Seventy48 photos and a Grit City Magazine collaboration: Parting shots from the inaugural precursor to the Race to Alaska.
Hanging out at the 2018 Seventy48 was a great experience for a lot of reasons, but as is so frequently the case, the best part about being involved in these adventures is the people you meet and the connections you make. And a couple of great new connections we made coming out of this one were with Natalia Cohen and Grit City Magazine.
Natalia was on hand at the event as a keynote speaker at the pre-race, because she's done some epic stuff in life. Most notably for Seventy48 purposes, she was a member of the first 4 person row boat to cross the Pacific between San Francisco and Australia. It was an all-woman team who spent 9 months paddling the 8000 miles, and there's an excellent film about it called Losing Sight of Shore. It's on Netflix at time of writing, and you should definitely check it out.
But in unrelated business, Natalia is also an amazing photographer, and put together a collection that perfectly encapsulates the personality of the event. Our own pictures mostly consist of off-center selfies and grainy photos of cute dogs we saw on the street, so we're super happy that Natalia agreed to let us use some of hers to share a bit of the event experience with all of you.
Grit City is a local Tacoma publication that fits right in with what we're about. They say they were founded on the notion that "Tacoma has good stories to tell", and they publish articles about people and places that make the city great, in all of its gritty, scrappy, bad reputation, underdog glory. They're sort of an online, local, civic version of us, so we were stoked when they agreed to let us put together a recap of Seventy48, telling the event's story for their audience. They combined our text with some photos from race participants and Over Tacoma to create a great little picture of what the event was all about, if I do say so myself.
So, for a final entry on the inaugural Seventy48 here, I wanted to highlight both of those collaborations because they wrap up the story nicely.
Our Story in Grit City Mag
Click here for the whole story, titled "Gritty, Ridiculous and Inspiring: Get to know Tacoma's Seventy48 race". Here's a little sample:
Seventy48 is a throwback to a type of ridiculous, hardscrabble, and mildly lawless adventure race that enjoyed a brief peak of popularity in the early 1900s. Different sport, but its best-known local spiritual analogue might actually be the Mount Baker Marathon, a race from Bellingham Bay to the top of Mount Baker that was held for a couple of years between 1911 - 13, and was recently revived. Even Seventy48’s identity as a partnership between Tacoma and Port Townsend recalls the late 19th Century boom period on Puget Sound, when Tacoma designated itself the “City of Destiny”, and Port Townsend the “City of Dreams”, due to shared expectations of future growth, riches and (one assumes) major sporting events.
Seventy48 Photo Wrap Up
Pics by Natalia Cohen. Except for the portrait of her, which is by Troy Nebeker. Natalia is on Instagram @natalianomad. Troy also has a bunch of amazing photos at @monsterandsea.
They give free tattoos to participants in the Race to Alaska, but you have to pay if you're Seventy48. Dave McCallum from Nanaimo was clearly fully committed to the cause. He took like a 10 mile detour around Bainbridge Island and isn't even a paddler, but still managed to finish via SUP in good time.