Our Trident 5th Anniversary!
Over the past few years the Trident has grown into one of Florida’s most sought after races, drawing runners in from all over the state and beyond to find out what all the fuss is about. Initially when we thought a half marathon at noon was “too much”, it turned out to be not enough as hardcore ultra runners and endurance junkies pushed for more and more and more! We rose to the challenge by first creating our now dormant Maratón de las Muertes - the “double” - where runners would run the noon half marathon and return at 8 p.m. to run the night half marathon.
In our 4th year, we offered a gargantuan challenge: the Ridge to Nowhere 12 Hour/40 Mile elimination match. It was a hugely popular and successful race, though a brutal one, as well, seeing only a 35% finishers rate. Yet, despite this, we had repeated calls for MORE. So we’re happy to offer, on our 5th anniversary, a challenge for the ages: the Immolation 24 Hour/80 Mile elimination match! This one’s gonna be tough. Following the same loop-per-hour format of the Ridge to Nowhere, Immolation builds on that by doubling the time, doubling the distance, doubling the elevation, doubling the misery! It’s also our first overnight race in our history, so we’re excited (and terrified) to offer it to you!
Not ready for the big guns quite yet? We’ve also added a new race for 2023 - the Pequeña Cresta - or, the “little ridge”, a 6 Hour/20 Miler following the same loop-per-hour format as the Ridge to Nowhere and Immolation. See details of each below!
5 years, 5 mini games!
The 5th Annual Trident Trail Race Series returns on Saturday, July 29th, 2023, at HIGH NOON! For our fifth year, we are bringing you 5 races to choose from!
1. Our original Trident Trail Half Marathon that starts at high noon! Same misery, same 4 hour cutoff! It’s the OG race that so many of you love to hate and hate to love!
2. The Trident Twilight Half Marathon! The same version of the day Trident, but it starts at 7 p.m. with a 11 p.m. cutoff! This one is going to be a party! A festival of suffering, a party in the scrub! Wear your brightest and most outrageous running attire!
3. The “Pequeña Cresta - the “little ridge” - our newest offering! Think of it as The Ridge to Nowhere’s little sister! Same format, just half as long, half as miserable!
4. The Ridge to Nowhere - the truly grueling 12 Hour, 40 mile elimination race! Our inaugural running of this race proved it is one of the toughest and most challenging races in Florida and beyond. With a dismal 35% finishers rate, this one’s not for the weekend warrior. No qualifying races required, but please be aware of what you’re signing up for. This isn’t so much a running race as it is a survival event.
5. IMMOLATION - a gargantuan challenge for only the most hardcore and badass endurance junkies and ultra runners! This is a 24 hour, 80 mile festival of suffering in the same elimination format as the Ridge to Nowhere and the Pequeña Cresta. Run one 3.3 mile Trident loop per hour for 24 hours. Sounds easy enough, right? There’ll be 10 randomly selected elimination rounds, and a “second chance” phoenix coin issued to all runners making it past the 12 hour mark that they may redeem for a second chance if they are facing elimination. It’s a noon to noon party at the Ridge! Qualifying races/efforts required! See below!
Run the ancient sand dunes!
Jupiter Ridge Natural Area is one of the last stands of Florida Coastal Scrub habitat in Palm Beach County. Only 2% of original Scrub in the county and less than one-third of the original Scrub in the state remain today! A gently rolling landscape of prickly, dense thickets spotted with bare patches of sparkling white sand, these 271 acres are protected by Palm Beach County as part of a countywide system of natural areas. Over 200 species of plants and animals call this home.
The Trident portion of Jupiter Ridge Natural Area is a sprawling collection of ancient sugar sand dunes - featuring the highest natural point in Palm Beach County! These dunes have remained unchanged since the last ice age over 2 million years ago and you’ll summit these “peaks” multiple times through your race! They aren’t particularly high with the highest being around 45 feet above sea level, but trudging through the softest sand is the only way up! It’s not as easy as you’d think!
The Horrible Half(s)
Our original Trident race! “It’s just a half marathon”
The race itself, both the day and night version, is an out-and-back "loop" of 3.29 miles repeated 4 times for a distance of 13.1 miles. While it's not an ultra marathon, it is very much an endurance event! This race is held during the hottest, most humid time of the year, with a noon start time for the day Trident, and a 7 p.m. start time for the night Trident. Late July temperatures can peak in the 90's during the middle of the day, and humidity hovers around the 70-80% mark making for a ridiculous heat index topping 115+ degrees! The white sand temperatures blaze to a searing 130+ degrees! Heat management is crucial. This race is not for everyone! The course is made up entirely of ancient sand dunes, some of it very soft and fluffy, with some gentle rollers and some outright steep climbs. This is the only Half Marathon in south Florida that will give you 1,200+ feet of elevation gain over the entire distance! Combine the brutal terrain with the unrelenting heat and humidity, and you're running easily the most challenging trail half marathon in Florida.
There is a strict 4 hour cutoff time for both the day and night events! Day Trident runners must have completed all 4 loops by 4 p.m., or they will be listed as Did Not Finish in their results. Night Trident runners must be finished with all 4 loops by 11:00 p.m.! Race management reserves the right to remove anyone from the course who displays distress above and beyond "normal and expected" for this type of event. We will have a medical staff on hand who will be evaluating runners as they make their way through the race.
Same rules apply for the night version! Think the night version will be easier? Think unrelenting mosquitoes and 100% humidity!
Original noon Half Marathon starts at noon (duh) with a strict 4 hour cutoff! The Twilight Half Marathon starts at 7 p.m. with a strict 4 hour cutoff, with all runners off the course by 11:00 p.m. - the night half is great because you’ll get about an hour of dusk and then some good night running at Jupiter Ridge!
You asked for it! Our first 24 hour race - Immolation!
For our 5th anniversary we wanted to do something a little more extreme…so we proudly offer you the Immolation 24 Hour/80 Miler! Building on the success and format of our wildly popular Ridge to Nowhere, Immolation is twice the fun with a couple twists! It’s a 24 hour elimination match where runners traverse one 3.3 mile Trident loop in an hour or less for 24 consecutive hours starting at noon on Saturday, continuing until noon on Sunday. That’s 80 miles and around 7,000 feet of elevation gain/loss! In addition, there’ll be 10 randomly selected (literally drawn from a hat right before each loop) elimination rounds in which the last runner still on the course in UNDER an hour will be eliminated. ALL runners coming in OVER an hour will be eliminated. The name of the game here is finish your loop in an hour or less, and don’t be the last one in. Sounds easy, right?
Runners making it to the 12 hour mark will be rewarded with a phoenix coin. This is a coin the runner may redeem for a second chance if they are facing elimination.
* NOTE: the phoenix coin is only good for runners who are facing elimination from being the last runner on the course in under an hour. The phoenix coin can not be used if a runner is over the one hour mark, or chooses to not start a loop, or drops mid-loop. The phoenix coin may not be used in the final lap regardless of if the final lap is an elimination lap or not.
A runner may also donate their coin to another runner to keep them in the game at the risk of losing their own second chance. Or, they may keep it as a souvenir and take it home. In any case, it’s going to be interesting to see those who save themselves, or others!
A runner’s placement will be a combination of all 24 loops times, for example, if you run all 24 loops in 45 minutes each, that’s 1,080 minutes, or 18 hours. 18 hours would be your finishing time in this scenario.
All runners finishing will be awarded a medal fit for a king or queen, as well as a premium award! Stay tuned for details!
Because of the small entrants capacity and the extreme difficulty level of this race, we are requiring FINISHED qualifying races/efforts having occurred in the last 18 months, and are verifiable:
- any Florida (heat) race taking place from April 1st to September 30th, in the last 18 months, with a distance of 26.2 miles or longer
- any trail race in the US with a distance of 50k or longer
- any road race in the US with a distance of 50 miles or longer
- any sand race of 26.2 miles or longer
- any verifiable solo effort such as an FKT attempt or PR attempt of 50k or longer with any consecutive 50 kilometers occurring in 10 hours or less
- any 6 or 12 hour timed race in which you completed >26.2 miles in 6 hours, or >31.1 miles in 12 hours
- any 100k race in <18 hours
- any 100 mile race in <32 hours
If you have questions about qualifying races, reach out to us! Plead your case! Race management reserves the right to deny entry into Immolation if qualifying races are not satisfied. Your registration will be refunded and you’ll be removed from the roster.
Ridge to Nowhere 12 Hour/40 Miler
You know we’re always pushing the envelope of what’s possible through physical and mental endurance, so we proudly offer our first 12 Hour Trident race for 2022! But this is no ordinary 12 Hour race!
Runners will run one 3.3 mile Trident loop every hour from noon to midnight beginning at the top of each hour. Sounds easy so far, right? All runners will have to be back at the starting line before the hour is up or you will be mercifully released from the race.
To make it even more interesting, beginning at 1 p.m., and every other hour after that until 11 p.m. we will eliminate the last runner on the course who comes in under the hour. (All runners coming in AFTER an hour will be automatically eliminated) You know the saying about “you don’t have to be faster than the bear to get away, just faster than the guy next to you” - that applies here. So at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m., we will eliminate the last runner on the Trident course while everyone else moves to the next hour.
The top male and female competitors will be crowned king and queen of The Ridge - final placements will be a result of the combined times of all 12 hours, so the faster you did your 12 loops, the higher your placement will be.
We will have finishers awards for all finishers of this devious challenge!
You will end up with approximately 40 miles and around 3,500 feet of elevation gain! This race is no joke - temps in late July hover in the mid 90’s with daytime heat indices pushing 110-115 degrees! Sand temps during the afternoon are upwards of 125-130 degrees! This is a fully supported race with ice and goodies every 1.25 miles or less.
Sound too intense? Maybe dip a toe into the summertime madness that is the Trident with a “kinder” offering like our original noon half marathon, our twilight half marathon, or both half marathons, our newest offering, the Pequeña Cresta 6 Hour/20 Miler!
Pequeña Cresta 6 Hour/20 Miler!
Not ready for a 12 or 24 hour adventure yet? Get in on our newest race - the Pequeña Cresta - or, “little ridge” - following the same loop-per-hour format as Immolation and Ridge to Nowhere, Pequeña Cresta is a 6 hour race beginning at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. so runners will get a little daylight and a little night. With 3 elimination rounds - 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m., all you have do is finish each Trident loop in under an hour and not be the last one on the course. Easy ‘nuff!
Race Day Details!
Because the public parking lot at Jupiter Ridge Natural Area is small; less than 10 spots, and because it’s about a half mile to the race starting line, we are providing you a shuttle from an off-site parking lot located at Marcinski Road and Ocean Blvd, right next to the beach. This parking lot has restrooms with real toilets and running water; it will be your last opportunity to use real plumbing before the race, should you need/want to.
The shuttle van will be picking up and dropping off approximately every 10 minutes.
ALL RUNNERS AND VOLUNTEERS MUST USE OFF-SITE PARKING AND TAKE THE VAN TO THE STARTING LINE.
You may be dropped off, but your drop-off person must also use off-site parking if they intend on staying for the race. Jupiter Ridge is open for usual business on race day and we want to keep it clear for visitors not affiliated with the race.
We have rented a nice, new, comfortable, air-conditioned van to take you to the race in style. Please take advantage of it. If you park in the Jupiter Ridge lot, you may be asked to move your car. We are not responsible for anyone getting ticketed or towed because they didn’t follow these instructions.
Each runner may have 1 (one) small bag or a small cooler to take with them to the race site. You will be provided with sufficient aid at the race, but if you want anything extra, bring it with you. Nothing larger than a standard duffel bag, please.
- Their Rules/Our Rules:
Jupiter Ridge Natural Area is a protected, environmentally sensitive site owned by Palm Beach County, and managed by Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Management. When we are on their property, we must abide by their policies which are as follows:
- no smoking
- no hunting
- no feeding wildlife
- no alcohol
- no discharging firearms
- no pets or domestic animals
- no bicycles or motor vehicles
- no collecting plants or animals
We, as Race Directors, have our own rules, and breaking these will get you disqualified and possibly barred from racing in any of our future events:
- Course cutting/cheating: this one is an automatic disqualification. Zero tolerance. ‘Nuff said.
- Littering: we don’t mean if a Gu wrapper accidentally falls out of your pocket. We mean flagrant littering, knowingly discarding of garbage on the trails.
- Damaging environmentally sensitive plants by going off-course, handling of any animals you might encounter during your race. The race takes place entirely on the double-track sugar sand roads and there should be no reason to go wandering off into the bushes. We will have porta-pottys at the start/finish line, so you’ll have sufficient access to toilets during your race.
- Being Rude To Volunteers:
Our volunteers are quite simply the best, and we love them wholeheartedly. These folks are the backbone of our races, some of which will be sacrificing time with their families, or missing work to come and stand in the heat, getting bit repeatedly by horseflies to help you finish your race. They are to be treated like the rock stars they are. Our volunteers are fellow ultrarunners, race directors, and generally positive, high-energy, fun-loving people who want to help you achieve your goals. We don’t condone or accept disrespectful behavior toward them.
We want you to register with confidence! You may request a full refund, minus the Ultrasignup fee, should you need to drop for any reason, until, Saturday, April 1st, 2023.
If we have to postpone the race due to a hurricane, natural disaster, pandemic, etc…we will defer everyone to the new date once we’ve settled on one. No mass refunds will be issued. Your money over and above what we spend on the race goes toward the PBC Natural Areas Program which helps protect, enhance, and promote Palm Beach County’s hidden gems like Jupiter Ridge!
As this race is brought to you by the same folks who brought you the Sand Spur, you can expect the same level of goodies and bling, including amazing finishers medals, shirts, stickers, and other goodies! You'll also be escorted to and from the race site to a nearby public parking area in an air conditioned van. We'll also have custom top finishers awards for the top male and female winners. Aid stations will be stocked with plenty of ice, water, liquid fuel, chilled fruit, and other goodies! The race will be professionally and accurately timed by our friends Justin and Jill at Trailhead Ultras and results will be posted to Ultrasignup immediately after the race!
Local time: 9:21 PM