Adventures can explore the river by boat, canoe or kayak and schedule stops at the many river camps along the trail or at the "hub" located in Fanning Springs State Park.
"Ninety percent of the people attending our events will circle one or more people," Gelormine said.
"That doesn't mean that other person is going to be interested in them back, and that's when the odds drop." Gelormine believes speed dating has become the hottest dating trend in the country.
Recently, he started including an occasional theme night that focused on specific groups, such as Christian, Jewish or African-American. "About 65 percent of people will say that the experience was better than they thought it would be," said Gelormine.
"To me, it is mind-boggling that I have had such an effect just because I had an idea to start this company.
Monday's gathering focused on women, ages 42 to 52, and men, ages 46 to 59. The women sat at pre-assigned tables and the men rotated from one to the next, spending six minutes in conversation with each female. It blew my mind." Cecil Brownfield lives in Gainesville and participated in a group there about six weeks ago. It's very easy to walk away from or make a connection." The drawbacks? Gelormine saw it as a business venture and as a way to go beyond personal ads and Internet match sites.
At the sound of a bell ending each session, there were sighs, the scraping of chairs and an occasional "Oh darn." Susan, who did not wish to use her last name, said she found the service on the Internet and decided to try it out. He founded Pre-Dating Events in South Florida in 2001.
After spending six minutes with each person of the opposite gender, participants fill out a match sheet indicating "match" or "friend" or nothing at all.
Within 24 hours the results are passed on, and when the choices are mutual, further contacts can be made by Internet or telephone.
Today, Pre-Dating Events are held in 63 cities throughout the nation.
It's the largest speed dating service in the world, Gelormine said. They are generally held in a private area of a restaurant.
Each male spent six minutes talking to each female.