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Beloved Coquitlam Crunch Challenge adds new hill to conquer

Crunchers can put their endurance skills to the test with a new 8 km event along the Coquitlam outdoor recreation site.
The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge, seen here in 2022, is set to add an eight-kilometre run to its annual event.

Runners, walkers and hikers are encouraged to start training for the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge.

And, this time, organizers have added a new event set to test the endurance of anyone willing to step forward.

The celebrated outdoor fitness challenge, which is now open for registration, is now going to included an 8K run — essentially a race up the 2.2-kilometre uphill stretch and back, twice.

On the event's website, organizers said the added challenge is meant to embrace friendly competition while raising money for Coquitlam Foundation's Community Diversity Fund.

To date, more than $20,000 has been collected for the endowment.

It's earmarked, at $800 annually, for local non-profits and organizations, as well as dedicated individuals, that provide programming for diversity groups identified as socially or financially marginalized.

The Coquitlam Crunch Challenge will also continue with its three mainstay events:

  • The Stair Master
    • To see how fast you can make it up the 437 steps
  • The Make It Or Break It
    • To see how many times you can walk/run up and down the steps in four hours
  • The Recreational
    • To get the family out for a leisurely hike, while supporting the cause

"As for every year, the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge is open to everyone no matter your age or skill level," a statement reads from the organizing committee.

"So, spread the word and invite your friends, family and dogs to join the challenge!"

The deadline to register is June 7.

For those aged 16 years and older, it's $25 each for "Stair Master" and "Recreational," $35 for the "8km Run" and $40 for "Make It Or Break It."

It costs $10 for runners aged three to 15 years old to participate in any of the four events.

For more information, you can visit the Coquitlam Crunch website.