ᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ: ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᓂᒃ.

94 ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᐃᕆᓕ 29-ᒥ ᒪᐃ 1-ᒧᑦ, ᐱᐊᓂᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᓴᓇᑦᑕᐃᓕᒥ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᕆᑉᓗᓂ ᑐᕆᔅᑎᓐ ᑎᐊᔅ ᒎᓘᑖᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᖓᔪᒃᖠᓂ.

ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖅᓱᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐃᒃᐱᖕᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐸᐱ ᒥᓯᕌᓛᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᕙᒃᑐᓂᒃ.

“ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᒡᓕᕆᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ (ᔭᕕᔅ ᑕᐅᑐᙱ), ᖁᓖᖅᑕᕆᐊᖃᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᖃᓂᒌᒃᑑᑎᔪᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᓚᐅᖅᑑᒃ. ᐅᑐᖅᑕᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᐅᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᒡᓕᐊᓄᓪᓗ.”

ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᕆᒐᓐ ᓂᐊᖁᖅ, ᐱᖓᓱᒋᔭᐅᖏᓐᓇᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᑯᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑑᒑᖅ ᓇᑦᓯᐅᑉ ᐃᓱᐊᓂ ᖄᖏᖅᓯᓕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓂᐊᖁᕐᒥ ᐱᖓᔪᒋᔭᐅᓕᖅᖢᓂ. “ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑕᑯᕋᓐᓂᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᒥᓯᕌᓛᖅ. “ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᐱᑦᑐᐊᓘᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓕᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ.”

ᐱᒡᒍᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᔪᓯᓂᖃᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᐊᓘᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ, ᐊᒥᓲᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑐᑦ.

ᐊᕐᕌᓂ, ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᑐᕌᖓᓚᐅᕐᒪᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᒥᓯᕌᓛᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᖁᓕᑦ 15-ᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᙶᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᐅᐱᕐᖔᖅ. ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᑎᓪᓗᒋᒡᒎᖅ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑦᑎᑦᑎᐊᕈᒪᑉᓗᓂ, ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᓲᑦ ᓇᐅᒃᑰᕐᕕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᓇᓃᑦᑕᕆᐊᖃᓚᐅᕐᓂᕐᒥᓂᒃ.

“ᓱᑲᔪᐊᓗᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᐊᓂᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ,” ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᒥᓯᕌᓛᖅ. “ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᑦᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ.”

ᐊᕐᓇᕐᓂᒃ ᓱᒃᑲᓴᐅᔾᔪᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ, ᐊᐃᕆᔅ ᑕᑎ−ᑕᓄᔭᖅ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ, ᑎᐊᓇ ᒥᓯᕌᓛᖅ ᑐᒡᓕᕆᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᓂᓴ ᑕᓄᔭᖅ ᐱᖓᔪᒋᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ. ᓇᑦᓯᖅ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓂᒃ, ᑐᒡᓕᕆᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᔭᔅᑎᓐ ᐃᓴᒃᑭᐊᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖓᔪᒋᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᒪᐅᔭᖅ ᒍᕈᕝᔅ. ᔪᓯᐱ ᖃᓗᔾᔭᖅ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᖅ ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᒃ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ, ᐊᕐᓯᓐ ᖃᕐᓕᒃ ᑐᒡᓕᕆᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ Hᐊᕆ ᖁᒃᓱᒃ ᐱᖓᔪᒋᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ. ᕌᔅ ᑕᑎ ᐃᓐᓇᖁᑎᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ, ᑐᓕᕆᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᓴᒥᐅᓪ ᐊᓚᕋᓚᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖓᔪᒋᔭᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᐸᐱ ᐅᓗᔪᒃ.

The ice road and parking lot in Rankin Inlet’s bay was packed with hundreds of cars and more than a thousand people watching Pakallak Tyme’s premier event over the course of the weekend: the Kivalliq Snow Challenge.

Ninety-four racers competed in five categories and from April 29 to May 1, culminating in the finals Sunday that saw Tristen Dias repeat with the gold medal in the seniors division.

“The final race was pretty intense,” said Bobby Misheralak, president of the Kivalliq Snow Challenge.

“The first and second place (Jarvis Towtongie), they were battling throughout the last 10 laps. They were really close to each other the whole last 10 laps, going back and forth.”

Down the field, Reagan Niakrok had held third place for a long time, but Tuugaaq Netser made a late push at the end to gun it past Niakrok and take the third spot.

“That was something else,” said Misheralak. “Everybody was just in awe at that moment.”

The competition as a whole went well, he added, with a great turnout of racers.

Last year, the challenge was limited to Rankin Inlet racers only due to pandemic restrictions, so Misheralak was happy that 10 to 15 racers from outside communities were able to join this spring. Key for the racers to compete well, he said, was having great people surrounding them and support to keep their sleds up to date, as well as knowing the track and taking the right lines.

“It just went by so quick,” said Misheralak. “It was too great of a weekend.”

In the ladies event, Iris Tatty-Tanuyak took top spot, with Tiana Misheralak in second and Tanisha Tanuyak in third. Netser took first in the juniors, followed by Justin Issakiark and Amaujaq Groves. Joseph Kaludjak Jr. won the masters, with Arsene Karlik in second and Harry Kuksuk in third. Ross Tatty took first in the veterans, followed by Samuel Alagalak and Bobby Ooolooyuk.

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