Media Release – Over 8% Of NWT Population Participate in Walk to Tuk

 January 17, 2017
Posted by ryoung
In 2017, over 3400 people in 272 team from 29 communities registered for the popular physical activity challenge.

(Yellowknife – January 17, 2017)Today the NWTRPA announced that Walk to Tuk will be helping an unprecedented number of NWT residents get active this winter. When registration closed this morning, over 3400 people in 272 team from 29 communities had registered for the popular physical activity challenge. That number represents about eight per cent of the total population of the NWT, and about a 35% increase from last year.

“It is clear that Walk to Tuk has touched a real nerve in the NWT.” Said NWTRPA Executive Director Geoff Ray. “It’s getting people excited about being active and getting in the outdoors during the cold dark months of winter.”

Walk to Tuk is the largest and longest physical activity event in the NWT. Over 12,788 participants have taken part in Walk to Tuk since the Challenge was started in 2010. For the past four year participants on average have exceeded the amount exercise recommended by the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines during Walk to Tuk.

For Walk to Tuk, community members, schools, and workplaces are encouraged to form teams and conceptually walk the distance of the Mackenzie River from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk. Each team will do their best to walk a total of 1658 km between January 3 and February 28, 2017. Along the way, teams can win prizes, see their team progress along the river, plan team walks, take photos and have fun enjoying the crisp cold air.

Note to Editors:
• Click here to see how teams are progressing along the river.
• Photos: See photos attached to email.

About the NWTRPA:
The NWT Recreation and Parks Association works with communities across the NWT to promote healthy living through active recreation.

Media Contact:
Sheena Tremblay
Active Communities Coordinator, NWTRPA
867-669-8381 stremblay@nwtrpa.org