The Yukon Arctic Ultra will follow the Yukon Quest trail, the trail of the world’s toughest Sled Dog Race.
The marathon finishes on Rivendell Farm just off the Takhini River. The 100 mile racers will go from Whitehorse to Braeburn. The 300 mile racers will keep on going all the way to Pelly Farm. There they will leave the river to turn around and go back to Pelly Crossing on the farm road. The 430 mile athletes will not return to Pelly Crossing. Instead they will continue on the Quest trail to Dawson City. Our 430 mile race only takes place every two years, next time in 2015.
The trail will be marked. However, if there is fresh snow or a lot of wind it will be difficult to find the trail. If you want to enhance your ability to understand your orientation, we recommend you use a GPS. You will find necessary co-ordinates and more information on the race course in the “Trail Description” (see “Service” section).
START TIME, DATE AND LOCATION
The Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015 will start on Febrary 8th. The time for the start is 10:30 AM.
We will start Shipyard’s Park in Whitehorse next to the Yukon river. A detailed description of the location is given at the race briefing.
PRE-RACE SCHEDULE FOR 2015
February 5th, 2015
17:00 – 18:00 Hand-Out of the rental gear, Coast High Country Inn. If you can’t be there during that time please leave a message for me at the front desk of the hotel or contact me beforehand and we will arrange for a different time.
February 6th, 2015
13:30 – 16:00 First part of the YAU training course (indoor) – for signed up athletes only, Coast High Country Inn
18:00 – 21:00 Second part of the YAU training course, trails near Whitehorse, meeting point in front of the Coast High Country Inn; again, only for athletes who signed up for the training course
February 7th, 2015
08:00 – 09:00 De-brief of the training course, Coast High Country Inn
09:00 – 10:30 Official trail briefing and hand-out of SPOT units for ALL athletes, Coast High Country Inn
11:30 – 14:00 Gear check for all participants who did not participate in the training course, hand-in of any missing paper work, hand-out of maps, race bibs, Coast High Country Inn
15:00 – 16:00 Briefing for volunteers, Coast High Country inn
from 17:00 Pre-race dinner for all athletes and volunteers, Coast High Country Inn
February 8th, 2015
10:30 Start of the Yukon Arctic Ultra 2015, Shipyard’s Park, Whitehorse
You may choose your mode of discipline, which can be either mountain bike, xc-skis or foot.
The race is open for men, women and teams of 2 or more athletes. No minors. Athletes in the team category will automatically be ranked as individuals, too.
Due to the very difficult conditions caused by
the extreme coldness in the Yukon in February,
the nature of the trail and
the distance which will have to be covered by the athletes
the Yukon Arctic Ultra is toughest ultra race in the world.
Situations which under normal circumstances don’t cause any problems can become absolutely life threatening in the dead of winter in the Yukon. Please keep this in mind at all times and carefully read the information that is part of the application and waiver.
Distances (last updated March 27th, 2007):
CHECKPOINTS Miles between CPs Miles accumulated
Whitehorse 0 0
Rivendell Farm (marathon finish) 26 26
Dog Grave Lake 33 59
Braeburn (100 mile finish) 35 94
Ken Lake 44 138
Carmacks 35 173
McCabe 38 211
Pelly Crossing 28 239
Pelly Farm 33 272
Pelly Crossing (300 mile finish) 32 304
Scroggie Creek (continues right from Pelly Farm!) 65 337
Dawson City (430 mile finish) 99 436
There will be a free meal and hot water for the racers at every checkpoint.
Please note that due to weather conditions the trail may change and distances may differ accordingly.
The 300 mile racers will be given the opportunity to deposit 3 drop bags (Braeburn, Carmacks, Pelly Crossing). The 430 mile racers can have 4 drop bags (Braeburn, Carmacks, Pelly Farm, Dawson City). The drop bags will be returned. For more details please see the Rules.
There will be no purse.