Race Rules

All participants are expected to comply with any guidelines set by Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health in effect on race day.  It is expected that any participant  who has been told to self-isolate, or who is experiencing symptoms of COVID on race day, will withdraw from the race. 


  1. Start and finish are at Rotary Park.  There is limited parking. However, overflow parking is available in the adjacent Yukon Government parking lot.

  2. All participants must sign in at the Runner Check-in before proceeding to the start line.

  3. There will be no time adjustment for late starts and a 15 minute penalty will be assessed. Late starters must check in with officials before starting the race. Runners are disqualified if they are later than 15 minutes after the official start of their event. 

  4. Finish time is when you dip your timing stick!

  5. The race cut-off for all events is 6 hours from the start of the full marathon, or 2:30 pm. Aid stations and official timing will be shut down at 2:30 on race day.

    Cut-off Times

    In order to achieve course (and finish line) closure at 2:30 pm, cut-off times are being implemented at the end of legs 2, 3 and 4. 

    An individual or team who does not complete the leg by the given time will have their timing stick taken and be asked to take off their bib.  You and/or your team may continue to run the course, but you will no longer as part of the race. You should be self supported, and responsible for your own transportation. 

    Cut off times are based on the pace needed to achieve a 6 hour marathon (aka finishing the race by 2:30 pm) They are as follows: 

    Leg 2 completion (Chadburn Lake) - 11:20 am
    Leg 3 completion (Miles Canyon) - 12:40 pm
    Leg 4 completion (Rotary Park) - 2:30 pm

    We understand that meeting these cutoff times may be a concern for some marathoners and relay teams.  Please keep in mind that race organizers have chosen to implement cut off times to be fair to volunteers on the course. 

  6. For marathoners expecting to run over 5.5 hours and for relay teams who are concerned about meeting the cutoff times, there is an early start at 7:00 am. Please advise race officials of your intention to start early by e-mail or when you pick up your bib. (Note that the early start is self-supported - there are no marshals, water stations, food, or bicycle sweep on course until the 8:30 start time - be prepared for this!)

  7. The Early Start is meant to assist marathoners and relay teams to complete the race by 2:30 when all aid stations and the race closes.  It is not intended to advantage faster runners or teams who want to start when the temperatures are cooler.  Any marathoner or relay team that starts at 7:00am but whose time of completion is 5 hours or less will be assessed a penalty of 15 minutes.  This policy change creates a more level playing field for both competitive and recreational runners. 
  8. For walkers:   A walker's back toe cannot leave the ground until the heel of the front foot has touched, that is, one foot should be in contact with the ground at all times.  There are no race officials or judges on course to monitor adherence to this rule. Instead we adopt an honour system, trusting that walkers will abide by this rule.

  9. At all times, runners must follow the directions of race officials.

  10. Due to the narrow trails and steep drop-offs, no dogs, push buggies, or supporters on bicycles are allowed. Take care and be courteous to other trail users. These are public trails and they are available to other users while the race is underway. If you see a hiker or a biker, let them know you are coming and try to avoid disrupting their trail experience.

  11. The use of poles is allowed but not recommended by race organizers.  To reduce risks of interference and injury to other participants, we require runners using poles to position themselves at the back of the mass start of their race.  On course, runners should refrain from using poles as they approach or pass other runners and users of the trail.  Runners are expected to hold their poles in the vertical position in front of their body until they have safely passed other trail users. 

  12. Runners are expected to be courteous and respectful to volunteers - without the volunteers, this race would not happen.

  13. Exercise care, caution, courtesy and common sense when passing other runners or trail users. Let others know that you are coming, and that you intend to pass.  Please ensure that you maintain 6 feet distance between you and the person(s) you are passing.

  14. If you leave the race for any reason, make sure you inform a volunteer at the nearest check point or the start/finish line, or a safety patrol member. Otherwise, we will come searching for you.

  15. You are responsible for returning your timing stick to us. These are expensive to replace!

  16. If you encounter a runner in distress, offer assistance and/or report the situation to the nearest aid station.

  17. In the event that you encounter a bear, exercise extreme caution. We recommend that you retreat to the nearest aid station and/or take a wide detour around the bear. Advise any runners in the area as well as officials at the nearest aid station along the route of the sighting.  To learn more about bear safety, go to https://yukon.ca/en/outdoor-recreation-and-wildlife/wilderness-safety/stay-safe-bear-country  Copies of the pamphlet entitled How to stay safe in bear country  in French and German are available at bib pick-up. 

  18. Please be quiet when running through Robert Service Campground. It's early and some campers may still be sleeping.

  19. Headphones/earbuds must not be worn while on the course!

  20. Violation of the Race Rules may result in a 15 minute penalty or race disqualification, at the discretion of the Race Director.