Canadian couple is first into Dawson

Posted: Monday, June 30, 2003

Mike and Fiona Vincent of Regina, Saskatchewan, won the fifth annual Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race, reaching Dawson City, Yukon Territory, on Friday evening.

The Vincents completed the 460-mile Whitehorse-to-Dawson course in 55 hours, two minutes - one hour and 52 minutes ahead of second-place finishers Ken Stanick and Dave Ross of North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Third-place finisher Jerome Truran of North Vancouver, a solo kayaker, reached Dawson at nearly the same time as Stanick and Ross - race results had him arriving just one second after the tandem canoe team.

In fourth place was the tandem canoe team of Toronto's Paul Pageau and Whitehorse's Tim Hodgson, while the American eight-person voyageur canoe team called "Maine Yahoos to the Yukon" was fifth.

There were no carryovers in the top five from last year to this year. The race record is 52 hours, nine minutes.

There were four divisions in this year's race - solo and tandem kayak, and tandem and voyageur (eight-person) canoe. This year's purse was $15,525 Canadian.

The race started last Wednesday with a sprint to the Yukon River down Whitehorse's Main Street. Competitors were required to take an eight-hour layover in Carmacks.

The Vincents were the first team into and out of Carmacks, located about 200 miles from the start.

Five of the 33 teams in this year's race scratched along the way, including the Skagway tandem canoe team of John O'Daniel and David Brena.

For complete results, visit the Yukon River Quest race Web site at

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