The Yukon 1000 for me started when I was in college back in 2008. A college lecturer named Dr John Brady took interest in my kayaking career and told me about this incredibly long race going from Canada into Alaska.
I let it stew for years knowing how important timing would be before I chased this incredible adventure.
After the last Yukon 1000 in 2018 I decided to put together a team to hopefully be accepted into the race for 2020. Most important was picking the right team member, I was looking for experience, resilience, willingness to train, patience and above all the want to compete. Jim Kennedy was a perfect fit. With over 40 year’s experience along with a very competitive marathon background I feel we will make a great team.
The Yukon 1000 is a race that will take you to the most remote areas of the world while physically and mentally challenging you. Both Jim and I bring different aspects to the table and we are looking forward to working together on the race.
I aim to post training and other updates here regularly, please check back for updates!
Colin Wong, co-director of Emerald Outdoors, is setting out on a journey with team mate Jim Kennedy to be the first Irish team to complete the longest kayak race in the world.
About the Yukon 1000
The Yukon 1000 is a 1000 mile kayak race down the Yukon river from Canada into Alaska. The competitors race for up to 18 hours a day and are expected to be completely self sufficient as they navigate the wilderness during the race. You can find out more on the Yukon 1000 website.