A record was broken in the C4 Open class and a new record was established in the new C4 Women’s class (see below).
Prize money is awarded to teams that beat others in their class and finish within 25% of the winning time in their class.
For list of all finishers in each class, please see 2019 Race Tracker & Results at www.yukonriverquest.com
By YRQ MEDIA
Women’s Solo Canoe C1:
- Team # 98 Gulo Gulo – Alison Eremenko, Whitehorse, YT, Canada [61:17:42]. $656.25 – also received pendant from Gold Trail Jewellers.
- Team #120 Jennifer Fratzke – Jennifer Nycole Fratzke, Honolulu, HI, USA [67:57:43]. $325.
- Team #109 XBrew – Leslie Davenport, Arnprior, ON, Canada [70:23:32].
Men’s Solo Canoe C1:
- Team #36 Cedar Strip Chip – Chip McKay, Vernon, BC, Canada [50:28:54]. $656.25 – also received pendant from Gold Trail Jewellers. 10th OVERALL $337.50.
- Team #14 Bent Shaft – Chris Near, Huntsville, ON, Canada [52:36:45]. $325.
Women’s Solo Kayak K1:
- Team #79 Team Lootas – Kelley Watson, Port Townsend, WA, USA [55:29:57]. $656.25 – also received pendant from Gold Trail Jewellers.
- Team #41 Amy Byers – Amy Byers, Sausalito, CA, USA [57:37:59]. $325.
- Team #116 Team Number Onesie – Mirjam Fleming, Whitehorse, YT, Canada [62:00:47]. $162.50.
Men’s Solo Kayak K1:
- Team #77 Time’s Up – Andrew Adam, Anchorage, AK, USA [51:03:45]. $656.25 – also received pendant from Gold Trail Jewellers.
- Team #26 Atollman –Geoff Waters, Austin, TX, USA [51:06:00]. $325.
- Team #53 Hai Voltage – Mirko Prufer, Prodrosche, Germany [56:19:39]. $162.50.
Women’s Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP):
- Team #78 Mama Said – Shauna Magowan, Vancouver, BC, Canada [62:03:45]. $656.25 – also received pendant from Gold Trail Jewellers.
Men’s Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP):
- Team #37 Bart Starboard – Bart de Zwart, Haiku, HI, USA [56:47:47] 4X repeat champion. $656.25 – also received pendant from Gold Trail Jewellers.
- Team #67 SUP N IRISH – Peter Allen, Vancouver, BC, Canada [59:22:06]. $325.
- Team #23 Brad Friesen – Brad Friesen, Winnipeg, MB, Canada [65:28:41]. $162.50.
TANDEM CANOE CLASSES (C2)
- Team #10 Golden Lake Crew – Sebastien and Jennifer Courville, Golden Lake, ON, Canada [49:58:15]. $1250. 9th OVERALL $418.75.
- Team #74 Avery’s Legacy – Steve and Karla Ramsay, Foothills, AB, Canada [52:27:55]. $587.50.
- Team #85 Mix of Sun and Clouds – Tracy and Gaetan Plourde, North Gower, ON, Canada [54:54:15]. $300.
- Team #46 Momentary Lapse of Reason – Sophie Coupal and Sandra Luken, Cantley, QC and Ottawa, ON, Canada [52:36:17] $1250.
- Team #2 Huptown Girls – Heidi Virtanen and Brooke Ramsay, Calgary, AB, Canada, [58:33:27]. $587.50.
- Team #48 Canoe Believe It – Camille Fraser and Kelsey MacDougall, Calgary and Edmonton, AB, Canada [63:53:09]. $300.
- Team #21 #wepaddletogether – Mike Vincent and Ivan English, Regina and Saskatoon, SK, Canada [44:59:10]. $1250. 1st OVERALL $2500.
- Team #5 Gun Runners – Jonathan Morgan and Adam Jordan, Eagle River and Anchorage, AK, USA [51:43:19]. $587.50.
- Team #58 Anything for a Beer – Adam Woolfrey and Scott Reynolds, Tweed and Stirling, ON, Canada [52:32:20]. $300
TANDEM KAYAK CLASSES (K2)
- Team #121 The Kiwis – Ian Huntsman and Wendy Riach, Christchurch, New Zealand [46:39:55]. $1250. 6th OVERALL $818.75.
- Team #11 Dawsons to Dawson – Steve and Kate Dawson, Woronara, Australia [55:10:33]. $587.50.
- Team #43 Spirit of America – Josh Friedman and Julie Kirk, Moyie Springs, ID, USA [57:45:37]. $300.
- Team #50 Sportsbasement – Elaine Baden and Marsha Arnold, Richmond, CA, USA [57:49:41]. $1250.
- Team #47 Green Mommels Saxony – Sven Baumgarten and Ronny Silze, Dresden, Germany [50:53:23]. $1250.
- Team #51 MoKanPaddlers – Dan Voss and Terry Shortt, Kansas City, MO and Wichita, KS, USA [67:50:07].
- Team #118 Cockleshell Endeavor – Neill Marshall and Dave “Brucey” Bruce, Peacehaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom [67:52:07].
4-PERSON CANOE CLASSES (C4)
Mixed C4 (2 men, 2 women):
- Team #6 An Old Guy, Two Young Women and Someone Else – Heather Hellevang, Sydney van Loon, Hugh Fisher, and George McLeod, Pemberton and Kamloops, BC and Whitehorse, YT, Canada [47:23:05]. $1500. 7TH OVERALL $656.25.
- Team #66 Trois Riveres – Tim Hockin, Sam Best, Sarah M. Waterman and Kate Meemken, Haines and Skagway, AK, Saint Joseph, IL and South Haven, MN, USA [54:36:22]. $750.
- Team #90 Valllard MASH Up – Jayley McNeill, Meaghan O’Meara, Sam Blair, and Adam Budzinski, Edmonton, Calgary and Terrace, AB, Canada [69:03:13].
Women’s C4 (all women):
- Team #73 Dinjii Njuu’til Ka’t – Melissa Carlick, Pauline Frost, Alice Frost, and Emily McDougall [52:43:03]. $1500. (RECORD ESTABLISHED FOR C4 WOMEN).
- Team #99 In the Crosshairs – Carmen Gustafson, Sarah Murray, Sarah Crane, Jennifer MadKeigan, Whitehorse, YT, Canada, [54:40:47]. $750.
Open C4 (all or predominantly men):
- Team #19 Alpha Super Awesome Strokes of Genius Wolf Squadron – Jake Paleczney, Tom Phillips, Mike De Abreu, and Robert Spinks, Whitehorse, YT and Arnprior and Ottawa, ON, Canada [45:20:50]. $1500. 3rd OVERALL $1920. NEW RECORD IN THIS CLASS!
- Team #93 C4Daze – Stephen Miller, Dave Dahl, Dan Mecklenburg, and Deb Brax, Bay Village and Columbus, OH, Maple Grove, MN, and Groton, MA, USA [47:49:12]. $750. 8th OVERALL $630.
- Team #59 Northwestel – Gary Seed, Kerry Pettitt, Jordan Moore, and Bill Stanzeleit, Whitehorse, YT and Ottawa, ON, Canada [59:16:21].
VOYAGEUR CANOE CLASSES (6 or more persons – VC)
Mixed Voyageur (1/3 of team must be women):
- Team #102 CAP Engineering – Josh VanBibber, Randy Taylor, Donna Johns, Ingrid Wilcox, Bohdie, Bruce Jobin, Samantha Frost, Wes Kemble – Whitehorse, Mayo and Carcross, YT and Edmonton, AB, Canada [52:20:57]. $2250.
- Team #33 Aurora Dancer – Shane Hansen, Steve MacKeil, Anne Clark, Doug Archibald, Ryerson Clark, and Holly Dixon – Mahone Bay, Enfield, and Belnan, NS, Tilbury, ON, and Kamloops, BC, Canada [57:44:24]. $1125.
- Team #49 Spreegurken – Joachim Nagel, Ronny Pohl, Mendy Rokosch, Judith Minks, Axel Frenzel, and Mandy Matzke – Brandeburg, Germany [69:39:11].
Women’s Voyageur (all women):
- Team #24 Stix Together – Anne Labelle, Susan Hamilton, Deb Bartlette, Monique Levesque, Kirsti de Vries, Carolyn Reif, Anna Peacock, and Cheryl Rivest – Whitehorse, YT and West Vancouver, BC, Canada [53:01:16]. 2X repeat women’s VC champion. $2250.
- Team #45 The Wilds Irises – Stephanie Ryan, Briana genbroad, Nicole Kovacs, Samantha Dae Hamilton, Kim Schlosser, and Calla Paleczny,– Skagway, AK and Santa Barbara, CA, USA and Whitehorse, YT, Canada [57:25:23]. $1125.
- Team #31 Team Whoa – Sylvia Anderson, Patricia Clune, Terice Reimer-Clarke, Noreen Schaefer, Tory Russess, Susan Antpoehler, Lisa Robertson, Tunde Fulop – Whitehorse, YT, Wyndel, BC, and Toronto, ON, Canada [57:32:21]. $562.50.
Open Voyageur (all or predominantly men):
- Team #1 Yukon Wide Adventures – Thomas de Jager, Spencer Edelman, Stephen Mooney, Jason Biensch, Pat McLellan, and Gus Oliveira – Whitehorse, YT, Calgary, AB, and Saltspring Island, BC, Canada [45:09:40]. 3X repeat VC champion. $2250. 2nd OVERALL $2000.
- Team #108 Hatchet Lake Voyagers – Robbie Denechezhe, James Sha Oulle, Joseph Dzeylion, Nap Kkaikka, Jay Dzeylion, and Solomon Joseyounen – Wollaston Lake, SK, Canada [45:42:40]. $1125. 4th OVERALL $1281.25.
- Team #29 C6 Heave Paddlesports – Pete Kruszelnicki, Claude Bailey, Richard Parrott, Mike Thornton, Dave Fryer, and Thor Harley – Milton Keynes, Tring, Ashford, London, and Hereford, Great Britain [46:21:05]. $562.50. 5th OVERALL $1025.
Special Cash Awards (if eligible)
Top 10 Overall (noted above): Additional cash was awarded to the top 10 overall finishers.
Top Indigenous Team: Team #108 Hatchet Lake Voyageurs. $500
Top All Yukon Women: Team #73 Dinjii Njuu’til Ka’t. $500.
Top All Yukon Mixed: Team #100 One More Time. $500.
Top All Yukon Men: Team #44 Not Invested. $500.
Fastest Senior Team (55+): no award
Fastest Young Adult Team (19-24): no award
Special Awards [Sponsors]
Top Solo Awards: [Gold/silver pendants from Gold Trail Jewellers] presented to top solo paddlers in each class (noted above).
Top Yukoners: Team #73 Dinjii Njuu’til Ka’t [Yukon Brewing swag packs]
Youngest Paddlers: Emile Gauthier, 15, from Team #112 Canadian Frostbikers of Quebec (by 2 months), and Isaac Adams, 15, from Team #12 Hustle and Flow of Ontario [YRQ merchandise swag]. A special shout-out to Liam Palmer, who won this award last year. The way the calendar lined up, he was still 15 at the start of the race, but by the end was 16. Happy Birthday Liam!
Oldest Paddler: Holger Fischer, 75, from Team #86 Old Danube Pirates of Austria [History book from Skagway Book Co.]
Spirit of the Yukon: Team #59 Northwestel, a C4 crew that stopped for an hour and assisted another team in the race, which kept them going all the way to Dawson. [Engraved paddle from Klondike Visitors Association]
Red Stove: Team #111 Zooom – Lauren Muir and Stacie Zaychuk, a women’s C2 team from Whitehorse, that won the “race” not to be the last team to finish. [Half of a Yukon stove donated by Haywire Industries, Griffith’s Mobile Maintenance and Harry Kern Photography – the award honours the Pierre Berton story about two prospectors whose partnership fell apart upon arriving in the Klondike, to the point that they split everything in half, including their Yukon stove].
Top Overall Team: Team #21 #wepaddletogether Mike Vincent and Ivan English [free entry for captain and same team members in 2020 YRQ and name on permanent trophy] first to finish at 18:59:10 on Friday, June 30. The last time a C2 won the overall title was in 2016. [YRMPA]
GREAT RIVER CLUB additions: Reaching 5,000 kilometres were Stephen Mooney and Deb Bartlette of Whitehorse. (Elizabeth Bosely and Sylvia Anderson were also presented their pins from last year). There were no additions to the 10,000-kilometre list this year. See updated lists on the YRQ site soon.
– A record 117 teams started the race 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 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. Link to the 2019 Race Tracker at http://www.yukonriverquest.com for complete results.
– Team #21 #wepaddletogether Mike Vincent and Ivan English of Saskatchewan led the leaders into Dawson City in their C2, followed by to the top voyageur Yukon Wide Adventures, a men’s voyageur team with paddlers from the Yukon, BC and Alberta, and the C4 Alpha Super Awesome Strokes of Genius Wolf Squadron with paddlers from the Yukon and Ontario. They set a new record for the C4 class. To see a list of all YRQ records, go to: https://www.yukonriverquest.ca/yrq/app/entry8/records.php
– Teams were beset with several challenges this year: the river was low for the third straight year (in fact it was the lowest we have seen in 21 years); strong northwest head winds generated by a squall on Lake Laberge flipped one team (all were helped to shore and then carried on) and forced others teams to pull over and bail their boats; more head winds downriver of Fort Selkirk all the way to Dawson City; and some smoke from forest fires in the Stewart-Dawson area. As a result, winning times in the various classes were quite a bit slower this year. Only 9 teams finished on Friday evening in under 50 hours. All other teams in the race did make the cutoff time in Dawson City Saturday night.
2020 Race Dates: The 22nd annual Yukon River Quest will be held from June 24 to June 29, 2020. Registration opens Nov. 1, 2019. Remember to register early; the 125 spots filled in the first 48 hours this year! Rules and more information will be posted in October.
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