Due to the dangerous conditions of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra it is an absolute must that you carefully read and follow all the rules. You need to be aware of all risks involved when running a race like this. You are participating at your own risk.
Rules can only prevent problems to a certain extent. It will be your responsibility to take our warning very seriously and prepare yourself for the challenge ahead of you.
The Rules (last updated March 12th, 2017):
Every athlete must sign the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra waiver.
Every athlete must have English speaking skills, sufficient to follow a briefing in English and to understand the information contained in this website and the Application & Waiver.
The mode of transportation (foot, xc-ski or mountain bike) must be kept for the entire distance.
Athletes must sign in and out at each checkpoint. Please note that this does not affect the overall timing. We start the clock in Whitehorse/Pelly Crossing (200 miles only) and we stop it when the athlete finishes the race. The time that is spent at a checkpoint (CP) is part of the overall time.
Athletes who arrive at their respectiv CP1 sweating more than they should and/or totally exhausted will have to stay/rest at the checkpoint for 4 hours. The decision is taken by the Race Director or staff.
No outside assistance to advance up or down the trail.
It is the athlete's responsibility to take along all gear necessary for a safe race, e.g. stove, food, water, sleeping system, head torch, sufficient clothing for all weather conditions.
The following gear is mandatory for the 100 and 300 mile races:
- Head torch
- Spare batteries
- Windproof lighter
- Matches in waterproof container
- Fire starter
- Sleeping mat
- Sleeping bag rated down to -45 or lower extreme zone (EN 13537)
- Expedition down jacket with at least 400 g down fill (size large)
- Bivouac bag or tent
- Emergency whistle
- Personal first aid kit including blister dressings, space blanket, hot shots, anti-nausea pills, anti-diarrhoea pills, vaseline or similar, anti-bacterial agent (to stop or prevent infections), dressings for cuts
- Stove and gas to melt snow and prepare meals
- 1 pot, 1 cup and bowl with spoon
- Enough emergency food provisions to last 48 hours
- Small saw
The following gear is mandatory for the 200 and 430 mile race:
- as above, plus
- Crampons or similar device (e.g. Yaktrax, Kathoola MicroSpikes)
- Avalanche shovel
- Sat phones are not mandatory for the 200 and 430 mile racers put are strongly recommended.
Athletes who forget essential gear (e.g. insulation layers, thermos, etc.) at a checkpoint, will get a time penalty of 6 hours per item. Forgetting mandatory gear may result in a time penalty of up to 12 hours and depending on the circumstances even disqualification. This also goes for equipment that is lost on the trail.
The racers must carry all their gear the whole distance. The 300 and 430 mile athletes may deposit non-mandatory gear in their drop bags.
No littering. Racers must not leave anything behind on the trail. No gear, no trash or anything else.
Athletes must mark all their food items with their race bibb number. Failure to comply with this rule results in immediate disqualification. Random checks may be done any time during the race.
The race officials have the right to remove or disqualify a racer at any time during the event. Possible reasons may be: the physical condition of the racer, insufficient gear, littering, cheating.
Drop Bags: Marathoners and 100 mile racers can give us a drop for their respective finish lines. The 300 mile racers will be given the opportunity to deposit 3 drop bags. One will be brought to Braeburn, the 100 mile finish, the second one will go to Carmacks at mile 172 and the 3rd bag will be deposited at Pelly Crossing. 430 mile athletes will get their drop bags delivered to Braeburn, Carmacks, Pelly Farm and Dawson City. 200 mile athletes can hand in a drop bag for the finish in Dawson City. Each bag should not weigh more than 15 pounds. The shuttle that brings racers back from the finish will pick up the bags again on the way to Whitehorse. Drop bags can be handed in after the pre-race dinner (same room as the dinner is held in) and until 10:30 PM that evening at the latest. The bags need to be packed well and CLEARLY marked with your name and the name of the checkpoint you want us to bring it to.
Time limits: 100 mile racers must reach the finish in Braeburn within 3 days (72 hours). 200 mile racers need to reach Dawson within 6 days (144 hours). 300 mile racers must reach Carmacks within 4 days and 12 hours and they have to be at the finish in Pelly Crossing within 8 days (192 hours). 430 mile athletes have to reach Dawson within 13 days (312 hours). Time limits on the way to Pelly Farm apply to them, too. Racers who do not finish in time will be evacuated off the trail. Any additional costs that will be caused by this evacuation will have to be paid by the racer.
If it is safe for us and the respective athlete to evacuate her/him off the course with a snowmobile, we will do so. Each evacuation with one of our snowmobile guides will cost CAD 150.
If specialists are required for the evacuation by snowmobile or by any other means of transportation these costs will have to be covered by the racer.
Athletes need to have an insurance that covers any evacuation costs by local authorities and subsequent medical treatment and transportation, including operations and extended stays in the local or any other hospital. All participants need to proof that they have sufficient health insurance for the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra. Should a participant fail to provide the required confirmation, a participation in the race is not possible. The cancellation fees as per Application & Waiver (page 5) apply.
There will be medical advisors for the event. If conditions become absolutely life threatening due to storms and/or extreme cold these advisors may stop the race at any time. Racers will then have to stop at the nearest checkpoint. Should it be impossible to restart the race, or should a racer have to quit because of booked flights back home, this will be treated like an evacuation.
Road and trail use: Follow state road laws while on roads (e.g. stay on the right, look before crossing roads, etc.). Please yield the trail to motorized vehicles and any dog teams. Pull off the trail if you stop for repairs, change clothes, etc.
ATHLETES WHO TRAVEL ON THE ROAD RATHER THAN ON THE DESIGNATED TRAIL WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED!
Runways: Do not bike, ski, walk, run, snowshoe, camp or sleep on any runway. Runways are usually defined by a groomed, maintained area, much longer than wider, and having "cut" tree boughs or other flagging placed along its length and/or both ends.
Sleeping between Checkpoints: If you know you are going to bivvy (sleep) in between checkpoints you have to tell the crew that you intend to do so. Bivy just off the main trail, but still in sight of the trail, so other racers and our snow machine rovers can see you.
If you bivvy and want to be evacuated please attach the emergency tape (which you will receive prior to race start) clearly visible to your trekking poles or a stick/tree nearby. Our guides on snow mobiles will then stop and wake you up if need be.
Teams have to arrive at the checkpoints and finish complete and at the same time. Should 1 or 2 team members have to be evacuated the rest of the team will become part of the individual racers category.
Only experienced winter athletes will be accepted for the ultra distance races. Should this be your first winter adventure race you will have to tell us why you know that your physical fitness and experience is sufficient for such a race, e.g. if you are an experienced high-altitude mountain climber (please state this in the designated spot of our "APPLICATION & WAIVER").
If you have no prior experience with extreme cold weather conditions we require you to participate in our MYAU training course which will teach you essential skills for the race.
Medical certificate: This certificate needs to prove that you are fit to take part in an endurance race in arctic conditions. In addition to the certificate, each athlete has to fill in a medical form.
Food: We will serve 1 hot meal upon the arrival of the athlete at each checkpoint with the exception of Dog Grave Lake. At this remote checkpoint athletes need to provide their own expedition meal (meal that requires boiling water for preparation only). If an athlete prefers to have his meal before he leaves the CP this is possible, too. However, it is not possible for an athlete to receive 2 meals! Neither is an athlete allowed to ask our staff for food when out on the trail. The only exception is a case of emergency.
Out on the trail athletes have to have sufficient emergency food for 2 days. Also, we recommend taking along several meals to eat in between or at (remote) checkpoints. Experience has shown that an athlete's body needs more food than what we serve with one meal. Also, experience has shown that athletes do run out of food between checkpoints. This is a reason for withdrawal!
Athletes are allowed to buy food at checkpoints with restaurants or supermarkets.
Fatbike athletes need to cope with any mechanical problems themselves. Should outside assistance at a checkpoint be necessary we will try to help solve the problem. Any time that is lost while help is being organized will not be credited. Also, time penalties will apply. The extent of the time penalty will depend on the support given.