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Posted July 2022, Updated Mar 3, 2023: Early Notice of Pacific Challenge Race Coming to Monterey Next June 2023

Pac-Row-RaceThis June 2023, Monterey will host the "World's Toughest Row" - a Pacific Challenge Race - starting from Monterey, California and finishing in Nawiliwili harbor in Kauai, Hawaii. 2800 miles of rowing carried out by human power. 15 teams (pairs, trios, fours & fives) from around the world including USA, UK, Holland, Antigua, Denmark, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

The event starts in Monterey two weeks prior to the race start where the teams will prepare for an adventure of a lifetime. CEO and Race Director, Carsten Heron Olsen is excited to be here in Monterey to plan for next summer's Pacific Challenge Race. He says, "Monterey is going to be an incredible platform and the start of our newest edition to the World’s Toughest Row, The Pacific Challenge - the historic and beautiful harbor where teams in a years’ time will spend their last days on dry land before they row out towards Hawaii. Our event truly tests the strength of human spirit at the mercy of mother nature. After 10 years of running the Atlantic Challenge we aim to transfer our success from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific and we are thrilled to already have experienced a warm welcome from the local community."

The City of Monterey will continue to provide updates as the event nears. See the short video for more information, and their website at

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