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R2AK is simple: Get a boat w/o a motor. Race 750 miles to Alaska any way you can. Don't get eaten by a bear- $10,000 if you're first.
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Race to Alaska is the newest adventure race that pits your mettle against the waters of the Inside Passage and it embodies the hardest kind of simplicity: you, a boat without an engine, 750 coldwater miles between the Lower 48 and Ketchikan- $10,000 if you finish first, a set of steak knives if you finish second, cathartic elation if you finish at all.

750 miles of 50 degree water, bears, blisters, and some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable
750 miles of 50 degree water, bears, blisters, and some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable

There are no support boats or safety nets so choose your boat and crew well- Other than the bears and killer whales you're on your own. Race to win or race to do something incredible- Either way it's going to be one hell of a ride. 

Northwest Maritime Center (a 501-c-3 non-profit) is starting this race to spread awareness and participation in engineless adventures on the water- Whether you'er a kayaker, sailor, or open water rower you'll experience one of the most beautiful stretches of nature on the planet. We're going to make it happen in June 2015, but we need some help from people like you to get it off the ground. We're raising  $10,000 to support the first year's prize money- We're planning on sponsorships covering things after that.

We're basically nailing $10,000 to a tree, then seeing which boat gets there first
We're basically nailing $10,000 to a tree, then seeing which boat gets there first

If you value nature, adventure, courageous acts of getting off the couch, testing limits, dares with prize money, motherhood and apple pie- sign on to help us launch Race to Alaska. You might even get a T-shirt. 

More information here: www.RacetoAlaska.com

Look at the great gear you can get: 

Risks and challenges

Risk #1- No one finishes. If no one finishes, what happens to the prize money?- R2AK is an open ended race, and a first place finish could happen in as little as three weeks, but if it takes longer so be it. We'll still be waiting in Ketchikan sweepstakes style, with a bunch of balloons and that big cardboard check.

Risk #2- No one has done something like this before - OK, that's a little misleading. There are other adventure races that happen on the water, but to our knowledge there has never been another one in the Inside Passage, and there has never been one that pits so many different kinds of boats against each other. There are no classes for size or type of boat- just one for whoever gets there first. That's a little out of the ordinary, and anyone who is a quart low of swagger might be intimidated by the uncertainty. We think they should stay home.

Risk #3- Not enough people sign up to have a race: We're committed to this race happening as long as we get at least a few people to sign up- and without doing much we've already gotten a few cued up to join- including some top notch athletes. We've launched a person to person social campaign, and partnered with several adventure and boating publications to spread the word about the race. It's also the biggest prize in the country for similar races, and draws from several potential participant communities (sailors, rowers, paddlers) so we are pretty confident that the rest of the field will show up in force.

Advantage #1- We've got a great team of people working on this- R2AK was the brainchild of Josh Colvin (publisher of Small Craft Advisor Magazine), Jake Beattie (Executive Director of the Northwest Maritime Center), and Colin Angus (National Geographic Adventurer of the year for his human powered circumnavigation via bike and rowboat). Throughout the initial design process these three have led a group of folks in critically thinking about every aspect of the race, and continue to be a part of decisions moving forward.

Advantage #2- There is an entire organization backing this up- The Northwest Maritime Center is an organization whose headwaters go back 38 years. Every year we pull off local regattas and races, the biggest Wooden Boat Festival in North America, a whole series of education classes for boaters, summer camps, etc. We've got a track record for pulling things off and doing it well. R2AK is just our latest project and we're committed to making it a success.

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    Get a dollar worth of Alaskan swagger- Give us a buck and we'll send you some Alaska-grown confidence. Talking to your boss about a raise? Breaking up? Staring down a grizzly bear? For a measly dollar you can know that the R2AK team is on your side. Go ahead, we've got your back.

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    Sponsor a Mile- Your name will be tattooed to a specific mile of the race and we'll let you know when the race leader completes your mile. Think of it like naming a star...except this will actually happen.

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    Race Your Face- Want to be in the race but don't have the time? Now your face can while the rest of you stays comfortably at home! Send us $10 and a picture of yourself and we'll slip that picture into a racer's boat- And for god's sake keep it clean people, it's a lonely trip.

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    Official R2AK Camp Mug- We've got a metal mug for two reasons: 1) Oddly, some people like coffee more than whiskey 2) Tote bags are for pansies.

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    R2AK "Race to A-flask-a"-
    They say that Alaskans drink more whiskey than water. Those people are liars, but you can still try to fit in a little. We'll give you the flask, you add the whiskey (later you can subtract it.)

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    R2AK Trucker Hat- People will ask you where your truck is, you can answer however you like- we won't judge.

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    Kickstarter Stage One special- Sign up for the Port Townsend to Victoria portion of the race now, and we'll comp the charge for additional crew. Good for this year- or anytime before 2020

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    R2AK Long Sleeve Technical Shirt- A quick-dry shirt that's a great base layer for paddling, running, and general badassery.

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    R2AK Trapper Hat- The ultimate swagger wear. If it were real fur we would have probably killed the animal with our bare hands.

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    R2AK Tech Shirt, Flask, and a Hat- It would be cheaper for you to get all this stuff separately- we did the math too. But, it's the only way to get them all in one click. Your time is worth more than that- You know it and so do we. Who looks smart now? You do for $250.

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    VIP tickets to race events- Hey there high roller. We're planning events for racers at the start and end of the race and this is your way of parting the velvet ropes without rowing to Alaska. We'll even save you a seat right in front. "Oh, it's you- right this way..."

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    R2AK Major Sponsor- Does your business want in on the action? $2k will get your logo on the webpage and links to your company's site. You'll get mentioned in press releases, on banners at the parties, and on all the swag we give to racers. This will give you year round exposure to the adventurer set. We think R2AK is going to get as big as Alaska itself, and you can get in on the ground floor.

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    Mission Control Sponsor- We'll have a race tracking page that will give live updates on the racers and map their progress in real time as they move north. Everyone will be looking at this thing to see how their spouse/sibling/friend/rival is doing. With so many eyeballs on this page it's a great marketing opportunity for your company. We'll work with you to make sure that you get solid exposure before and after the race too- let's talk!

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    Team entry fee- Be the first to pledge at this level and we'll let you in the race, which is really like getting in for half price. Think of how much dehydrated food you can buy now!

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