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 2 to February 29, 2020 to collectively walk 1,658km and get their team to Tuktoyaktuk.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Walk to Tuk and we are excited to celebrate this milestone with you!

How to register:

Team registration is now closed! Registration will re-open in December 2020 for Walk to Tuk 2021.

If you’re looking to join a Walk to Tuk team, you can get in touch with the team captain of the team you’d like to join, or contact us at walktotuk@nwtrpa.org | 867-669-8379 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 Fort Providence to Tuktoyaktuk along the Big River for a total distance of 1,658km.
  • Teams have from January 2 to February 29, 2020 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 second Monday, team captains log into the web app to edit or enter their team’s activity and make sure everything is correct. After this deadline, the team’s progress along the Big River will be locked in for that period. If teams choose to use spreadsheets to track their walking times, the same rules apply—times must be submitted online every second Monday in order to be eligible for weekly prizes and team captain prizes
  • Any exercise that is continous, 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?

  • Creates a team by signing up for Walk to Tuk, 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 (this can be done right after creating a team, or later).
  • Receives the team’s start up communication tools.
  • 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. Every second Monday, it is up to the team captains to make sure their team has submitted their activity and that everything is correct (see challenge rules above). 
  • Helps the NWTRPA organize walking celebrations in their community where t-shirts and 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:

  • Early December, 2019 – January 16, 2020 – Registration.
  • January 2, 2020 – Start of Walk to Tuk!
  • January 13, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between January 2 – 12.
  • January 16, 2020 – Last day to register a team.
  • January 27, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between January 13 – January 26.
  • February 10, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between January 27 – February 9.
  • February 29, 2020 – Last day of Walk to Tuk!
  • March 2, 2020 – Team Captains: Deadline to edit/enter team activity done between February 10 – February 29.

17 Great Reasons to Participate in Walk to Tuk

Have you heard that Walk to Tuk 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 in Walk to Tuk:

  1. It is a fun, free activity open to anyone.
  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. Receive the famous “I Walked to Tuk” t-shirt if your team reaches Tuk.
  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!