The Montane 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. The new 200 mile race will start in Pelly Crossing (start date Feb. 9th) and finish in Dawson City.
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 Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2017 will start on February 5th (200 mile race Feb. 9th). The time for the start is 10:30 AM.
We will start the marathon, 100, 300 and 430 miles at Shipyard's Park in Whitehorse next to the Yukon river. A detailed description of the location is given at the race briefing. If there is not sufficient snow cover on the sidewalks we will provide transportation for the pulk sleds. Timing for this will be announced at the race briefing.
Pre-Race schedule for 2017
February 2nd, 2017
17:00 - 18:00 Hand-Out of the rental gear, Coast High Country Inn (Room: tbc.). 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 3rd, 2017
11:00 - 15:00 Hand-in of any missing paper work, hand-out of maps, race bibs, filling-in of CARA waiver, Coast High Country Inn (Room: tbc.)
12:30 - 15:00 First part of the YAU training course (indoor) - for signed up athletes only, Coast High Country Inn (Room B)
17:00 - 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 4th, 2017
08:00 - 09:00 De-brief of the training course, Gold Rush Inn (Room: Town Hall)
09:00 - 10:30 Official trail briefing and hand-out of SPOT units for ALL athletes, Gold Rush Inn (Room: Town Hall)
11:30 - 14:00 Gear check for all participants who did not participate in the training or survival course, Coast High Country Inn (Room: Library)
15:00 - 16:00 Briefing for volunteers, Coast High Country Inn (Room: Library)
from 17:00 Pre-race dinner for all athletes and volunteers, Gold Rush Inn (Room: Town Hall)
Drop bags can be handed in at the Gold Rush Inn (Room: Town Hall) until 22:00.
February 5th, 2017
10:30 Start of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2017, Shipyard's Park, Whitehorse
February 9th, 2017
10:30 Start of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 200 mile race, Pelly Crossing
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 Montane 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|
|Rivendell Farm (marathon finish)||26||26|
|Dog Grave Lake||33||59|
|Braeburn (100 mile finish)||35||94|
|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 200 mile racers can have a drop bag for the finish. 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.
Foot - 2011, Denise McHale (Canada) 3:14
XC-Ski - 2011, Friedrich Gantioler (Austria) 3:18
MTB - 2016, Joel Hegner (Switzerland) 3:19
Foot - 2012, Justin Wallace (Canada) 21:41
XC-Ski - 2011, Hubert Gantioler (Austria) 17:26
MTB - 2014, Paul Trebilock (Canada) 17:06
Foot - 2016, Jan Kriska (USA) 117:24
XC-Ski - 2004, Laszlo Kovacs (Hungary) 146:10
MTB - 2003, Rocky Reifenstuhl (USA) 98:15
Foot - 2013, Casper Wakefield (Denmark) 186:50
XC-Ski - 2013, Enrico Ghidoni (Italy) 225:10
MTB - 2011, Alan Sheldon (UK) 99:30