WHITEHORSE - The Yukon 1000 Canoe and Kayak Race, held the last two weeks of July 2009, is now open for entries. For canoes, kayaks and voyageur canoes, the race runs from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, down the Yukon River into Alaska and ends at the Dalton Highway Bridge 1,000 miles downstream. Boats are expected to be entirely self sufficient.
So far, within the first 48 hours, five boats signed up. These were four canoes and one tandem kayak, with two Alaskans, two Californians, two New Yorkers, two Brits and one paddler, each from the Yukon and Wyoming. The people expressing an interest appear to be a mix of outfitters and guides, serious canoe racers and strong paddlers with a sense of adventure.
The race is monitored by time and position data transmitted from each boat by a Spot device (). These send GPS coordinates and a timestamp to race control which sorts them and displays the boats in race order and also plots their location on Google Earth. This turns a remote wilderness race into a spectator sport.