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!
The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.
It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind. This Race isn’t for everyone - It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear. There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.
R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity - You, a boat, a starting gun. $10,000 if you finish first, a set of steak knives if you’re second. Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course. R2AK is a self-supported race with no supply drops and no safety net. Any boat without an engine can enter. Last year 44 teams were accepted and 26 finished. This is the third annual Race and it looks completely different this year with teams arriving from France, Australia, the UK and Canada. 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 7, from 3–8 p.m. at the Northwest Maritime Center at Water and Pope Street, Port Townsend. The Ruckus is a free block party where the public can enjoy a mixed bag of outrageous ruckus activities. Let loose like you’re about to set sail for Alaska…with people who actually are about to set sail for Alaska.
Help give the racers a night to remember before their long, wet journey while you put faces (and hulls) to those blips on the tracker screen. See some boats on the hard, enjoy great food and drinks, and dance the night away with the amazing band they have yet to find! Bring your sense of adventure and competitive spirit! Get a free tattoo, test the limits of a dry suit, or do something questionable with hot sauce! Featuring: plenty to drink, burgers by Arran Stark of Jefferson Healthcare, and additional food by In Season Catering’s Salmon Wagon, Mo-Chili BBQ, Kurly’s Fry Cart, and Fiddlehead Creamery. More food vendors to be announced soon!
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. 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.