From Whitehorse to Fairbanks - the trail
length of the Yukon Quest amounts to 1'023 miles or 1'600 kilometer.
The race is marked by checkpoints. At these checkpoints dogs and
musher can have a short recover and - if necessarily - maintained
by a vet.
Read, how the sections between the checkpoints are and which obstacles can be found on the trail.
The trail of the Yukon Quest goes in the even years from Fairbanks to Whitehorse and in the odd ones the autre way, that means that in 2013 the race goes from Whitehorse to Fairbanks.
'The mushers who participate at the Quest want to finish it, this one which runs the Iditarod wants to win it', a musher said at the campfire on the frozen steward river. Iditarod and Yukon Quest - two race of nearly the same distance - are often compared. Tougher, here many mushers believe is the Yukon Quest; the mountains, the long distances between the checkpoints, the heavy sleds. The strains can only be suspected from outstanding when you look into the eyes turned red by sleeplessness from a musher. Often the death-tired men stand together at the checkpoints, converse a little and help themselves mutually. Only briefly before the goal still another participant steps on the stage apart from the test of strength with the forces of nature; the ambition.