PORT TOWNSEND, WA — Fifty-six teams are set to depart Port Townsend, Washington, this Thursday, June 4, at 5:00 am, heading for Victoria, British Columbia, in Stage 1 of the inaugural Race to Alaska (R2AK), an unique, non-motorized, 1,200-km race geared toward long distance rowers, paddlers and sailors.   

Explore columnist Colin Angus will be one of them:

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The race departs Port Townsend, Washington on June 4, and finishes in Ketchikan, Alaska (pictured) whenever the first finisher arrives; estimated to be seven to 10 days after the start.

The first person or team to finish wins $10,000. Second place will be awarded a set of steak knives. There are 36 teams registered to do the full race, with 20 additional teams registered to complete the Port Townsend to Victoria leg. Teams hail from all over the US and Canada. The race is being hosted by the Northwest Maritime Center. 

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