Race Rules

Important Points

The organisers reserve the right to reject entry to the race or remove racers from the Yukon 1000 at any time. In particular, if there are any safety concerns regarding teams or individuals or if the race rules are not being followed.


  • All Racer Teams must attend the pre-Race Kit Inspection at the Start Location 24 hrs before the start of the Race or as required by us. An exact time and location will be emailed to you in advance of the Race.
  • The Race will usually start on a Saturday morning where you are competing using a Stand Up Paddleboard, or on a Sunday morning where you are competing using a canoe and kayak. The exact start time will be confirmed to you by email approximately 24 hours before the start of the Race.
  • Racer Teams are not allowed communication with any supporters for the duration of the Race. All mobile phones, InReach, or other two-way communication devices must be turned off, placed into a tamperproof bag. All satellite phones must have a seal tag on the antenna and all smart watches Bluetooth function must be turned off.
  • Upon arrival at the Finish Location, devices will be inspected immediately. Any indication that communication has been made other than in an emergency will result in the Racer Team being disqualified, you will not be permitted to enter future Yukon 1000 races, and the Racer Team will not be logged as having attended the Race.
  • Racer Teams must carry all food and water and are not permitted to resupply at any time during the Race.
  • All visas and ESTAs are your responsibility and must be produced at the pre-Race inspection. We will have no liability to you if you are denied entry to the countries in which the Race takes place.
  • Racer Teams must have a satellite phone or other form of emergency satellite communication device with them at all times, with emergency contact numbers saved including the contact number for the Race Organiser. An emergency communications test will be completed at the pre-Race inspection and the appropriate contact number for the Race Organiser will be supplied to all Racer Teams at that time.
  • Racer Teams must have at least 1 bear spray per Racer Team and understand how to deploy it.
  • Racer Teams must ensure their SPOT tracker is registered to the Race tracking platform and they are competent users of the device.
  • SPOT trackers must be set at 10 minute interval tracking.
  • All Racer Teams must have sufficient mapping of the relevant geographical area to be able to take part in the Race. The area is not independently mapped and we are not responsible for your navigation or your abilities to navigate. (Please note that this mapping will be inspected during the Kit Check.)
  • Racer Teams must have all human population areas marked on their mapping.
  • Racer Teams must have GPS and be proficient in its use.
  • You must wear a life vest at all times whilst in or on a Vessel which is on the water.
  • Racer Teams must paddle for no more than 18 hours each day and must stop each evening by 2300hrs to observe a mandatory 6 hours rest. Racer Teams that fail to observe the minimum 6 hours rest will be disqualified (but please note that Race Teams are permitted to rest for longer than 6 hours).
  • SUP teams must stay together for the duration of the Race, including overnight rest points, and be no more than 30 metres apart at any time.
  • Once a Racer Team stops to rest they must indicate their stop using their SPOT tracker and then turn the device off. Once the 6 hour mandatory rest time has passed, Racer Teams may begin paddling again.
  • Racer Teams are responsible for their own time management. We reserve the right to disqualify Racer Teams in respect of any creeping early departures.
  • Racer Teams must ensure all camp fires are put out and rubbish collected before leaving rest points.
  • Racer Teams must support each other (if possible to do so safely) in the event of an emergency. We reserve the right to disqualify Racer Teams if either team member displays any unsportsmanlike behaviour.
  • The Race Organisers reserve the right to pull Racer Teams from the Race at Dawson City should they fall too far behind the other participants to make the Race cut-off time.
  • Racer Teams will finish the Race at the Finish Location. Exit will be covered in detail at the pre-Race brief.
  • Following exit at the Finish Location, Racer Teams will be transported via coach to Fairbanks, Alaska. Racer Teams are responsible for their own onward travel plans after the drop off in Fairbanks, Alaska.  There is a cut-off date which you will be informed of, following which there will be no transport available.  Note that the Race Organisers will ONLY be picking up Vessels where pre-arranged.


  • The $500 CAD race registration fee is non-refundable.
  • If you wish to withdraw from the Race at any time prior to the start of the Race, please inform us by contacting us on yukon@yukon1000.org (or speak with an Official if you are at the Start Location). if you withdraw at least 3 months prior to the Race Date and have paid the Race Fee, 50% of such Race Fee will be refunded in full. If you withdraw less than 3 months prior to the Race Date, no refund will be given.
  • If you or your Racer Team wish to withdraw after the commencement of the Race, you must notify us via satellite phone or other form of emergency satellite communication device immediately. Individual team members are not permitted to continue the Race alone. If you or your Racer Team withdraws after the commencement of the Race, no refund shall be given and we shall have no responsibility for costs of repatriation of you or your Racer Team.

military deployment

If you are an active member of the armed forces, where you are unable to participate in the Race due to military deployment or military training, and you inform us of this prior to the Race Date, we will offer a full refund (less a small transaction fee) or the option to defer your Racer Team’s entry to the next year’s Race, subject to the agreement of your team member, you providing us with reasonable evidence of such deployment or training, and your agreement to abide by the terms and conditions of entry in force on the date on which you take part in the Race. Alternatively, your remaining team member shall be allowed a reasonable period of time to find a replacement for you.


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