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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions you might have about Walk to Tuk.

What formula is used to translate walking times into Km?
  • One hour of walking equals 5km for teams of 10 and under
  • One hour of walking equals 4km for teams of 11 – 20 members
What kind of activity counts towards my Walk to Tuk?

Here are a few guidelines that we hope will help you determine what activity counts and what does not. Activity must be:

  • In bouts of at least 15 continuous minutes – This means that five minutes of walking, here and there, throughout the day does not count.
  • Moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity – This means the activity may cause you to sweat and be ‘out of breath’. Your heart rate should increase when exercising.
What are examples of activities that CAN and CANNOT count towards my Walk to Tuk?

Here are examples of activities that CAN count towards Walk to Tuk:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snow Shoeing
  • Biking
  • Lane Swimming

Examples of activities* that CANNOT be counted towards Walk to Tuk:

  • Yoga
  • Hockey
  • Cleaning
  • Snowmobiling
  • Weight Lifting
Are there prizes?

Yes! Visit the Prizes page of the website to see all the great prizes that can be won.

When will the website be updated with new team distances?

Team Captains submit their team total walking time every two weeks on the following dates:

  • January 15, 2018
  • January 29, 2018
  • February 12, 2018
  • February 28, 2018

The website will be updated by the following Tuesday after the team captain has submitted their times.

Are there any tools to keep track of my walking?

Yes! Visit the Resources and Tips page and click on the Walking Log to download a spreadsheet that automatically adds up your weekly walking totals and indicates what to send to your team captain.

For team captains, click on the Tracking log for an easy way to keep track of your entire team’s walking times.

Can one person be on multiple teams?

Unfortunately, no. Each person can only participate on one team.

What is the difference between team types?
  • A community team is made up of family, friends, neighbors or any members of the community.
  • A corporate team is a workplace team made up of coworkers.
  • A school – faculty team is made up of staff from a school.
  • A school – class team is made up of students of a class. Class teams are the only team type permitted to have more than 20 participants to allow for the entire class to participate.
What's new for 2018?

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

  1. Sponsors! – Thanks to a number of special businesses we are able to provide some great Walk to Tuk prices and celebrations. Walk to Tuk 2018 would not be possible without the support of; NWT & Nunavut Lotteries, Dominion Doamond Mines, First Air, The North West Company, Lawson Lundell LLP, Crowe MacKay, Blachford Lake Lodge, Dragon Toner, KopyKat and the Inuvialuit Corporation. If you are interested in supporting Walk to Tuk in 2019, contact us!
  2. Team Profile Pages! – Walk to Tuk teams have had their very own profile pages for a number of years but we’ve made some fancy updates! We’ve made it easier for you to see how far your team has walked and to find your team on the map. Teams will also receive a snazzy badge on their profile page when they reach Tuk and also when they make it back to Fort Providence. You’ll have to walk to Tuk and back to see what we mean.
  3. New T-Shirt Colour – Looking for another shirt to add your ‘The Many Colours of Walk to Tuk’ t-shirt collection? Well, then you are in luck. This year we’ll have another great colour and, once again, it will be voted on by you.
  4. Community Map Markers – Red stars along the river have been added to highlight communities you’ll pass on your way and if you click on the communities they’ll show you the number of kilometers left to reach Tuk!
  5. 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-opSubmit 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

What do I do if more than 20 people want to participate on my team?

Only 20 people can participate per team except if the team is a class team.

Options:

  • Split your team into two teams.
  • Check the website to see if there are other teams from your community that people could join.
Can kilometers be submitted?

No. Only time in hours or minutes spent exercising can be submitted by team captains.

What if I track actual kilometres on my wearable fitness tracker?

Kilometres must be converted into hours or minutes before your team captain submits team times online.

To calculate hours from KMs do the following:

  • For a team with 10 or less team member your kilometers are dived by five.
  • For a team with 11 – 20 members your kilometers are dived by four.
Can a team participate from outside of the NWT?

A team can register from anywhere in the world! However only teams in the NWT will be eligible for prizes.

Can a family member or friend who lives outside of the NWT be a member of a NWT team?

Yes. Family or friends who no longer live in the NWT can join a team based in the NWT. However, people who live outside of the NWT are not eligible to win the First Air flight pass.