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Ultimate Florida Challenge (UFC)This Ultimate Challenge is an expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats. The race circumnavigates Florida and covers roughly 1200 miles including a 40-mile portage connecting the St. Mary’s River to the Suwannee River.The race is run by an organization called the Watertribe.This race circumnavigates Florida in five stages. The first stage starts at Fort Desoto in Tampa Bay, Florida along with the Annual Everglades Challenge. At Key Largo you turn north and head for Honest John’s Fish Camp near Sebastian Inlet. From there you go to Canoe Country Outpost near the mouth of the St. Mary’s River. Then it’s about 90 miles upstream on the St. Mary’s River to St. George. At St. George you begin the infamous 40-mile portage to the Suwannee River at Fargo. After about 220 miles down river you are back in the Gulf of Mexico – next stop Cedar Key. The final sprint from Cedar Key finishes back at Fort Desoto. It’s hard to predict which stage will be the toughest since weather will be a factor, but watch out for the 40-mile portage between the St. Mary’s River and the Suwannee River – it’s a heart breaker.Ultimate Florida Challenge

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