Paddlers set off on Dawson dash

Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2003

With a dash down Main Street and a splash in the river current, the 33 teams competing in this year's Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race departed from the starting line in Whitehorse on Wednesday.

Among the field is one Southeast team - Skagway's John O'Daniel and David Brena are competing in the tandem canoe class.

The 460-mile race ends in Dawson City. The race record is 52 hours, nine minutes. Most teams complete the race in 65 to 80 hours.

For more information, visit the race Web site at www.polarcom.com/~riverquest.

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