The Yukon is one of North America’s major wilderness attractions; close to 80 percent remains pristine wilderness with 5,000-metre peaks, forested valleys, unspoiled waters and untamed wildlife.
Join us as we cheer on world-class mushers as they honour a local legend – Percy “The Ironman” DeWolfe.
The Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race is a 210 mile (338 km) international dog sled race, running from Dawson City, Yukon to Eagle, Alaska and back! The race follows the Yukon River along the same historic mail once travelled by DeWolfe.
The history of this event dates back to 1898, when a young man from Nova Scotia arrived in Dawson City. After over a decade of trying to “make it” as a Northern fisherman, DeWolfe got the contract to carry the mail to Eagle. He carried the mail regardless of the weather (sometimes battling -50 temperatures and treacherous weather), often putting the mail’s arrival before his own safety.
Now, each year in March (since 1977), we run this race to commemorate his dedication and commitment!
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