The area known as the Golden Circle (Skagway-Whitehorse-Dawson-Haines) is becoming a popular destination for the adventure racer. These are the big ones:
Buckwheat Ski Classic – Usually held the fourth Saturday in March at Log Cabin, B.C. on the Klondike Highway, this is billed as an event for the “lazy, the infirmed, and the few who are fast.” There’s a 5K kids event, and 10K, 20K and 50K races that draw Olympian cross-country skiers and aid station groupies. Great party afterwards in Skagway for the 300-400 hearty souls. Visit the race website:
www.buckwheatskiclassic.com, registration begins in January. Check site for ski conditions or call the Mountain Shop, 983-2544.
Kluane to Chilkat Bike Relay – This popular 160-mile bike relay from Haines Junction, Yukon to Haines, Alaska draws up to 1,200 people in teams of 1, 2, 4, or 8. The race is held the third Saturday in June. To register online, Visit www.kcibr.com or call 867-334-6871.
Yukon River Quest Canoe & Kayak Race – Born out of the successful Dyea to Dawson Centennial races, this paddling marathon from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon begins the last Wednesday in June. Up to 100 teams paddle 444 miles of the Yukon River, making it a true “Race to the Midnight Sun” and the longest annual canoe and kayaklongest race in the world. Register Nov. 1-May 15. Visit www.yukonriverquest.com or call 867-33FLOAT.
Klondike Trail of ‘98 Road Relay (above) – About 1,500 runners take off from downtown Skagway in teams of 10 on the second Friday in September and run through the night to Whitehorse. Sound nuts? It is – but it’s a great rush. Visit www.klondikeroadrelay.com or call
867-668-4236.
Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race – This tough 1,000 mile mushing race between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska begins the second Saturday in February, alternating starting towns annually. Visit www.yukonquest.org or call
867-668-4711.