Outside Online Magazine
You're going to fill every free day—from Memorial Day through Labor Day—with wild races, delicious food and drink, good music, and an abalone or two
June 23: Race to Alaska
Where: Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska
Cost: $650 to race, plus $75 per each additional crew member
In the true spirit of Alaskan self-reliance, this 750-mile race has two basic rules: no support and no motors are allowed. For a sense of just how difficult the route through the Inside Passage is, last year 35 teams of sailors, rowers, and paddlers started, and only 15 made it across the finish line. As event organizers like to say, it’s the “Idatarod on water”—minus the dogs, plus the risk of drowning. Be sure to win: The first place prize is $10,000. Second place is a set of steak knives. And even if you're not competing,this one is a blast to watch.