Yukon Quest Sanctioned Qualifying Races

Mushers intrerested in running the 2018 Yukon Quest:

Additional info will be posted here as it becomes available. The below information applied to the 2017 Yukon Quest. More info will be posted when the 2018 Rules become available on 7/6/17 and between the 2nd Wednesday and 2nd Friday in November when 2018 Official Qualifiers are approved. Thank you and please contact either office with any questions.

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Mushers must have demonstrated ability to complete a long distance sled dog race. Rookie drivers must complete a 300 mile YQI sanctioned and one other YQI sanctioned race of at least 200 miles (500 miles minimum).

Yukon Quest entrants who reach Dawson City will be considered to have fulfilled both qualifiers. Completing at least 300 miles of the Yukon Quest or Iditarod will fulfill the 300 mile race requirement.

Qualifying races must be completed within 42 months of the start of the Yukon Quest race.

Qualifiers must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must be eligible distance (200 miles or more, OR 300 miles or more for 300 qualifiers)
  • Must be a continuous-run race (stage races do not qualify)
  • Must have a written set of Rules.
  • Must have a Race Marshal overseeing the rules and the conduct of the race.
  • Must have a Vet Program to ensure good canine care.
  • Must support independent travel (no outside assistance allowed)

It is suggested that all races honor YQ censures.

The following races are sanctioned qualifiers for the 2017 Yukon Quest.

Qualifier status is subject to change depending on outcome of each race or any changes for the 2016/17 season.




Races qualifying as 200 miles Miles     Location
CAN-AM CROWN INTERNATIONAL 250M Maine, USA
EAGLE CAP 200 200M Oregon, USA
FEMUNDLOPET 400K 248M Norway
GIN GIN 200 200M Alaska, USA
HUDSON BAY QUEST 250M Manitoba, Canada
KNIK 200 200M Alaska, USA
PERCY De WOLFE MEMORIAL MAIL RACE 210M Yukon, Canada / Alaska, USA
TUSTUMENA 200 200M Alaska, USA
TWO RIVERS 200 200M Alaska, USA
TOBACCO TRAIL 325K 200M Sweden
Races qualifying as 300 miles Miles Location
CANADIAN CHALLENGE (run as a Yukon Quest qualifier) 300M Saskatchewan, Canada
COPPER BASIN 300 300M Alaska, USA
FEMUNDLOPET 600K 372M Norway
FINNMARKSLOPET 500K 312M Norway
FINNMARKSLOPET 1000K 625M Norway
IDITAROD TRAIL SLED DOG RACE 300M of Alaska, USA
KLONDIKE 300 300M Alaska, USA
KOBUK 440 440M Alaska, USA
KUSKOKWIM 300 300M Alaska, USA
NORTHERN LIGHTS 300 300M Alaska, USA
TOLOVANA 300 300M Alaska, USA
WILLOW 300 300M Alaska, USA
YUKON QUEST  300M of Alaska, USA / Yukon, Canada
YUKON QUEST 300 300M Alaska, USA / Yukon, Canada

 

Please note: Races allowing outside assistance (optional or not) are no longer approved or accepted as qualifiers for the Yukon Quest.

SLED DOG RACE ORGANIZERS
If you are the organizer of a sled dog race that is interested in applying to become an Official Qualifier of the Yukon Quest, please see the Application Process.