DAWSON CITY, YUKON (July 3, 2019) – Canoe Kayak Canada marathon paddlers Ivan English and Mike Vincent finished first overall paddling a C2 in the world’s longest annual paddling race – the Yukon River Quest, beating several six person voyageur canoes. The race began at 12pm on Wednesday June 26th, and finished by 9pm on Saturday June 30th.
This iconic race is a 715km marathon paddle from Whitehorse to Dawson City, Yukon, with participants stopping only for two mandatory rests which total 10 hours. There were a record 117 teams who started the race this year representing 13 countries. The race is open to solo canoes, kayaks and SUPs, tandem canoes and kayaks, as well as four person canoes and six person voyageur canoes.
The Saskatchewan duo whose team name was ‘#wepaddletogether’ finished five hours before the second C2 crew reached the finish, despite several environmental challenges including low water levels, strong headwinds and forest fire smoke.
English and Vincent had raced together before, but never in the River Quest. “He’s probably one of the best paddlers I’ve ever met,” said English about partner Vincent. “He knows how to manage all the situations.” Vincent even designed and made the C2 that was paddled in the quest.
View the complete race results here.
Next year’s Yukon River Quest is being held from June 25th to June 29th 2020. Registration opens on November 1st 2019. For more information visit the race website here.
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