The NWTRPA Walking Challenge
(previously known as the Walk to Tuk).


This year, the NWTRPA Board of Directors and Staff have made the decision to change the name of our flagship event temporarily while we engage in a program review as our first step towards decolonization. If you would like to read more about this decision, you can read the Board’s letter on our News Page:


A Walking Challenge Apology 

The NWTRPA Walking Challenge (previously 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 from Zhatıé Kų́ę́/Fort Providence to Tuktuuyaqtuuq/Tuktoyaktuk, a total of 1,658km. This free event is a great way to meet new people and stay active during the cold and dark months of winter.

Participants have from January 1 to February 28, 2022 to collectively walk 1,658km and get their team to Tuktuuyaqtuuq.

No matter who or where you are, NWTRPA Walking Challenge is a great way for us to celebrate the new year being healthy, safe, and engaged with our community. See you out there! 

How to register:

Registration is open for the NWTRPA Walking Challenge 2022 from December 1, 2022, to January 15, 2022. 

If you’re looking to join a team, you can get in touch with the team captain of the team you’d like to join, or contact us at | 1-800-669-8381| and we can help find a team for you. 

What are the challenge rules?

  • Teams of up to 20 people (or 35 for school teams) are challenged to walk from Zhatıé Kų́ę́ to Tuktuuyaqtuuq along the Big River for a total distance of 1,658km.
  • Teams have from January 1 to February 28, 2022 to walk as far as they can along the river.
  • One hour of walking equals 5km for teams of 1 – 10 people.
  • One hour of walking equals 4km for teams of 11 – 20 people.
  • Every Monday, team captains log into the web app to make sure their team has been putting in miles every week on their way up the Big River- in order to be eligible for weekly prizes and team captain prizes, teams must have entered their activity through their online dashboard. 
  • Any exercise that is continuous, moderate to vigorous-intensity, aerobic physical activity (such as jogging or cross-country skiing) counts towards the challenge. Activities must be done in bouts of at least 15 minutes to be counted.

What does a team captain do?

  • Motivates people to get outside into the fresh air, and get moving!! 
  • If a captain is coming back a second year with their tried and true crew, they will re-register their team using their old ID & password
  • If a captain is running a new team of fresh energy this year, they can get started by using their old login (if they have one) or signing up for the challenge, then clicking the My Team(s) tab, and clicking the Create a new team button.
  • Fills out team information, adds a team profile picture, and provides descriptions/stories for their team’s profile page.
  • Adds teammates to their team.
  • Receives the team’s start up communication tools by email from the admin team.
  • Tracks and submits their own walking time/distance online with the click of a button. Captains can also add or edit time/distance for their teammates. 
  • Helps the NWTRPA organize walking celebrations in their community where prizes will be awarded.
  • Motivates and encourages 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, 2022 – January 15, 2022 – Registration.
  • January 1, 2022 – Start of NWT Walking Challenge!
  • January 10, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 1)! 
  • January 17, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 2)! 
  • January 24, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 3)! 
  • January 31, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 4)! 
  • February 7, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 5) and January photo contest winners announced! 
  • February 14, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 6)! 
  • February 21, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 7)! 
  • February 28, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 8)!
  • February 15, 2022 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between January 30 – February 12.
  • February 28, 2022 – Last day of the challenge! 
  • March 7, 2022 – Weekly Prize draws (week 5) and January photo contest winners announced! 
  • March 7, 2022 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity for 2022.
  • March 10, 2022 – The Big Prizes for 2022 are announced! 

17 Great Reasons to Participate in the NWTRPA Walking Challenge

Have you heard that the NWTRPA Walking Challenge is a fun way to stay active during the winter, but need a little more convincing before you take the dive?

Here are 17 great reasons that you should participate:

  1. It is a fun, free activity open to anyone. The Challenge is an opportunity to forget the pandemic blues, and get moving in a safe, healthy way! It is this year’s biggest physical activity event! 
  2. It will help you stay active when you need it most, during the coldest and darkest months of the year. Participants provide social support and encouragement to their team members to get (and stay) active.
  3. It is a team activity that encourages all participants, from the youngest to the oldest, to work together towards a common goal.
  4. It is easy to track your team’s progress along the river.
  5. Walking is great for kids as well! It can improve their concentration, supports their cognitive development, and gets them outside in the fresh air.
  6. There are prizes for individuals, teams, and team captains, both at the end of the challenge and each week!
  7. It is safe, healthy and an activity that you can do- no matter what COVID relaxing phase our territory is in! 
  8. Teams get to choose their own team names.
  9. Team captains are provided with lots of support throughout the entire challenge, including access to tracking sheets, activity ideas, and recruitment posters.
  10. It is accessible. You don’t need any special equipment. Just good footwear and some warm clothes.
  11. It is flexible. You can track and submit time or distance for any activity done in bouts of at least 15 minutes (as long as it is continuous, moderate to vigorous-intensity, aerobic physical activity). This includes walking, running, swimming, biking, or cross-country skiing.
  12. There are lots of ways to participate. You can participate with your friends on a community team, with your colleagues on a workplace team, or with your classmates if you are a student.
  13. It promotes wellness. Walking has lots of physical and mental health benefits including better focus, lower blood pressure and stress levels, and improved heart and lung health.
  14. It has the potential to increase territory-wide physical activity levels, which could result in improved health outcomes for residents of the NWT.
  15. It is a great way to experience the beautiful outdoor trails and places in your community.
  16. It promotes community cohesion and resiliency.
  17. It fosters community engagement and strengthens relationships.

Register your team now!