Yukon 800 will be longer due to flooding

FAIRBANKS, AK-The Yukon 800, already considered the world's toughest river boat race, will be the Yukon 1000 this. Why? Because of the flooding on the Yukon River which devastated the Galena area which has been the halfway point of the race for years. The flooding was caused by an ice jam back on May 26 and hundreds of Galena residents have been displaced as Newscenter 11 has extensively reported.

The turnaround will now be at Kaltag which will make the roundtrip from Fairbanks about 985 miles. The checkpoints for this year's altered race route will be Nenana, Manley, Tanana, Ruby, Koyukuk, Nulato, and Kaltag.

For this year's race the halfway checkpoint prize will be $5,000 thanks to the Kaltag residents and business who helped raise the prize money. Fees for veteran racers are $1,000 and $500 for rookies.

There will be a ceremonial start at 11 a.m. on June 22 at Pikes Landing.