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.
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.
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
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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