I think you should send news correspondents to cover a race called "The Everglades Challenge". It is the real deal. I shouldn't describe it as a race because anyone who actually finishes is a winner.
On Saturday March 2nd adventurers will race from Pinellas County to Key Largo within 8 days. This race is an unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats." They paddle and sail about 300 miles and the safety and well being of participants is autonomous.
In the past only about 40% of starters were able to finish. Experts only are expected to participate. Boats and gear are inspected prior to the start of the race. The Everglades Challenge follows the SW Florida coast line from Fort Desoto in Tampa Bay, Florida where entrants have prepaid $395 to enter. This unheralded race will run along the west coast of Florida, into Everglades National Park, near Everglades City, the 10,000 islands, and finishing at the Bay Cove Motel in Key Largo. They must prepare their own sleeping arrangements (camping in the elements) food and drinking water without any outside help and they must follow all park rules and regulations.
I have a family member participating. He is a local Naples firefighter named Josh Morgan and deserves to be cheered on by the community. I have heard there is also a retired physicist that participates. Personally I would love to know more about the personalities interested in this endeavor and I don't think I'm alone.
Thank you for your attention:
Bonita Springs, FL