Yukon Arctic Ultra – Newsletter November 2007

Hello everyone,

Sean Brown’s race report now online

Sean Brown from England came twice to do the YAU 300 mile race on foot. Twice he had to give up at Braeburn, the 100 mile finish. However, he came back for his third try in a row in 2007. This time he made it! Now he wrote a very interesting report to share his experiences, views and emotions with others. You will find the report in the Race Report section on arcticultra.de.

The organising team

It’s 0 degrees Celsius in Whitehorse as I write this short update. No doubt, these temperatures will soon fall. They always have. In the meantime the local organising team is already putting everything into place. It is Jessica who is in the lead of this team. She has been in touch with all the checkpoints, is planning logistics, etc. Mike, Shelley and Dave are helping her. Eric Kocher has confirmed to help as part of the medical crew again. Murray who has been with the YAU right from the start will lead the snowmobile guides. His friend Kevin will join the team for the first time. Depending on the final amount of athletes we will complement this team with 1 or 2 more guides. If you want to see the faces to these names please check out the About Us section on arcticultra.de.


There won’t be any major changes regarding the race course. At the moment we are having a close look at CP1 as it may stay where it was this year or be down at the river – which would save us going parallel to the road for a couple of km. In Carmacks we will move the checkpoint, too. News will follow.


If you have not got your gear complete you may want to check out the new YAU gear list on Racelite.com. Not only will you find interesting gear but also useful advise. Interested? Follow this link: YAU Gear List on Racelite.com.

I also hope to soon have more news on the YAU sleeping system engineered by Lestra.

Expedition Food

It is likely that we will offer expedition food again at the checkpoints Dog Grave Lake and Ken Lake. However, this time athletes may chose the meal they want. In time for testing and for the race a list will be sent out. All other checkpoints will once again have "real" food 😉

Interview with Steve Reifenstuhl

Steve Reifenstuhl from Alaska has signed up for next year’s 300 mile race. He is one of the most experienced and most successful winter ultra runners out there. Being from the North he knows very well what it means to live and run in the cold. Many good reasons to aks Steve some questions. You will find the interview in the News Updates section on arcticultra.de.

Jacob Nielsen new Race Rep for Scandinavia

So far we have not had a Race Rep specifically for Scandinavia. With Jacob Nielsen we have now found someone who is ideal for the job. Jacob is an experienced ultra runner. Not only did he participate twice in the Yukon Arctic Ultra. He also completed several desert ultras. That way he can from now on advise the Scandinavian athletes perfectly on what to be aware of when coming to the Arctic after running in the sand – which is what a log of our athletes do. They start with the hot climate and then they go for the other extreme.

Jacob owns extreme sports which is a company distributing high quality gear in the markets of Denmark and Sweden. This makes him of course also an excellent source on tips for the right gear. If you are from Scandinavia and have questions about the race and/or you want to sign up, please contact Jacob at [email protected].

the Great Outdoors

Robert Pollhammer

Schönbergstr. 8

82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen


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