Never Quit Challenge: Key West to New York City

  • The Never Quit Challenge, a 1,600-mile journey up the eastern seaboard on Jet Skis to raise awareness for veteran foundations, launched early Friday morning in Key West. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Bo Riechenbacher, a Navy SEAL who lost both his legs after stepping on a homemade bomb in Afghanistan last year, is showing his 5-year-old son that quitting is not an option. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Never Quit Challenge left Key West Friday morning on a 1,600-mile route to New York City to raise awareness and funds for veteran foundations. CAMMY CLARK / MIAMI HERLD STAFF

  • Mike Spencer, left; and Joe Sakellar, right; carry veteran Anthony Radetic from his Jet Ski to shore after they arrive on Key Biscayne from the Key West on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. On land, Gloria Estefan and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado met with the six Jet Skiers and praised the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans group, 'Never Quit Challenge.' The Miami stop is the first stop on the journey to New York City, where the participants plan to arrive on Sept. 11. Radetic served in the military from 2000 to 2010, and preferred not to discuss his personal military experience; rather, he said he wants the group to get the attention. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Six active or veteran military members (and one civilian military instructor) arrive near the Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne after completing the aqua journey from the Key West on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. On land, Gloria Estefan and Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado met with the six Jet Skiers and praised the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans group, 'Never Quit Challenge.' The Miami stop is the first stop on the journey to New York City, where the participants plan to arrive on Sept. 11. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, in suit; and Gloria Estefan stand proudly with six active or veteran military members (and one civilian military instructor) on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, after the six completed their Key West-to-Miami Jet Ski journey. They are: Joe Sakellar, left; Brian Carney; Anthony Radetic; Dustin DuBois; Mike Spencer; and Shawn Alladio. The Jet Skiers are part of the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans group, 'Never Quit Challenge.' The Miami stop is the first stop on the journey to New York City, where the participants plan to arrive on Sept. 11. MARSHA HALPER / MIAMI HERALD STAFF