In 1997 and 1998, a race was held recreating the goldrusher's stampede up the grueling Chilkoot Trail, across treacherous Lake Bennett and down  the Yukon River to Dawson City.   Parks Canada and the US Parks Service decided that the racers were impacting too heavily on the trail to allow the race to continue.

1999 brought the first annual Yukon River Quest.  Starting in Whitehorse,  the race to Dawson City takes racers across 460 miles of intense paddling.

2005 Information!

2004 Information

2003 Information

June 27, 2002:
2002 pictures and article

 June 19, 2002 - Article from the Whitehorse Star titled:
Field for fourth-annual River Quest largest ever

Please select from the following articles for information and check out the Yukon River Quest's official website.

Peter Coates has submitted an article from his experiences in the 2001 race, read it here.


Star article June 26
News article June 26
Star article June 23
News article June 23
Star article June 22
Star article June 21
Race info


Press Release
Pre Race Article in the Star
Pre Race Article in the News
Race Report by Michael Onesi
Race Preparation and Conditioning
Yukon River Quest underway! Star Photo by Vince Fedoroff
RIVER QUESTERS OFF-Larry Seethaler and Greg Tibbits from Anchorage (in canoe four) and Mark Bayard from Langley B.C. and John Roberts of Calgary Alberta set out on the first Yukon River Quest from Rotary Peace Park at noon Wednesday. First off the beach was Michael Onesi and Jason Murphy of Whitehorse. (1999 race)