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Media Release – In 9th Year, Walk to Tuk Helps NWT Residents Become More Active Than Ever Before

 March 4, 2019
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association
On February 28, the NWTRPA announced the end of Walk to Tuk. This year 4,835 people in 349 teams, from 30 NWT communities participated in the challenge.


(Yellowknife, NT – March 4, 2019) – On February 28, the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) announced the end of Walk to Tuk, the popular annual community walking challenge. This year, 4,835 people on 349 teams, from 30 NWT communities participated in the challenge. This represents an over 10% increase in participation from 2018. Of the participating teams, 209 made it to Tuktoyaktuk, while another 61 made it back to Fort Providence, logging a grand total of 817,696 kilometers.

During Walk to Tuk, the NWTRPA received over 200 photos and videos from participants documenting their journey, submitted in three categories: Frosty Faces, Beautiful Places, and Dog Walk to Tuk. The organization also received stories from participants recounting the struggles and triumphs they encountered along the way, and the impact the challenge has made on their lives.

“We have heard so many stories of how Walk to Tuk started someone on a path towards a healthier lifestyle, or helped them bond with their teammates, or revealed to them the beauty of their community in the wintertime,” said Sheena Tremblay, Director – Active Communities at the NWTRPA. “It is so inspiring to hear that the challenge has had positive effects on the lives of so many.”

On average, each Walk to Tuk participant accumulated 232 minutes of weekly exercise, which is nearly double the 150 minutes recommended in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. Calculated as hours of exercise, Walk to Tuk participants collectively spent over 159,609 hours walking during January and February.

“I love Walk to Tuk and think it is an amazing initiative to get people outside in the cold winter months. And it’s an opportunity to get people walking and talking in Gwıch’ın.” said Jolene McDonald, team captain of team Gwıch’ın Nahtraahadaal.

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About the NWTRPA:
The NWT Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy living through active recreation. For more information, visit nwtrpa.org.

Media Contacts: 

Sheena Tremblay
Director – Active Communities, NWTRPA

Stefanie Miklosovic
Membership & Communications Manager, NWTRPA