In January, registration will open for one month for one of the toughest paddling challenges in South Florida, the 2014 Everglades Challenge.
It will take a whole lot to motivate you to the finish of this unsupported expedition style adventure race.
It takes an intense commitment and a tremendous amount of skill to complete this course that takes participants from Fort Desoto in Tampa Bay to Key Largo on March 1.
The folks at Water Tribe, which is sponsoring the event, say of the expedition-style race: “It means that you need to be self-sufficient and carry all the supplies and equipment that you would expect to carry on a major kayaking or sailing expedition. This is not a round the buoys race with an empty boat and someone watching out for your safety. You are on your own.”
Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sailboats and small mono and dual haul boats are allowed to compete, but the key is you have to use human or wind power to make it to the finish. There are six different classes based on type of vessel — this way a canoe will not be in competition with a sailboat.
The type of vessel makes a big difference, but the racers will have eight days to complete the course.
In the 2013 competition, the two-men team of Paul Stewart and Alan Stewart were the first to Key Largo. They completed the journey in two days and two minutes in a small mono haul boat (Class 4).
At the top of the expedition canoe/kayak class, Bob Waters completed the course in four days, three hours and 20 minutes.
The competitors will have an extra reward for taking the Wilder Waterway trail through Everglades National Park. Those that successfully navigate through the twisted mangroves and 10,000 Islands will earn the Alligator Tooth Award.
Additionally, the Everglades Challenge is a qualifying event for the Ultimate Florida Challenge where participants circumnavigate the state of Florida.
For more information on Water Tribe events visit www.watertribe.com.
If you are tired of doing the same old 5K or 10K you need to check out the Down2Earth Boot Camp on Dec. 7.
This military obstacle course is devised into both a 5K and 10K race with a combination of flat trails, rolling hills, pavement, roots and a water crossing through Amelia Earhart Park.
Some of the obstacles include: wall climb, monkey bars, hurdles and a leap over fire.
For information visit: www.worksmartplayharder.com.
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