Virtual Yukon Quest Challenge
The Yukon Quest has partnered with Cathy Dimon to host a fundraising challenge that promotes an active lifestyle while helping to raise money for the races.
The 2024 Virtual Yukon Quest Challenge will follow the Yukon Race route! Entrants will virtually start this challenge in Whitehorse, Yukon, and travel along the historic Yukon Quest Trail as far as possible before the end date of the challenge. All miles logged from October 10, 2023, to March 10, 2024, will count towards the Virtual Yukon Quest Challenge.
Entry Fees Increase
The entry fees for the 2024 Yukon Quest will be increasing on October 9, 2023, for all three races.
The YQ100 entry fee will increase from $100 to $200, the YQ250 entry fee will increase from $250 to $450, and the YQ450 entry fee will increase from $450 to $750.
To get the early entry reduced fee, make sure to enter by October 8!
All fees are in Canadian Dollars. See the race rules or contact Abi at [email protected] for more information.
Race Operations Manager
The Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) is pleased to announce that Abi Horobin has joined the staff in the role of Race Operations Manager, reporting to the Executive Director.
Sign Up Day 2024
Sign Up Day for the 2024 races will be happening on Saturday, September 9! Mushers can sign up in person at the YQIA offices in Whitehorse (1109 Front St) or online by emailing their completed forms to Ben at [email protected].
All of the forms are linked on the website.
Prizes will be given to mushers that sign up in person and online. Free booties and free entry to a race are prizes for in person sign ups, and gas cards are prizes for out of towners that enter to compete.
2024 Races Announced!
Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) has announced the upcoming races for the 2024 race season.
The format will consist of three races:
The YQ100 finising in Braeburn
The YQ250 finishing in Pelly Crossing
The YQ450 finishing in Dawson City
The races will start on Saturday, February 3, 2024, in Whitehorse.
Run/rest data released from 2023 Yukon Quest
The Yukon Quest 2023 is official finished and the Yukon Quest International Association (Canada) would like to congratulation all the dogs, mushers, volunteers, staff, sponsors and friends of the Quest who helped to make this year so successful.
Some of the major changes made to this year’s Quest races were additions to the mandatory rest requirements coupled with greater flexibility for mushers on where and when that mandatory rest could be taken.
YQ450 Mushers Finish in Dawson City
After Michelle Phillip's commanding win in the YQ450 in the early hours of February 15th, Mille Porsild and her team crossed the finish line twelve hours later at 1:10 PM.
Mille finished with 8 dogs.
Mayla Hill of Elevation Sled Dogs was the third to arrive in Dawson City. She crossed the finish line at 8:22 PM with 8 dogs. This was Mayla's longest race to date. "We're ready to do 500 more miles," she said at the finish line.
Michelle Phillips Wins the 2023 YQ450
In the early hours of February 15, 2023, Michelle Phillips and her team crossed the finish line in Dawson City, YT, at 1:21 AM. A crowd gathered outside the Dawson Info Centre to cheer on Michelle as she and the pups came in.
Michelle of Tagish Lake Kennels started and finished the YQ450 with a team of twelve dogs.
YQ250 Finish Line - Sears in 4th and Kingsley Takes Red Lantern
Just before midnight on February 13th, Jess Sears of Dog Song Rising pulled into the Pelly Crossing finish line for the YQ250. Sears arrived with 8 dogs. The temperature dropped and northern lights came out dancing in full glory.
Volunteers cheered in Ilana Kingsley of Stinky Pup Kennels as she and her team crossed the finish line - 9 dogs - to take the Red Lantern Award for the YQ250.
A valiant effort by all YQ250 mushers and their teams. Congratulations to everyone! They will be celebrated at the Finishing Awards tonight in Whitehorse, YT.
Aiyana O'Shaughnessy Wins the YQ250 in Pelly Crossing
Aiyana O'Shaughnessy crossed the finish line at Pelly Crossing at 12:55 pm on February 13th to win 1st place in the YQ250. Aiyana finished with 12 dogs. O'Shaughnessy works as a handler for Tagish Lakes Kennels.
"The dogs were awesome. They did great. It was some of dogs' longest race and they did really well," said Aiyana. "There were so many beautiful areas along the race, including some crazy moments like at jumble ice, which kept me awake," she laughed.