many time as possible. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Next was the Make It Or Break It (MIOBI) which started at 9 a.m. and completed at 1 p.m. challenging competitors to do the full length of the Crunch trail (approximately 4.5km loop) as many times as possible. In 2017, 8 laps were achieved by a few athletes, but this year, Douglas Race blew everyone away with completion of 9 laps and he had 10 minutes to spare on the 4-hour event! His time was 3:50:04, with second overall being Peter Muralt with 8 laps and time of 3:44:47, and last year’s MIOBI winner, Ray Barrett coming third with a time of 3:49:28.

In the female division of the MIOBI, it 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. View all results HERE.

“We’re excited about the growth this year!” said Alex Bell. “We’ll be moving the 10th annual 2019 event to a Sunday in hopes to not conflict with other fitness challenges (or Saturday soccer) going on the same day, so next year’s date will be Sunday, Sept. 8. We really want to focus on getting more families out now that our race events are well attended. This is a community event for everyone!”

Those who participated in the Recreational were also time-chipped and they could go at their own pace or do as many loops as they wanted. Record-holder of the former 12-hour MIOBI loop challenge turned up for the Recreational and put in 5 laps in his blue jeans. View all results HERE.

A father and his two daughters finish the Recreational category which sees them climb the full length of the Crunch trail and back again. A distance of 4.5 km. Number 154 seen here was our youngest participant. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

More growth!  In 2019 the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge will also be sanctioned by BC Athletics.

“We’d like to thank our announcer, Rod MacBeth,  our tireless volunteers, and our sponsors, all through which this event would not be possible,” said Brian Kenny, Nothin’ Dragon Masters president and event co-chair.

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.

ALL EVENT PHOTOS can be seen on our Facebook album HERE. Thank you Jurgen Kaminski!

Alex Bell, event founder; Douglas Race, Make It Or Break It 4-hour overall challenge winner; Peter Muralt second place MIOBI; Ray Barrett, third place MIOBI overall; and Robbin Whachell, event co-chair. (Photo: Jurgen Kaminski)

Dignitaries, special guests, sponsors, volunteers and Recreational category participants during a group photo just before 10 a.m. (Credit to Jurgen Kaminski)

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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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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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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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