Starting this Sunday February 11th and going through to Saturday the 17th Manitoba’s hub for green Living, the Green Action Centre is holding their annual Jack Frost Challenge.

This is an event that encourages Manitobans to embrace the winter weather while at the same time staying both mentally and physical healthy, helping the environment, and inspiring active modes of transportation year round.

The goal of the challenge is for people to gather together in teams of   1-5 people, and walk, skate, bike, ski, snowshoe, etc. outdoors while at the same time logging kilometres to match a cumulative distance of 130 km throughout the week. There is also a possibly winning some amazing prizes by taking part in the challenge.

The Green Action Centre is an environmental non-profit organization that is downtown Winnipeg. The mandate of the organization are to promote greener living through practical solutions and resources. The organization works with businesses, schools, first nations peoples, to name just a few.

This year marks the 13th year of the Jack Frost Challenge. Over the 13 years they have had thousands of participants take part with thousands of kilometres logged.

The challenge is completely free to enter. All entrants need to do is go to the Green Action Centre’s Website, and follow the instructions to enter. You can enter as an individual, or you can gather together a team of friends, family or co-workers and enter as a team of up to five people. Team kilometres are then logged throughout the week by team members on the Green Action Centres website.


The rewards for taking part are many. There is the obvious physical and mental benefit of getting outside, taking in fresh air, getting your heart rate up and switching up your daily routine. There are also prizes that are awarded for those who take part. Prizes such as Most Kilometres by an Individual, Best Team Name, Team with the Most Kilometres, and the Grand Prize, to name just a few. The prizes include things such as Winnipeg Jets Tickets, gift cards from such businesses as the running room, Sage Garden Greenhouses, Olympia Cycle and Ski Shop, passes to the WAG-Qaumajuq, and the list goes on and on.

The Jack Frost Challenge kicks off at the Forks this Saturday 12pm-4pm there will be fat-tire bikes for people try, and hopefully there will be enough snow on the ground to do some cross country skiing, and perhaps some snow shoeing.

The event closes out on Saturday the 17th at Fort Whyte Alive. There will be a bonfire, and various activities to do subject to the weather conditions.

The Green Action Centre’s Jack Frost challenge is a fantastic way to get outside, and embrace the winter weather. For more details visit the Green Action Centre’s Website.