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What's In The Box? Watch the Beginning of New Competition Reality Series 'Race to Survive: Alaska'

Eight teams of two will spend 40 days racing across the brutal Alaskan wilderness for the chance to win $500,000.

By Caitlin Busch

USA Network's exciting new reality competition series, "Race to Survive: Alaska," will see eight teams of two risk it all in the Alaskan wilderness for a chance to win $500,000. When the show premieres on April 3, audiences will meet the teams and learn exactly what made Alaska the perfect — and most terrifying — option to challenge our competitors' drive and ambition.

How to Watch

Catch up with Race to Survive: Alaska on the USA Network app.

Before we get to premiere day, though, USA has an exciting first look to share. 

"You're looking at the people and you're trying not to size them up, but then you are sizing them up," Hakim Isler, a martial arts expert who takes on the wilderness with his friend Justice Norman, says as we see the competitors arrive at their first destination via boat.

Upon arrival, these eight teams will spend the next 40 days trekking through hostile terrain that seems hellbent on sending them home — just maybe not in one piece.

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However, before they set out on their adventure, the group finds a rectangular metal box that will quickly become familiar to viewers. Inside is a map of the first leg of the race and ominous instructions:

"The first of six races starts with a cruel and punishing introduction to Alaska. A harrowing 14.3-mile trek through coastal flats, dense bush, and merciless swamps," the voiceover tells us. "Limited to a 12-hour race-day clock, teams have a maximum of four days to finish this first leg. Along the way, they will uncover three vital points on the map. First, a two-line rope bridge everyone must pass before they can move forward... Next is the end crate, filled with only seven sets of medallions. The eighth and last team to finish will be eliminated. For the remaining teams, the first race continues at survival camp, a wild, unforgiving landscape that will test each team's survival skills for three relentless days.

"Coming in first will have a huge advantage here: early claim to the best shelter, hunting, and foraging. They'll have a leg up on their competition," it concludes.

Find out what happens next when the Season 1 premiere of "Race to Survive: Alaska" premieres on USA Network on Monday, April 3 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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