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.

IT’S RACE WEEK!!!!! WELCOME PADDLERS, SUPPORT CREWS, VOLUNTEERS! We are very excited about this year’s race and have a lot of great things planned. See our 2017 RACE SCHEDULE for details on this week’s events leading up to the start at 12 noon on Wednesday. Please take time to visit the traditional canoes under construction at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. See other pre-race notes and photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages and check out the annual Race Supplement in last weekend’s Whitehorse Star. Please read Press Release about Viewing the Race. Once the race starts, follow teams on our Race Tracker!

TLINGIT YOUTH DRUMMERS & DANCERS and LIVE FACEBOOK FEED OF START from CKRW-The RUSH on Wednesday at Rotary Peace Park. Pre-race introductions and entertainment begins at 11:15 a.m. All teams start at 12 noon.

2017 FINAL TEAM ROSTER SET!  RACE DATES: June 28 – July 2. While race registration quickly filled to the max of 100 teams early on, it has dropped down to a pre-race start count of 96 as of the final registration deadline of June 15. Currently there are 234 paddlers from 13 countries represented in this year’s race: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Togo. See list of teams and bios under RACERS tab above.  Link to the Press Release on the right of this page.

TEAM & SUPPORT INFO: Review the 2017 Rules 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.

YRMPA BOARD NEWS: We are very busy getting ready for this year’s event! Next board meeting: Thursday, July 13 Post-Race Meeting at 5:30 p.m.  at Sport Yukon Board Room 2.


Viewing the “Race to the Midnight Sun”

Teslin dancers to welcome teams; no parking on roadway above Takhini River bridge The 19th annual Yukon River Quest begins at noon on Wednesday, June 28 when the horn sounds at Rotary Peace Park in Whitehorse and teams run to their canoes, kayaks and stand-up...

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Another record field ready for 19th annual Yukon River Quest

Pre-race tally has 96 teams from 13 countries entered in "Race to the Midnight Sun" The race roster is set for the 19th annual Yukon River Quest, which will begin on Wednesday, June 28 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada. This year’s field, as of today’s date, will...

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