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‘Walk to Tuk’ looks to make strides heading into 2018

Registration for the Walk to Tuk begins tomorrow.

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 Big River (Mackenzie) from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk.” Teams will try to collectively walk a total of 1658 km between January 2 and February 28.

Executive Director of the Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association, Geoff Ray, says the walk is long, but effective.

Last year on average, each Walk to Tuk participant accumulated 320 minutes of weekly exercise, which is double the 150 minutes recommended in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.

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Ray adds: “This amazing NWT original event is a great way to stay active in the cold months of winter.

According to the NWTRPA, there were over 3600 participants from 29 NWT communities in 2017. Of the 257 participating teams, 199 made it to Tuktoyaktuk (1658 km), logging a grand total of 659,708 kilometres.

Walk to Tuk participants collectively spent over 157,248 hours walking.

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