World's longest annual canoe and kayak race715 km / 444 miles Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon
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 to the Klondike on one of North America’s great rivers. It is open to solo and tandem canoes and kayaks, 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.
IT’S RACE WEEK!!! The 18th annual YRQ starts at noon on Wednesday, June 29 at Rotary Peace Park in downtown Whitehorse. See RACE SCHEDULE and get on our FACEBOOK page for updates and photos during the race. Track all teams on the RACE TRACKER above along the Yukon River for the 715 kilometre journey to Dawson City. Teams will start arriving in the Klondike sometime Friday afternoon (Happy Canada Day) and then through the night and all day Saturday.
2016 RACE UPDATES: Race dates June 29 – July 3. This year’s record field is set with 94 teams set to start as of mid-June. All total, we are looking at 236 paddlers from 14 different countries. See Teams and Bios under the RACERS tab above. Updated powerpoints with addition of Selwyn Island MP and new Coffee Creek CP (replacing Kirkman Creek) are now posted under the Rules & Preparation tab on the site.
VOLUNTEERS MAKE THIS RACE: With the surge in registrations this year, there is still a need for more volunteers. If you can help, please contact the race office for more details. Also check out the VOLUNTEER tab above for other opportunities to be involved in our great event.
The YRMPA board on Nov. 15, 2015 voted to allow Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boards in the 2016 race as an experimental class with with up to 10 paddlers and no prize money given in this class for the 2016 race. The 10 slots filled quickly and two more were added by the board in December. A supplemental set of SUP Rules have been adopted and are now up on the Rules & Preparation page.
REPLAY THE 2015 RACE and view results on our Race Tracker page and also see YRQ 2015 Awards. See race photos on the YRQ Facebook Page and watch for updates leading up to the 2016 race, including the addition of an experimental SUP class.
BECOME A MEMBER & SUPPORT THE YRQ : Join the Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association for just $20 a year or $100 for lifetime. Email the race office for details. See Race Schedule for more information about what happens during Race Week and consider being a Volunteer or Bib Sponsor.
UPCOMING YRMPA BOARD MEETINGS: June 2 (NEW), June 9, June 16 and June 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Sport Yukon.
Pre-race tally has 94 teams from 14 countries entered in “Race to the Midnight Sun” By YRQ MEDIA The race roster is set for the 18th annual Yukon River Quest, which will begin on Wednesday, June 29 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. This year’s field, as of...read more
“Race to the Midnight Sun” is world’s longest annual canoe and kayak marathon WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Registrations will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 for the 18th annual Yukon River Quest which will be held June 29 to July 3, 2016. The 715-kilometer (444-mile)...read more