Frequently Asked Questions
How does this timing stick system work?
Each racer will need to carry a small timing stick (attched to a lanyard) and 'dip' it in a small timing device when they finish their event. Time is recorded when the stick is dipped, so be sure to go straight to the dipping station! These stations are located at Miles Canyon (for timing leg 1 and 3), Chadburn Lake(for leg 2) and the finish line at Rotary Peace Park. Marathon and Half Marathon runners only need to dip at the finish line to get their event time, and there are volunteers at each dipping station to assist. If you have picked up your stick but cannot run on race day, please make every effort to return the stick to Rotary Park. The sticks are not cheap to replace!
This is the same system now used by both the Klondike International Road Relay and the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay.
Where and when can I pickup my Race Bib?
Race bib's can be picked up at Sportslife, 305 Main Street, in Whitehorse, between 4PM and 6PM on Friday, August 2nd OR between 11AM and 3PM on Saturday, August 3rd.
How is the trail marked and what will I encounter on the way?
The course will be marked as follows:
- Florescent orange pin flags will be inserted in the ground to mark the course and show direction at all key intersections.
- Directional arrows will be painted on the ground in florescent orange paint to mark entry or exit of intersections.
- 100 Permanent trail signs are installed on the course (licence plate size with Yukon River Trail Marathon logo).
- Large Orange Pylons will be used at Start/Finish Area and at Miles Canyon bridge.
In addition to beautiful scenery and challenging terrain, you will encounter aid stations with water, sports drink and food (and lots of friendly volunteers) at the end of each leg (that is, at km 9.6, 19.6, 30.5) as well as at the start/finish of the race. There are also water stations at intermediary points between checkpoints.
Port-a-potties are available at the race start/finish, across from the float plane dock (Leg 1), at the end of leg 2 (Chadburn Lake), and at the Schwatka Lake Boat Launch (Leg 4).
Who is eligible to enter the Open, Masters and Masters Plus categories?
Runners between the ages of 14 and 39 years on race day fall in the Open category. The Masters category is for runners who are between the ages of 40 and 49 years on race day, and the Masters Plus category is for anyone who is 50 years of age or older on race day.
Can teams of two or three people run the relay?
Yes. However, the on-line registration for the relay only allows a runner to sign up for a single leg.
If you want to run the "classic" 2-person relay, then one person should run legs 1 and 2, and the second person should run legs 3 and 4.
You will be pleased to know that the runner who runs two legs only pays one registration fee!
What are the take-homes from the race?
Every year the runners receive a take home souvenir of the race - usually a garment with a retail value of about $50.00. Those who run the marathon and half-marathon races will also receive a medallion with the Yukon River Trail Marathon logo.
Trophies will be presented to the top three female and male marathon and half-marathon participants in the categories: open, master and master plus. Medals will be awarded to each runner in the top three teams for the relay in the three categories: male, female and mixed.
When will the results be posted?
Results will be posted in Shipyards Park shortly after the close of the race at 2:30; they will also be posted on the web site.
How do I get to Whitehorse?
If you are coming from outside the territory, the best way to get to Whitehorse is to fly. Our sponsor, Air North, has great service and flights from Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, and Vancouver, BC. For more information, visit their web site, www.flyairnorth.com.
Air Canada also has non-stop flights from Vancouver and Calgary Alberta.
Where can I stay in Whitehorse?
Shipyards Park, where the race starts and finishes, is located in downtown Whitehorse, in easy walking distance from several downtown hotels. There are also a couple of hostels and several B&Bs in the downtown core. For more information on tourist accommodation and other things to do in Whitehorse besides running, visit www.touryukon.com.
How can I familiarize myself with the course?
Evening training runs for legs 2, 3 and 4 are held during the four weeks leading up to the race. Click here for dates and times for our Thursday night trail runs.
What type of sport drink is available on the course?
GU. It's available at the Miles Canyon Bridge and Chadburn Lake.