Over the Line


“It’s like the Iditarod with a chance of drowning,” says Jake Beatty, one of the organizers of a bizarre, crazy race called the Race to Alaska. The course traces 750-miles of Alaska’s Inside Passage through complicated currents and tides, busy shipping channels and bear-ridden coastlines from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, AK. In June. The most unpredictable month of the year for weather. There are two rules: no support and no motors. First place wins $10,000. Second place gets a set of decent steak knives.

What’s crazier than trying to race from Washington to Alaska on a boat without a motor? Karl Kruger’s decision to enter the race on a stand up paddleboard.

We’ve got one for you today about a ridiculous goal, about stepping over ‘the line’ and the unexpected places you can wind up physically and mentally.


Want to learn more about the Race to Alaska? Visit r2ak.com

Want to sail with Karl? Check out krugerescapes.com


Music: If Walls Could Talk by Jacob Bain & Nis Kotto    •    Harbor by Kai Engel    •    Somnolence by Kai Engel    •    Barrel Eyes by Canyon Kids    •    Blowback Blues by Canyon Kids    •    Loops to Aviemore by The Freeharmonic Orchestra    •    Dybbuk Box by Sergey Cheremisinov    •    Numb by Cleod9    •    novocaine by fog lake    •    On the Brink by Jason Tyler Burton

Tracks provided by Free Music Archive and with permission from the artists.


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