If you're into breath-taking scenery, team camaraderie, physical challenges, and gracious hospitality than you won't find another race like the Klondike Road Relay. In teams of 10, runners travel in the direction that the Gold Rush Stampeders took over the famous White Pass. Depending on the leg, participants will travel through Skagway, Alaska, British Columbia, and into the Yukon finishing along the banks of the Yukon River in Whitehorse.
The Klondike Road Relay begins in Skagway and has participants run through the night and into the next day.
The 175-kilometre relay is broken into 10 legs, varying in distance from nine-25.6 kilometres. It starts at sea level, ascends to an elevation of 1,004 metres in the first two legs, and descends to 610 metres toward the finish line.
Racers will travel through the traditional territories of the Carcross Tagish First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council and experience challenging terrain and awe-inspiring scenery.
Because the race happens in the north, participants should be prepared for several scenarios. The night sky may be clear and starry while the northern lights dance, but don’t be surprised if it’s foggy, rainy, or even snowing.
Rest assured, historically the race has ended on a sunny, crisp fall day in the Yukon’s capital.
Whether you are running, walking or a youth participant, everyone is welcome to participate in the Klondike Road Relay. For those that need more time, you can complete our modified course from Carcross to Whitehorse.
Need more of a challenge? Why not join the ultra category, where you complete legs 7-10, a 70.7 kilometre distance.
The Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay was conceptualized in 1982 by the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon as a means of attracting visitors to the Territory in the fall. In 1983, the first race took place with approximately 25 teams.
OUR VALUES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We are passionate about the benefits of the Klondike Road Relay:
The KRR provides a space for beginning runners to competitive teams.
The KRR enables beginning and competitive runners to set goals.
The KRR promotes positive self-esteem and team building.
The KRR builds positive community connections.
The KRR provides an opportunity for community volunteer involvement and connection.
The KRR provides economic benefits to regional businesses and NGO’s.
WE BELIEVE IN:
Racer Centered Events: We believe in putting the racer first in organizational decisions and celebrating all styles of goals and efforts. We believe goals are attainable with effort and support and physical movement and connection to community is a pathway to physical and mental health and sport. We believe that we can find inspiration from competitive teams.
Safe and Fun Event: We believe the KRR should be a fun, social event that is physically demanding, yet safe for racers, volunteers, and spectators.
Organization and Communication: We believe that organization and communication are crucial to the KRR’s success. We believe volunteers are the backbone to make this event happen and will be well supported and consulted.
Equity and Respect: We believe the KRR should be a fair and equitable event that recognizes inequalities and takes steps to address them.
We believe in respect and consideration of Indigenous communities upon who’s land we work and play.
The KRR Increases community connection for Yukoners by creating space for individuals, teams, volunteers, sponsors to be part of something bigger than themselves. It provides an opportunity for people to increase their motivation to either move or to contribute to the community.
The Klondike Road Relay will impact Yukoners in the following ways:
Increase physical activity and mental wellness for Yukoners
Create opportunities for personal growth through volunteerism
Break down barriers to sport
Raise the profile of Sport Yukon in community
Create opportunity to be part of a team and increase connection to community
Increase economic and sport tourism opportunities for Yukon.
Create leadership opportunities for Yukoners.
Opportunity for local businesses to market through community involvement