World's longest annual canoe and kayak race

715 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.

2017 RACE DATES: June 28 – July 2. Start making plans for the 19th annual YRQ! Registration opens November 1. 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!

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!

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS • YOU MAKE THIS RACE:  This year’s VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PARTY was held on Wednesday, July 27th at Tony’s Pizza in Whitehorse. Also watch see our BIG THANK YOU ad in the Whitehorse Star (now posted on the VOLUNTEER page).  If you would like to help with next year’s race, please check out the page or contact the race office for opportunities to be involved in our great event. We’ll sign you up for 2017!

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: October 20, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Sport Yukon.

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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Record field ready for 18th annual Yukon River Quest

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...

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