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.


  1. No changes in racers are permitted unless pre-approved by Race Director.
  2. All teams and racers must attend the pre-race kit inspection 24 hrs before the race in Whitehorse. A time and location will be emailed to all participants well in advance of the race.
  3. We will start the race as early as possible on the Sunday morning – a time will be confirmed 24 hours before the race starts, again communicated via email before the race.
  4. The race is totally unsupported. Once racers start, the only time they may seek assistance is for rescue or vessel repair.
  5. Teams are not allowed communication with any supporters for the duration of the race. All mobile phone, InReach, two-way communication devices will be will be turned off, placed into a tamperproof bag and given back to the team. All satellite phones will have a seal tag on the antenna and all smart watches Bluetooth function will be turned off.
  6. Upon arrival at the finish line, devices will be inspected immediately. Any indication that communication has been made other than emergency then this is becomes ‘supported’ and the team will be disqualified, individuals will not be able to ever re-enter the Yukon 1000 and the team will not be logged as having attended the race.
  7. Teams must carry all food and water and are not permitted to stop/resupply at any time.
  8. All visas and ESTAs are the responsibility of the racers and most be produced at the pre-race inspection.
  9. Racers must ensure they have a clear understanding of the insurance coverage of the race – race organisers have emergency assistance and rescue measures in place where racers are extracted to the nearest appropriate medical facility – not to the home country of the racer.
  10. Teams must have some form of emergency satellite communication device, with emergency contact numbers saved. An emergency communications test will be completed at the pre-race inspection in Whitehorse and the appropriate emergency number will be supplied to all racers.
  11. Teams must have at least 1 bear spray per team and understand how to deploy it.
  12. Teams must ensure their SPOT tracker is registered to the race tracking platform and they are competent users of the device.
  13. SPOT trackers will be set at 10 minute interval tracking.
  14. All teams must have sufficient mapping for their abilities. The area is not independently mapped and the organisers are not responsible for your navigation or abilities to navigate – note this will be inspected during the kit check)
  15. Teams must have all human population areas marked on their mapping.
  16. Teams must have GPS and be proficient in its use.
  17. All teams are to ensure they have the organisers cell/mobile phone number saved in the event of post-emergency extraction contact. The will be issued at the race pre-brief in Whitehorse.


  1. All racers must wear their life vest at all times.
  2. Teams will paddle for no more than 18 hours a day and must stop each evening by 2300hrs to observe the mandatory 6 hours rest. Teams that fail to observe the minimum 6 hours will be disqualified (note that teams are permitted to rest for longer).
  3. SUP teams must stay together for the duration of the race, including overnight rest points, and be no more than 30 metres apart.
  4. Once a team stops after 18 hrs they are to indicate their stop using their SPOT tracker and turn the device off. Once the 6 hour mandatory rest time has passed, racers may begin paddling again.  Instructions will be practiced and covered in the live pre-race brief in Whitehorse.
  5. Teams are responsible for their own time management. Any creeping early departures will result in disqualification.
  6. Teams must ensure all camp fires are put out and rubbish collected before leaving rest points.
  7. Teams must support each other (if possible) in the event of an emergency. Any unsportsmanlike behaviour will result in disqualification.
  8. The organisers reserve the right to pull teams from the river at Dawson City should they fall too far behind the pack to make the race cut-off time.
  9. Teams will be required to have a visual welfare stop at Dawson City, but may not land. This will be covered in detail at the live pre-race brief in Whitehorse.

end of race

  1. Teams will finish at the Dalton Highway bridge – exit will be covered in detail at the race pre-brief in Whitehorse.
  2. Teams will be transported via coach to Fairbanks, Alaska. Teams are responsible for their own travel plans after the drop off in Fairbanks, Alaska.  There is a cut-off date, following which there will be no transport available.   Note that the race organisers will ONLY be picking up vessels where pre-arranged.

refund policy

Updated as at 25.10.2020:  Considering recent events we have made every effort to ensure that racers have had minimal financial impact as a result of having to withdraw from the race.   We have done this at our expense as we incur costs in the expectation that the race will take place and your team will be taking part from the moment you enter.   We have revised our refunds policy, please make sure you understand the below and are aware of key dates.

In exceptional circumstances please talk to us – we will do all within our power to support our race community and ensure the continuation of the race.


In the unfortunate event of a race cancellation, racers will be provided two options for the 2021 race:

  • Defer their team or individual position to the next years race at no cost.   Where only one team member can transfer to the following year, the event cancellation refund policy below applies to the departing member.
  • Receive a refund of 85% of racer fees
  • Racers must notify race organisers of their decision to defer or withdraw within 30 days of receipt of race cancellation notification via their registered email address.  If we have not heard from a team within the 30 days we will assume that they will defer their team.   From here the below withdrawal policy will apply should the team or individual decide not to race.
  • Yukon 1000 will not be liable for any costs incurred as part of race travel and preparation.


  • Withdrawal requests must be received in writing to yukon@yukon1000.org during the following time frames in order to be eligible for a partial refund:
  • Until 4 months prior to race day: 80% refund of the entry fee
  • Until 45 days prior to race day: 25% refund of the entry fee
  • After 45 days to race day: no refund

Key dates for 2021 race:

  • 17th March (on or before): 50% refund of the entry fee
  • 2nd June (on or before): 25% refund of the entry fee
  • 3rd June onwards : no refund
  • 17th June (on or before): last day for race transfers to be accepted


Racer transfers will be done at no cost, however race organisers must approve any new racers. Transfers will only be accepted up until one month before the race date.

military deployment

With proof of military deployment or training dates we will offer a full refund (less a small transaction fee) or the option to transfer to the next years race. Refunds are offered for the active duty member only. Remaining team members will be supported by the race organisers to find a replacement racer.


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