Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race
The Percy DeWolfe Memorial Mail Race is a 200 mile (321 km) international dog sled race, running from Dawson City, Yukon to Eagle, Alaska and return (see map). The race follows the Yukon River along the historic mail route of legendary mail carrier Percy DeWolfe.
The race attracts world class mushers from other well known races such as the Yukon Quest and Iditarod, and is a qualifying race for both.
Temperatures during the race can vary from -40C to +10C. Depending on conditions, the leaders normally run the race in about 24 hours, excluding mandatory layover time. Mushers take a mandatory six hour layover in Eagle, plus an additional 2 hours in either Fortymile or Eagle.
In 2022, there will be a pre-race vet check that will take place the day before the race. Times for vet checks will be assigned to each musher, and will be held throughout the day. There is also a mandatory mushers meeting at 6pm the day before the race that all mushers must attend.
On Race Day, the start is at 10.00am, and mushers leave in staggered intervals of 2 minutes. The difference is calculated into mandatory layover time.
The first time slot at 10.00am is reserved for the memory of Percy DeWolfe, with the first competitor out of the starting chute at 10.02am.
The Percy Junior runs from Dawson City to Fortymile return 100 miles (160 km), following the Yukon River with some bush trails.
Teams have a mandatory 8hr layover at Fortymile and return to Dawson the following day. Mushers that reside in Eagle may also participate by following the Percy trail from Eagle to Fortymile and continuing to Dawson the following their 8 hour layover.
Race start is a mass start on the ice bridge on the Yukon River at 3.00pm.
(Trail condition dependent) The Percy Skijor runs from Dawson City to Fortymile return 100 miles (160 km), following the Yukon River with some bush trails.
Competitors skijor with a 2 dog minimum / 4 dog maximum.
Race start is a mass start on the ice bridge on the Yukon River at 3.30pm.