FAIRBANKS, AK-A lot of Midnight sun events will be going on this weekend but do remember the world's toughest riverboat race, the Yukon 800 is this weekend. But the race has been extended and the field this year is wide open.
Bill Page a five time winner of the race retired after last year's race. Tyler Hunington the defending Yukon 800 champ will give it a go despite an injury suffered during accident while training for the Iron Dog back in February. Huntington has won both the Iron Dog and Yukon 800.
The lone woman in the race, Sherri Jones-Kriska hopes to be the first female winner of the race. Harold Attla is synonymous with this riverboat race. Attla has the most wins with 10 and has all of the Yukon 800s fastest records for down river, up river, and the course record. 13 total racers are in this year's event which includes two rookies and two more possible late entries.
This year it will be even tougher. In fact it will be the Yukon 1000 because of the flooding on the Yukon River that devastated the Galena area which is the usual turnaround point. The new turnaround will be at Kaltag making the race about 985 miles this year. The race starts at Pikes Landing this Saturday at 11 a.m. What's up for grabs is $15,000 prize for the winner.