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Olympic Peninsula Announces the Race to Alaska!
Annual Race offers Wacky, Fun Challenge
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east, the Olympic Peninsula – Washington’s premier destination for eco-conscious travelers and outdoor enthusiasts – is pleased to announce the annual Race to Alaska. If you’re looking for quirky, wacky summer events on the Olympic Peninsula, look no further than Race to Alaska! https://r2ak.com/about/
Race to Alaska is North America’s premiere sailing race for elite sailors, rapscallions and dirtbags alike. Starting in Port Townsend, WA, and finishing 750 cold water miles later in Ketchikan, AK, Race to Alaska is the Olympic Peninsula’s very own adventure sailing race! There are two rules: no motors or engines of any kind and no pre-arranged support. First prize is $10,000; second prize is a set of steak knives. Race to Alaska is the only race in the world where you’ll find a 73’ high-twitch trimaran and a stand up paddle board on the same start line without any handicaps. Check out their Facebook Page for updates https://www.facebook.com/racetoalaska/timeline
Race to Alaska officially kicks off with the Pre-Race Ruckus on Wednesday, June 22, from 3–8 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center Campus in Port Townsend (431 Water Street). The Ruckus is a free block party where the public can meet the racers, tour the boats, eat, drink, and enjoy great music. They will also have a mixed bag of outrageous ruckus activities planned, too. Feats of strength, fire-hose rodeo, and an on-site tattoo artist giving out free tattoos for anyone willing to make the R2AK a permanent part of their landscape…it’s going to be a really good time.
All Race to Alaska events are family friendly. Race to Alaska is the only adventure sailing race on the Peninsula and brings hundreds of world class sailors and sailboats to Port Townsend. Race to Alaska is home grown and fairly outrageous. Race to Alaska events are free and open to the public.
The official Race to Alaska start horn blares at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, in Port Townsend Bay. Free public viewing is available at the Northwest Maritime Center Campus and dock, with ticketed VIP viewing/breakfast/mimosa options also available. More information about Race to Alaska, the Pre-Race Ruckus, and exclusive Glitterati VIP guest passes are available at www.R2AK.com.
To learn more about the Olympic Peninsula or to plan your next trip, please visit www.olympicpeninsula.org.
About the Olympic Peninsula
The Olympic Peninsula in Washington is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east. It is famed for being home to Olympic National Park, over 600 miles of hiking trails and 73 miles of pristine, Pacific Coast ocean wilderness beaches. The Olympic Peninsula boasts a wide array of activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike, attracting visitors from near and far.