The Yukon 1000 is steeped in the history of the land. When Skookum Jim Mason, Dawson Charlie and George Washington Carmack found gold in a tributary of the Klondike River in August 1896, they had little idea of what would ensue.

During the first year of the rush an estimated 20,000 gold seekers spent an average of three months packing their outfits over trails and over the passes to the lakes. Once prospectors had moved their gear top the lakes, they built or bought boats to float the remaining 560 miles to Dawson City and the Klondike district in search of that limitless supply of golden nuggets.

The Yukon 1000 race follows the route of the Klondike goldrush in testament to the fortitude of those two centuries before. The Race starts in Whitehorse and continues down river all the way to the Alaska Pipeline Bridge on the Dalton Highway, 1000 miles, 1600 Kilometres downstream.

The race has run in this format since 2009, run by Peter Coates who developed the race with GPS tracking expertise. It ran again yearly until 2012 where it hence became a bi-annual race with competitors travelling internationally to compete. Unlike most other events, the Yukon 1000 race is unique for its requirement for ultimate self reliance and the remote  and dangerous adventure experience.

History makers

With every Yukon 1000 race, a new set of adventurers chase, make and break records.

Below are the results from each race.

PositionVesselTeam NameCountryTeam MembersTotal Time (days/hours/mins)
1=KayakTeam HendronUKRichard Hendron, Henry Hendron06 days 02:11:07
1=KayakAfter the Gold RushRob Colliver, Russ Dawkins06 days 02:11:07
2KayakKiwisNZWendy Riach, Ian Huntsman6 days 03:02:11
3KayakAll the WayDarren Crocker, Earl Hewett6 days 05:30:45
1CanoeOMJANATORJaakko Soivio, Heikki Hihnala6 days 05:19:22
2CanoePrice and OlsonArdie Olson, Rod Price6 days 08:54:00
3CanoeThe Dueling BanjosJosia Freeman, Ben Couturier7 days 00:18:00
1SUPTeam StarboardNetherlands/HawaiiBart de Zwart, Ike Frans8 days 01:42:00
2SUPCocoplum NavyUSAScott Baste, Chip Walter8 days 20:09:00
3SUPBe Water My FriendBen & Kimberley (nee Sutton) Friberg9 days 12:07:14
PositionVesselTeam NameCountryTeam MembersTotal Time (days/hours/mins)
1KayakKiwisNew ZealandIan Huntsman, Wendy Riach6 days 14:55:00
2KayakKokoruaNew ZealandSimon Woods, Neil Taylor7 days 03:45:00
3CanoeHobo SquadHawaiiPatrick Broemmel, Will Rich7 days 04:55:00
4CanoeIndependent PolandPoland/CanadaMarcin Gienieczko, Benjamin Schmidt7 days 09:30:00 *2 hour penalty for race rule violation
5Kayak10th Life KayakingUSASalli O’Donnell, Paul Cox7 days 09:45:00
6KayakRPUKNick McCorry, Max Huxtable7 days 14:00:00 *2 hour penalty for race rule violation
7CanoeHarlin ChancersUKJack Hartley, Tom Hamblin7 days 15:50:00 *2 hour penalty for race rule violation
8CanoeTeam EssenceUKOliver Bailey, Mathew Bennett7 days 17:35:00
9CanoeIt seemed like a good idea at the timeCanada/USAJonathan Loeb, Daniel Achber7 days 19:45:00 *2 hour penalty for race rule violation/ revoked for coming to the aid of another team in distress
10CanoeYu-kon not be seriousUKJames Edwards, Tom Redon8 days 00:54:00
11SUPTeam StarboardNetherlands/HawaiiBart de Zwart, Ike Frans8 days 01:42:00
12SUPCocoplum NavyUSAScott Baste, Chip Walter8 days 20:09:00
13SUPExtremely Insane SUPMADKIWINetherlands/New ZealandAlex de Saint, Tony Bain9 days 12:30:00
14CanoeTeam SavageAlaskaKelly Osborn Linklater, Naomi Umphrey**Did not complete**
PositionNumberVesselTeam NameTeam MembersTotal Time
19CanoeMainely NutsBrad Krog, Terry Wescott7 days 04:36:00
27CanoeFoot GuardsRichard Archer, Jonathan Frith7 days 09:36:00
35KayakKayaking For ConservationMarcus Savage, Peter Tyrrell8 days 00:52:00
411CanoeMinnesota GneissEmma Burgeson, Paige Norman8 days 02:45:00
58KayakBrothers in ArmsHamish Mackay-Lewis, Geordie Mackay-Lewis8 days 03:13:00
62CanoeThe Trail Events TeamPhil Langman, Iain Lomas8 days 03:41:00
713CanoeTourists from EuropeHolger Schmieding, Malte L Schmieding8 days 13:25:00
810CanoeDukeMax Peckover, Myles McEachern
91ASUPPaddle City PunksChristina Hebert
101BSUPPaddle City PunksJoe Eastin
PositionNumberVesselTeam NameTeam MembersTotal Time
110KayakKiwisWendy Riach, Ian Huntsman6 days 03:02:11
211CanoeOMJANATORJaakko Soivio, Heikki Hihnala6 days 05:19:22
35KayakGoldfishTherese Powell, Richard Barnes7 days 07:35:25
46KayakSouth African Dung BeetlesDuncan Paul, Donovan Boshoff7 days 08:39:55
53KayakSam McGeeBill Harris, Emitt Witt7 days 09:07:35
68CanoeThe HardingsEmily Harding, Aidan Harding9 days 04:00:25
79CanoeDalton Bridge RunnersDwaine Heudes, Dave McGreer9 days 11:42:24
82ASUPBe Water My FriendBen Friberg9 days 12:07:14
92BSUPBe Water My FriendKimberley Friberg (Sutton)9 days 12:07:14
1012CanoePaddlin MadelinesMitzi Peine, Emma Burgeson- - -
PositionNumberVesselTeam NameTeam MembersPaddling TimeCorrected Time
113KayakHPHenry Hendron, Freddy Purcell6 days 06:32:316 days 06:32:31
2=6KayakBoothworksMarcus Booth, Larry Booth
2=7KayakMortimer PondRob Kimber, Richard Wattam
2=8SoloRaging HomersDwaine Heudes, Homer Simpson
PositionNumberVesselTeam NameTeam MembersPaddling TimeCorrected Time
14KayakWho KnowsSimon Coward, Adam Harmer6 days 8:50:006 days 8:50:00
25Voyageurvoyager3Kerry Newell, Paul Repak, Helen Holly Crouch, Jon Vermilyea, Ashley Cary, Lorraine Turturro6 days 10:15:316 days 10:15:31
31CanoeBruins In RuinsTerry Wescott, Sandra Mitchell7 days 10:46:447 days 10:46:44
43KayakIf at First …..Monique Dube, Todd Pugsley
52CanoeThe BrosRick Soparlo, Kevin Breker
PositionNumberVesselTeam NameTeam MembersPaddling TimeCorrected Time
1=3bSoloAusy TomsSteve Pizzey07 days 01:27:2707 days 01:27:27
1=3aSoloAusy TomsTom Simmat07 days 01:27:2707 days 01:27:27
34CanoeStarfactorRod Spinks, Greg Lennox07 days 02:58:0607 days 02:58:06
45CanoeTIP-C (totally immature, probably crazy)David Dahl, Rick Lorenzen07 days 03:34:1007 days 03:34:10
58VoyageurSugar Creek BearsPhil Saunders Gerhard Munger Rob Gunther Tom Mayer Tom Wyble Thomas Stern07 days 11:17:2007 days 11:17:20
61CanoeBearly MovingSandra Mitchell, Robert Mitchell08 days 14:47:4108 days 14:47:41
79KayakShalomVikingBjörn Stansvik, Michael Anschel
86KayakChapter 1Monique Dube, Simon Coward
97KayakChapter 2Blair Trotman, Nicole Nadorozny
102CanoeA Grizzly EndMatthew Jones, Dr Minesh Patel
PositionNumberVesselTeam NameTeam MembersPaddling TimeCorrected Time
1=4KayakTeam HendronRichard Hendron, Henry Hendron06 days 02:11:0706 days 02:11:07
1=15KayakAfter the Gold RushRob Colliver, Russ Dawkins06 days 02:11:0706 days 02:11:07
31KayakAll the WayDarren Crocker, Earl Hewett06 days 05:30:4506 days 05:30:45
410yukon voyageursKerry J. Newell Paul Repak Helen (Holly) Crouch Mike Trump Matt Trump Teresa Stout Brian McDonnell06 days 07:54:2306 days 07:54:23
511CanoePrice and OlsonArdie Olson, Rod Price06 days 08:54:0006 days 08:54:00
619CanoeThe Dueling BanjosJosia Freeman, Ben Couturier07 days 00:18:0007 days 00:18:00
714CanoeFrozen HobosJonathan Morgan, Ben Schmidt07 days 08:07:0007 days 08:07:00
88CanoeYukon DuetRoland Ring-Jarvi , Bob Carrigan07 days 11:27:0007 days 11:27:00
97CanoeWe Must Be NutsLarry Seethaler, Brenda Forsythe07 days 11:55:0007 days 11:55:00
1018Canoetim x twotim van nest, tim van nest jr07 days 12:32:0007 days 12:32:00
113Canoenorthern currentCristan McLain, Alex McLain07 days 22:34:0007 days 22:34:00
125KayakHumpbacksMichael J Sullivan, Steve Daigle08 days 00:30:0008 days 00:30:00
139CanoeBest of the MediocreDavid M Dahl, Doug Berg08 days 03:46:0008 days 03:46:00
146CanoeGonzosGordon Warnica, Allan Billard09 days 07:48:0009 days 07:48:00
1516CanoeTanned, Rested and ReadyBob Polk, Trent Herbst10 days 03:41:2210 days 03:41:22
162CanoeFruit LoopsMary Houck, John Ders
1813CanoeMAC and TractorboyBrian McDonnell, Andrew Jillings
1912KayakLast Frontier Eco AllianceJ.T. Hessert, Mike Jayne

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