‘The Race to Alaska: The Story of the Best Worst Idea’ is available to stream nationally beginning November 29.
This documentary unveils the true story of the “Race to Alaska,” the wildly challenging 750-mile engineless boat race. Participants have to get from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska, using only wind or human power. In fact, the only rule of the entire race is that you aren’t allowed to have a motor on board. But that’s only the beginning.
Racing through one of the most complex waterways in the world (The Inside Passage), amateur adventurers face 15-knot currents, gale-force winds, cold water, deep water, whirlpools, logs, bears, chilly temperatures, fatigue, and endless unknowns.
First prize for the winners of R2AK: $10,000. Second prize: a set of steak knives. No joke.
“Directed by Seattle-raised Zach Carver, The Race to Alaska documentary explores the extreme and impressive individuals who accepted this utterly unique challenge with jaw-dropping camera footage and a surprising amount of humor,” teases the film.
It’s quirky, raw, funny, inspiring, and sometimes downright unbelievable.
And thanks to Freestyle Digital Media acquiring the North American rights to the documentary, it’s available to stream online starting today, on YouTube, Apple, Google Play, Amazon, and more. (The movie is available to buy or rent, from $5 to $13, depending on the streaming platform.)
Runtime: 98 minutes