For 3rd Year Running, Regency’s MD Supports Brother in the Yukon Quest

Over a three week period in February, having vowed last March “Never Again!!” Regency’s MD and Airbus head of Cyber Consultancy, Andrew Cooke, headed back out to Canada to support his brother Rob as he took part in the gruelling 1,000 mile, internationally renowned, sled dog race.

The Yukon Quest, because of its harsh weather is considered to be one of the toughest races in the world. First run in 1984, after a bar-room discussion between four Alaskans, it was proposed to run a thousand mile dog race from Fairbanks Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon.

“The course of the race varies slightly from year to year because of ice conditions on the Yukon River, snowfall, and other factors. The length of the route has also fluctuated, ranging from 921 miles (1,482 km) in the weather-shortened 2003 race to 1,023 miles (1,646 km) in 1998. In even-numbered years, the race starts in Fairbanks and ends in Whitehorse. In odd-numbered years, the start and finish lines switch.

The route follows the Yukon River for much of its course and travels over four mountains: King Solomon’s Dome, Eagle Summit, American Summit, and Rosebud Summit. Its length is equivalent to the distance between England and Africa, and the distance between some checkpoints is the breadth of Ireland. Racers endure ice, snow, and extreme cold. Wildlife is common on the trail, and participants sometimes face challenges from moose and wolves. Because of the harsh conditions, the Yukon Quest has been called the “most difficult sled dog race in the world and the “toughest race in the world” ” [1]

Andrew’s ‘blog’ from this year’s event can be found here

You can read more about the Yukon Quest at Wikipedia, here