About Walk to Tuk

Walk to Tuk is an annual community walking challenge. Community members, schools, and workplaces are encouraged to form teams and conceptually walk the distance of the Mackenzie River from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk (1,658 km) in January and February. This free event is a great way to meet new people and stay active during the cold and dark months of winter.

Teams have from January 3 to February 28, 2017 to collectively walk a total of 1,658 km.

How to register a team?

Registration opens December 1, 2017. One registration is open, go here to sign up.

What are the challenge rules?
  • Teams of up to 20 people (or 35 for school classes) are challenged to walk from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk along the Mackenzie River for a total distance of 1,658km
  • Teams have from January 3 to February 28, 2016 to walk as far as they can along the river
  • One hour of walking equals 5km for teams of 10 or less people
  • One hour of walking equals 4km for teams of 11 – 20 people
  • The team captain will submit team walking hours to the NWTRPA every second Monday
  • Any exercise that is continuous vigorous-intensity such as jogging, cross country skiing can be accepted as time towards the challenge
What does a team captain do?
  • Registers the team using the team registration form
  • Receive the team’s start up communication tools
  • Track and submit the team’s total walking times (in hours or minutes) online to the NWT Recreation and Parks Association. It is up to the team captain to submit this information every second Monday to have the team’s walking status updated (Teams who submit their total walking times every second Monday will be entered into a weekly draw for the chance to win a prize)
  • Submit team information, pictures, videos and stories for your team profile page
  • Help the NWTRPA organize walking celebrations in their community where t-shirts and prizes will be awarded
  • Motivate and encourage their team to complete the challenge!
What can you win?

Click here to see what prizes you, your team or your team captain could win.

Important dates to remember:
  • December 1, 2016 – January 16, 2017 – Registration
  • January 3, 2017 – Start of the Challenge
  • January 16, 2017 – Last day to register a team
  • January 16, 2017 – Team captains walking times submission date (for walking done between January 3 – 15)
  • January 30, 2017 – Team captains walking times submission date (for walking done between January 16 – January 29)
  • February 13, 2017 – Team captains walking time submission date (for walking done between January 30 – February 12)
  • February 28, 2017 – Last day of the challenge! Last day to submit final walking times
What's new for 2017?

There are four major new additions to this year’s challenge:

  1. Walk to Tuk … and Back! – Walking to Tuk is already a big challenge but, for those who want to take those extra steps, they can now try their hand at walking to Tuk… and back!
  2. New T-Shirt Colour – This year we’ll have another great colour and, once again, it will be voted on by you.
  3. Get Your Class Walking – We’ve made a number of updates to Walk to Tuk to make it easier for teachers to form a team with their class. For more information visit our WALK TO TUK FOR YOUR CLASS post.
  4. Tell (or Show) Us Your Walk to Tuk Story – Send us a photo, video or a story about your experience taking part in Walk to Tuk and you will be entered into a draw for one of eight $50 gift certificates to Mountain Equipment Co-op. Submit your stories by email to stremblay@nwtrpa.org or on social media by tagging @nwtrpa.

For more information on these additions, visit our WHAT’S NEW WITH WALK TO TUK? post

Walk to Tuk History
  • Walk to Tuk started 2011 with only 550 participants;
  • Each year the challenge has grown in size!
  • In 2015 Walk to Tuk was selected out of over 400 submissions from across Canada as one of six finalists in the Play Exchange. It was showcased on a CBC national television show in January 2015 and was in the running to win up to $1 million to launch the challenge nationwide.
  • Each year participants have surpassed the recommended amount of exercise stated in Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
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