The 20th annual Yukon River Quest was scheduled to start June 27 at noon with the largest field registered in the race’s history.
A total of more than 200 paddlers on 103 teams are paddling 715 km from Whitehorse to Dawson City, with just two mandatory rest stops totalling 10 hours combined.
Fifteen countries — Australia, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States — will be represented in the race.
Registration in this year’s race maxed out at 125 but 22 teams have since withdrawn from the race.
This year’s race purse is also a record, as $48,720 total will be up for grabs to participants.
Teams in the race are in seven different categories: solo canoe, solo kayak, tandem canoe, tandem kayak, four-person canoe, voyageur canoe and stand-up paddleboard.
After leaving from Rotary Peace Park in Whitehorse, paddlers travel down Lake Laberge to Carmacks for the first mandatory stop — seven hours at Coal Mine Campground on June 28.
Following the stop, the paddlers pass through the Five Finger Rapids and past Fort Selkirk to the second mandatory stop at the Coffee Creek camp for three hours.
From there, it’s another 170 km to Dawson City and the race finish.
Finishers are expected between the afternoon of June 29 and midnight on June 30.
The race officially wraps up with an awards banquet in Dawson City after the Canada Day parade on July 1.
Contact John Hopkins-Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
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