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.

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  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.

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