Stoke for the Advendurist




Written by : Daniel Poirier

They are thrilled, excited, enthusiastic and above all extremely gifted in their physical and mental capacities. They have the attributes of the best adventure racers. Regardless of their jeans, cotton shirts, oversized mountain bikes, croc shoes, they'll follow you anywhere. They have no fear and never complain. They just embrace fully the activities they get involved in. It’s in their blood.

From September 12th to 19th in Inukjuak was the 9th edition of the Nunavik Adventure Challenge. This was the first time it was held in the beautiful village of Inukjuak located on the Hudson Coast.

Their Inuit ancestors were among the most daring and clever adventurers of all time. Even if the modern world has created new challenges for their communities they have managed to retain an incredible resiliency which makes them smile all the time. They are happy, proud and teach us humility.

During the week, an average of 100 participants per day trained in Mountain Biking, Rock climbing, Sea Kayaking, Skateboarding and Trekking for seven days in a row. The youths of Inukjuak proved they are very talented in many sports and have a great deal of stamina and endurance.

The week culminated on the Saturday with the 9th Nunavik Adventure Challenge (N.A.C.) Race. A record participation of 56 racers took part in the event. There was also a record participation of women, making up half of the racers.

For the first race held in Inukjuak, were they had to mountain bike, trek, trail run, kayak and descend a huge zip line. the overall winning team of Nunavik Adventure Challenge Inukjuak was the team Lookouts (Jaani Kasudluak, Lucasi Kasudluak) with a time of 49:00. The team Butterflies (Olive Kasudluak, Emallak Oweetalutuk) won the women category with a time of 56:19. The mixed category was won by team Jack (Yakusi Iqaluk, Lynda Imallak) with a time of 1:13:50.

This N.A.C. in Inukjuak was a great opportunity for ten Nunavimmiuts to work on the event as instructors and technical staff. They were able to use the skills they learned in the different N.A.C. clinics specifically organised trough out the year where they obtained various certifications.

The N.A.C. started two years ago with a pilot event in Kangiqsualujjuaq. Since then, 15 N.A.C. events and clinics happened in Salluit, Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kangiqsujjuaq, Ivujivik, Umiujaq and Inukjuak.

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