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Race Info

Race course

The Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra will follow the Yukon Quest trail, the trail of the world’s toughest Sled Dog Race.

Due to a change in the trails we use, currently we do not know if we can offer a marathon distance in 2025. At this point (April 3rd), we can say that we will have distances of approximately 340 and 650 km. Yes, you heard right, no more “miles”. We will use this change to switch from “miles” to “km” … something we have been asked to do for quite a few years now.

We plan to have our race start in Teslin, come through Ross River, then Faro and make it to Pelly Crossing and Pelly Farm. The 650 km may still change a bit, i.e. it could be closer to 600 km or also closer to 700 km. We hope to have a better idea by end of April.

The reason why we decided to make a first announcement now is because we get emails on a daily basis asking about MYAU 2025, from athletes eager to start planning. Now that the start date and approximate distances are out there, those of you wanting to sign up, can start planning. In case you were keen on the 100 or 300 miles, you can now decide if you want to increase your goal. If you are keen on a distance of roughly 100 or 300 miles and do not want to change, please note that we have our Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra with distance that are not far off, i.e. 185 and 500 km.

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. Once ready, 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 2025 will start on February 2nd. The preliminary time for the start is 1:30 PM.

We will start in Teslin. A bus will bring athletes from Whitehorse to the start. Pulk sleds, bikes and skis will be transported in a trailer. A detailed description of the location and procedure is given at the race briefing.

Preliminary pre-race schedule for 2025

January 26th – 29th, 2025
Training Course (mandatory for athletes without extreme cold weather experience)

January 30th, 2025
15:00 – 18:00 Hand-out of the rental gear (Sternwheeler Hotel, Conference Room #4)

January 31st, 2025

09:00 – 12:00 Dealing with any missing paperwork, handing out race-bibbs, maps, etc. (Sternwheeler Hotel, Conference Room #4)
12:00 – 13:00 Yukonprayer with Race Chaplain Pat Cooke-Rogers (Sternwheeler Hotel, Conference Room #4)
16:00 – 17:00 Volunteer briefing for all volunteers (Sternwheeler Hotel, Conference Room #4)

February 1st, 2025
09:00 – 10:30 Official trail and SPOT briefing for all athletes (Sternwheeler Hotel, Room tbc.)
12:00 – 14:00 Gear check (Sternwheeler Hotel, Conference Room #4)
15:30 – 16:30 Medical briefing for medical team members (Sternwheeler Hotel, Conference Room #4)
17:00 – 19:00 Pre-race dinner (Sternwheeler Hotel)
Drop bags can be handed in from 17:00 until 22:00 (Sternwheeler Hotel)

February 2nd, 2025
1:30 PM Start of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, Teslin, Yukon Territory


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.

Extreme conditions

Due to the very difficult conditions caused by

  • the extreme coldness in the Yukon in January and 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. If you sign up please also read our FAQ section and all other pages on this website. Come back regularly to check if there are any news. In addition it is recommended you join our facebook group and sign up for the newsletter.

Distances (last updated November 13th, 2022):

The below does not reflect our expected trail changes for 2025, yet. We will update the details as soon as these are available.

Miles between CPs
Miles accumulated
Muktuk Adventures (marathon finish)
Dog Grave Lake
Braeburn (100 mile finish)
Mandanna Lake
Pelly Crossing
Pelly Farm
Pelly Crossing (300 mile finish)
Scroggie Creek (continues right from Pelly Farm!)
Dawson City (430 mile finish)

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.

Drop bags

The 340 km racers can give us a drop bag for their finish line. The athletes in the 650 km distance can hand in a drop bag that will be available at roughly 270 km and at Pelly Crossing (560 km). We are also considering the service of food drop bags for km 150 and around km 400. These food drop bag would not be moved up the trail once used/accessed.  The regular drop bags will be returned to Whitehorse after the race. For more details please see the Rules.


There will be no purse.

Record Times

Foot – 2011, Denise McHale (Canada) 3:14
XC-Ski – 2011, Friedrich Gantioler (Austria) 3:18
MTB – 2016, Joel Hegner (Switzerland) 3:19

100 Miles
Foot – 2012, Justin Wallace (Canada) 21:41
XC-Ski – 2011, Hubert Gantioler (Austria) 17:26
MTB – 2014, Paul Trebilock (Canada) 17:06

300 Miles
Foot – 2016, Jan Kriska (USA) 117:24
XC-Ski – 2004, Laszlo Kovacs (Hungary) 146:10
MTB – 2003, Rocky Reifenstuhl (USA) 98:15

430 Miles
Foot – 2013, Casper Wakefield (Denmark) 186:50
XC-Ski – 2013, Enrico Ghidoni (Italy) 225:10
MTB – 2011, Alan Sheldon (UK) 99:30