A Unique Running Challenge
The relay starts in Skagway, Alaska and ends in Whitehorse, Yukon. Teams start in Alaska in the evening and finish in Whitehorse the next day, passing through a small segment of British Columbia along the way.
The 110 mile course is run on pavement and broken into ten stages. The scenery is spectacular, from the historic gold rush town of Skagway, to breathtaking Emerald Lake and Miles Canyon, all in the backdrop of Yukon fall colors.
Many teams rent a motor home and drive to Skagway for the start of the race and follow their runner along each stage to offer support.
If you are running or supporting runners in the early stages you will have to clear customs.
The Klondike Road Relay has a core of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who create themes along checkpoints. Results are posted at the finish line and runners can put their tired legs to a final test with an evening awards ceremony and dance following the race.
It's on my list of the top ten things to do in the Yukon.
Leg one starts in Skagway Alaska. Teams have a staggered start throughout the evening. Athletes run through Skagway's main street, Broadway and then begin the steep ascent into the White Pass up to U.S. customs.
Leg is 8.8 miles or 14 kilometers.
Leg two is 5.6 miles or 9 kilometers.
Vehicles supporting leg three runners must stop at Canada Customs for routine screening.
Leg three is 7.8 miles or 12.5 kilometers.
The leg ends at the Tutshi Lake checkpoint.
Leg four is 13.1 miles or 21 kilometers.
Leg five is 13.9 miles or 22.2 kilometers,
The leg ends in Carcross, Yukon. For many runners this leg is the beginning of dawn.
Leg six is 16 miles or 25.6 kilometers.
Leg seven takes the runner past the Carcross dessert, Spirit Lake and the Emerald Lake viewpoint.
Leg seven is 8.8 miles or 14 kilometers.
Leg eight is another series of gentle rolling hills mixed with some flat sections.
Leg eight is 12.4 miles or 19.8 kilometers.
The course ends at the Carcross Corner checkpoint where the Klondike Highway meets the Alaska Highway.
Leg nine is 11 miles or 17.6 kilometers.
No support vehicles are permitted after the runner leaves the Alaska Highway.
There is a steep hill in the Miles Canyon section followed by a gradual decline down to the Yukon river and on the the finish line in Whitehorse.
Leg ten is 12.1 miles or 19.3 kilometers.
The Klondike Road Relay
The Klondike Road relay will take place September 7-8 in 2012.
Teams must submit a race plan. This helps organizers to determine the start time in Skagway.
Team captains and drivers must attend a pre-race meeting. This is where you will pick up your packages including team bibs.
A photographer will be on hand at the finish line to take team pictures. You will be able to purchase copies of the photos.
Runners must wear the bibs assigned to them. The bibs must be visible.
Organizers will try to match runners who don't have a team with teams who are short runners.
Runners will run on the right hand side of the road till the Carcross checkpoint when they will switch to the left hand side of the road.
The categories are Open, Women, Mixed, Junior, Masters Open, Masters Women, Corporate, Walkers, Ultra, and Youth.
The Klondike Road Relay is competitive, but it is also a lot of fun!