The 6633 Arctic Ultra is regarded by many as one of the toughest, coldest, windiest ultra distance footraces on the planet. The 2017 event will be the 9th edition of the race. The non-stop self-sufficient foot race is either over a distance of 120 miles or 350 miles, with both races cross the line of the Arctic Circle. The 120 mile race finishes at the First Nations Hamlet of Fort McPherson, whilst the longer 350 mile race continues to the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk.
Special Note for 2017: 2017 is going to be the last chance for athletes to actually race on the entirety of the Ice Road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. This is the final 120 mile section of the 350 mile race. From 2018 the route of this latter section of the race will be changing as the Ice Road to Tuktoyaktuk will no longer exist.
Competitors will be expected to carry or pull on sleds all their provisions for the race including food, cooking items, clothing, sleeping kit and other safety gear. Racers going all the way to Tuktoyaktuk will be allowed 2 drop bags for limited essential gear at approx. 120 miles (Fort McPherson) and 230 miles (Inuvik). All racers will be allowed to have a bag at the finish line for spare warm clothing etc. Checkpoints will be spaced along the route at between 23 and 70 miles apart, where racers will be able to rest for a while and be able to prepare their own food. Hot water and Shelter are the only things guaranteed at the checkpoints.
The race is once again being organised by Martin and Sue of “Likeys Events Ltd”, together with the help of a super friendly, helpful and experienced support crew comprising individuals from the UK and Canada. In addition to having organised this event for the last 9 years, both Martin and Sue have raced in Arctic conditions on many occasions and it is this experience that they will be bringing to the 6633 Arctic Ultra to make it the most testing, rewarding memorable race that any self respecting ultra racer will ever do.
120 Mile Race (returning to Whitehorse after 120 mile race) *
120 Mile Race (staying with event through to conclusion of 350 mile race) **
120 Mile + Race (can opt to transfer to the 350 mile event at Fort McPherson) ***
350 Mile Race
* For 120 mile entrants you have the choice of either returning to Whitehorse from Inuvik Airport on the conclusion of your race. The flight from Inuvik will be at your expense, but we will transport you to the airport on either Tuesday 14th or Wednesday 15th March. Or….
** For 120 mile entrants wishing to stay with the event can join the support through to the conclusion of the 350 mile race and then return to Whitehorse by vehicle.
*** For the 120 mile + option, it is assumed that anyone choosing this option will be staying with the event to its conclusion at Tuktoyaktuk regardless of whether they choose to finish at Fort McPherson or to proceed in the 350 mile event.
Entries close on 31st January 2017 or once the entry limit has been reached.
Commencing 10th March 2017
From Eagle Plains, Yukon to the banks of the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk
A true Arctic experience - this race really does enter the Arctic Circle and can quite genuinely claim to be the Toughest, Coldest and Windiest Extreme Ultra Marathon on the Planet.
This race is only for big boys and girls unless you're mad!!!!
See Application section for entry details.
Entries for the 6633 Arctic Ultra - 2017 will be opened on the 4th May 2016 at 10:00am (BST) and will be limited to 30 entrants