The world’s longest endurance paddling race is the Yukon 1000 held since 2009. This year two Mainer’s won the race on the Yukon River.

Terry Wescott, 67 and Brad Krog, 63 became the first ‘canoe’ team and ‘oldest’ team to finish the 1,000 mile journey across the Yukon Territory in Canada and Alaska. They paddled at a steady pace for 18 hours a day for exactly 7 days, 4 hours and 35 minutes to win the race. On their best day they covered 156 miles: on their worst, in pounding rain and high winds, they paddled 60 miles.

They slept only a few hours a night and passed two small towns and three Indian villages, and that's it. Nothing else out there and they said it was up to them to be responsible for their own safe passage.

They beat six other teams including one from the British Special Forces and another that set a record for trans-Atlantic passage in a canoe.

In the end, Krog said what the wilderness adventure showed was experience can’t be underestimated, even in an aging paddler.

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