World’s longest annual canoe & kayak 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 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, 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.

2017 RACE DATES: June 28 – July 2. Currently there are 100 teams registered representing 11 countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Togo). See list of teams and bios under RACERS tab above. 2017 RACE SCHEDULE now available!

REGISTRATION for the 19th annual Yukon River Quest is at 100-team limit! Registration opened on November 1, 2016 and quickly filled by November 30. Wait lists have begun. To get on a wait list with a non-refundable $50 deposit, call the race office (see number below). TEAM & SUPPORT INFO: The 2017 Rules are now posted with info about SUPs becoming an official class , C4s joining the VC class, a new late registration period, and more! You also can preview the 2017 Racer and Support Crew powerpoint briefings, information about Carmacks, and more from the RULES & PREP and SUPPORT CREWS links above.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  The success of our race depends on the dedicated work of at least 150 volunteers.  If you would like to help with the 2017 race, please check out the VOLUNTEER page or contact the race office for opportunities to be involved in our great event. With a full line-up of teams, we will need LOTS of volunteers. Sign up now!!!

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.

GREAT 2016 RACE EVERYONE! Of the record 93 teams that started the race, a record 77 teams also finished, including 9 of the 11 Stand Up Paddleboards in the experimental SUP class. View results and replay the race on our RACE TRACKER page above as the teams paddled along the Yukon River for the 715 kilometre journey to Dawson City. Check out the 2016 AWARDS press release and see photos on our Facebook page. Thanks to all volunteers, support crews, safety & communication teams, sponsors, and organizers who helped make this one of the best races to date. A nice touch was seeing the 14 flags of the countries represented in the race at major checkpoints. Those 230 or so paddlers really appreciated it!

YRMPA BOARD NEWS: The YRMPA recently adopted a junior membership program. Anyone 18 and under with an interest in marathon paddling can join for $10 per year. Watch for news soon about an upcoming paddling clinic in early June.  Next board meeting: Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Sport Yukon Board Room 2.


Registration opens Nov. 1 for 19th annual Yukon River Quest

“Race to the Midnight Sun” is world’s longest annual paddling race, SUPs now an official class, stock C4 canoes will compete in voyageur class, new registration deadlines WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Registrations will be accepted starting November 1, 2016 for the 19th annual...

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2016 Yukon River Quest Awards

[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 # 84 Gold Oariented – Brian Allemang, Merrickville Ontario Canada,...

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