United Way of Thunder BayIndigenous Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards (IYARA), and Wasaya Airways are excited to host our 2nd Annual ‘Run the North’ event, June 21 to 28, 2021!

This event is proudly presented by Newmont Musselwhite MineBell.

Between the event dates, over 330 participants will run, walk, hike or bike a total distance of 1k or 5k during this virtual, non-competitive race. Participants are located all around Ontario and our beautiful region.

In addition to the main Run the North event, we wanted to launch a fun 50/50 raffle to help raise extra funds for individuals, families and youth who need support.

Funds raised from this event will support 2 vital organizations:

United Way of Thunder Bay

In 2021, families, friends, neighbours, and communities across the region continue to struggle against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continued lock-downs are taking their toll on people's financial, physical, mental, and emotional health.

Our partner agencies tell us that demand for services and supports is at an all-time high due to the increasing numbers of individuals asking for help.  Many are struggling to pay bills and are dealing with mental health issues for the first time as a direct result of the continuing pandemic.

By supporting Run the North and purchasing 50/50 Raffle tickets, you will be helping to meet the immediate needs of local individuals, families, and children, by providing access to supports such as food, housing, clothing, transportation, and crisis counselling.

When hungry children receive a warm meal, single mothers get a winter coat, isolated seniors receive their first visitor in weeks, and vulnerable youth receive mental health counselling, this is your Local Love in Action.

Indigenous Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards:

Since 2004, IYARA has recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of Indigenous Youth from Northwestern Ontario.

In previous years, a gala event of up to 450 people was held annually to celebrate their achievements.

During the global pandemic, IYARA will continue to honour the youth virtually though this year’s Youth Recognition Week. The week coincides with Run the North – June 21 to June 28 and will recognize 74 youth from the region.

Your participation in this event makes this impact happen.


We invite you to participate in this online 50/50 and purchase your tickets today for a chance to WIN!

When you win, our community and region wins!