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Climb the Coquitlam Crunch and Other Fun Ways to Get Fit Outdoors

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 — 5:28pm PDT
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Have you done the Crunch? No, not the ab exercise, but the fitness trail in Coquitlam that involves climbing 473 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres. It’s a physical challenge that you just might want to add to your September bucket list!

Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

While the Coquitlam Crunch is sometimes referred to as a smaller, urban version of the Grouse Grind, this trail is not as long or as pain-inducing, unless you opt to do stair repeats (it’s a thing).

The route follows the power lines up the hill to Westwood Plateau, with the entire loop back down to the base taking 1-1.5 hours to complete. You’ll see everyone from gym buffs to preschoolers en route, with even some speedsters racing up the stairs. You’ll work up a sweat and be rewarded with pretty great views from the top.

Unlike the Grind’s forested setting, the Crunch cuts through largely open terrain that’s surrounded by residential homes. The trail is easily accessed by road (free parking on Lansdowne Drive) or transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station).

This is just one of the many options to take your workout outdoors this month. From hiking challenges to a colour run, September is all about fun activities we can do in the fresh air. Here are a few to try:

Coquitlam Events in September

Coquitlam Crunch ChallengeCoquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge
Saturday, September 9, 2017
This annual event offers three categories for varying fitness levels. The recreational group is geared toward all ages and involves completing the loop at least once. Other options include the ‘Stair Master,’ which involves racing up the 437 stairs, or the ‘Make It or Break It’ challenge to see how many times you can complete the entire Crunch loop within four hours (current record is eight times).

Terry Fox Run
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Join in this annual run in celebration of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. This family event is non-competitive, so you can go at your own pace. Coquitlam’s event takes place at Mundy Park.

Color Vibe 5K
Saturday, September 23, 2017
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be painted from head to toe in coloured powder, here’s your chance. This 5 km walk/run is geared toward all ages – yes, kids too! – and will coat Town Centre Park with rainbow colours. Note this powder – made from cornstarch and baking soda – is non-toxic and environmentally safe. It all ends with a dance party complete with a DJ and colour throw countdowns.

Color Vibe 5K

Free and Fun

Table Tennis
Sure, it can work up a sweat! Pack your paddles and ball for a free game on the outdoor tables next to Percy Perry Stadium at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park (a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station).

Disc Golf
Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf, although instead of a ball and clubs, you throw a disc. The object is to complete each hole in the fewest throws. Coquitlam’s Mundy Park hosts a free nine-hole disc golf course (located near Spani Pool, 655 Hillcrest St.) with nets on site as permanent targets.

Mountain Biking
Did you know Coquitlam is an up-and-coming mountain biking destination? Burke and Eagle mountains are gaining recognition for a West Coast style of riding. Not sure where to start? Contact Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA) to join them for a free group ride. Please bike responsibly, respect the natural habitat and stick to the trails.

Explore Coquitlam

Shop : Looking for some retail therapy? How about shoes, a new Lululemon bag or electronics from the Apple Store? Whatever it is, Coquitlam is a shopping destination. Pop in to Coquitlam Centre to peruse the nearly 200 stores or stop by the Farmers Market on Sundays at Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow). Furniture? Don’t miss the stores around United Boulevard. For more shopping areas and suggestions, see pg. 11 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide »

Eat/Drink: After all that activity, you have likely worked up a thirst. For restaurant recommendations, turn to pages 37-38 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide »

Enter to Win

I have a prize package to offer up so that you can #ExploreCoquitlam this month! The winner will get 2 tickets to the Color Vibe 5K, a $50 gift card from Coquitlam’s own Mariner Brewing, and vouchers for two pizzas at La Ruota Pizzeria.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Must be 19+.

For more information about these free events and outdoor adventures, Explore Coquitlam online.

Update The winner is Sara Cubs!

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  1. Marisa. P says:

    Liked and commented and shared and tweeted!

  2. Michelle says:

    Looks like a fun prize! I would take my bestie Jess with me.

  3. Theodora pappas says:

    Never done this! Would be cool

  4. Trish L says:

    This is an awesome prize! Fingers crossed to win!!!πŸ™‚

  5. brandon Forsyth says:

    Fantastic prize

  6. Sheila says:

    Great prize – as always πŸ™‚

  7. marissa says:

    Awesome πŸ™‚

  8. Val says:

    I’ve always wanted to check out Coquitlam!

  9. MARY says:

    My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary on Sunday September 24! We got engaged at a run. It would be SO perfect if we won and got the chance to do a run together and have a fun date night in coquitlam afterwards πŸ™‚

  10. Tania says:

    That sounds great!

  11. rino says:

    Love Coquitlam!!

  12. Mike Gismondi says:

    I’d love to do this!

  13. Sunshine H says:

    that looks like a great prize pack – thank you for the chance!

  14. Rita says:

    What a great prize!

  15. Rebecca F says:

    This would be fun

  16. Robin says:

    The Crunch is a lot of fun. The stairs are a workout, but the trail at the top is beautiful on a sunny day, plus there are Geocaches all the way up.

    I think the Colour Vibe would be fun to do with my Grandson.

  17. PJ says:

    So many wonderful events and places to go locally. Thanks for posting.

  18. Kelly says:

    Looks like a fun prize!

  19. Roderick says:

    I haven’t explored Coquitlam much. Should do.

  20. Amber Keita says:

    Fun times!

  21. denise says:

    I love the coquitlam crunch!

  22. Melissa says:

    Would like to check out some of these places !

  23. Holly says:

    Love exploring aCoquitlam.

  24. Shelley Butcher says:

    I’ve never heard of the coquitlam crunch before. Sounds like fun!

  25. Alicia Boisvert says:

    This is so wonderful since I got sick I’ve wanted to try this and do the run/walk what a cool giveaway thank you

  26. Tabby72 says:

    I’d love to explore Coquitlam, and do the 5K run! Thanks!

  27. Kristy says:

    Yeah Coquitlam!

  28. jenny says:

    liked post on FB

  29. Narceli says:

    Awesome! Thank you!

  30. jan says:

    Oh, yes please.

  31. Karen says:

    That would be awesome!

  32. Mike says:

    Great prize!

  33. Sue says:

    Sounds good

  34. Stella Panagiotidis says:

    This looks like a fabulous time!

  35. Stephanie says:

    I’d love to try this!

  36. Michelle I says:

    This would be amazing. Thanks for the chance to win. 😊😊

  37. Valerie says:

    Coquitlam is highly overlooked! And again, birthday is 9/11, just sayin’..

  38. Michelle says:

    Great way to explore the hometown! I grew up in Coquitlam yet have never properly explored it!

  39. Giti says:

    Great way to explor beautiful Coquitlam!16 years ago moved to beautiful Coquitlam

  40. Kristina says:

    All 3 done and fingers crossed πŸ™‚
    Thanks so much for the chance to win such a great prize

  41. Glen says:

    Awesome prizes! Would love to check out Mariner Brewing!

  42. Thea says:

    Great prize – exploring locally is always fun.

  43. Jenn Spry says:

    Done all required. would love to explore Coquitlam

  44. Tiff says:

    I could definitely just some motivation to get more fit!

  45. Jenny says:

    Sounds fun!

  46. Alicia says:

    Great prize

  47. Randy says:

    Sounds great

  48. Mei Ling Liu says:

    great prize thanks , i like to win

  49. Kim Rees says:

    Coquitlam is my home and this would be an awesome time!

  50. Jazzy says:

    Haven’t been to Coquitlam in a long time!

  51. Paige Strand says:

    Liked and commented, what a great experience! I tried Coquitlam crunch when I was much younger and was so tired after, sounds like a challenge! πŸ™‚

  52. Jason Bamford says:

    Never tried it…would be great to give it a go.

  53. Alex says:

    Great prize – would like to check out Coquitlam.

  54. Hadley says:

    I’m willing to go east of Burnaby for this.

  55. Jennifer says:

    I would love all of those things!! Especially excited to check out Mariner Brewing.

  56. Sarah says:

    I really need to run a 5k! This would be great!

  57. Vivian T says:

    Love to win!

  58. Shawna Comey says:

    Would love to do the Color run with my toddler! Awesome prize.

  59. Michelle L says:

    Thank you so much

  60. Cheuk Lau says:

    great prize as always

  61. denise says:

    thanks for the chance!!

  62. Amanda Gail says:

    I had no idea there was this much awesomeness in Coquitlam!!!

  63. Colin says:

    Linked and loved!

  64. Stephanie says:

    Sounds very cool!!

  65. Ken says:

    Crunch is part of my daily workout.

  66. Francine says:

    Would love to explore Coquitlam……liked and shared

  67. Stephanie says:

    What great prizes!!

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