The itinerary for 2018 is as follows.....
In order for athletes and volunteers to make some of their arrangements the following is the proposed itinerary for 2018. It might be subject to tweaking as the race gets closer, but the principle dates for the benefit of booking flights and accommodation in Whitehorse won't be changing.
Weekend 3rd/4th March
First Athletes arrive in Whitehorse.
The pre race events will all be centred around the High Country Inn (tbc) in Whitehorse.
Monday 5th March
Last sensible date for athletes to arrive.
Tuesday 6th March
pm - Race welcome.
pm - Mandatory Kit check.
pm - Evening Outdoor kit and sled testing session.
Wednesday 7th March
am - Loading vehicles (primarily sleds onto trailer) and depart.
pm - Travel to Dawson with stops along the way for sight seeing etc.
pm - Sourtoe Cocktails at Downtown Hotel Dawson City. Evening meal and Bar available.
Thursday 8th March
am - Opportunity to look around Dawson.
am and pm - Leisurely travel up the Dempster Highway to Eagle Plains with stops along the way for sight seeing.
Evening - Arrival at Eagle Plain. Evening meal and bar available.
Friday 9th March
am - 9.00am - Race starts.
pm - Athletes cross into the Arctic Circle.
Monday 12th March
am - 9.00am - 120 mile race finishes at Ft McPherson.
Monday 12th to Saturday 17th the 350 mile race continues.
Tuesday 13th March
am – Flight from Inuvik for 120 athletes returning to Whitehorse.
Wednesday 14th March
am – Alternative flight for 120 athletes returning to Whitehorse.
Friday 16th March
pm – Drum Dancing and display of Arctic Sports in Tuktoyaktuk (tbc)
Saturday 17th March
am - 9.00am - 350 mile race finishes at Tuktoyaktuk.
am - Athletes and support crew depart Tuktoyaktuk.**
pm – Athletes and support crew arrive Eagle Plains.**
Evening – Stop over at Eagle Plains. Evening meal and bar available.**
Sunday 18th March
am – Athletes and support crew depart Eagle Plains for Whitehorse.**
pm – Athletes and support crew arrive back at Whitehorse.**
Monday 19th March
pm – Post race celebration meal and Inukshuk presentation.
** NOTE - The return travel arrangements are all subject to the road being open to Eagle Plains on the journey back. Athletes are STRONGLY advised not to book their homeward flights out of Whitehorse before Tuesday 20th March and in addition are advised to have travel insurance to cover the possibility of being delayed further.