World’s longest annual canoe and kayak race

ANOTHER RACE IN THE BOOKS! The 16th annual Yukon River Quest was memorable for its rocky start with all teams battling breakers that blew up with a southerly squall as they were getting on Lake Laberge.  But after persevering through those very tough conditions (including some dramatic rescues), most teams carried on and had good weather all the way to Dawson City. The river was lower than usual, resulting in slower times overall.  First team in was the British tandem kayak Two Numbnuts paddled by Shaun Thrower and Steve King in 45 hours, 30 minutes, 32 seconds, followed by solo kayaker Dave Hutchinson of the United States in 46:25:52, the Yukon voyageur team Ts’alvit (Gwich’in for Arctic Loon) in 48:43:26, and the top tandem canoe Puha no Huanie (Esteva Phillippe from French Polynesia and Esteva Nicholas from France) in 49:54:10. They were the only teams to break the 50 hour barrier this year. Overall, 48 teams finished of the 66 that were registered. There were 18 scratches. See complete results on our 2014 Race Tracker page and check for Updated News on our Facebook Page! Also see 2014 YRQ Awards press release!

715 km / 444 miles Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon

2014 Race Dates: June 25-29.  REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED! Registration for the 16th annual YRQ  ended May 15, 2014.

Welcome to the official Yukon River Quest web site. The Yukon River Quest is an annual marathon canoe and kayak race. Paddlers come from around the world to test their endurance, racing day and night on one of  North America’s great rivers to the Klondike. It is open to solo and tandem canoes and kayaks, and voyageur canoes.


RACE WEEK  (June 23-29) – Welcome to the Yukon racers and support crews from 13 countries! See Race Schedule and read the 2014 Race Press Release. Then, once the race begins on Wednesday June 25, follow progress of teams & results on our 2014 Race Tracker, and check for Updated News on our Facebook Page!
REGISTRATION UPDATE (June 2):  66 teams officially registered (C2 24, C1 5, K2 14, K1 15, VC 8) with paddlers from 13 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,  France, French Polynesia, Great Britain, Guatemala, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. See team bios under the Racers tab.
BIB SPONSORSHIPS  (Due June 11): Sponsor a team in this year’s Yukon River Quest! Show your support by having your business on a paddler’s bib or an entire team. See Bib Sponsorship Form.
2013-2014 AGM – Jan. 9, 2014:  The membership passed the following special resolutions:
MOTION 1: That YRMPA raise membership fees from $10.00 to $20.00 for yearly membership. MOTION 2: That YRMPA raise membership fees from $50.00 to $100.00 for Life Membership.  MOTION 3: That Registration as a racer automatically includes that year’s membership fee. The membership also elected the following officers and board members: President Harry Kern, Vice President Ray Falle, Secretary-Treasurer Valerie Ross, Past President Carl Rumscheidt, Stephen Mooney, Roger Hanberg, Ingrid Wilcox, Peter Coates, Ken Cohoe.
REGISTERED RACERS: Please look under the Racers tab above and Information for Racers and Support Crews and the FAQs for information about what to expect, as well as great discounts from our sponsor Air North (new flights from Ottawa!). Under a new resolution approved in Jan. 2014, registered racers automatically will become members of YRMPA for the year they are racing.
2014 RULES  Changes in mandatory equipment b about tow lines, and some tightening up of the registration language. Important: Teams registering before May 1 must have their SPOT tracking information to us by that date or their registration will be withdrawn. Teams registering between May 1 and May 15 must provide SPOT tracking at time of registration. Rest of rules are the same as in 2013.
BECOME A MEMBER : Join the Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association for just $20 a year or $100 for lifetime. Email the race office for details.
REGISTRATION OPENS NOV. 1Read Registration Opens Press Release with link to Oct. 30 Huffington Post article naming the YRQ one of the 10 toughest races in the world!
2013 RACE AWARDS – read the press release!