FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For the kayak, it’s a little different but there are still cut offs. Clearly once you are out there, you’re out there. However there are 2 safe harbour locations on the Northern keys where we will have safety staff and where we can take paddlers ashore if they a.) have problems and wish to withdraw or b.) are going too slowly and we need to cut you off. The latter is unlikely as we will of course have seen you paddle pre-event at the skills check and ultimately, we will only let you commence the event if we are satisfied with your ability to complete the leg. However, if this does occur, we will cut you off, bring you ashore onto one of these 2 locations and then transport you to the end of the stage. Your boat will follow, although we will not guarantee the arrival time of the boat as it will be collected en masse with other boats and transported together by one of our motorized support vessels.
For the bike and run, hey it’s Florida. It’s sunny and flat! And it’s pretty much all tarmac – a mixture of designated bike lane on the side of the highway, separated bike lane and similar for the run.
For a description of the route and a general overview of the map, click here.
With the marine GPS unit you will have on board, the mobile markers on the initial sea leg and the fact that once you hit the northern Keys themselves, you pretty much keep them on your left and keep going, it’s all good. BUT we are serious about the safety plan at sea and it’s all very well considered.
- Key Biscayne, which is where it starts out from.
- Key Largo, which is here Registration occurs, the bike transition and drop-off point and your overnight mid-point accommodation location
- Key West – where we finish
It is up to you to sort lodging pre and post event; and to sort somewhere to stay in Key Largo at the mid-point of the event. Check out our route map here to see the various locations and how they all stack up.
Depends on what you are benching it against. As sea kayaking goes, it is very, very inviting and accessible. BUT we are attempting an open water crossing of the ‘safety valve’ right at the beginning of the event, which is exposed and therefore may be rough, depending on weather and wind direction. For the most part, the paddling will be fairly sheltered and is beautiful. For us, the kayak leg is the essence of this adventure and a truly unique and very special opportunity for all concerned. Make sure you are up to the task and then simply enjoy it! How often do you get to say you paddled the Northern Keys? All of ‘em!