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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we're unable to host our in-person 5th anniversary of the Wasaya – United Way Plane Pull this year, SO we have created a BRAND NEW event in lieu of our Plane Pull for 2020!

United Way of Thunder Bay, Indigenous Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards (IYARA), and Wasaya Airways are excited to introduce and host our first ever ‘Run the North’ event, presented by Newmont Goldcorp, coming to all of Northwestern Ontario September 26 – October 4, 2020!

Join us in our goal of having 1000 people register across NWO in order to raise OVER $25,000 for United Way and IYARA!!

We're inviting individuals from all across Northwestern Ontario to join us in a community challenge to ‘Run the North’. We want to make this the largest race in NWO and have people from every community in our region participating! Let’s show our province how connected we are and get all communities on the map!

This virtual non-competitive race can be run anywhere and anytime between the event dates. Participants can walk, run, bike or use the treadmill so you can ‘run your race at your pace’. People can choose from a 1k or 5k distance so the whole family can participate too!  

All participants will receive a race kit including a medal and race bib. We'll have a safe pick up location in Thunder Bay the week of the event. For anyone participating in our northern communities, these items will be shipped to you in advance.

There will be prizes to WIN! See all details below!


A HUGE thank you to our amazing sponsors who made this event possible:

Presenting Sponsor: Newmont Goldcorp

Moose Sponsor: Pizza Hut 

Event Supporters: Superior Screen Printing


Date: Saturday, September 26 - Sunday, October 4, 2020

Times & Location: 'Run the North' from ANYWHERE you are and 'RUN YOUR RACE AT YOUR OWN PACE' any time between the event dates 

Price: $25 per person to register, includes a race bib and a race medal 

Registration Deadline: September 1, 2020

Early Bird Registration Contest: Register by August 6, 2020 and be entered into our early bird draw to WIN a prize!

T-shirts: We are selling t-shirts in partnership with Superior Screen Printing! T-shirts are $30 each, with $10 being donated back to the event! Choose from a variety of custom 'Run the North' design options, available for men, women, or children! To order YOUR special t-shirt visit: (link will be available soon) 

Race Kit Pick Up Location & Dates: TBD - Late September - we will send out details to all registered participants in September 

Prizes:We will be giving away prizes for 2 different initiatives: 

1. Fundraising: Additional fundraising is optional and encouraged! Ask your family, friends, colleagues, doctor, cab driver, or whoever your know for pledges in support of the event. Anyone who fund raises $50 or more (in addition to your registration fee), will be entered to win a variety of randomly drawn prizes. We will also have 1 grand prize for top individual fundraiser! 

You can use the online peer-to-peer fundraising platform to collect online credit donations – a tax receipt will be emailed to all donors instantly. Your personal fundraising page will be created instantly when you register for the event. OR you can use our paper pledge form to collect cash or cheque from your donors. All forms and monies must be handed in before the event (details to come).

If you would like the pledge form, please email or you can also find it in the back end of your Canada Helps registration profile after you register for the event.

2. Get Social: Share your Run the North journey with us while you are out doing your race!! Take a photo before, during, or after your race with your race bib and / or medal and post it on your social media! Be sure to hashtag #RuntheNorth AND tag United Way of Thunder Bay (@uwaytbay) and Indigenous Youth Achievement & Recognition Awards (@nwoayara)