Stu Roleston - Northern Ireland,
To have fun, not to kill each
other, complete the event in a
respectable time, see the wild
life and raise funds for charity.
Plus get paid for doing the race
- what a life, oh and one more
thing - keep the boss happy, mind
you a fur trapper sounds nice.
Started open Canadian paddling
in Kenya for 5 weeks three years
ago. Took it seriously last year
when the boss told me the River
Quest was all down hill with no
bumps. Devizes to Westminster
Race, PTI Plus Army 100 Shot.
Do most of our training on Lough
Neagh, the largest UK fresh water
lake - only a pond compared to
Started canoeing ages ago (Oct,
2001) same race as Stu but looked
better than Stu. Breekds Rottweilers
in his spare time, Army training
instructor, loves golf more than
canoeing, hopes to have a few
rounds on the way down rver.
Ryce - Toronto, Ontario, Paul
Laperriere - Toronto, Ontario
We're aiming for 52 hours or less.
The race, for us, is part of training
and promotion for a cross-continental,
multi-media supported canoe expedition
to benefit environmental education.
And, of course, we want to win.
Ryce has lead canoe and sea kayak
expeditions throughout Canada
and in Japan. While any races
he has competed in have been smaller,
and of a friendly nature, he has
always placed well. He has paddled
the Yukon before and knows the
Laperriere has worked for years
in the guiding industry. He has
worked for a successful lodge
on Vancouver Island, leading numerous
trips and most recently headed
Outward Bound Thailand, primarily
teaching Kayaking. He is a phenomenal,
Bob Vincent - Dorchester, Ontario
Bob Bradford - Lapee, Michigan
The Old Guys
Gold - less than 60 hours.
Vincent: Yukon River Quest 2000
and Michigan Marathon.
Bradford: Mississippi Race from
mouth to start and Michigan Marathon.
MacDonald - Ingersoll, Ontario
Tait - Ingersoll, Ontario
Paddlers, I Suppose
Primarily would like to finish
race without hallucinating and
doing it in under 60 hours a bonus.
MacDonald: I started marathon
paddling 4 years ago with the
50 km Great Lake Race across Lake
Ontario. Since then have done
the 90 mile Adirondack Classic
in both marathon and voyageur
classes and have done the 70 mile
Tait: 35 years rec canoe tripping,
Orca Level 2 Whitewater, 4 years
of active marathon canoe training
& racing - in a previous life
marathon bike touring - now 3
kids and a job!
Lotze - Lakewood, Colorado
Johnson - Lakewood, Colorado
Hopefully, but a definite finish.
Reason - to see the fabled Yukon
in all its moods round the clock,
thus maximizing our days and work
up a good appetite for Dawson
Lotze: with partner Carol, won
meeker Rangely Canoe Race, (White
River) 38 miles, 4 out of 6 times
and 2nd place twice. Won Dotsero-Hanging
Lake Canoe race 2 out of 4 times
with 2 second places finishes
(Colorado). Numerous adventure
races with canoe & kayak sections
up to 75 k in length.
Johnson: Partnered with Ken in
the above races. Partnered with
the race mind or mindless madman
I may have to temper the steel
and keep us on the course of a
little fun in the middle of the
Seethaler - Anchorage, Alaska
Brenda Forsythe - Wasilla, Alaska
15 X 0
Finish around last year's time;
Seethaler: Both Dyea to Dawson
Races and all the Yukon River
Forsythe: Dyea to Dawson '98 and
2000/2001 Yukon River Quest.
Stout - Corsica, Pennsylvania
Teresa Stout - Corsica, Pennsylvania
OT - 2 Canoe Club
Randy; I enjoy racing canoes but
I'm a gold miner at heart. Teresa:
I enjoy canoeing and want the
see the wilderness.
Stout: Floated several rivers
in Alaska marathon & some
whitewater racing for 20 years.
I enjoy paddling with my wife
and hopefully will after the race.
Stout: I have been in several
marathon canoe races and many
other canoe races and like to
stay in good physical shape and
Kleedehn - Carcross, Yukon
Catherine Pinard - Whitehorse,
Do as good as we can!
Kleedehn: Yukon River Quest 3
Catherine Pinard: Recreational
canoe trips, no real racing experience...yet!
Coates - Claremont, California
Thomas Coates - Claremont, California
Escape from Pelicans Again
To show that last year it was
me doing all the paddling. I hope
to finish the race in 62 hours
11 minutes or better.
year I entered with Thomas and
finished in 62:12. This year is
his first year of college, so
we won't find the time to practice.
Harris - Whitehorse, Yukon
Patrcia McKenna - Whitehorse,
"Yukon Water Women"
To finish in the middle of the
pack and arrive in good health
and spirit. We hope to better
the 2002 women's record of 71
hrs. currently held by Yvonne
Harris and Sue DeForest
Harris: This will be my 6th race
from Whitehorse to Dawson, having
competed in the 1997 & 1998
Dyea to Dawson & in 3 River
Quests. The experience in these
extreme events provides material
material for my children's fictional
books (eg. Back to the Klondike).
I've skied, paddled & hiked
for most of my life but paddling
is the sport that heals the soul.
McKenna: This is my first River
Quest Race. I have hiked, climbed,
kayaked, canoed (and made fabulous
food!) all over the Yukon and
into the high Arctic. I am paddling
this race as a personal challenge
towards emotional wholeness and
Neufeld - Whitehorse, Yukon
Stephen Horton - Whitehorse, Yukon
We plan to finish this race....
No, really, that's it!
Neufeld: A young canoer with a
dream, or should I say a young
dreamer with a canoe. Previous
canoe race: none
Horton: An avid cross country
skier. I just wanted to sign on
to spend time in a boat. Previous
canoe races: none.
Timm - Tok, Alaska
Colleen Haney - Whitehorse, Yukon
More sleep than any other top
Timm: Paddled 2001 YRQ & both
Dyea/Dawson Races. "Canoe Alaska"
business owner, instructor &
Parsons - Skagway, Alaska
John O'Daniel - Skagway, Alaska
Skagway Alpine Club
AP&T, Red Onion Saloon, Skagway
Hardware, Skagway News Co., Wells
Fargo, and WP&YR.
This is more of an adventure for
us than a race. We want to complete
the River Quest in less than 4
days, arriving in Dawson City
before the awards ceremony.
Parsons: Participant in 1st Annual
Southeastern Intercollegiate Downriver
Canoe Race, Morganton, North Carolina.
Participant in 1st Annual Style
Magazine Downtown Whitewater Race,
Hodgson - Whitehorse, Yukon
Paul Pageau - Toronto, Ontario
"Men of Constant Sorrow"
Paul and Tim are looking forward
to a return to canoe raceing after
many years absence. This is going
to be a long, sorrowful sprint
Hodgson: Sprint canoe racein the
80's, Canadian Champion in C-2,
raced at JR World Championships
in '85. Race War Canoe, a C-4,
C-2 and C-1 @ Can Champs. Medalist
from '84 to '89.
Pageau: Former Can Sprint Champ.
Paddled at 1992 Pan/Am games -
Silver medalist. Paul was on the
Canadian Olympic team in 1992.
Veal - Teddington, England
Bruce Parry - London, England
Name: Anything Yukon Do....!
Mobile Adventure and Nookie
Goals: To spend more time paddling
the canoe than swimming beside
Veal: Debra developed a keen interest
in kayaking whilst at university,
particularly white water. She
qualified as a British Canoe Union
Instructor and went on to teach
kayaking in both the UK and US.
She has since kayaked Grade 4/5
rivers in the UK and across Europe.
In addition to white water kayaking
Debra is also a keen surf kayaker
and has completed a few endurance
distance canoe/kayak races. She
has represented Great Britain
in Dragon Boat racing and has
won medals at both the European
and World Championships (losing
the gold to the Canadians a few
too many times!). Keen on all
types of expeditions, Debra has
recently returned from a 3 month
solo transatlantic crossing in
a rowing boat.
Parry: After six years as a Royal
Marines officer, Bruce is combining
his two loves of exploring and
film making as a full time career.
He has personally organised and
led over 15 major expeditions
to various extreme parts of the
world. Bruce's canoeing experience
is as diverse as it comes - having
spent most of his canoeing life
in a dugout, paddling alongside
tribesmen in places such as Irian
Jaya. He still lives by the Royal
Marines PTI philosophy of "flat
out or perfectly still!" whereby
he is only happy in the remotest
wilderness or partying hard in
Buth - Fairbanks, Alaska
Caleb Richardson - Fairbanks,
Alaska Outdoor Rental & Guides;
Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.
Goals: To finish in one
piece, wothout bum sores, or hallucinations.
Joel Buth: local skiing, biking
& canoeing guru.
Richardson: Patron Saint of Cross
Country skiing & budding paddler.
Arcand - Whitehorse, Yukon
Brooke Harker - Whitehorse, Yukon
Goals: Improve on our position
from last year.
Peterson - Yellowknife, Northwest
Paul Burke - Yellowknife, Northwest
Goals: To finish strong &
have a good trip. Also to meet
allthe other racers & have
Very little to no race experience
& a few years in a canoe.
I have been a Ranger Instructor
for 2 years & this will be
my first time on this river in
- no canoe race experience - Ranger
Instructor 1 year.
Jayne - Cold Foot, Alaska
Elizabeth Jayne - Cold Foot, Alaska
Name: Team Chandalar
Goals: 3 days. Reason - challenge
of the competition.
- no racing experience.
no racing experience.
Rose - Berlin, Germany
Thomas Graefe - Berlin, Germany
We want to make the 730 km and
if it is possible we want to reach
the aim in a time in the range
of the bests. Maybe to win our
Rose: Kayak - sports college as
a child. Periodical kayak races
- all races with long distances
between 70 and 140 km; last race
77 km in Berlin/Spandale we won
in a doubel kayak.
Graefe: same as Juergen's.
Tomlinson - Vancouver, British
Jeff Tomlinson - Vancouver, British
Goals: Survive. Our reasons
for entering include a bad poker
hand and too much to drink. Bill
and Jeff are have raised $3,500
for BC Cancer.
Tomlinson: Avid couch potato who
has watched many canoe type races
Tomlinson: Same as above but a
little less experienced because
I don't actually own a television.
Geick - Dawson City, Yukon
Don Duncan - Whitehorse, Yukon
Old Guy & A Young Buck
Goals: Be alive
and be able to walk to The Pit
for a cold beer.
Robinson - Northern Ireland
Tom Gourley - Northern Ireland
To complete, enjoy and hopefully
not come last, the latter being
our priority without drowning
or being eaten by the bears, plus
raising a heck of a lot of cash
for disability sports in Northern
Ireland. Our boss said if we are
not in by Monday he will sell
us to the first furtrapper he
meets for a cat skin. Do they
have a slave trade in the Yukon
and are there cats in plenty?
Robinson: (The Bitch) 5 foot and
a bit, married with one girl who
is just gorgeous; Army PTI, now
works in the Transport Platoon.
Races so far - Portadown Collage
Duck Race - 30 yards and the Devizes
to Westminster Canoe Marathon
125 miles with 78 portages.
Gourley: (Fingers or LWT - Last
Word Tom). Red head. Married with
one girl. Same races as Kymm,
but we recon Kymm did most of
the work as he just sat in the
rear giving the orders.
Tibbetts - Anchorage, Alaska
Mel Strauch - Anchorage, Alaska
Finish & do our best; enjoy
the scenery! Looking forward to
this experience again & sharing
it with others.
Tibbetts: Did the Yukon River
Quest in 1999 (canoe), & 2000
(double kayak with my wife, Jane).
Thought I would try it with my
close friend, Mel, whom I've done
numerous adventures with.
Strauch: I've done a number of
wilderness races but this is my
first Yukon River Quest!
Nelson - Lotus, California
John Weed - Lotus, California
Chesapeake Light Craft
To see the beautiful Yukon River
and hopefully some moose.
Nelson: He has paddled whitewater
since 1993. Began sea kayaking
in 2000 with a full length paddle
of the Sea of Cortez. Helped found
the OLC Factory race team in 2002.
Weed: they call me "The killer
Gould - Tabernacle, New Jersey
My goal is to have fun and finish
as fast as I can.
Gould: I have been whitewater
kayaking for 12 yrs., but I have
never participated in an extended
Rodinger - Germastetten, Austria
To cross the finishing-line as
fast as I can.
Participated in Olympic Games
1072 - Munich, Germany - Kayak.
15 times participated in Devices
to Westminster (GB) - 200 km.
- 5 times participated in Arctic
Canoe Race - Finland - 534 km.
- 10 times participated in Austrian
Champion - single kayak; Participant
Yukon River Quest 2001
P. Tousignant - Whitehorse, Yukon
My goal is to finish the race
in Under 80 hours - strong in
spirit, healthy in mind and body.
Passionate about paddling, enjoy
all aspects of the sport, especially
river/ocean trips. This is my
second Yukon River Quest and I
hope to apply what I learned from
the first trip to improve my performance
this time around.
Wilcox - Whitehorse, Yukon
Name:One Stroke At A Time
To improve on my finishing time!
Completed the race 2 years ago.
I would like to improve on my
time. Doing it because of the
Holmes - Edmonton, Alberta
To finish in good style, upright
and dry. Hopefully I will finish
in 3 days give or take a couple
Holmes: Travis is back at it for
second run. Only this time he
is going solo. In the words of
his past k2 partner "you gotta
be nuts if you want to do this
Bourassa - Whitehorse, Yukon
Name: Grandma Bun Bun
Goals: I would like to finish
in 70-75 hrs. This year, hopefully,
I'll take some pictures along
the way, see some game & have
a great paddle and not sleep in
Have been Kayaking for 4 yrs.
Entered and finsihed the River
Quest last year & hope to
drop 10 hours from my time this
Amschler - Spruce Grove, Alberta
Sevdy - Juneau, Alaska
Goals: Have fun, finish before
the after party.
Raced the Iditiyak, 65 miles.
Chrsitl, Edith Doyle, Cindy Gilday,
Donna Jones, Vanessa McNeil, Janet
Moore, Dawn Olli, Linda Rapp -
Name: "Paddlers Abreast"
Yukon River Quest 2001 was the
first race for Paddlers Abreast,
who were a group of Yukon women
living with breast cancer. They
had learned about breast cancer
survivor's Dragonboat teams across
Canada and wanted to challenge
themselves similarly by paddling
toegther in a voyageur canoe from
Whitehorse to Dawson City.
objectives in participating in
the YRQ were then and remain:
to regain full use of our upper
bodies; to meet a physical and
mental challenge; to prove that
we can undertake strenuous exercise
without developing lymphedema;
to learn to trust our new bodies;
and to share a positive experience
with other breast cancer survivors.
We choose to do this as part of
a public event in order to help
other women living with breast
cancer realize that they, too,
can live full and active lives
and to raise awareness about breast
the 2002 Paddlers Abreast team
we have five paddlers returning
from last year's team, one new
paddler who is abreast cancer
survivor, and two paddlers who
paddling on behalf of/in memory
of/in support of women dealing
with breast cancer. For more information:
Cunningham, Jeffery Dinsdale,
John Havens, Jeffery McFetridge,
Petrie Neave, Sandy Paley
Name:Cariboo To Klondike
Goals: Don Cunningham - I believe
our team can do it in 3 days.
Reason - unique opportunity to
Jeffery Dinsdale - To complete
the race in 80 hours or less -
to enjoy the river and the time
with teammates - to experience
the history of the gold rush.
John Havens - To enjoy and complete
the race in under 80 hours.
Jeffery McFetridge - Less than
Petrie Neave - Completing the
race in under 80 hours.
Sandy Paley - Finish the race
in approximately 72 hours. To
experience the challenges as part
of a team in this great adventure.
Cunningham - No canoe racing experience
though I have canoed, for enjoyment,
for many years. Other racing events
I have participated in over the
years: running, X-country skiing.
Jeffery Dinsdale - recreational
canoeist - Yukon River, Bowron
Chain, Fraser River, Nation Lakes.
Interest in voyageur and canoeing
heritage - this is first canoe
race - former Yukon resident.
John Havens - recreational paddler
for many years. Previous 2 week
trip in 1998 down the Yukon. First
Jerry McFetridge - canoeing for
over 25 years and in teh last
10 years mostly canoe tripping
including Nahanni, Stikine, Blackwater
River, Bonnet Plume nad Hood rivers.
Whitewater Open Boat. No prior
Petrie Neave - No previous canoe
racing experience only very leisurely
Sandy Paley - no previous canoe
racing experience but enjoy the
outdoors as a hiker, crosscountry
skier and kayaker.