Some basic information about YAUYukon Arctic Ultra, or Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra as the full name says, is a winter ultra race which follows Yukon Quest trail - famous sled dog race.
The scene of YAU is Yukon - a territory in northwest Canada. It is huge area, bigger than Sweden, sparsely populated.
The event usually starts at the very end of January, in 2020 guys will start on 30th January.
YAU selfnames the world's coldest and toughest ultra. It may seem exagarated, but 3 important things should be considered:
Weather in Jukon in the middle of the winter means low, very low, or extremely low temperature. -20 degrees Celsius is a daily norm. But this event remembers the editions of -40, and even -50 degrees. There are no words to describe such condition for human, who needs to perform in the race.
Distance of YAU or rather distances of YAU varies from marathon to 300 miles. Every second year additional 430 miles distance is available.
There are 3 modes of discipline racer may choose, which can be either mountain bike (so called fat bike), xs-skis or foot. Footing dominates among participants
Isolation comes from distance, long nights and quite limited number of participants. Guys do not march in the crowd :-), so you need to be acustomed to solitude. I rather like it.
The race has no rewards. Finishing is considered as the goal and the finishers' race reports prove that reaching the end line is exeptionaly rewarding.
website and YouTubeGo to Yukon Arctic Ultra website for details.
Or better watch this playlist on YouTube, gives some sort of feeling about YAU.
My participationI am going there for the first time and my distance is 300 miles.
I am the fourth Pol who tries to finish this race. In the past Polish mates did not reach the finish line. It is still waiting for the Polish finisher.