All 13 teams with 153 dogs began the 15th Annual Ivakkak 2017 race in Umiujaq, Nunavik, March 28. Community stops included Inukjuak, Puvirnituq, and Alulivik, with the finish line in Ivujivik.
Winners this year were Team #10, Aisa Surusilak and his partner Aipilie Qumaluk from Puvirnituq, completing the race with a total time of 60:19:33 on April 15.
“We are proud to continue to take the lead in the race as it is in line with one of our corporate objectives, which is to enhance the Inuit culture. We continue to see the youth and the elders active in this lifestyle and we believe we are reaching our goal to ensure the return of the qimmituinnaq, the Inuit sled dog, which was vital to Inuit survival across the North,” says Andy Moorhouse, Vice President of Makivik Corporation.
For photos of the race, visit www.ivakkak.com.