• Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
    No. Everyone will be required to show their own valid picture ID at packet pickups. This includes each member of a relay team.
    ONE EXCEPTION.  If you are coming from out of town, you can:
    1.  Fax a signed copy of your drivers license to a friend, who can bring in that signed copy to retrieve your packet and shirt.
    2.  Pick up your packet the morning of the event. You must show your drivers license with an out of town address.
    3.  Pick up times on day of event are:  6am to 7am  (after 6:45 there will be no packet pickup for your 1st race wave) 
    4.  10am runners can pick up there packet from 5:30am to 9am.  (after 8 there will be no packet pickup for you 2nd race wave) 
  • If I can not attend Packet Pickup, can I get my race bib on day of event?  Yes, please show a valid ID card with an address outside of the Jacksonville area.  (We ask this as we need to encourage people who are fro the Jacksonville area to pick up their race bib during packet pickup as there will be limited time morning of the race.
  • I’m unable to do the race I signed up for, can I give someone else my number to race for me?
    No, race entries are non transferable and will not be deferred to a future race, nor refunded.
  • Registration is closed; can I register on race day?
    Not for the 5K, Trident or Battle for the Beach.  However, you can register for Warrior Challenge or Jr Warrior Challenge and Surfing lessons, if they still have available slots.  There is a good chance that these events may be sold out so we recommend that you sign up weeks (or months) prior, when possible.
  •  What is the minimum age for the 5K?
    4 years old by day of race
  • What is the minimum age for the 1 Mile Fun run?
    4 years with parent
  • What is the minimum age for the TRIDENT Solo?
    11 years old
  • What is the minimum age to do the 5k run portion of the TRIDENT Relay?
    6 years old
  • What is the minimum age to do the Swim or Paddle portion of the TRIDENT Relay?
    11 years old however you can be 6 years old or older to do the 5K portion of the TRIDENT relay.
  • Can we have a stroller in the run?
    Yes, but you need to be in the very back of the group of runners. ie., at the back of the start line.
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Will there be a race briefing before the race starts?
    Yes. Important last minute information will be relayed to everyone at the race start. Please review the course layouts:


  • Where is the Lost & Found located?
    Lost & Found will be at the registration tent.

5K Run

  • Where and when is the 5K Run?
    See here
  • How many water stations are on the run course?
    5 water stations on the 5K run course. 1.25K, turnaround point and 3.75K marks. There will be an additional water station at the 5K finish line between the run and the swim. Transition area will have water too.
  • What is the minimum age for the 5K?
    4 years old by day of race
  • Can we have a stroller in the run?
    Yes, but you need to be in the very back of the group of runners. ie., at the back of the start line.
  •  I or a friend of mine is injured and can not run nor walk the 5K but still wants to participate.  I can push my friend or family member but where can I rent a beach wheel chair as seen on this link?  
    You can contact this Wheel Chairs Plus in Middleburg, they carry this wheel Chair and it is the best made and easiest to push.   Wheel Chairs rent and sell them.  Call them at:  904 779 5603.


Trident Challenge

  • Where is the race?
    In front of the Quality Suites in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. View Map
  • What is the TRIDENT CHALLENGE?
    The Trident Challenge consists of three ‘legs’; 5k run, 500 meter ocean swim and 1.5K ocean surfboard paddle. This is new and different than any other event and the name says it all, The Trident Challenge.  It is like a “Sprint Triathlon” but the need for an expensive bike has been replaced with a surfboard.
  • What is a SOLO Trident?
    A Solo Trident participant will do all three legs on their own. Any Solo Trident finisher will be given a unique t-shirt stating they are a “Solo Trident”.  Most people who are a part of a really team usually transfer on to become a Solo Trident the following year.
  • What is a Trident Relay Team?
    A Trident Relay Team can have 2 or 3 people. For example, a two person relay team can have one person run and the other person swim and paddle. Or mix it up, where one person runs and surfboard paddles and the other person can swim. A three person relay team will have one person run, one person swim and one person surfboard paddle.  Almost all Trident Really Teams have a 3 person team.  It just makes it that much more fun.  (All three people receive a finisher award, Males the sunglasses and females the pendants)
  • What is the order of the Trident Race? What do I do first?
    1st – 5K Beach Run (2.5k out and back)
    2nd – 500 Meter Ocean swim
    3rd – 1.5K Ocean Surfboard paddle (Only surfboards. No paddle boards, lifeguard paddle boards, kayaks.
    (A long surfboard will give you the best results)
  • Why is the order of the Trident a Run, Swim, Paddle when a “normal” triathlon is a Swim, Bike, Run?
    There are a few reasons.
    a) Since the event in entirely on the beach, if you did the Swim first, you would have to find some where to rinse off your feet (not possible) So.. you would be running with sand in your socks and that would not be good.
    b)  Since there is a 5K Run, having the Tridents start their event with a 5K lets everyone start with the same first leg.
    c)   We have the Swim as the second leg as it allows you to tear off your shoes and jump right into the ocean and start your swim (If you are in a Relay team, your teammate will be waiting for you, to take the timing chip off your leg and put it on their leg)
    d)  We have the paddle last, because, if you are competing as a SOLO Trident, this is when you will be most tired.  Having a Surfboard will allow you to have something to lie on when you are pooped.   Don’t worry, there will be Jacksonville Beach Life Guards on Rescue boards and in Jet Skis to help you if you can not continue on.  But… this is the NEVER QUIT Trident so most live up to it.  We have not had one person ever quit.
  •  What are timing chips and how does the timing chip work in a Relay?
    A timing chip uniquely identifies athletes as they cross over electronic mats. The waterproof chip collects and processes results at the end of the race. The timing chip MUST be worn on the ankle during all three legs of the race and only exchanged between relay mates in the designated relay area in transition. You will receive your disposable timing chip at pre-packet pick up or on race day if you did not receive at pre-packet pick up. All Trident SOLO and relay participants must check in at least one hours prior to start of the race for body marking. Please be on time.
  •  Where is body marking?
    Body Marking for Trident Challenge participants will be at Packet Pickup or they can do their own Body Marking at home
  • What is a transition area?
    A transition area is a secured area where participants place their race items they use to transition from one segment to the next. Participants must have a Trident wristband and body markings to enter the transition area. Volunteers will be available in transition areas if you need any assistance and will watch your gear during the race. Participants are not allowed back into the transition until after the last person has entered the water and the race director has announced that transition is open to retrieve your gear after the race. Please adhere to the transition closed rule as this allows all participants to race without interference.
  • Am I allowed to carry my swim cap and goggles during the run?
    Yes, you must carry your swim cap and goggles. Most runners kept the swim cap tucked into their shorts and the goggles around their wrist or neck. Trident Relay participants will naturally have them on themselves waiting for their teammate in the transition area.
  • If I’m racing in the Trident where can I leave my gear and who can watch my shoes, shirt and race necessities while I’m swimming and/or paddling?
    The Transition Area. The transition area will be small, if you bring only the necessities then we’ll have room for everyone. Swim transitions will be open to retrieve your items after the last swimmer enters the water. Paddle transition will be open to retrieve your items after the last surfer enters the water. Only participants with Trident wrist bands are allowed in transition areas. NO EXCEPTIONS. You will have to have someone watch your items.
  • Are wetsuits allowed?
    Yes. It will not affect your scoring at all. But the water temp should be quite pleasant to just use a swim suit.
  • Are we required to wear event specific rash guards and swim caps?
    No, but you must use the NEVER QUIT swim cap provided to you at Packet Pickup.
  • Can you describe the 500 meter ocean swim?
    The 2nd leg of the challenge is the 500 meter ocean swim. The swim will start as soon as you cross the 5K run finish line. If you are on a relay team please exchange the timing chip in the designated area in transition. The swim portion will start about 50 Meters after you enter the ocean, typically waist deep. Orange buoys will mark the swim course. Swim out, turn north or south depending on the direction of the current (you will be briefed on the day of event on the direction of the current) and turn in towards the beach to the swim finish gate. Lifeguards will be out along the swim course for safety. If you need to take a swim break please rest while hanging onto a lifeguard paddle board. You are not allowed to have the lifeguard advance from where you stopped. Once you are ready to swim again, you will begin where you stopped to rest. The goal is that you will actually be swimming approximately 500 Meters in the ocean, so please train accordingly. You can swim in the ocean everyday with an on-duty lifeguard nearby. Just let them know you are doing your ocean swim training and swim in front of a manned life guard tower so they can keep an eye on you. (Only competent swimmers should register for the Trident Swim) (Swim course layout:
  • Will the 500 Meter ocean swim be difficult?
    For most people, a 500 meter is not difficult at all. However, it does not hurt to practice swimming in the ocean weeks or months before you do this event. If you are serious about swimming well, practice swimming in a pool well in advance of this race by months if possible. Please note, swimming in the ocean is tougher than swimming in a pool. Please get in shape and practice, practice, practice.
  • How long does a 500 Meter ocean swim typically take?
    In the 2010 event (which had very calm glassy water) The shortest time was 9:41, the longest was 27:36
    If the water is choppy, you can expect a harder swim. The 2013 race will be treated much more seriously by many athletes as the NEVER QUIT Challenge is growing, and the Trident Challenge really is an amazing challenge. So to do your best, please train, not just in the pool but in the ocean.
  • I am a great runner, but need help with the swim and paddle. Do you know a great place that can help me become more knowledgeable with these segmants?
    Yes. We have a training and a tip section on the web site available to our participants. But one on one training is the best way to go. Email us with your contact information (click here) and we will set up you up with a qualified ocean swim and paddle instructor.
  • What should I expect for the 1.5k Ocean Paddle and what do I do if I’m in a relay team?
    Relay mates will repeat exchanging timing chips in transition from ankle to ankle. Relay and Solo’s are now ready to start the final leg, the 1.5 K Ocean Surfboard Paddle. Grab your own surfboard that is in the surfboard area and cross through the surfboard “Start” timing gate and paddle out along a marked 1.5k ocean course. Larger orange buoys will be set along the paddle course with lifeguards on paddle boards to help paddlers and for safety reasons. You will be in a prone or kneeling position on your surfboard, no stand up paddling allowed. When you are on your return trip back to the beach, you can ride a wave to the beach on your belly, kneeling, or standing. When exiting the paddle, you must have your surfboard in hand when you cross the finish line. Athletes who do not have boards in hand will not be eligible for times or prizes. (Paddle course layout:
  • Will the 1500 meter ocean surfboard paddle be difficult?
    For most people, a 1,500 meter ocean surfboard paddle is not difficult, especially if you are on a relay team and all you have to do is the surfboard paddle.
    However, if you are a SOLO Trident, it is a different story. Almost everyone who was a “Trident SOLO” said that the paddle was the hardest leg for them, and many who said this were avid surfers who paddle all the time. They said that after the 500 meter swim their arms were like spaghetti arms. A few people crossed the finish line with their surfboards, and vomited as they crossed, so it was hard.
    To make your paddle easier, quicker, and less of a strain on your arms, do the following:
    1. Get a long board, something over 8 foot would be best.
    2. Practice paddling in the ocean.
    3. Get in shape

    If you are serious about paddling well in this event, then practice well in advance of this race by months if possible.
    The 2013 Trident Challenge PADDLE portion will take place around 8:40AM for most people, the water will typically be calm as it is during the early morning.
    However, their may be choppy water makes for a much harder paddle, so please, get a longer board if possible, get in shape and practice, practice, practice.

  • How long does a 1500 meter ocean paddle typically take?
    In the 2011 event (which had very calm glassy water) The shortest time was 16:31, the longest was 1:16 (That is One Hour and 16 minutes)
    (This guy who got 1:16 Never Quit’s)
  • How do I prepare for the swim or ocean paddling legs?
    If you are not comfortable swimming in the ocean or you aren’t an experienced surfboard paddler, please start training now so you are prepared on race day. It is highly recommended to practice running and then swimming immediately afterwards to familiarize your body on what a run to swim transition feels like. Information can be found on the NEVER QUIT Facebook link. Try calling your friends and see if they know of anyone who is a swimmer or a surfer or post to find relay teammates.
    It is advised that you use a long board surfboard as they paddle easier and faster. Typically, a long board is over 9′ in length. Wetsuits are allowed during the ocean surfboard paddle leg. However, the water temperature is quite warm and very few if any use a wet suit. Use a wet suit at your own discretion.
    NO Lifeguard paddle boards, Tandem boards, Windsurfers, or Stand up paddle boards will be allowed in the paddle portion of the event as this will give you an unfair advantage. Please use a standard Surfboard or long board that surfers surf on.
  • I don’t have a surfboard but I want to do the ocean paddle, is there a place to rent or purchase a board?
    For Surfboard/Longboard Rentals for the Trident Challenge, you will need to prepay the $25 per day with one of the following (see below) to reserve your board, but each of these shops only have 20 boards to rent and there will be close to 500 people in the Trident event. A great option is to purchase a used or new surfboard which starts as low as 180.00. Purchasing a board allows you to train and surf and have the best summer of your life. You can always sell the board at anytime and loose the value of a few days of rental cost.

Remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Train smart so we can all have fun
Take a deep breath and relax
Don’t forget to thank our volunteers;
we wouldn’t be able to race without them.

Please email us with any additional questions.

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