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Media Release: Congratulations to All Participants of Walk to Tuk 2017

 March 1, 2017
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association
On average, each Walk to Tuk participant accumulated 320 minutes of weekly exercise during January and February.


Photo Opportunity: There will be Walk to Tuk celebrations in a number of communities throughout the NWT. For a complete list of celebrations visit: nwtrpa.org/walk-to-tuk-2017/walk-tuk-celebrations.htm

(Yellowknife, NT – March 1, 2017) – Today the NWT Recreation and Parks Association (NWTRPA) congratulated all 3686 participants for their efforts during Walk to Tuk 2017. On average, each Walk to Tuk participant accumulated 320 minutes of weekly exercise, which is over double the 150 minutes recommended in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. Walk to Tuk is the largest, longest and most effective physical activity event in the NWT.

This year over 3686 people participated in the Walk to Tuk from 29 NWT communities. Of the 257 participating teams, 199 made it to Tuktoyaktuk logging a grand total of 659,708 kilometres. Calculated as hours of exercise, Walk to Tuk participants collectively spent over 157,248 hours walking.

“We are thrilled with the response that we have received this year,” Said Geoff Ray, NWTRPA Executive Director. “Not only in the numbers of people and teams that registered, but in the sheer volume of activity logged.”

Walk to Tuk is an annual community walking challenge. During January and March community members, schools, and workplaces are encouraged to form teams and conceptually walk the distance of the Mackenzie River from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk, a total of 1,658 km. This year teams were encouraged to Walk to Tuk and back, a distance of 3,316 km.

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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 about the organization visit us at nwtrpa.org.

Media Contacts:

Sheena Tremblay
Active Communities Coordinator, NWTRPA

Robin Young
Communications & Admin Officer, NWTRPA