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From: North Gower, ON, Canada
My 10th crack at the YRQ. Paddled extensively for fun, for spirit and for the love of it. Raced several other races when I have time.
Leave nothing on the river. Enjoy the ride one more time. Meet other people who are sufficiently crazy to register for this thing.
This is an awesome race, I'm addicted, this feels like just another hit.Besides, the only thing more inconceivable to me than racing the YRQ... is not racing it!
Naish SUPBlack Project FinsRed BullDador Dry Wear
Stand up for the Cure
From: Banbury, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
British National ChampionMR340 female SUP winner, breaking previous course record11 City Tour Non-Stop, first female to completeFemale record holder for crossing Scotland non stop (95km)Wilderness experience through training in Scotland and setting up shelter during a storm in the MR340 race
To finish after being so sick during 2016 race
From: Houston, TX, United States
2012 Texas Water Safari2015 MR3402016 YRQNumerous day racesNumerous trips to Algonquin ParkWhitewater experience on Youghiogheny, Cheat, Potomac, and most other rivers in W. Virginia and Pa.
Finish quicker than in 2016 and finish strong!
Enjoyed last years race and had to come back for more.
From: London, United Kingdom
Beers in Dawson city after finishing
Celebrate turning 50
From: Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
From: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
2X MRX , 2X paddle the nonquon, 1X Big East River X, Nahanni River , Missinabi River.
Best Possible time
From: Burlington, ON, Canada
2X MRX, 1X Big East River, 1X Paddle the Nonquon
best possible time
Ecomarine Paddlesport Centres www.ecomarine.comVancouver's leading Paddlesport Specialist for all things ocean kayaking and SUPNikki Rekman Sales -www.rekman.caKokatat - www.kokatat.comWerner Paddles - www.wernerpaddles.com
From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
SUP Racing:2 x Round Bowen Challenge3 x Kalamalka SUP Classic – Men’s Open 14ft 19-39 winner 2015 and 2016Regular at races around British Columbia for last 3 yearsSUP Touring:25+ days of experience including a number of overnight trips around the BC coastlinePaddle Canada Level 2 SUP Touring InstructorSUP Instructor and Guide in Vancouver and Squamish, BCPaddled from Langdale to Vancouver in 6 hours – 39km open ocean crossing
1. Finish in under 60hrs2. Meet other like minded paddlers3. Experience the Yukon
Since following the SUP paddlers last year and talking to Norm Hann and Jason Bennett about their experience I have thought about nothing else but entering the 2017 race.I want to be tested physically and mentally. I feel the Yukon River Quest will test me to the limit and probably beyond!#gobecauseyoucan#crazypetethepaddlingman@sup_n_irish
STARBOARD, Co Sponsors: Patagonia, Supskin, Maui Jim, Robijns bv, Camelbak / Suunto, Black Project fins, Kanaha Kai Maui
From: Haiku, HI, United States
1St place YRQ 2016, 1st Place MR340 2016, 1 place Muskoka River X '14, '15 and '16Multiple SUP Expeditions and solo crossings Zambia, Greenland, Hawaii,5 day non stop solo crossing Hawaii, 4 day non stop solo crossing French Polynesia,
Winning the Yukon River Quest
From: Whitehorse, YT, Canada
Useful previous accomplishments that will help us in this race this race are: 1. Doing stand up comedy in Whitehorse2. Three time Rendezvous and Thaw Di Gras Womens Arm Wrestling Champ.And most importantly,3. Consistently mediocre at sports.
1. Still be friends in the end2. Stay injury free3. Enjoy the hallucinations
Hunting experience, whitewater canoe experience
1. Finish 2. Be injury free3. Still friends in the end
From: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Two previous Quests, 2013 tandem canoe, 2016 mixed voyageur. Wilderness camping and kayaking in Scotland. Raced solo across Scotland.
Finish under 60 hours
Each year the Yukon calls me back and I can't say no.
British heart foundation https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tim-Darren
From: Bracknell , Berkshire , United Kingdom
Devizes to Westminster YRQ 2007 2008Y1000 2010
From: Burlingame, CA, United States
I have been standup paddling for four years (started September 2012). I have worked with a number of local coaches (names and contact info below). After paddling for four months – December 2012, I completed in a 13 mile race in SF Bay – from Fort Baker (just under Golden Gate Bridge) to San Rafael. Following that, I participated in a number of races on the Bay. Then, I participated in most of the Tahoe races during the summer of 2013, including the final race across Lake Tahoe (Tahoe Fall Classic) – 22 miles. I’ve done the Tahoe Fall Classic three times in varying conditions, including 2015 with no visibility due to nearby wild fire. I completed the California 100 (100 mile race from Redding to Chico) first in 2014 then again in 2015 and 2016.
I fell in love with the YRQ the second friend forwarded me an article about it that talked about "my people" (SUPs) being allowed to paddle. I have map of route in my office and a small library of books about the Yukon that I've been reading. LOVE this place and am dying to paddle this gorgeous river.
I want to complete the race and have fun doing it.
From: North Vancouver, Canada
White water canoe/portaging 15+ years in ontario rivers. Am a certified SUP Touring Level 2 Instructor, Advanced Flat water SUP Instructor, Level 1 PC Kayak Guide, plus many more hours/days over night coastal touring trips along the BC coast/Sunshine coast.
To finish. To have an amazing time, grow and meet new like-minded people. To adventure!
To challenge myself both physically and mentally and to be able to push myself to limits I have yet to push myself. I am very determined and once I have set my mind to something, I will stubbornly work hard to attained that goal. And plus, Why not try something as epic and incredible as this??
From: Podrosche, Germany | Deutschland
Do a lot of running sport since 16 years, 14 half Marathons since 2012, lot of other long distance runs. 2017 already 2 Marathons scheduled. Paddling experience since 2008, lot of dragonboat competitions, including long distance races. Yukon River tour in 2016 as Tourist from Whitehorse to Dawson City with Yukon Wide Adventures.
Want to have a good and challenging race with my Team!
Always looking for new challenges. Biggest aim for 2017 is YRQ, further I will use the training for this event to increase my paddling performance and have a successful dragonboat season with my team. Futhermore I felt in love with the Yukon River and the amazing landscape.
From: Cottbus, Germany | Deutschland
Some canoe tours in the Swedish wilderness with camping and some hut-to-hut Hiking tours in European mountains.Several years a member of a dragon boat team.
To finish in Dawson with a smile.
Get to know this amazing race and have a great time with my team.One more thing I can tick off my bucket list. ;-)
dragonboat racer since 2008;take part (and finished ;-)) Xletix twice in 2016
to finish the race healthy and on time together with my team
I've heard about the YRQ and I can’t say no although they call me crazy
From: Maust, Germany | Deutschland
dragonboat racer since many years
to reach the goal with my team-members; That means I will to go to my personal borders and to go beyond.
I´m always looking for a new adventure. For me, the YRQ will be one of the greatest adventures.
From: Sielow, Germany | Deutschland
The closeness to the water (Spreeforest) brought me already in my youth of the water.Only swimming of the water was not enough. A rubber dinghy was necessary. It was also quickly found.This was the beginning of the passion for paddling.To measure themselves with other water-sports-enthusiasts I decided to enter in the located dragon boot- professional team HaiVoltage.Through regular and hard training I could secured for myself a hard-fought seating in the regular cast of the dragon boot.Numerous races already lie in the bones and there will be even more.
My first target for the race is to reach the goal with my team-members. That means I will to go to my personal borders and to go beyond.
It´s my first visit in Canada. So I´m so excited to delight the landscape and wilderness of the Yukon-territory. Furthermore I´m always looking for a new adventure. For me, the YRQ will be one of the greatest adventures.
From: Bernsdorf, Germany | Deutschland
dragonboat racer since 2012, including long distance races.
I like challenges.
From: Gallatin Gateway, MT, United States
YRQ - 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016MR340 - 2015South Dakota Kayak Challenge - 2016
It's the best race by far!!! and the volunteers are GREAT!
From: RORSCHWIHR, France
My only experience on long canoe race is the YRQ. I already do it in 2014.
Finish with a better place that my first time. Destroying the ear of my partner with the song "sea sex and sun" (I hope it will be sunny because sea sex and rain it's less funny).
the sport challenge and to be in the beautiful wilderness of the Yukon!
From: HIRTZFELDEN, France
No experiences on long canoe race, only short distance without competition. Long distance Trail.
Keep the tempo from my partner, because he want the first place. Finish the course. And enjoy the moment.
A personal challenge. Have unforgettable memories. Discover the Yukon as a different way that only a few people in the world do.
From: Eichwalde, Germany | Deutschland
some short marathons and several river trips, YRQ15
finish in Dawson
Listers Motor Sports
Since well over half of my canoe experience is in the YRQ2016 I guess I'm still a canoe - newbie... CanNewbie,
At some point in the early hours of Saturday morning, smelling like medical waste, with the bruises and sores from Carmacks having been recently transformed into blisters and open wounds, I want to drag my broken shell of a body up the riverbank at the finish in Dawson City, and shotgun a cold beer with my teammate and support crew.
To hopefully prove that skill, experience and training are no match for a completely unwarranted sense of one’s own abilities.
1) To Finish under 53 hours2) To not hallucinate as bad as last year3) To pee in the boat and not have to hold it for 10 to 12 hours (my body was shaking)... 4) Cuddle some more under the Yukon sun
To once again prove that pure stubbornness can outweigh canoeing experience
Take A Hikehttp://www.takeahikefoundation.org/en/index.htm
No previous paddle race experience. Multi-day sea kayak excursions, plenty of backcountry trips .
Outdoor trekking, Extended backcountry experience
To complete this quest with a competitive finishing time.
To push personal limits in mental and physical capacities
From: Nieuwegein, Netherlands | Nederland
YRQ 201511 city tour non-stop 2016
Finish, under 60hrs
Because solo seems the most logical thing to do after tandem :-)
SUP YukonColdwater_SUPLevel 6Adidas EyewareWerner Paddle/Nikkirekmansales
From: Whitehortse, YT, Canada
Stand Up Paddle guide in the Yukon since 2012.YRQ SUP finisher 2016
Find the sugar high for 60+ hours
Happy to once again be a part of this race :).
From: San Jose, CA, United States
Cal100 twice in a single surfski, Tahoe Fall Classic in a marathon canoe, several dozen small local races with mileages ranging from 2-10 miles in surfski or tandem canoe. Lifelong hunter/camper/backpacker with over a dozen trips longer than a week in the wilderness.
From: Castro Valley, CA, United States
- California 100 three times (OC-1)- Dozens of races (OC-1 and OC-2) in Northern and Southern California on open ocean and flat water. - 4 years competitive OC-6- 3 years competitive dragon boat- Also starting to race stand-up paddleboard and prone paddleboard this season.
To have a blast and push my limits.
Paddle canada level 3 North of vancouver Island - broughton archipelago - multidayHowe sound - multiday Vanc island Broken Island group - MultidayGulf Island - Multidayrace around bowen Island 2x times
get to the finish line and have a fun
Been at Whithorse this summer and I love it there. YRQ is an great opportunity how to explore more of this beautiful part of the world.
From: Leicester, Leics, United Kingdom
YRQ 2016Devizes to WestminsterGlasgow to EdinburghCheshire RingDordogne Integrale
From: Berlin, Berlin, Germany | Deutschland
I am member of the German Canoe Federation. I started to paddle when I was 7. I paddle 3 to 5 marathons every year. For example: Dalsland Kanot Maraton in Sweden - 55km on lakes; Elbemarathon - 240km on the river Elbe; Hiddenseemarathon - 70km at sea (Baltic). I often do luggage tours on rivers and on the coast in the wilderness of Sweden and Norway. I paddle at least 1500 up to 2000 km per year. I attended courses for rescue and salvage and self-rescue.
I'd like to finish the race in Dawson. With a respectable result.
From: North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Ive been sup racing for 4 years in the pacific northwest, competing in day races between 10-30k. Ive completed various multi day paddle camping and touring on my sup. Ive also completed my Basic & Advanced Paddle Canada Sup instructors course, as well as taken my River 1 Sup Skills course. My background before i got into paddling consists of 10yrs of multiday mountaineering, ski touring & multi pitch rock climbing. I have completed a Wilderness First Aid course and my AST level 1 course for decision making in avalanche terrain. Finally, for the last 5yrs i have been doing 50k trail races every spring.
To finish it with a smile on my face!
I was support crew for some of the sups who entered LY and was amazed and inspired by everyones unique experience. While at the time i thought i would never be interested in paddling for 2.5 days straight, the race has stayed in my mind ever since. So here 5 months later, i am still fuelled by the curiosity of the commitment it takes to engage with a race of this magnitude.. and im signing up!
Priority Worldwide Services http://www.priorityworldwide.com
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society http://www.seashepherd.org
From: Westmount, QC, Canada
Lots of whitewater kayaking (Nile River, Zambezi River, etc), seakayaking in Puget Sound, Vancouver Island, etc.
From: Edgewater, MD, United States
Park ranger, Nepal trekking/mountain biking
From: Martinborough, South Wairarapa, New Zealand | Aotearoa
Yukon River Quest 2013. Lots of wilderness, ocean, river, lake kayaking around New Zealand.
To finish and beat Yukiwi3
It is such a fantastic race I was always going to do it again. It was just a matter of when.
YRQ 5 times (has it been that many?), Muskoka River X twice (awesome race by the way), multiple wilderness trips in Yukon and Ontario
To get to know my new teammatesTo finish in under 50 hours To feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end.
They added a new boat...the C4! I was curious.
From: London, ON, Canada
La Ruta Maya 2017MRX 2016La Classique 2016Mattawa river race 2016
1. Finish2. Still be friends by Dawson3. Finish under 50hrs4. Don't die5. Have fun
Challenge my self mentally and physically, but mostly for the adventure.
From: Aurora, ON, Canada
K2O 2015 & 2016, Big East, Great Muskoka Paddling Experience, Marsh Mash 2012-2016, Nonquon 2012-2016Canoeing in Algonquin Park, Killarney, Quetico and NahaniYRQ 2016
To finish with our best race, and make new paddling friends.
To experience the ultimate in Canadian wilderness canoe racing and to paddle with people from around the world.
K2O 2015 & 2016Algonquin Park and Killarney canoe tripping.YRQ 2016
To keep up with the pace of the teamTo finish the race and do it safely
Given a surprise opportunity to participate in 2017; could not resist the Call of the Yukon!
YRQ: 2014, 2015 (second in Women's Voyageur, 14th Overall), 2016
to see what we can do
she says we don't have to be competitive. I'll believe that when I see it.
From: Inuvik, NT, Canada
2014 YRQ- 1st place Mixed Tandem Canoe
Finish the race as a women's tandem canoe team, this has always been my #1 YRQ goal.
Katie and Shona met in 2013 and have finally convinced each other to race together.
From: Mona Vale, Australia
1. Massive Murray Paddle (previously known as The Murray River Canoe Marathon) 404kms – completed twice (Australia)2. Hawkesbury Canoe Classic – 111kms overnight – completed 6 times (Australia)3. Dusi Canoe Marathon - 120kms – significant white water and portaging – completed twice (South Africa)4. Numerous extended Wilderness/Self-supported kayak trips, both on rivers and sea.
A steady pace from start to finish
Great opportunity to experience a fantastic event in a stunning location. Test my boundaries
Team Canada at the 2016 ISA worlds in FIJI2016 Yukon River Quest 3rd Place SupNanaimo 2 Vancouver 65km SUP ocean crossingRound Bowen challenge 32km 1st placeKalamalka Classic 1st placeBowron Lakes CircuitWhitewater river SUP experienceUltramarathonsMulti-Day alpine rock climbing trips
Enjoy the race for a second time and really take it all in.
Had such an amazing time last year. It was the experience of a lifetime.
From: Thompson , MB, Canada
Tandem, voyaguer, solo canoe races since 87, wilderness and outdoor experience over same timeframe. Completed 2014 YRQ, ( 2015, 2016 YRQ DNF).
Complete the race.
From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
lots of hunting and fishing but relatively new to paddling
to finish and enjoy the north
seems like a great adventure
From: Ponoka, AB, Canada
cross the finish line with his chin up
From: lomé, Maritime, Togo
- whithorse carmak, été 2016 solo, en 28 heures- traversée des isles canaries au maroc en kayak- traversée à la nage du détroit de gibraltard entre l espagne et le maroc, 22km- Première descente mondiale des rapides d'Adjarala sur le fleuve Mono au Tog avec passages de classe V
Terminer dans le temps
C est la plus belle descente de kayak du monde !
Artichoke Kitchen and Cabinetmakers Ltdartichoke.co.ukWhat can I say...they let us off to do this crazy adventure!
British Heart Foundation, bhf.org.uk In memory of our good friend, Aaron Piggott who died far too young
From: London, Greater London , United Kingdom
A number of multi-day expeditions coast and river
To complete a fantastic challenge as fast as possible
I've heard Dawson is worth a visit
Hvactech Systems Inc.http://www.hvacyukon.ca/en/
Yukon Cancer Care Fundto donate follow this link:https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=104&AID=4684
YRQ 2014 with Paddlers Abreast - started the race with the flu and only made it to Carmacks.YRQ 2015 - with Paddlers Abreast - finished!YRQ 2016 - with Stix Together - finished!
Fundraising for the Yukon Cancer Care Fund. Our goal is to finish the race in 50 hours and fundraise as much $$$ as possible for the fund!
Fundraising for the Yukon ( & Atlin ) Cancer Care Fund.
YRQ finisher- 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016. Tandem whitewater, multi-day backcountry canoe and hiking trips.
Finish fast, fresh and feeling happy. And raise at least $10,000 for the Yukon Cancer Care Fund.
I am Deb and I'm a Yukon River Quest paddler. :-) Time to admit that I'm addicted to this race. I'm a big believer in supporting the community. Stix Together allows for personal/team achievement AND community support, all together! Hence our team name.
Paddled YRQ three times with Paddlers Abreast.I have many years of wilderness whitewater paddling and camping.
To have a good race, enjoy the beautiful river, finish strong and with a cohesive, happy and tuckered team.To raise money for a very important cause, helping Yukon and Atlin families dealing with cancer.
This is an amazing race, difficult but empowering. I want to have a great finish with this amazing group of women.
2016 Quest; before that a casual paddler
Fundraise $10K for Yukon Cancer Care Fund and arrive in Dawson ahead of last year's time
YRQ finisher 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016Yukon 360 and anything under the midnight sun or the auroras.
Paddle hard, laugh loud, share a memorable journey with an amazing team and get to Dawson before the sun goes down.
Because it is an amazing way to start the summer as well as helping our Yukon families who have to deal with cancer.
Get to Dawson while getting to know the amazing people I'll be racing with.
I have followed the race for the last 12 years. Both my parents have done it several times, it is finally my turn.
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From: Christchurch, New Zealand | Aotearoa
YRQ 2013. Wild Descent 2014 (NZ). YRQ 2015 (DNF). Lots of river, lake & sea kayaking in NZ.
To get past Lower Laberge (hopefully about 635km past).
To take on the solo challenge.
Do better than last time
Mountain Mikes Health Food StoreGaston and Judy Holland
Heroes on the Water http://www.heroesonthewater.org
From: Moyie Springs, ID, United States
YRQ 2014, 2015, 2016.
To have fun! Enjoy the camaraderie the race brings. Keep improving our time and finish!
Have fun and finish!
From: Toronto, ON, Canada
SKGABC GuideBrazil to Florida Kayak ExpeditionMuskoka River XRace to Alaska
Wiggle my arms all the way to Dawson
I really want to do something really hard
From: München, Germany | Deutschland
No race experience; paddling the Hart and Stewart River in 2015.
To finish in less than 60 hours.
Make a dream come true.
From: Calgary, AB, Canada
General badassery in the Canadian wild, inlcluding a few years restoring trails for Parks Canada, a couple seasons as a ski instructor in Whistler, and an illustrious last place in a high school canoe race (which earned a prized bag of carrots).
To make it out alive.
To prove the hardiness of my Nordic stock. (By the way, it's pronounced SOW-na).
From: Ottawa, ON, Canada
A pretty respectable four half marathons and a couple 10k races, and one rather sad last place finish in a high school canoe race. Avid wilderness documentary consumer though. Ahem.
To take it all in, and to leave it all out there.
I want to spend the 150th birthday of this country really seeing it. And, you know. Because it's there.
Badfish SUP Astral Designs Shred Ready FCS fins Onewheel Watershed Drybags
From: Salt Lake City , UT, United States
8 years of SUP Racing Professionally. Most Recent Wilderness/Self Support Trips.....Lake Powell self support 150 miles, San Juan/Lake Powell 260 miles self support. 11 Sup Races in 2016 finishing with ChattaJack 31 this October finishing in 3rd place behind Larry Cain and Bart.
Finish in the Top 3. Push my body and mind to the limits on the water.
I want a new challenge to focus on for 2017. I like mental and physically challenging paddling scenarios. This race has always peaked my curiosity and its now time!
From: FUJISAWA SHI, KANAGAWA KEN, Japan | 日本
YUKON RIVREQUEST 2007 FINISH C2YUKON RIVREQUEST 2011 FINISH K1YUKON RIVREQUEST 2012 FINISH VOIGYUKON RIVREQUEST 2013 FINISH C1
I WANT TRY 2017 YRQ NEW CALLENGE SUPFINISH&ENJOY
From: Martville, NY, United States
Paddling Adirondack Mountains, New York and the Great Lakes/Lake Ontario.
Finish strong with kayak hull still intact and daughter Celeste (race partner) still talking to me.
Seems like an incredible adventure. A chance to push myself past my limits and witness this magnificent land and river. Hopefully this will be the first of many Yukon River races.
Various Kayaking adventures throughout the Adirondacks in New York, as well as the Great Lakes/ Lake Ontario. Participant of the Black River Challenge.
Finish strong; Game face still on! and the old man still breathing in the back of the kayak.
To take this love of paddling to an extreme level; pushing myself and all I know to the limits. Paddling in the Yukon will be a challenging, rewarding, and beautiful adventure that I hope is the first adventure of many Yukon River races!
From: Springfield, OR, United States
PADDLE ONBringing Epic 18XSPlanning on under 50 hoursLeaving a trail of Duck JuiceDown the riverFor the rest of ya'llTo ponderAnd paddle onPaddle on2017 Bumbazer
This will be my final YRQ........Quack, Quack
From: Louisville, OH, United States
James River Rundown 100 mileSea kayaking off the Coast of San Juan Islandexpedition tripKayaking expedition in the Florida EvergladesLouisville 50
To finish the race still speaking to my husband
10 year anniversary trip
From: Mississauga, ON, Canada
Muskoka River XK2O Kingston to Ottawa11 City Tour
Experience Great Race, Great River and meet Great Paddlers
From: eagle river, AK, United States
2 previous yrq
finish under 55 hours
From: Marsh Lake (Whitehorse), YT, Canada
Over 28 years of backcountry experience by dogteam, horseback, snowshoes, skis, hiking, and paddling. More wilderness experience than you can shake a carbon paddle at...A few local races under the belt......6 years involvement with the YRQ as volunteer...unfortunately, I know what to expect.
To finish as much under 60 hours as possible and still be able to walk normally.....
I would have entered another year but was too busy coordinating Carmacks?
I have limited racing experience but diverse wilderness experience. The team I am racing with is a strong group of co-adventurers, held together by common values in exploring wilderness and understanding our identity within these contexts. I have backcountry tripping experience and have a number of (now expired) certifications from Paddle Canada and Paddle Alberta on moving and still water.
To complete it within the given time. To stay hydrated, focused, and pause enough to look around and look teammates in the eye!
I remember hearing about the YRQ about 5 years ago when I first visited the Yukon. It has been in my mind and heart ever since! I love paddling, I enjoy rallying teams of people, and I am up for the challenge of a wilderness race with great folk and beautiful landscape.
So many...details to come!
Even though my racing experience is limited, I have multiple years of river paddling experience including solo, tandem and voyageur trips. My wilderness experience has been largely based in the Alberta Rockies.
To finish with gumption and a sense of achievement!
So many....details to come!
I have limited wilderness racing experience, but I have put in several years worth of overnights in the backcountry, including skiing, paddling, climbing, hiking and biking across the globe.
To finish strong, still wanting to talk and and smile with all those around me!
I love paddling northern rivers and the women on our team. Together they make the best combo ever!!
Details to come
So many! Details to come.
This will be my first wilderness race, but love spending time in the backcountry.
Give it my all / strengthen my paddling skills / soak in the landscape / laugh & cry / sleep very little / support my team
I wanted a big challenge to work toward in 2017. Being invited to do the race with this crew of amazing women was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.
I have limited canoe racing experience but have spent many hours/days canoeing, hiking, backpacking and biking with friends.
To finish the race with a smile on my face, a happy heart and a very tired body.
I live for grand outdoor adventures, and this race seemed like a good fit.
To be determined
From: Hong Kong, Hong Kong | 香港
15 years of kayakingCanoe Rescue AwardWilderness First Aid Instructor
Complete race on time. More to add later.
To de determined
From: Red Deer, AB, Canada
Participated in marathons when younger.Over 15 of paddlingCurrently part-time kayak guide during the summer (Glacial Lakes, North Saskatchewan, Athabasca River).
Complete the race on time. More to add later.
To slip more quickly downstream to Dawson and look more deeply while enjoying the passing.
To revisit old places and gain better understanding.
A few YRQs
Have a grand race cuz it could very well be the last one...really!!
Gotta try our new boat and see how it and I get along. Reconnect with all the amazing places, auras and critters, both real and not along the way and feel the energy.
Second time around.
Befriend the River!
To embrace both the tragic and transcendent elements.
From: Whitehorse, Japan | 日本
I am only a speck and a humble paddler on this mighty river...just shut up and paddle with gratitude :)
1.To honor the team “Paddlers Abreast” and embrace cancer. 2.To honor P&J for their dedication to the YRQ and gentleness to wild nature.3.To "live it up” with amazing paddlers!
One "peace" hand
Did it once without thinking too much and think I can do that again but don't want to think too much about it.
Still LOVE IT!
YRQ finisher 2013 (red light stove winner)Several winter biking races in AlaskaSeveral multiday self guided kayaking trips in BC
Finish. Finish well. Don't win the red light stove award (again) :)
Paddled extensively on BC coast Powel River area
Finish well. Avoid red stove award if possible
Triathlete, avid hiker/climber and X-country skier. Entered the YRQ in 2014, but didn't manage to finish.
To finish the race with a smile on my face
Extended backcountry camping trips, avid climber. Entered the YRQ in 2014, but didn't manage to finish.
From: Whitehorse, Yukon, YT, Canada
River/flat water canoeing.Multi-day wilderness.WAFAYRQ2016 Support
YRQ 2016Multi-day canoe and hiking experienceBackcountry NOLS coursesMultiple years in KCIBR
Test the limits of the body and mind.Make it to Dawson City.Hallucinate gracefully.
From: Sausalito, CA, United States
A few YRQs, a couple of Cal 100s, lots of backcountry and ultra wilderness time, and local races in kayak/surfski
To soak in the Yukon again, have fun, and see how fast we can really go under the Midnight Sun
From: Richmond, CA, United States
Multiple Cal 100s, advanced racer in kayak/surfski, and lots of wilderness experience
To experience the Yukon and finish strong
From: Whitehorse , YT, Canada
2 years of YQR and many wilderness paddling trips.
To finish well. Be able to get out of the canoe at the end without help.
From: Middleton, NS, Canada
Various races in Ontario and NWT. Many wilderness canoe trips.
To finish well.
Canoe Coffee Roasting Rock n Road
From: Kelowna, BC, Canada
From: Kelowna , BC, Canada
Some years canoeing experience in a few canoe Slalom & White water competitions. 2014, 2015, 2016 YRQ finisher
From: Saltspring Island, BC, Canada
YRQ 2011,2012,2013,2015California 100 2013,2014,2015
Get to Dawson before dinner
Previous YRQ's, Texas Water Safari, Adventure Racing. Blah Blah Blah
Friday night Happy Hour in Dawson!
It's in my backyard. I love being on water
YRQ, MR340, SDKC, Muskoka X
Try to survive taking 6 solo paddlers and putting them together in a Voyageur team.
Love this race.
From: Vernon, BC, Canada
To improve on last year.
From: Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Competed in the YRQ in 2011 & 20149 Years of Dragonboating7 Years of Outriggering
To beat my two previous times, and hopefully finish sub 52 hours
A number of my dragonboat friends wanted to experience this event, and I wanted to help them accomplish that goal
From: Lantzville, BC, Canada
9 years of Dragonboat racing7 years of Outrigger canoe racingI have been both a steersperson and a paddler in both sports over the years.
My aim is to get to the finish line safely and hopefully within the required time.
I like a good challenge to push myself.
arctic ultra, lots of canoe, ski and bike trips
- prospect for gold bearing creeks along the way
A cousin 'reunion.' You can't divorce/break-up with your cousin.
2015 Quest in voyageur
From: Wynndel, BC, Canada
8th time YRQ finisher; multiple extended wilderness paddling trips in northern Canada
To finally see purple martians.
A few RiverQuest's, including Arctic Ultra's, all inspired by Patti and Shelley, both in this boat..
have a lot of fun with these crazy girls
I would like to know, if I can wear make up leaving Whitehorse, and still wear it perfectly when arriving in Dawson..
2 YRQ, YAU and a bunch of ultra trail runs (not sure that helps with paddling though)
From: Toronto, TBA, ON, Canada
Guided for 10 years in Ontario and Yukon.
To have fun.
From: Marsh Lake, YT, Canada
Race and be able to keep paddling and racing
Why race solo when you can join a fun bunch of women who want to get to Dawson as badly as you do?
From: Sherburne, NY, United States
General Clinton 70 miler - X30 yrs. Adirondack 90 miler - X29 yrs. Yukon 1000 miler - 2 yrs. YRQ - 1yr. 30 years of other various length canoe races in upstate New York.
Finish in knowing that I have given my all, proud of my performance, ALWAYS keeping bottom side down, and cherishing the wonderful opportunity to paddle the YRQ with previous teammates.
The internal challenge, an opportunity to paddle with such special canoe friends, and of course to return back to the WONDERFUL beauty and hospitality of the YUKON !
From: Boonville, NY, United States
ADIRONDACK 90-MILER x20 veteran Adirondack Cannonball-90 x8General Clinton 70 mile x4Adirondack licensed guideYRQ 2008, Y1K 2009, Y1K 2011, YRQ 2013
Always to improve on previous runs, ever more enjoyment of the Yukon and its surprises for me and crew.
“And the rivers all run God knows where;There are lives that are erring and aimless,And deaths that just hang by a hair;There are hardships that nobody reckons;There are valleys unpeopled and still;There's a land — oh, it beckons and beckons,And I want to go back — and I will.” Spell of the Yukon, by Robert Service
From: Potsdam , New York , NY, United States
Adirondack Canoe Classic 90 miler x 8General Clinton 70 miler x 1
From: Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium | België | Belgique | Belgien
YRQ 2012, 2014, 2016Channel Crossing between UK and France in tandem canoe.Different canoe trips in the Peel River Watershed.
Finish under the 50 hours.
To paddle for the first time in a C4-team and make new friends.Every reason is good enough to go to the Yukon.
From: Nelson , BC, Canada
Love the outdoors and canoeing! Never done a race
To win!Have fun
From: Dawson City, YT, Canada
Very outdoorsy Hardcore
To win!Have Fun!
My sister talked me into it
I just can't stop!
Get to Dawson faster than last time.
From: Corsica, PA, United States
Yukon 1000 2009YRQ 201317 General Clinton 70 miler12 Adirondack 90 miler
Finish the YRQ again in my C-4 enjoying the company of good friends.
I love paddling and the Yukon.
From: Syracuse, NY, United States
YRQ, Yukon1000, General Clinton70, Adirondack 90 and Cannonball
"I'm for mystery, not interpretive answers. … The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."-Ken Kesey
Yukon 1000 2011, YRQ 2013, multiple General Clinton 70 milers, multiple Adirondack Canoe Classic 90 milers, multiple Canonballs
From: Oneonta, NY, United States
Multiple Ausable Canoe Marathons, General Clinton 70 milers, ADK 90milers and more
Win :P and finish the race with an awesome fun group of paddlers, not to mention meet more paddlers and just enjoy the event.
From: Rothesay, NB, Canada
From: Saint John, NB, Canada
CAP Engineering has been our awesome and amazing sponsor since our first year and we the team would like to express our gratitude to Sylvain Lessard and CAP Engineering for helping to make our dreams come true.
Done some stuff. Had fun
Get a Lil faster .
Cause it's fun. And always a learning experience
From: edmonton, AB, Canada
Canoe Guide 2005Wilderness Tourism Program Yukon College2015 YRQ2016 YRQBach Arts in Recreation Sport Tourism program 1st year University of Alberta
Looking for Number ONE THIS YEAR BOYYYYYYYYYYY
Because apparently we all crazy up in here....but also to bring awareness that we are paddling to KEEP OUR WATERS CLEAN FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS...WATER IS LIFE!
From: whitehorse, YT, Canada
From: Old Crow, YT, Canada
2016 YRQ Vuntut and Tingit Enough said!!
To have fun with my crazy team and do our best to stay inside the boat and win!!!!! ;)
To live life on a crazy journey with some great people, and to paddle for our waters .. like my crazy cousin Donna said "WATER IS LIFE"
YRQ 2015, YRQ 2016 and tons of river and outdoor experience...the Yukon wilderness is my playground...been that way all my life!
i wanna do it in 50 hours this year and anything else is a blessing
Paddled in YRQ with Paddlers Abreast x 4
To finish the race within 50 hours paddling time and to enjoy every moment of being on the water with my very wonderful and amazing team members
12 years paddling in the Yukon River Quest
To have fun, and to get to Dawson in under 55 hours.
I love being on the water, to support other breast cancer survivors and to get the Paddlers Abreast boat to Dawson!
Paddled in YRQ 2016
To cross the finish line before our steers person Have fun with a new team.
This is YRQ #14 with Paddlers Abreast.
Enjoy the river, make good time, stay healthy, encourage others.
Continue supporting breast cancer initiatives, model active post-treatment lifestyle for breast cancer survivors, honor those who did not survive.
YRQ 2013, 2014, 2016 with PA. Kayaking, hiking, skiing.
Reach Dawson with this group of strong and inspiring women.
Support breast cancer survivors of Paddlers Abreast and their legacy boat. Challenge myself and have fun.
From: Atlin, BC, Canada
YRQ and many other expeditions in the wilderness.
Challenge myself physically and mentally to plan for, start and finish the race while enjoying the river and the many analogies it provides for the struggle against breast cancer and the joy of life.
Raise awareness of breast cancer and that breast cancer survivors can lead full, active and healthy lives.Continue the goal of Paddlers Abreast to participate in the race every year.
15 completed YRQ
To help get the team to Dawson in under 55 hrs. smiling! And having fun.
It's addictive and it would't be a Yukon summer without paddling the YRQ.
From: Dawson City , YT, Canada
-2014 YRQ finisher (tandem kayak) -10+ years of flatwater kayak and racing experience-Backcountry hiking experience
Make it home to Dawson for dinner on Frida-... no no, Saturday...uhhh Sunday??
No previous racing experience.
Complete and have fun!
From: Chelsea, QC, Canada
Muskoka River XKingston to Ottawa
finish with a smile and minimal bickering
finish and have fun
From: Skagway, AK, United States
YRQ - 2015, 2016.
Finish in 52-54 hours.
I love being on the Yukon River late at night!
Molokai 6 man '13,'16 Molokai surfski '14US Surfski Champs '14Maui Nui '16Many Hawaiian Outrigger canoe/Surfski races from 13-17
Complete with a happy well connected team!
To push myself as a paddler in whatever mother nature has to offer!
From: Saint Cloud, MN, United States
Yukon River Quest 2016Grandmas Marathon 2016Other previous running races
Finish strong with my team and enjoy the race start to finish
Love the challenge-the Yukon is a great place and the River Quest is such an unbelievable experience.
Finish around 50 hrs
From: Arnprior, ON, Canada
YRQ 2015MRX 2014, 2015, 2016K2O 2015, 2016General Clinton 70Miler 2015, 2016
Arrive in Dawson City before last call.
You need a reason?
YRQMRX x3K2O x2Clinton 70 miler x2
Finish much faster than last time
Been counting the days to go back to the Yukon.Canada day in Dawson City! May Laberge be tranquil..
From: Middleton, United States
Completed MR340 in 2015, YRQ 2007. Led sea kayaking and backpacking trips in Alaska in the past.
Thrive, create new memories, finish, and enjoy the journey.
To have Tom and I experience the YRQ together.
From: Middleton, WI, United States
Completed the MR340 in 2015 with Julie
Stay happily married to my partner and finish the race!
Yukon River Quest
To finish in a respectable time.
It is habit forming.
More enthusiasm than experience
Finish in a respectable time.
From: Bernau, Germany | Deutschland
After having fun at some paddle marathon events in Europe I want to get the challenge on the Yukon.
Finish the race...
Get these famous adventure in paddeling.
Finish the race and still feel my body.
Smooth, strong, fast.
A few YRQs races, with some pretty awesome people.
To race to the midnight sun in good form, and be in Dawson before Alden goes to bed for the night.
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to race with a good pal, and an amazing Yukon Quester.
From: Whitby, ON, Canada
YRQ X 5MRX Classic (130km) X 2MRX CdB (220km) X 2Texas Winter 100
Reunite with great friends & paddlers
YRQ X 5MRX Classic (130km) X 2MRX CdB (220km) X 2
From: Priddis, AB, Canada
YRQ 2012 2013MR340 2015CR100 x2Texas Winter 100 x1The Pas OCN x4Cooks Creek Canoe Classic x4
Have a good steady smooth boat. Finish Strong.
I enjoy training and preparing for the race. The YRQ attracts great people who challenge and inspire me.
YRQ 2012 2013MR340 2015The Pas OCN x3Cooks Creek Classic x3
Paddle smooth and consistently. Finish strong and with a smile.
Challenging myself in my 50th year to be at my fittest. Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday in Dawson will be a highlight. And partying with our paddling friends is always enjoyable!
From: Hereford, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Some long distance racing
To find my limits once again, have fun with friends and once again enjoy the space.
Once again drag my mates arse down the river and buy all the beers in Dawson for the team.push my limits, catch up with friends and make more friends. Enjoy the space.
From: Hereford, UK, United Kingdom
Paddling for 8 years including Devizes to Westminster 5 times and numerous sea races.
To find some new bridges to live under!
From: leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Completed Devizes to Westminster 4 times and experienced sea paddler.
Care in the community... Get the old boy out from under his bridge.
From: Atikokan, ON, Canada
extensive paddling experience throughout northern Canada for over 50 years
From: atikokan, ON, Canada
extensive paddling/wilderness travel throughout norther Canada for many years
complete race in style
From: Port Townsend, WA, United States
2014, Kayaked Inside Passage, Longtime Outward Bound Instructor
I've been wanting to do this again since 2014. Hoping the stars align
No racing experience but lots of wilderness experience. A couple canoe trips on the klondike and Yukon river for fun.
To complete the race to the best of my abilities
Bucket list and to challenge myself.
No water racing experience but grew up in the north. Casual paddle excursions on the Klondike and Yukon river
To complete the race as fast as possible and to the best of our abilities
To challenge myself physically and mentally.
Gorge Downwind Champs, Huki
From: Sauslaito, CA, United States
I live on a boat
eat a toe
King cheese factory
new shiny boat with 2 seats
also want to eat a toe
4 YRQs, family canoeing trips,
To finish and have fun
Junior Iditarod, family camping and canoeing trips since the age of 4
To finish with my grandpa and enjoy the amazing scenery of the Yukon
I've been volunteering for three years and now it's my time.
From: Bowen Bay, BC, Canada
2015 / 2016 YRQ finisher
-to catch up on sleep - ha ha ha- to make it to Dawson and have a sour toe cocktail and post YRQ dinner with fellow paddlers
love the river and the paddlers
From: New Westminster, BC, Canada
Explore Sweden adventure race 2010 Atlantic 2 Baltic 9th place.World Rogaining Championship 2016 Australia woman open 12th place.
Since I moved to Canada I had this litlle dream -to do some longer paddling. Finally dream will come true!
Priority Worldwide Services
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
From: Nottingham, MD, United States
Hunting and fishing experience; weekend paddler on the Chesapeake Bay
Goal is completion!
Once in a lifetime experience to get to a place I've always wanted to visit.
From: Wilmington, CA, United States
Active sailor @ surfer
Completion, stay healthy
9 River Quests.
Get to Dawson as friends.
Just can't have enough of the quest. Addictive!!!
Competed in many wilderness adventure races & Yukon River Quests.
To win! Oh yah and to have fun while doing it!
I Have Completed in a Previous Yukon Qwest on a Voyageur Team and Possess an Outdoor Adventurous Spirit
Be Able to Put my Best Paddle Forward, Complete the Race, Laugh, Enjoy Great Company and Have Some Great Stories to Share at the End!!!!
Did the river quest 10 years ago, 2 adventure races in Yukon
Have a good time with good friends
It's the longest canoe race in the world
Frequent Wilderness Adventure Racer, Many hikes and extended paddling trips in Yukon and BC
Head in the right direction
Tunde asked me to
From: Toronto , ON, Canada
Dragon boat 12 yrsOutrigger canoe 7 yrsBack country canoeing 8 yrs
Fun make new friends respectable finish
I did a few local canoe races in the past here in the Yukon. I was a flat water kayak racer in Hungary a few decades back :-)
Have a lot of fun with my adventurous teammates and still smile at the end.
I've been waiting for this time since 2002.
3 river Quest
Les Bourgs Hospice
From: Castel, Guernsey
Devises to Westminster Kayak Marathon,(Waterside Series),University Rowing,Gold D of E expedition,3 Peaks Challenge.
Complete it and hopefully raise some money for a local charity.
I want to see the sights and like a bit of a challenge.
From: Forest, Guernsey
University Rowing,Gold D of E,3 Peaks.
"Well I don't want to get a long term injury... unless it's bear related"
"I dunno just a bit of a challenge isn't it"
Racing in long distance swimming and cycling. Wilderness experience as mountain biking and mountaineering instructor. Kayak expeditions in the UK.
Tolerate my team mate
Experience the scenery of NW Canada
Mongal Rally, endurance race through Central Asia. Long distance cycle races. Long distance swimming and running.
A chance to take part in a fantastic race in amazing landscape with like minded people.
SurftechMustang SurvivalEat PrimaRyders Eyewear
From: Garibaldi Highlands, BC, BC, Canada
250 Km Bella Coola River to Dean Channel Expediton.15day'sBowen Sup Race3 Day Thompson River SUP to class 3
Take in the experiences on the river and hear the Horn in Dawson.
From: Phoenix, AZ, United States
Finished 2015 MR340 in 59 hours 43 minutes. Prior racing experience in USCA marathon and ACA wildwater (downriver) racing.
1) To survive and finish.2) To finish in a respectable time.3) To enjoy the experience.
Would like to have the greatest canoe racing adventure of a lifetime.
From: Penticton, BC, Canada
YRQ 2012, multiple paddling and adventure races.
finish with a smile on my face.
It was a great experience in 2012 . . . I wanted to come back to do it with a women's crew.
From: Wallace, MI, United States
Everglades 300, 1st outrigger to ever finish. 20+ Catalina Crossings, 15+ Molokai Crossing Been racing for 40 years.
Be fully prepared and no mishaps.
A new challenge and great teammates!
From: Newark, CA, United States
outrigger paddling in California and Hawaii.
Enjoy the Yukon wilderness.
From: Oconomowoc, WI, United States
marathon and outrigger paddling. Races all over North America and Hawaii.
Enjoy the experience.
From: Alameda, CA, United States
outrigger racing - many Catalina and Molokai crossings
Enjoy the time on the river.
From: Boulder, CO, United States
marathon canoe , 6-man outrigger,2,130 mile solo trip (a very long time ago when i was 20)
to finish- to have a great experience with my team.
paddling the yukon river has been on the list forever- this is a fantastic opportunity for me to be with this team, in this event
Valard Construction http://www.Valard.com
From: Edmonton , AB, Canada
Racing: nonePaddling: occasionallyWilderness: I watched Wild once...!?
Complete race in allotted time and to survive.
To enjoy a fun new challenge in a beautiful environment.
From: calgary, AB, Canada
Racing: nonePaddling: sureWilderness: the wild one
Great challenge in a beautiful environment.
Klondike Road Relay Haines International Bike Race
Still to come
From: Gent, Belgium | België | Belgique | Belgien
OCR obstakel course running marathon version.Climbing
Finishing the race
Love the challenge
From: Oedelem , Belgium | België | Belgique | Belgien
Rafting in Canada and France
Be a finisher
One hell of an experience
YRQ 2014 BC Banzai tandem mixed canoeYRQ 2015 Gale Force. Mixed voyageur
to place better than 2014 !
YRQ 2014 BC Bansai.
To better our time from 2014.
YRQ 2015YRQ 2009 DNFWilderness canoe tripping guide
To finish within 55 hours.
PCT 2016YRQ 2015Dragon BoatSpartan RacesCanoe tripping
Finish with a smile
From: Marquette, MI, United States