Diabetes Fun Run in Kimmirut

When you travel in the north you quickly learn that sometimes there are weather delays for flights.  This past week was one of those weeks…my trip to Kimmirut started out with a weather delay leaving and not being able to fly out of Pang….making my trip a bit longer…but then on Thursday because of wind my flight was cancelled to Iqaluit.  Then on Friday morning my flight was cancelled again because of wind.

Travel delays are something you just have to accept and roll with it.  Sometimes they can surprise you.  This time I met an awesome woman from the south…who had been in Igloolik and now Kimmirut doing a new dental program.  On Friday once we realized that the flight was cancelled we had to both sort out letting our travel coordinators what was happening.  (To make sure they could send payment for our extra nights stay at the hotel and rebook any other flights we needed to have rebooked!)  Once all of that craziness was finished, we found out that there was a Diabetes Fun Run going on in the community later that day.   We both decided to go check out it.

The Northern  was sponsoring the run… everyone that participated got a t-shirt, certificate and medal…plus a hamburger and juice box! The Northern this year partnered with the school.  There were heaps of kids participating…even the preschool kids took  part!


Excited and ready to begin our 5km walk/run!

When we got to the school to sign up…and get our t-shirts…all the kids were so excited, and ready to start.  Some of the kids actually ran the 5kms… my friend and I opted to just walk it with the rest of the kids! Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)004 Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)005 Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)007

Here’s the Anglican Church in Kimmirut…est. in 1909.  Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)017Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)018

Along the way this carver was busy working on a carving…but stopped to look up and wave to the kids going by. Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)009

There were 2 water stations along the way… after climbing the huge hill it was a welcome sight! Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)011 Kimmirut-Diabetes(SMcMahon)012


Here we are at the end of the race with our medals... and certificate.

Here we are at the end of the race with our medals… and certificate.

Participating in this event was special and a cause close to my heart because a few of my close loved ones have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes recently…. so keeping active and making healthy food choices is so important. It was an awesome event… and it was so nice to be able to participate with the rest of the community. It was a sunny but windy day…but beautiful for a 5km walk!  Thanks to everyone that organized this awesome event for the community of Kimmirut… and for the Northern for sponsoring this event that brought the community together to have a bit of fun and exercise at the same time!

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2 thoughts on “Diabetes Fun Run in Kimmirut

  1. keenanhaga

    LOVED LOVED seeing your pics of the kids running a 5K. AWESOME! So important to start good habits when you’re young – and unfortunately our younger generation is becoming less & less physically active. And that sad stat can drop exponentially based on family income. Again, super impressed Sarah!


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