Course records were crushed at the 2006 Yukon River Quest canoe and kayak race from Whitehorse to Dawson City, held June 28-July 2.
The overall winners, Brandon Nelson and David Kelly, smoked the 460-mile course in 40 hours, 37 minutes, and 5 seconds in a tandem kayak, lopping two and a half hours off the previous best time. Brandon’s wife, Heather, won the solo female kayak category, and came in sixth overall with a time of 46:32:27, 10 hours better than the previous best women’s time. Carter Johnson was the only solo male kayaker to beat Heather, coming in third overall with a time of 44:56:34.
Team Kisseynew, an 8-man voyageur team from Saskatchewan, obliterated the previous best voyageur canoe time by 12 hours, crossing the finish line at 42:56:13 and coming in second place overall. Steve Landick and Gregg Nelson teamed up to win the tandem canoe division and finished fourth overall with a time of 46:01:27.
The Yukon River Quest is the longest annual canoe and kayak race in the world. For more information and complete results, visit www.yukonriverquest.com.