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Sep 06, 2017 Return to Headlines

Get Fit and Have Fun in Coquitlam’s Outdoor Playground

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, Sept. 6, 2017 – September is shaping up to be a great time for outdoor fitness events in Coquitlam.

Take your workouts outside this month, whether it involves getting coated with coloured powder in a fun run, bolting through Mundy Park with other speedsters, or scaling the Coquitlam Crunch in record time.

If you’re looking for a challenge, the Crunch is a fitness trail that includes 4​37 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres. 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.

The Crunch has free parking on Lansdowne Drive and is accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station). www.coquitlam.ca/trails

This is just one of the many options to step up your fitness routines 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.

EVENTS

Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge
Saturday, Sept. 9
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). www.coquitlamcrunch.com      

Terry Fox Run
Sunday, Sept. 17
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 on a combination of gravel and paved pathways. www.terryfox.org   

Color Vibe 5K
Saturday, Sept. 23
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! 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. www.thecolorvibe.com    

ACTIVITIES

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 Town Centre Park. www.coquitlam.ca/parkfinder  

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. Visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkfinder  for park details and www.discbc.com for more information about the sport in B.C.  

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 (www.torca.ca). Please bike responsibly, respect the natural habitat and stick to the trails.  

Hiking
Joining a hiking group is a great way to meet new people and explore the wilderness. The City of Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by experienced leaders. They’ll take you on some wild adventures! www.coquitlam.ca/outdoors 

WHILE YOU’RE HERE

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 (read it online at www.coquitlam.ca/explore).  

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 the Travel and Experience Guide. www.coquitlam.ca/explore  

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For more events and activities, visit www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3912
ekalnins@coquitlam.ca

 

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