“Race to the Midnight Sun”

World’s Longest Annual Paddling Race – 715 km / 444 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon 2020 event cancelled – next race June 23-26, 2021

“Race to the Midnight Sun”

World’s Longest Annual Paddling Race – 715 km / 444 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon2020 event cancelled – next race June 23-26, 2021

2020 RACE DATES – June 24-27 – CANCELLED!

Racers being notified and asked if they want to defer to next year’s dates:  June 23-26, 2021. See press release below for reasons behind decision to cancel.

Welcome to the official Yukon River Quest web site. The Yukon River Quest is an annual marathon paddling 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 stand-up paddle boards (SUP0, and bigger 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 a volunteer. The Yukon River passes through Five First Nations on our race route: Kwanlin Dun, Ta’an Kwachan Council, Little Salmon/Carmacks, Selkirk, and Trondek Hwechin. Our race honours their culture and those who have lived off the river and nurtured it for centuries. 

 March 20, 2020 statement by YRMPA on race cancellation due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and concerns for health and safety of paddlers, volunteers and communities: The 2020 Yukon River Quest has been cancelled. The board of directors of the Yukon River Marathon Paddlers Association regretfully decided last night that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the race cannot go ahead.  The 22nd annual marathon paddling race from Whitehorse to Dawson City was scheduled to be held June 24 to June 28, 2020 with a full roster of 125 teams from 15 countries.” Registered racers may defer their entry to the 2021 race (dates will be June 23-26, 2021). See more in our PRESS RELEASE.

 22nd ANNUAL YUKON RIVER QUEST – June 24,28, 2020 (CANCELLED TILL 2021) – Registration opened on November 1, 2019 at 18:00 (6 PM) PDT. We had 99 teams registered in the first hour, and the field of 125 teams was full by 03:37 on Nov. 2nd (a record)! There is a total team limit of 125 teams, and limits on the number of solo (50) and voyageur (15) teams. Teams were added from the wait list as teams dropped and it remained full when the decision to cancel the race was made on March 20, 2020. There were 15 countries represented. We will update 2021 registration information after we hear from all teams that were registered in the 2020 race. 

 2020 RULES & RACER GUIDE POSTED: BE PREPARED – THIS IS A TOUGH WILDERNESS PADDLING RACE! –  Become familiar with the 2020 RACE RULES. Read the Preamble about what you will experience out there, and how to prepare for this tough wilderness race.  Also check out the new RACER GUIDE and various items under the RULES & PREPARATION drop-down menu above (currently being edited), such as how much food and fluids are needed to sustain you in a long river race and other essential tips to help you finish;  racer and support crew briefings (they will be updated in April); and our FAQs to learn more about navigation, insurance requirements, support at Carmacks, how to get back from Dawson, and more. Support crews need to become familiar with all of this information to help your team prepare! Check out the SUPPORT link above.

 PREVIOUS RACE REVIEW: RECORD FIELD IN 2019! – A record 117 teams started the 21st annual YRQ at noon on Wednesday, June 26, and 86 teams finished by 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.  A total of 31 teams (26.5%) scratched during the race (an additional team withdrew just before the start). Most of the scratches were in Carmacks, as several teams were fatigued and/or unable to make the cutoff time there on the evening of June 27. Only 3 teams scratched past Carmacks. Thirteen countries were represented: Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands, Norway (new), United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Papua New Guinea (new), France, Austria, and Ireland. Pull up 2019 Results and replay the race on our RACE TRACKER page, courtesy of Yukon 1000 Software, and see photos in our GALLERY and posted on our YRQ FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM pages. Read our AWARDS PRESS RELEASE.   

 THANK YOU  VOLUNTEERS – LIFEBLOOD OF THE YRQ:   More than 200 of you made our race shine under the Midnight Sun!  A Volunteer Appreciation Party was held in Whitehorse  on Sept. 13 at Mt. MacIntyre and we gave out lots of Air North tickets and other door prizes. Thanks to those who donated! Also see our big THANK YOU AD from the Whitehorse Star published on Friday, July 26, 2019,  Want to get involved for the 2020 race? Sign in on our new VOLUNTEER page and then view the different jobs available. It’s never to early to volunteer, and it’s fun! 

 THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS – SUPPORT THE YRQ:  We have a lot of great sponsors who help us immensely in making this a great race. Please view our SPONSOR PAGE for a list of everyone big and small, including this past year’s BIB SPONSORS!  We have several sponsorship levels to show your support for the race. Our Sponsorship packet and provisions are currently under revision and should be available some time before spring 2020.

  BECOME A MEMBER OF YRMPA: 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 fall AGM and consider joining the YRMPA Board to help us plan the race. Meetings are monthly most of the year, and more frequent the two months before the race. See list of lifetime members, current board & executive, and read our Vision, Values and Mission statements on our ABOUT US page. 

 YRMPA BOARD NEWS:  At the Oct. 30, 2019 AGM, the current executive was elected for another one-year term: Peter Coates, president; Deb Bartlette, Vice President  Spencer Edelman, secretary; and Lidweign Hanrath, treasurer; along with these directors, also serving a one-year term: Jim Boyde, Jeff Brady, Stan Fordyce, Al Foster, Carmen Gustafson, Roger Hanberg, Anne Jessup, Stephen Mooney, and Hank Moorlag. Draft minutes now posted on ABOUT US page. We recently approved a Strategic Plan for the next 5+ years and on March 19 made the decision to cancel the 2020 race due to COVID-19 concerns. NEXT MEETING:  Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. via video conference. If you have questions for the board, email them to info@yukonriverquest.com.


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