Ultimate Winter Experience (about: 2013)|
M. L. from Calgary, Canada (2/10/13)
50+ previous marathons
Went up to the Yukon 10 yrs ago to run my first marathon, so I wanted to come back a decade later to 'check in', so to speak. I did the 100 mile version of the 2013 Yukon Arctic Ultra - there are 300 and 430 mile divisions too along with the 42km marathon and like most winter ultras you can choose to bike, ski, or complete the distance on foot. For me, YAU was not so much about the final results; it's about the experience of travelling a trail that so few people ever get to see - the course follows the Yukon Quest trail (for the marathon, on the Yukon and Takhini rivers). Of course you should expect variable footing due to snow conditions, variable weather, and cold and wind. Many marathon competitors carry a backpack to hold extra clothes and thermos, and have trained specifically on snowy trails. This is not your typical marathon. But it attracts some truly amazing and inspiring athletes from around the world; it's a well known race in Europe, and has been featured in many media programmes including TSN and CBC. Safety of the athletes is top priority. Highly recommended!