35 miles a day is easy, right? Then do it and take the prize.
Application deadline: April 15
Registration deadline (you have to get accepted first. I know, hard to believe…): April 30
There are truly no qualifications that are absolutely required to participate in this race—while the dangers are real, people have been traveling this stretch of water successfully on watercraft of all kinds since before written history. Alternately, just because it’s been done doesn’t necessarily make it a good idea. Successful race applicants will have proficiency in the following set of skills:
– first aid
– able to row/paddle/pedal for long periods of time
– radio use
– collision awareness and avoidance
– trip planning and voyage logistics
– necessary repair skills for chosen vessel
Similarly, participant vessels will be considered along with crew qualifications. Factors include:
– design and construction
– inherent buoyancy
– safety equipment
And you’re gonna need to be healthy.
At the end of this page is where your commitment grows from aspirations over coffee to putting money behind that mouth. You’ll be paying $50 to apply, and that is not refundable. This means you are being vetted, because not every joker who thinks they can race, can really race.
After you’re accepted (hooray!)
Give us a couple of weeks for the vetting—you will be directed to a long and irritating registration form. There are lots of people looking for information, not just us. Search and Rescue agencies are interested too, just to give you an idea. (It’s probably a triple-shot form, whiskey or coffee, take your choice.)
50 bucks to apply
If you are accepted:
100 bucks to register
50 bucks for additional crew
50 bucks to rent our tracker
100 bucks into the pot for the first finishers. Yes, there are classes.
And you’ll have to pony up a refundable $200 deposit for the SPOT tracker. You’ll get that back unless you get cheeky with the tracker and submarine it.
The Slacker Tax.
My friends, we spend so much time waiting. We know being accepted is like being in the race, but it’s not. Registering is when you are in and when we do all the work to prepare for you.
Other races offer an Early Bird Special—like the first 50 register get a fancy keychain—but let’s get real; no one wants that damn keychain. And it’s not early registration we want; we just don’t want late registration. Late registration is hell for us who work here. T-shirts, updated safety info, change logs with officials, stats, race numbers, beer to pour, updates to websites…and we just want to change the batteries in the loudspeaker and fuel up the safety boat and race.
So, we don’t have an Early Bird Special; we do have a Slacker Tax. It means the later you wait the more we are going to charge you.
If you wait til after January 15th to register, it’ll cost 50 bucks more.
After April 15th, an additional $50.
Simply put, please register right after you are accepted! And apply now!
CancellationsCancellations must be received in writing (email ok) 60 days prior to the event. We’ll keep 30% to teach you a lesson.
Cancellations made less than 60 days prior to event will not be refunded.
If we cancel, 100% of fees will be refunded.
And so you know, we’re pumped for this. It’s a hot minute before this race starts, but we’ll all be on the water soon, and it’s gonna be a hell of a time.