AN ARCTIC ADVENTURE THAT KEEPS GIVING
All our events are meant to be non-competitive, fun events so be sure to enjoy whatever event you choose!
TREK2TUK4KIDS 2021 has several great events to register for:
Walking, Running or Biking Relays – 150 km
The Walking/Running Relay
This relay consists of 6 – 25 km sections and requires a minimum of 6 team members. The relay is done simultaneously where all team members complete their 25 km section at the same time to ensure the relay is done in 8 hours. Teams can be more than 6 members as several team members can walk/run any given section as long as someone from your team walks/runs each section. All team members will have the opportunity to walk/run the last 2-5 kms from the Tuk Welcome sign to the Arctic Ocean Point to complete their TREK2TUK4KIDS. Participants can register as a team or register as an individual wanting to join a Team.
The Biking & Adaptive Bike Relay
This relay consists of 6 – 25 km sections, however as biking is usually faster than walking the Biking Relay only requires a minimum of 2 team members. Teams can be more than 2 members as several team members can bike any given section as long as someone from your team bikes each section. All team members will have the opportunity to bike from the Tuk Welcome sign to the Arctic Ocean Point (7 kms) to complete their TREK2TUK4KIDS. Participants can register as a team or register as an individual wanting to join a Team.
Support will be provided for both relays at the beginning and end of each 25 km section and a shuttle will drop participants off at their start and return participants from Tuk.
Ultra-Marathon Run – 150 km
The Ultra-Marathon Run is for the entire 150 kms of the Inuvik Tuk Highway. To ensure the run is complete by late afternoon on the 29th May for the Finale Feast in Tuk the ultra-marathon runners will begin their run at 3 am on Saturday, 29th May. Runners must carry whatever water or food needed to complete the entire run. Support will be available to begin the ultra-marathon and during the run. Shuttle service will bring runners to the beginning of the run and provide a shuttle service back to Inuvik from Tuk.
Grand Fondo Bike & Adaptive Bike Marathon – 150 km
The Grand Fondo is for the entire 150 km of gravel road known as the Inuvik Tuk Highway. Bikers will begin the Grand Fondo at 7:30 am, Saturday 29 May and be finished by 5 pm in Tuk.
Walking Marathon – 150 km
This is not offered as part of the events this year, but can be accommodated for an additional logistics and support cost with local tourism operators as walking the 150 km of the Inuvik Tuk Highway can take 4 days. Please contact us for more information on this.
To register for any of the TREK2TUK4KIDS events please click the Register button below.
1. Registration opens for TREK2TUK4KIDS
• 1 February 2021 and closes 15 May 2021.
Friday, 28th May
• Trekkers arrive early Friday afternoon if coming from southern locations.
• TREK2TUK4KIDS Registration Package pick up from 1-6 pm at Midnight Sun Complex.
• East 3 School and Mangilaluk School Trekkers do a 1 – 10 km Trek – 1-4 pm
• Tour of Inuvik Hot Spots – 3-5 pm from Midnight Sun Complex.
• 6-8 pm, Welcome Feast – Midnight Sun Complex
• 8:30-10 pm Mackenzie Delta Boat Tour - $40/person
Saturday, 29th May
• Ultra-Marathon Runners start at 3 am. Shuttle pick up at 2:45 at hotels.
• 6-8 am Breakfast at the MacKenzie Hotel – Highway Restaurant
• 7:15 am Grand Fondo Bikers meet shuttle at their hotel with bikes.
• 7:30 am Grand Fondo Bikers begin.
• 7:45 am Relay Trekkers and Bikers sections 4-6 are picked up at the hotels and driven to 75, 100 and 125 kms.
• 8:30 am Relay Trekkers and Bikers sections 1=3 are taken to 0, 25 and 50 kms starting points.
• 9 am Relay Trekkers and Bikers begin.
• 4 pm all remaining Trekkers on the ITH are picked up and brought to Tuk to complete the last 2 km of the
Trek to the Arctic Ocean at The Point in Tuk.
• 5:30 pm – Photo Op at the Arctic Ocean
• 6 pm – Grand Finale Feast at Mangilaluk School
• 7 pm - TREK2TUK4KIDS Prizes, Awards and Presentations
• 8 pm – Tuk Drummers and Dancers
• 9 pm – Shuttle back to Inuvik
Sunday, 30th May
• Free day for sightseeing, tours, relaxing and treating sore muscles and feet…….
Monday, 31st May
• Free morning for final shopping, shuttle will pick up Trekkers at the hotels at 11 am.
Q & A
Q. What is included in my registration for an event?
A – Ensures you are spot in the event you register for, airport pick up if required, registration package and Town Tour, Welcome Feast Friday evening, Saturday morning breakfast and shuttle to your Trek start location, support during the Trek at 25 km intervals, shuttle to Tuk for all Trekkers, Grand Finale Feast and Cultural Celebration in Tuk and shuttle back to Inuvik. All Trekkers also get a TREK2TUK4KIDS t-shirt and completion certificate at the Grand Finale Feast and have a chance for other prizes!!!
Q. How many team members can participate in the relay?
A – There is no maximum number of Trekkers on a relay team. Each Trekker needs to register and identify what team they are on. Walking Trekkers must have a Trekker for each section of the relay (minimum 6 Trekkers) and Biking Relay Trekkers need a minimum of 2 bikers.
Running Relay Trekkers must have a minimum of 3 runners to ensure they finish by 4 pm. All sections of the ITH must be run by at least one team member.
Q. Can I enter a relay if I don’t have a Team?
A – Yes, just identify on the registration – “Need a team” and we will do our best to find you a team.
Q. Is it possible to stay in Tuk ?
A – Yes there are several guest houses and BnB’s – check travel & accommodations by clicking here. Anyone staying in Tuk Saturday evening will need to provide their own transportation back to Inuvik. There is a daily shuttle and taxi service from Tuk to Inuvik.
Q. What is available if I need medical attention during the TREK2TUK4KIDS event?
A – We encourage everyone to bring their own bandaids and other minor blister aids. Support Volunteers at the 25 km stations will have a limited supply of first aid supplies. For anything more serious there is a full service hospital in Inuvik and a health centre in Tuk. Canadian Trekkers should carry their provincial/territorial health care cards with them at all times. Trekkers from outside Canada will be required to have a credit card for any hospital or health centre service. We strongly recommend extended travel medical insurance coverage for all Trekkers who are non-NWT residents. Canadian Trekkers should note that in the event of a medical emergency requiring ground or air ambulance services, the Canada Health Act *does not* cover these expenses for non-NWT residents. Read this pamphlet for information on what medical expenses non-NWT residents may incur.
Q. Will there be time to look around or go on any tours before or after the TREK2TUK4KIDS event?
A – Yes there will be some time on Friday afternoon, all day Sunday and Monday morning for those Trekkers flying in. Anyone wanting to stay longer than the Monday departure should make that arrangement with their travel agency or airline. Local tour companies are available in Inuvik and Tuk and will provide many options. To learn
more, click here.
Q. If I am in a bike event and have a flat or break down, are there any repair services available?
A – Sorry there are no bike repair services provided for the TREK2TUK4KIDS event. All bikers are required to bring with them any extra tires or other parts they think they may need. Remember it is 150 km of gravel and could be muddy depending on the weather.
1. Bring your sense of ADVENTURE!!
2. This is a fun event so bring your sense of humour and enjoy it.
3. Appropriate clothing and footwear for the Trek of 150 km of gravel.
4. Small backpack for water, food, bandaids or moleskin, wind breaker, extra layers, hat, gloves and whatever you think you may need.
5. Check Environment Canada’s 7 Day Weather Forecast for Inuvik and Tuk and prepare accordingly. To check the forecast click here.
6. Bring your camera/cell phone as the scenery is spectacular and there are lots of migrating geese, ducks, swans and other birds. There is cell service for the first 20 km and last 30 kms of the Trek.
7. Sunglasses and sunscreen. At this time of the year the sun is up 24 hours a day and can be intense.
8. Satellite phone, SPOT or In-Reach device is optional, but would allow you to connect with someone for any emergency. We will have an emergency contact number for all satellite devices.
9. Water will be available at all 25 km stations, but all Trekkers need to bring a water bottle and whatever water they would need for 25 kms.
10. Bikers need to bring whatever additional tires, parts or repair kits they may need during the Trek. Remember the Trek is on 150 km of gravel or mud depending on the weather.