Build Confidence with our Pre-Race Training Workshop for the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra


Photo above, credit to Yann Besrest-Butler, 2015 (near Indian River, YT)


2021 Workshop Dates: January 30-February 4


Set Yourself Up For Success

Learn from MYAU veterans through a hands on, experience-based course focused on self care, systems, trail specifics, race rules, and more, plus a wealth of entertaining and informative stories from past mistakes and successes.

The workshop offers a 4.5 day course, please follow this itinerary link for the full schedule. There is a combination of indoor and outdoor time, plenty of free time to experiment with your personal gear, and a valuable full day excursion on the Yukon Quest Trail.


Online Component

Practicing at home with your systems and need advice or ideas? Love talking about technical gear/race strategies/food prep with people who get it? Or simply need to express concerns and receive moral support? 

Upon registration you'll have access to the MYAU Workshop Facebook Group for support leading up to the race, and learn from the questions and comments from other group members. Questions and comments will be answered by your course instructors/past MYAU veterans. Gain valuable insight into what others have experienced and find out what might work for you.

It's possible to sign up for the online component only, if time and cost do not allow for the full course.

Full Course

Online discussions are fun and beneficial, but the hands on component is where your confidence will be built up and have you feeling as ready as possible for the MYAU. Meet your future friends and trail mates, hang out with locals, and check out the Yukon Quest trail!

This is what’s included in the full 4.5 day training program:

  • Transport from Whitehorse to Takhini Hot Springs Hostel

  • Accommodation at Takhini Hot Springs Hostel (2 people per room)

  • Meals (participants will need to bring snacks for the trail and two trail meals)

  • Information sessions as outlined here

  • Gear check and recommendations

  • Day and night hikes with fully loaded sled including opportunities to light stove, make a wood fire, bivy, melt water and cook

  • Daily access to Takhini Hot Springs

  • Visit to Muktuk Kennels (1st checkpoint), lunch, and then a walk along the MYAU route

  • Advice from race veterans/volunteers on what has worked and not worked for themselves and others in the past


Course Options and Pricing

$1250 CDN

Full Course (online plus 4.5 days)

$200 CDN

Online component only

$650 CDN

Online component plus the last two days (Feb 2-4)


Register for the course:

Contact Shelley Gellatly (email below) or Jessie Thomson-Gladish (jessie.gladish@hotmail.ca) to apply and/or ask questions.

Whitehorse, Yukon

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