In September, the Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra (MYAU), billed as the world’s coldest race, had to tentatively be cancelled. According to the MYAU website, it has now been officially shuttered.
The race’s organizer Robert Pollhammer resides in Germany and he has not received permission from the federal government to travel to Canada.
“The organizing of a sports event is not considered essential travel…” he wrote.
Pollhammer mulled the idea of organizing the race in Canada from his office in Germany but said it did not seem right to do so.
In September when Pollhammer spoke to the Star, he said he would try and work on a race for Canadians but if the Yukon’s bubble were to remain only with B.C. and the two other territories the Canadian race would have to be cancelled.
Pollhammer wrote on the MYAU website that he will look forward to seeing everyone again once travel restrictions are lifted.
An arctic ultra will still be held, just in Europe. The Montane Lapland Arctic Ultra will premier Feb. 7 in Överkalix, Sweden.