Media Release – Walk to Tuk Turns Ten With Record Numbers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2020 – Sǫ̀mba K’è (Yellowknife, NT)
Today, the NWTRPA is proud to announce that Walk to Tuk will be helping an unprecedented number of NWT residents get and/or stay active this winter. When registration closed on January 16, over 4,900 people on 420 teams had registered for the non-profit organization’s popular physical activity challenge. This number represents an increase of about 4% from last year. Teams this year come from 27 NWT communities.
In 2020, the community with the most teams per capita is Tthets’éhk’edélı̨ (Jean Marie River)! With a population of 96 people, this Dehcho community has two teams totaling 15 participants combined.
“Walk to Tuk was established ten years ago to help motivate NWT residents to stay active during the winter,” said Jess Dunkin, Executive Director of the NWTRPA. “We had 650 participants that first year and that seemed like a great success. Now we have almost 5,000 participants! It has been so wonderful to see this community-based physical activity event embraced by so many people in the NWT and beyond. Congratulations to all of the participants. We look forward to seeing you in Tuk!”
Walk to Tuk is the largest and longest physical activity event in the NWT. Over 27, 000 participants have taken part in Walk to Tuk since the challenge started in 2010. For the past five years, Walk to Tuk participants have, on average, exceeded the amount of exercise recommended by the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
During Walk to Tuk, community members, schools, and workplaces are encouraged to form teams and conceptually walk the distance of the Big River from Zhatıé Kų́ę́ (Fort Providence) to Tuktuuyaqtuuq (Tuktoyaktuk). Each team will do their best to walk a total of 1,658 km between January 2 and February 28, 2020. Along the way, teams can win prizes, see their team progress along the river, plan team walks, take photos, and enjoy the crisp, cold air.
Click here to see how teams are progressing along the river.
The NWT Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy living through active recreation. Walk to Tuk is one of many healthy living programs offered by the association.
Membership & Communications Coordinator, NWTRPA