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Webster men compete in "war canoe" race in Yukon

Six men from Webster, along with a few of their friends in Upstate New York, are about to take off on a trek to the Yukon to compete in a 1000 mile canoe race down the Yukon river. The race starts on July 19th. It is 1000 miles of the Yukon river, starting at White Horse, Yukon territory and ending at the Dalton highway in Alaska (the Dalton highway is the beginning of the ice road in the "Ice Road Truckers" show). According to the group, the first half of the race takes them through some "civilization." But the second half is very remote with a 350 mile stretch of nothing but river. It is a six man, 28 foot canoe.

"We will be 'tracked' by our spot device which uplinks our location to a satellite every 30 minutes," crew member Tom Wyble said. "The race is unsupported so it is required that we have all the gear and food to survive for 15 days on board. The course retraces the river portion of the Yukon gold rush."

"Our plan is to be in the boat for 18 hours a day and wilderness camp for six hours at night. To save sleeping time and reduce bear issues, all cooking will be done in the boat. We hope to finish on the 8th day. While doing the race we will travel into the artic circle, defined as the point on the earth where there is 24 hours of sun on the summer solstice and 24 hours of dark on the winter solstice," Wyble said.

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