A lot of the people involved in helping with the race are not shown above. I will try to include all the ones who help out on a regular basis. That way you get to know more crew up front. I also want to thank everybody who has ever been involved for the great effort. This race would be impossible with out you guys! We look forward to meeting you all at one of our checkpoints or out on the trail!
Until the end of 2002 in my regular job I worked for TUI AG which is one of the world's leading companies in the tourism industry. I had to handle a variety of different projects, e.g. implementation of the new Masterbrand in the retail organisation, Sponsorship and Innovation Management.
After having been running marathons for a couple of years, I got into adventure racing. I have enjoyed this so much thatI have decided to use the knowledge which I have acquired through my job and combine it with my love for adventure and sports. This way the GREAT OUTDOORS was born. Since January 2003 I am able to work on the GREAT OUTDOORS full time. In doing so, I am fulfilling myself a dream. And it is my goal to help you do the same thing. Just in a slightly different way, I guess. I want you to be able to participate in the world's coldest and toughest human-powered winter ultra, the YUKON ARCTIC ULTRA.
People will think that you are absolutely crazy if you decide to do this. The way I look at it, people who have never faced such a challenge are a lot crazier. Those of you who have done similar races previously know what I am talking about. The feeling of finishing such a race won't be that new to you any more. However, for you it will be a new and exciting challenge and an event you won't want to miss.
See you in the Yukon.
In recent years Mark has found his way back to outdoor pursuits and adventure-based photography. He is the official photographer for the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra and shoots for other adventure races around the North. Mark’s work is published by notable media including The Canadian Press, CBC, EnRoute, the Globe and Mail, Geist, Maclean’s, PostMedia, Red Bull, Up Here Magazine, and Yukon North of Ordinary.
Mark’s work can be found on his website depthoffield.ca and you can of course follow him on social media.
He‘s a Jack of all trades who is passionate about building cabins and everything wood. If he’s not busy working as a contractor he’s welcoming guests at his little family cabin rental business MarshLakeCabins.com.
In his former life in Germany Hendrik was a paramedic for many years, so he enjoys bringing his knowledge plus skidoo out on the trail to support the MYAU athletes.
Robert helps with checkpoint set-up, Scroggie Creek CP and there is a good chance you will see him out on the trail.
With a background in outdoor clothing and equipment, and his love of all things tech, many athletes’ first contact with Callum is often the gear check! Callum has been involved in the race since 2019, when he helped two other volunteers to source their cold weather clothing, and now helps both in the Yukon’s MYAU and Lapland’s MLAU.
Once the races starts, whether Callum is checking in on athletes, helping to set up checkpoints, or trialling the cold temperatures by going for a short run, you know he’ll be enjoying every minute of it.