Regional races reach record participation

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2004

For the first time in its 12-year history, the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay has reached its participation cap of 1,200 riders.

According to the race Web site,, 234 teams with approximately 1,220 riders had signed up as of Tuesday for the 148-mile cycling relay, which is to be run on Saturday.

Twenty-five of those teams had not yet finalized their registration, so the number of actual racers may fall.

The Kluane-Chilkat relay starts in Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, and follows the Haines Highway to finish at old Fort Seward in Haines. There are eight stages, and teams range from solo riders to full eight-cyclist squads.

Last year's relay drew 215 teams and 1,138 total riders.

Meanwhile, the sixth annual Yukon River Quest paddling event - a 460-mile canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to Dawson City that starts next week - has drawn a field of 51 teams. That shatters the old mark of 36, set in 2002.

The field reached 53 teams immediately after the May 26 registration deadline, but two teams have since withdrawn.

The race starts in downtown Whitehorse on Wednesday, June 23. The race record to Dawson City is 44 hours - not including 10 hours in mandatory layovers. Most teams average 55 to 70 hours. There are categories for solo and tandem canoe, voyager canoe and solo kayak.

Two Juneau residents have signed up for this year's Yukon River Quest - Kathy O'Daniel, who will be on a tandem canoe team with her brother, John, of Skagway; and David Sevdy, who is in the solo kayak division.

Look for more information on both events in upcoming issues of the Juneau Empire.

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