– Open (Everyone and anyone)
– Women (All female)
– Mixed (Minimum of 3 males and 3 females)
– Corporate (50% of the team must be employed at the same business/company)
– Masters Open (40 years and older)
– Masters Women (40 years and older, all female)
– Masters Mixed (40 years and older, minimum of 3 males and 3 females)
Special (Legs 7-10) Categories
– Trail of ’98 Ultra (Open category involving 1 person)
– Ultra (Open category involving 1 person)
– Walking (Open category 8-person walking team)
– Walking (Open category 4-person walking team)
– Youth (Open category involving 8 people under age 18)
LEG 1: Total Distance 14.0 km (8.8 miles)
Description of Leg 1
From the start, runners proceed north through town on Broadway Street, turning left on 7th Avenue, right on State Street, and across the Skagway River Bridge where they will join their support vehicles. At 4.1 kms, the road begins to climb up into the White Pass, past both old and new U.S. Customs Stations to Checkpoint 2 at the White Pass Viewpoint at 14.1 kms.
SUPPORT VEHICLES MUST LEAVE SKAGWAY PRIOR TO THE START OF THE RACE, CROSS THE BRIDGE AND WAIT FOR LEG #1 RUNNERS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE SKAGWAY RIVER BRIDGE.
LEG 2: Total Distance 9.0 km (5.6 miles)
Description of Leg 2
This is the steepest leg of the race, as well as the shortest. The road climbs sharply out of Checkpoint 2, crosses the Moore Creek suspension bridge, proceeds up to the White Pass Summit at an elevation of 1004 metres, and then it is just a short distance to Checkpoint 3. Visibility and weather can be very poor in the pass and runners must cross the road to reach the checkpoint. Use extreme caution and cross only at the pylons, obeying directions from station personnel.
MOORE CREEK BRIDGE CAN BE SLIPPERY AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. PROCEED WITH CAUTION!
LEG 3: Total Distance 12.5 km (7.8 miles)
Description of Leg 3
When leaving Checkpoint 3, runners must again cross the road, following the pylons and directions of station personnel. The road drops down from the summit to a relatively flat, winding section with some hills. When approaching the Canada Customs station at Fraser, BC, runners stay to the right of the vehicle lanes. Leg 3 runners do not have to stop at customs. All vehicles must proceed through Canada Customs for normal clearing procedures.
RUNNERS MUST STAY TO THE RIGHT OF THE VEHICLE LANES AT CANADA CUSTOMS!
LEG 4: Total Distance 21.0 km (13.1 miles)
Description of Leg 4
Leaving Checkpoint 4, the road winds through rolling terrain with steep mountains on the left and a series of small lakes on the right. The road crosses the White Pass tracks (WATCH YOUR STEP!) and winds gently down to Tutshi Lake and Checkpoint 5.
LEG 5: Total Distance 22.2 km (13.9 miles)
Description of Leg 5
After leaving Checkpoint 5, runners will follow the shoreline of Tutshi Lake. The lake is to the right with steep mountains very close to the road on the left. This leg of the race consists of mostly rolling hills with lots of curves. At about 14.5 kms there is a fairly challenging 2 km uphill stretch, followed by a 3 km downhill.
LEG 6: Total Distance 25.6 km (16.0 miles)
Description of Leg 6
There is an immediate climb as you leave Checkpoint 6 followed by a gentle rolling highway and a gradual uphill grade for 19 km. This is followed by a gentle ascent to the Bove Island Viewpoint and then down into Checkpoint 7 at Carcross. Watch for pylons and directions from station personnel.
LEG 7: Total Distance 14.0 km (8.8 miles)
Description of Leg 7
Leaving Checkpoint 7, some runners may be asked to cross the road as it may be daylight. Follow instructions from station personnel and watch for the pylons. A number of curves in the road and gentle rolling hills lead you past the Carcross Desert on the right, Spirit Lake on the right, up a fairly steep hill past the Emerald Lake Viewpoint on the left and into Checkpoint 8.
LEG 8: Total Distance 19.8 km (12.4 miles)
Description of Leg 8
The road from Checkpoint 8 features gentle, rolling hills mixed with flat straight sections. Coming into Checkpoint 9, you will be required to cross the road if you are not already on the left-hand side. Follow the pylons and directions from station personnel.
LEG 9: Total Distance 17.6 km (11.0 miles)
Description of Leg 9
Runners leaving Checkpoint 9 stay on the left side of the road and proceed toward the Carcross Corner over gentle rolling hills and curves. Kookatsoon Lake will be on the right side of the road at approximately 13 kms, where a gentle climb is encountered before a gradual decent into Checkpoint 10. Traffic will become heavier as you get closer to the checkpoint. Watch for station personnel directing traffic and stay between the pylons on the left side of the road.
TRAFFIC WILL BE EXTREMELY HEAVY AROUND CHECKPOINT 10. SUPPORT VEHICLES MUST DRIVE VERY SLOWLY AND OBEY STATION PERSONNEL. DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD! FOLLOW DIRECTIONS INTO THE PARKING LOT AND MAKE ROOM FOR VEHICLES BEHIND YOU.
LEG 10: Total Distance 19.3 km (12.1 miles)
Description of Leg 10
In this leg, runners enter the Alaska Highway and will experience increased traffic. At 11.5 kms, runners will cross the highway in a designated corridor and enter the Miles Canyon Section. Support vehicles for runners are not allowed in the Miles Canyon Section, but a water station is provided for runners. Here the runners are asked to stay on the right side of the road and exercise care. Upon entering the South Access to Whitehorse, stay on the right until you reach the path along the river. Follow the path past the boat and under the bridge to the finish line!
MASS START WILL BEGIN AT 1:00PM FOR THOSE TEAMS WHOS LEG 9 PARTICIPANT HAVE NOT ARRIVED AT THE CHECKPOINT BY 1:00PM. PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 FOR MORE DETAILS. RUNNERS AND SUPPORT VEHICLES WATCH FOR HEAVY TRAFFIC AT ALL TIMES. SUPPORT VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE MILES CANYON ROAD!