News Release: R2AK Sparks New Contest

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SEVENTY48 is 70 miles in 48 hours by human power

November 15, 2017 Port Townsend, WA- Meet SEVENTY48. A new race launched from the creators of Race to Alaska.

Race to Alaska (R2AK) is a boat race from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. No motors or outside support is allowed in what some have called the America’s Cup for dirtbags. R2AK is entering its fourth year of operation and has quickly become a standard of adventure boat racing, fielding participants worldwide and presenting a challenge so difficult that only half the teams each year even finish.

Race creators at the Northwest Maritime Center decided they wanted to bring that same sense of daring and challenge to Washington. “R2AK is more about personal challenge and triumph than winning a race,” says R2AK co-founder Daniel Evans, “it’s about finding the limits of what you think you are capable of and pushing beyond them all. And that’s what SEVENTY48 is about, but more of a two-day powerlift where finishing requires everything you have.”

SEVENTY48 is intentionally simple in concept. It’s a winner takes all pot with each team anteing up $100. Teams will race 70 miles in 48 hours. No motors, no support and no wind. It’s human powered vessels only and starts in Tacoma, WA on June 11th. The race ends 48 hours later in Port Townsend, WA the day before R2AK begins.

“Parties are good for everyone, and we’re bookending this race with fun. We’re starting with the Pre-Funk at the Museum of Glass, and we finish at the R2AK Pre-race Ruckus, the kick-off party for the Race to Alaska.”

The Pre-Funk in Tacoma is a celebration of human power. Featured speakers are Karl Kruger and Natalia Cohen. Kruger is the first person to complete the 750 unrelenting miles of R2AK on a stand up paddleboard. Cohen is one of a team of six women, who in January 2016, set two world records becoming the first all-female team and the first ever fours boat to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean.

Evans has kept the entry costs low to encourage participants from all spectrums of water sports. “It’s a race like no other for sure, and that’s all the more reason to make it accessible to as many people as possible, and that includes spectators.” Everyone will be able to follow teams on the website’s tracker and both the Pre-Funk and Pre- Race Ruckus are open to the public and mostly free.

“We’re celebrating the best in us all: courage, tenacity and the belief we are stronger than we’ve ever thought,” says Daniel. To learn more and think about racing go to:

For media inquiries or more information about SEVENTY48, R2AK or the Northwest Maritime Center, please contact Anika Colvin at