Fraserway RV from Whitehorse will help us with one of their great winter ready RVs for the crew again! They also have a special offer for friends & family of athletes who may be there to see you racing and meet up with you at checkpoints. The package includes:
Price for the package is $792 + tax. If you are interested please email me at info[a]thegreatoutdoors.de. I will forward you the contact details.
It is maybe a bit early and things can still change but if you want to check the pre-race schedule, it was just updated. I made some changes regarding timing and we have had to make changes regarding locations. Not all activities will be in the Coast High Country Inn Hotel this time. On some occasions we will be in the Cold Rush Inn which is a bit closer to the center, about a 5 minute walk from the Coast High Country Inn.
Driving Force in Whitehorse have confirmed that they are happy to give a 10% discount again to anyone associated with the MYAU. So, if you have friends or family travelling with you who want to rent a car or if you want to rent a car before or after the race, please tell Driving Force you are part of the MYAU adventure and that you would like the 10% discount on your booking.
Driving Force Yukon Headquarter
Montane will once again be our main sponsor. If you have not checked out their products yet, please have a look at www.montane.co.uk.
This UK company has everything you need for your cold weather challenge. They are really strong in products with synthetic fill but also offer a great range of down jackets all of which use RDS (Responsible Down Standard) down and fleece products, softshells, accessories, etc. And I personally love the Montane Extreme Range which is not very light but perfect for Arctic Conditions – super tough, gets moisture away from the body like nothing else and has got an interesting price point. All MYAU athletes get a 20% discount on Montane product. If you are interested, please let me know.
Already now we have 78 athletes on the race roster. Which I am pretty sure for this time of year is a record! As always it’s a great mixture of race veterans and participants trying their luck for the first time. If you know for sure you want to participate but you have not signed up, please keep in mind that entry fees will go up again after the end of August. Also, because of the large number of athletes signed up already entry may not be possible until end of November. The race may be sold out before that. I will inform via newsletter, facebook and news on this website if this is about to happen.
Once again, the Downtown Hotel will be our exclusive partner for accommodation in Dawson City. We have a group booking number now which is # 627. If you already booked your room there you may want to let them know you are with the race. Rates are $120.00 per night plus tax, based on single or double occupancy. So, if you share a room it's $ 60.00/person. Triple or quadruple occupancy will add $15.00 more per night per guest. Obviously, it's tough to say for sure when you arrive but if you let them know I am sure they are flexible and do not charge for nights you do not use. It has always worked out fine in the past.
It will be great to be back!
Downtown Hotel in the summertime - copyright: Downtown Hotel
From 2017 onwards Stewart Stirling will offer a 4 day survival training course leading up to the race, i.e. participants can combine the course with the actual participation in the race. You will find all information on the course and Stewart in the respective section on arcticultra.de.
The training is also available for athletes who plan on doing other races or private adventures. And it certainly is possible to "just" do the training and come back to do the race the next or any other year.
I am very glad that through Stewart there is now such an opportunity. Because not very often participants DNF because of lack of physical fitness. Plenty of times it is the cold or even the "warmth" (talking about wet feet ...), the lack of sleep, not handling gear and clothing right, etc. that make people fail. Problems that with better and very specific training and advice may have been avoided.
I am pretty sure that for end of April this is one of the largest numbers we have ever had. And as always the 430 mile race is in the lead. Entry fees will go up after the end of May. So, anyone who made up their mind already please don't forget about that first deadline and sign up before June to save some money.
The 14th edition of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra will start Feb. 5th, 2017. That is one day after the Yukon Quest starts in Whitehorse. Applications are already possible. Anybody interested, please just send an email to info[a]thegreatoutdoors.de.
Next year will also see the premiere of a 200 mile race with a start in Pelly Crossing and finish in Dawson City. In order to be able to put on this distance and not interfere with the overall logistics, the 200 milers will have the same pre-race schedule as everyone else. However, the start for them is on Feb. 9th, i.e. anybody doing the 200 miles has got the days from Feb. 5th to 8th off. On the 8th the transfer to Pelly Crossing will leave Whitehorse. If you want to do this race, the same rules as for the 430 mile race apply.
There are plenty of things 200 milers can do between 5th and 8th - some other Yukon winter adventures like dog mushing, ice fishing, ski-dooing, etc. and another option is to volunteer for the MYAU until you start your own race. If you need ideas or more details on any of these options, please just let me know (same email as above).
The rules have been updated to include the new race distance and also some other rules have been changed. Race veterans please make sure you carefully read through the rules in order to be up to date.
Just a quick reminder to anyone interested in participating on a fatbike. Maxx has built a special editon YAU fatbike for us which premiered this year. And what a premiere! Florian Reiterberger from Germany actually won the 300 miles on our bike (and I did not have to bend the rules for it :-)
Flori on his Maxx Special Edition YAU bike - copyright derekcrowe/photo
The great thing, it's a fully customizable bike and will be built to your specs - you can even get your favourite color, logos and flags onto it. Anybody interested in getting this fatbike, please read through our fatbike info section and get in touch.