It was the biggest, and best year yet for Walk to Tuk. This year over 5,579 people from 31 NWT communities participated in the 2021 challenge.
Active Communities Director of the NWT Recreation and Parks Association Bri Krekoski said seeing the motivation, excitement and resilience this year in particular has been really inspiring.
“Walk to Tuk 2021 saw more NWT residents participate than ever before. That was our goal, and it went a long way towards keeping northerners healthy, happy, and engaged. We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s success,” she added.
Altogether, the 495 participating teams logged a grand total of 752, 215 kilometres.
Walk to Tuk participants collectively spent over 179,403 hours walking. On average, each participant accumulated 241 minutes of weekly exercise.
Krekoski says as the NWT and the world continues to cope with the pandemic, walking outdoors or in open spaces remains one of the core and key activities people can do safely to stay active.
“This remained one of the resounding messages the NWTRPA heard from participants throughout Walk to Tuk 2021, along with truly inspiring and powerful stories of how walking has created connection to people and place in the NWT,” she continued.
Some of the prizes offered this year were a $1000 recreation grant to 12 Teams, beaver mitts for Team Captains and flight passes for three different Grand Prize Winners. To see the winners of the prizes, click here.
Walk to Tuk takes place every year for eight weeks during January and February in which community members, schools, and workplaces form teams and together, conceptually walk the distance of the Big River from Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk.