Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Indigenous relay challenge returns to Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Teams of ten compete in timed historical survival style relay race.

September 20, 2017 – Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Indigenous Relay Challenge returns as part of the fall equinox celebration. The event is supported through Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Indigenous Student Success Strategy. The relay takes place September 21 at the Prince Albert campus from 11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.  

“We are very excited to bring back the Indigenous Relay Challenge. The challenge is a great outdoor event for students and staff to learn about day-to-day tasks early inhabitants had to endure to survive in the north,” says Indigenous Student advisor Carrie McCloy.

During the Indigenous Relay Challenge teams of 10 carry a baton through nine legs of the relay. The timed challenge starts with a long distance run. Two team members must then paddle across the river and back in a canoe. The baton is passed through three separate legs of the race. The last runner passes the baton to a bicyclist who rides around the Exhibition Centre track. The baton is then passed to a runner carrying a heavy pack. This is followed by a log cutting challenge. The final leg is a fire starter event in which competitors have to bring water to a rolling boil using kindling, matches, a bottle of water and a tin can.

The Indigenous Relay Challenge has ran periodically since 2002. The highest recorded registration was 160 participants (16 teams).

Media are invited to attend the relay.  

Event: Indigenous Relay Challenge
Time: Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m

Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Prince Albert Campus

Relay starting point - green space north the Technical Building

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 28,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

Published September 2017.