Come one, come all to the Pre-Race Ruckus!
Wednesday, June 13, 12–8 PM, and free… what!?
Pope Marine Park & Northwest Maritime Center – map it
Let loose like you’re about to set sail for Alaska… with people who actually are about to set sail for Alaska. 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 race boats on the hard, get great food and drinks, and dance it up with great music.
Bring your sense of adventure and competitive spirit! And get a free tattoo! Yup, the artist of real tattoos, Clae Welch, will be offering his skill and if you decide to get a tattoo of the R2AK logo, we’ll pay for it.
The Pre-Race Ruckus is all the spirit of Race to Alaska, 10% of the danger.
SEVENTY48 Finish Line Clubhouse and Bar
That’s right, starting June 12th the Pope Marine Building will be filled with snacks, a bar, a tracker to watch the race, and a couch. One couch, maybe two and other seating. All ages are welcome. And it’s totally free to hang out. So come down anytime between 9 AM and 10 PM on June 12th or 13th.
Jefferson Healthcare Clinics
Our sponsor, Jefferson Healthcare, have been caring for people for like 125 years. They know stuff and have decided to drag their experts down to offer some free clinics to racers and all who attend. They’re 15-minute presentations followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. They’ll be somewhere at the party, so give a little time to figure it out.
Who are they?
Concussion pro -Natalie Irwin, MSPT, CT-LANA
The Dermatlogy team – Clarie Haycox, MD and Leah Hayman, ARNP (They have beautiful skin).
Wound Care specialist – Patti Hoyecki, ARNP
SUPing Awesome! is an inaugural presentation/ panel discussion with some of the legends of stand up paddleboarding. Those pushing the boundaries and breaking the concepts of what you can do on a SUP. Grab a beer and a seat. It’s 90 minutes of inspiration. There will be time for both presentation and Q&A.
Karl Kruger: It can be sailing, climbing ice, skiing or SUPing Karl lives adventure. In 2017 Karl become the first person to ever complete the Race to Alaska on a stand up paddleboard. He holds the world record for longest race completed by a SUP. His next project is to travel the Northwest Passage on his paddleboard.
Josh Collins: Josh is a Special Forces veteran who discovered stand up paddling while searching for effective treatment of TBI (traumatic brain injury). SUPing changed his life, and he began campaigning to raise awareness of TBI and its treatment. As part of that, he SUPed from Texas to New York, 3500 miles, and this year is vying to be the 2nd ever SUP to complete the Race to Alaska.
Carmen Merkel: Carmen is one of a handful of people to ever complete the Yukon River Quest on a stand up paddleboard. After over a decade of mountaineering, ski touring and multi-pitch rock climbing, Carmen took to the sea in a SUP to explore the rugged British Columbia coastline, most recently to the remote Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island. Her five years of SUP racing have yielded her consistent finishes in 5th or better place.
Dean Burke: As well as presenting, Dean will be moderating. He is a competitive SUP paddler, completed the 40 mile Stage 1 of R2AK in 2017. He is the only person to have ever crossed the Strait of Juan de Fuca on a stock board. Dean has an uncanny knack in connecting people to the sea through experiences and storytelling and has found a relationship with Stand up Paddling that crosses its claim as a sport and has become a culture of living.