|Sunrise over the middle keys|
|Hydrating before moving on to the next exchange|
Due to our late start and despite a moderately good pace, we were behind by a couple of hours when we were expected to make our last exchange. We discussed our options with the race staff and ended up deciding to use the honor system to track our times, which would become unofficial. The benefit is that we could go ahead with our final legs and cross the finish line at a reasonable time. Unfortunately, this meant I would start my last leg of the race about 2-3 hours early. Should not have been a problem except that my GI transit had not really improved and I had just downed Gatorade, water, and a protein smoothie. Anyway, my leg was a short 3.5 mile run/walk and I will just say that I was glad to be done with it. We shuffled quickly through the last legs and came across the very last "one mile to go" marker very nearby the Southernmost Buoy.
|Finally, one mile to go|
|Still standing and proof that the reflective vests work|
|Yes, the medal is also a bottle opener|