Race Categories

Official Categories

MAX 170 teams (Leg 1-10, Skagway, AK to Whitehorse, YT)

  1. Open (Everyone and anyone)
  2. Women (All female)
  3. Mixed (Minimum of 3 males and 3 females)
  4. Corporate (50% of the team must be employed at the same business/company)
  5. Masters Open (40 years and older)
  6. Masters Women (40 years and older, all female)
  7. Masters Mixed (40 years and older, minimum 3 males and 3 females)
  8. Golden Masters Open (55 years and older)

***Minimum of 6 runners per team and a max of 10***

* These teams run legs 1-10 starting in Skagway, Alaska and finishing in Whitehorse, Yukon.

* Start times will be assigned based on your teams estimated total race time.

* The race starts at 7:00pm (6:00pm AK time) and every 15 minutes after that with the last runners leaving at midnight (11:00pm AK time)

* It’s important to estimate your teams total race time as closely as possible so that your runners aren’t arriving at the checkpoints before they open. If this happens, your runner will be held until the official checkpoint opening time and that time will be added to that persons leg total  time

Special Categories 

(Leg 7-10, Carcross, YT to Whitehorse, YT)

  1. Ultra (Open involving 1 person
  2. Speed Walking (Open 8-person walking team)
  3. Speed Walking (Open 4-person walking team)
  4. Youth (Open involving 8 people under age 18)

Walking Teams

**NEW** Speed walking time requirement.  Participants 5K (3.10 miles) time must be 45 minutes or faster.

These teams walk legs 7-10 (4-person) or 7A-10B (8-person) starting in Carcross, Yukon at 4:30am on Saturday September 7th. Teams must check in with checkpoint 7 volunteers prior to starting in the race. Walking teams MUST walk their legs. Running or jogging is not allowed in these categories.  All teams leaving Carcross will be started on the left hand side of the highway by volunteers

Youth Teams  (Under 18 years of age)

These teams run legs 7A-10B starting in Carcross, Yukon at 6:00am on Saturday September 7th.  Teams must check in with Checkpoint 7 volunteers prior to starting the race.  All teams leaving Carcross will be started on the left hand side of the highway by volunteers

Ultra Category (Open category involving 1 person running leg 7-10, Carcross to Whitehorse)

Ultra category starts in Carcross, Yukon at 6.00am on Saturday September 7th. This category is unlike the others where you have to check in at each checkpoint.  You MUST have a support vehicle providing support along the way.  If you can’t complete your race, please be sure to let a volunteer at a checkpoint or one of our race marshals know.

Leg Descriptions

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.

***IMPORTANT***

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.

***CAUTION***

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 will be directed by volunteers into a pedestrian chute where they will need to have their passport/ID in hand to clear customs. All runners MUST stop and wait to be cleared by a border agent before they can cross into checkpoint #4 and complete their leg.  All vehicles must proceed through Canada Customs for normal clearing procedures.

***IMPORTANT***

RUNNERS MUST STAY TO THE RIGHT OF THE VEHICLE LANES AT CANADA CUSTOMS AND PROCEED THROUGH THE PEDESTRIAN LANE WITH PASSPORT IN HAND! 
SUPPORT VEHICLES CAN EXPECT UP TO 1 HOUR WAIT TIMES CLEARING THE BORDER. PLAN AHEAD!!

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.

***CAUTION***

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!

***CAUTION***

Checkpoint 10 Mandatory MASS START

INFORMATION for ALL TEAMS!

Walking Teams: Leg 10/10A walkers start at 12:00pm PST.  If leg 9  has not arrived by 12:00pm, leg 10/10A MUST start without FOB. Check-in required

Running Teams: Leg 10 starts at 1:00pm PST. If leg 9 has not arrived by 1:00pm leg 10 MUST start without FOB.  Check-in required

8 Person Walking, Youth & Ultra Distances

The B checkpoints will be set up along the left hand side of the highway and will not have volunteers stationed there.  It is self checkin so please ensure to dip your timing fob, make sure it beeps and pass along to the next participant.

8-Person & 4-Person Walking Teams leave Carcross, Yukon at 4:30am in a mass start.  Check-in is mandatory

Youth & Ultra Teams leave Carcross, Yukon at 6:00am in a mass start.  Check-in is mandatory 

Number                       Description                                                Distance to Next Checkpoint                                                          

7                                      Carcross                                                                7.0 km (4.3 mi)

7B                                   Spirit Lake Sign                                                   7.5 km (4.6 mi)

8                                      Emerald Lake                                                       10 km (6.2 mi)

8B                                 White Sign ‘Attn Hunters’                                  9.3 km (5.7 mi)

9                                      Annie Lake Road                                                  8.6 km (5.3 mi)

9B                                 Truck Pull Out on Right                                      9.2 km (5.7 mi)

10                                    Carcross Corner                                                    10.6 km (6.6 mi)

10B                               Across From Mt. Sima Rd.                                  8.6 km (5.3 mi)

Finish                           Finish Line (Whitehorse)