6TH-7TH DECEMBER 2019
A multisport adventure across the entire island chain of the Florida Keys, from Miami to Key West
The Keys have long been a playground for those who seek the sea – a stunning island chain stretching from the incredible Miami skyline all the way to the southern-most point of the continental United States, Key West.
Our multisport journey will use kayaks, bikes and foot to traverse a superb route along the entire length of the Florida Keys. Commencing at Key Biscayne, the route will start with a sensational open-water kayak crossing to reach the azure and sheltered waters of the uninhabited and protected northern Keys.
Making your way through shallow waters, mangrove scenery and narrow channels between islands, you’ll be heading to make land at Key Largo, where you transition to road bikes. From there, 100 miles of smooth tarmac lies ahead of the famous Overseas Highway, before you switch to sneakers for the final half marathon run into Key West. That’s the end your journey, the end of the road and the end of the continental United States. It’s time to enjoy some sundowners and party like only Key West knows how…
This 150 mile (33 in kayaks, 104 by bike, 13 on foot), one-way journey along the entire island chain of the Florida Keys from Miami to Key West will be taken over 2 days. The kayak stage includes unique ‘floating pit stops’ and historic Stiltsville, with open-water kayaking among pristine uninhabited and undeveloped Keys, mangrove swamps. The event is fully supported with pit stops (feed stations), logistic support, bike mechanics, kayaks safety. Ends at the finish party in Key West, party capital of America with additional transfer options to get you and your gear back to Miami after the event.
FULLY SUPPORTED FORMAT
including water safety, sweeper crews, professional medics, pit stops with snacks and drinks
FULLY WAY-MARKED ROUTE
from Miami to Key West
water safety staff, boats and water recovery planning
for you and your gear back to Miami from Key West at the end of the event (additional costs apply)
including T-shirt and medal
for safety and supporter interaction
CHOICE TO RENT A KAYAK
(double or single – additional costs apply) or use your own boat
OVERNIGHT BAG TRANSFERS
from location to location throughout the event
with complimentary meal and beverage in Key West
We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 7/10 and Endurance rating 7/10. What does this mean?
This is a committing proposition with a very good support system around you. It does not require super-human skills to access, however. The challenge is open and accessible to anyone who has a decent level of fitness and who is up for a challenge. Clearly, you will need to be able to kayak. Whilst we do not required you to be a salty old Sea Dog, you will need to be comfortable in a closed-cockpit sea kayak for several hours of paddling, in relatively sheltered water. Some previous paddling experience is therefore required. If in doubt on the level expected, please read more here or contact us.
Participants should expect a long outing here over 2 long says. This is a big old Challenge with a very worthy and tangible objective: A full multisport traverse of the entire Florida Keys chain. As with all Rat Race events however, the concept is designed to be tough, but achievable. This is not a ‘sufferfest.’ More-so it is a stunning journey through a brilliant marine landscape. The undertaking should not be under-estimated of course, particularly the big kayak leg on day 1. A good dose of general fitness is required and an appreciation of the challenges of the heat and sun exposure of the Keys will stand you in very good stead for completion of the job-in-hand.
Enjoy the journey and feel the burn in the arms and legs after a job well done. Those sundowners at Key West will never have tasted so good!
This event has been designed so you can enjoy a stunning weekend trip to the Keys with friends, family and supporters.
Equally, it is well doable solo and you will meet some great people and make great friends en route. Folk can follow you from home too with our ground-breaking satellite tracking service.
If you are bringing supporters, they are welcome to drive you and your gear to the transition locations, collect gear post-race from these locations and cheer you on from these transition areas. Whilst they may also attend the pit stops en route, parking will be an issue at some of these locations so we will publish clear guidance on ‘where to go and where not to go.’
You can also purchase extra meal vouchers so they can also attend the post-race celebration dinner.
Price for Celebration meal and beverage supporter voucher: $30
Work for us on this event
EVER FANCIED WORKING ON AN EVENT IN SOMEWHERE LIKE THE FLORIDA KEYS? WE HAVE LIMITED SPACES FOR VOLUNTEERS TO COME AND EXPERIENCE THIS SUPERB ADVENTURE FROM THE COALFACE WITH OUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME.
We have spaces for volunteering within our event team at these events. These roles alongside our professional event crew, working on logistics and customer services at the events. For those intrepid enough to take up the challenge you will be rewarded with the same mementos as the participants, plus lodging and food whilst on the trip. There are also vouchers for Rat Race events up for grabs, both in the US and globally. Just get yourself to the Start and away from the finish and we will look after you in between.