The first-ever Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race — a grueling endurance paddle race down the Yukon River — will take place this summer, on July 20. At least 18 teams will paddle for seven to 12 days down the Yukon River for an arduous 1,000-mile course, beginning in Whitehorse, Canada, crossing the U.S. border through the Yukon Flats and ending at the Dalton Highway at the trans-Alaska oil pipeline crossing.
Teams will compete in tandem canoes, kayaks and voyageur canoes. Teams of two can compete in solo canoes or kayaks traveling together. Competitors are required to carry Spot devices, which contain a GPS receiver, phone messenger and panic button enabling race authorities to track each team’s position and progress. Racers will also be required to report their position on a regular basis and make six-hour stops each night. The cost to enter is $425.