Five teams compete in Kuujjuaq’s ‘mini Ivakkak’ race
Nunavik communities run smaller races this year while Makivik’s annual Ivakkak tradition was put on hold due to COVID-19
George Kauki and his dogsled team won April 29th’s “mini Ivakkak” in Kuujjuaq, taking home the $10,000 prize in the 64-kilometre race and finishing in just over five hours.
Kauki won with an official time of 5:23:03, organizers said. Junior May won $5,000 for finishing second with a time of 5:27:14, while Aloupa Kauki placed third (5:54:46), winning $2,000.
Fourth place went to Sheldon Whiteley (6:16:13), and Randy Gordon came in fifth (6:53:21).
Five dogsled teams competed in the event on Stewart Lake, also known as Tasialuk, and raced to Qasiriarsiuvik and back.
The race, organized by the Kuujjuaq Pinguatitsijingiit Recreation Committee, replaced the annual Ivakkak event.
Most years, Makivik Corp. holds the annual Ivakkak race, but cancelled it this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, it encouraged each Nunavik community to hold its own race and provided funding to help them do it.