“Race to the Midnight Sun”
World’s Longest Annual Paddling Race – 715 km / 444 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon
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Welcome to the official Yukon River Quest web site. The Yukon River Quest is an annual marathon canoe, kayak and stand-up-paddleboard race. Paddlers come from around the world to test their endurance, racing day and night to the Klondike on one of North America’s great rivers. It is open to solo and tandem canoes and kayaks, solo SUP, and C4 and Voyageur canoes. Please fully explore our site for information on how to participate in this great event, whether as a racer, a member of a support crew, or as volunteer.
2018 RACE DATES: June 27 – July 1. Registration for the 20TH ANNUAL Yukon River Quest begins at 18:00 Pacific Daylight Time on November, 1, 2017. The 2018 RULES are now posted in English, and translated versions will be forthcoming in early November. A week after registration begins, start looking for teams and bios under RACERS tab above. The 20th Annual Race will be a memorable affair. We are hoping a lot of teams that were in early races come back. In advance of the race, please share your special YRQ stories with us by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post on our site and hopefully include the best of them in a commemorative book next year.
VOLUNTEERS – SIGN UP NOW FOR 2018: We will need more than the usual 225 volunteers to help with our big anniversary year. Sign up on the VOLUNTEER page. Thanks to those who volunteered in 2017 and prior years. The annual post-race Volunteer Party was Wed. July 19th at Tony’s Pizza in Whitehorse. If you missed it, check out our Volunteer Appreciation Party photo gallery on Facebook and also check out our BIG THANK YOU AD in the Whitehorse Star from Wednesday, August 9th (pdf now available on Volunteer page).
BECOME A MEMBER & SUPPORT THE YRQ : Join the Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association for just $20 a year (adults), $10 a year (juniors 18 & under), or $100 for lifetime. Email the race office for details or attend our December AGM. See Race Schedule for more information about what happens during Race Week and consider becoming a Volunteer or Sponsor. We have several sponsorship levels and the popular Bib Sponsorships to show your support for our teams and the race.
2017 RACE A WRAP! Thanks to all PADDLERS, SUPPORT CREWS & ESPECIALLY OUR VOLUNTEERS! If you missed it, you can see results and replay the race on our Race Tracker! See race photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages and awards in our post-race 2017 Awards News Release. We had 88 teams start with paddlers from 12 countries represented in this year’s race: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Togo. All but 19 finished the race. Congrats to all!
YRMPA BOARD NEWS: Next meeting: Thursday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Sport Yukon Board Room 2.
Celebrations planned for 20th Anniversary “Race to the Midnight Sun”, the world’s longest annual paddling race; total and solo limits increased to accommodate new competitors; C4 canoes now in their own class. WHITEHORSE, YUKON, CANADA –...read more
[Teams that finished under 55 hours receive prize money] Solo Classes [Recipients of hand-made canoe pendant from Gold Trail Jewellers of Dawson City, as well as prize money] Open Solo Canoe C1: • Team # 3 Mr. Bill – William Siersdorfer, Houston, TX, USA [58:42:03]...read more