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.

The marathon finishes at Muktuk Adventures 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 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 2018 will start on February 1th. The time for the start is 10:30 AM.

We will start 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 2018

January 29th, 2018
17:00 – 18:00 Hand-Out of the rental gear, Coast High Country Inn (Room: Library). 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.

January 30th, 2018
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: Library)
12:30 – 15:00 First part of the MYAU training course (indoor) – for signed up athletes only, Coast High Country Inn (Room: B1)
17:00 – 21:00 Second part of the MYAU 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
18:00 – 19:00 Briefing for volunteers, Coast High Country Inn (Room: Library)

January 31st, 2018
08:00 – 09:00 De-brief of the training course, Coast High Country Inn (Room: B)09:00 – 10:30 Official trail briefing and hand-out of SPOT units for all ultra distance athletes, Coast High Country Inn (Room: B)
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)
16:00 – 17:00 Official trail briefing and hand-in of any missing paper work, hand-out of maps, race bibs, filling-in of CARA waiver for all marathon athletes
from 17:00 Pre-race dinner for all athletes and volunteers, Coast High Counry Inn (Room: A and B1)
Drop bags can be handed in at the Coast High Country Inn (Room: A and B1) from 17:00 until 22:00.

February 1st, 2018
10:30 Start of the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra, Shipyard’s Park, Whitehorse

Disciplines

You may choose your mode of discipline, which can be either mountain bike, xc-skis or foot.

Categories

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 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
Whitehorse
0
0
Muktuk Adventures (marathon finish)
26
26
Dog Grave Lake
33
59
Braeburn (100 mile finish)
35
94
Ken Lake
44
138
Carmacks
35
173
McCabe
38
211
Pelly Crossing
28
239
Pelly Farm
33
272
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.

Drop bags

The 100 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 drop bags will be returned. For more details please see the Rules.

Drop bags

The 100 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 drop bags will be returned. For more details please see the Rules.

Purse

There will be no purse.

Record Times

Marathon
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