The MP for Yukon is nearing the end of his 1,200-kilometre run across the territory, in support of healthier communities.  


Yukon MP Ryan Leef expects to finish his 1,200-kilometre run by Thursday. (CBC)

Ryan Leef started his trek earlier this month on the Dempster Highway near the Yukon-Northwest Territories border.  

His goal is to run from there to the border of Yukon and British Colombia. So far, he's completed more than half that distance.  

Leef says the run is meant to support and promote many different aspects of a healthy community.

"My particular cause right now is diabetes, which is affecting northern people at a rate four or five times higher than the rest of the Canadian population," he said.

"But it also brings in the discussion around mental health, addictions, healthy ways (of life) that have spin-off benefits when we improve those to education outcomes, justice outcomes, social outcomes and those sorts of things. So it's really invited some wonderful discussions. It's been very rewarding," he continued.

Leef will run the final leg of his journey later this week. That will take him from the B.C.-Yukon border on the South Klondike Highway, through Carcross and onto Whitehorse. He's expected to finish the run up on July 25.