Firefighters Challenge Event Information

The course for the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge will be on Pensacola Beach.  All obstacles will be in the sand.  The obstacles each participant must go through will be:

  • Forced Entry
  • Charged Hose Drag
  • Kaiser Sled
  • Dummy Drag
  • Hose Hoist

Each participant will be required to wear full structural firefighting gear including boots, gloves, air packs (breathing on air), helmets, and masks.

For the team competition, the first person will complete the first obstacle, then pass the timing piece to the second person, and so on until the final person crosses the finish line.

There will be two courses right next to each other – two teams/individuals will be going at the same time.  Each team/person is racing for their best overall time, not against the next team/person next to them.

Each  team/person gets one run of the course to score their best time.  In the event there is a tie for an overall or award placement, the two teams will run the course again to determine a winner.

Awards will be based off the official electronic timing system.

Team Age Categories:

  • One category – First, Second, Third

Individual Age Categories – Male and Female Divisions:

  • Overall
  • 18-25 First Place
  • 26-32 First Place
  • 33-39 First Place
  • 40+ First Place

Team and individual check-in is on Friday, April 7 at Bamboo Willies from 5p-9p.  You will receive your team packets, shirts, and event information.  Additionally, we will post the draw for when your team / individual run is.

Participants and guests are also invited to attend the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge Kick-Off Party at Bamboo Willies from 5p-9pm.  Free drinks (Bud Light and Coke Products) and free Hooter’s Wings and Papa’s Pizza will be available.  A live band will be performing on the Bamboo Willies Stage.

The party is free for participants and $20 for guests.

The event will be scored using the IPICO electronic timing system.  Your time will start and finish once you cross the reading mat at each location.

For the team competition, the timing piece will be something you transfer from one team member to the next.  The last person on the team must have the timing piece on him/her as they cross the finish line to get an accurate time.

For the individual competition, the timing piece will be secured to the person the entire course.

Following the competition on April 8, participants and guests are invited to attend the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge Social at Hemignway’s Island Grill on Pensacola Beach starting at 7pm.  Free drinks and light appetizers will be provided.  Each person will get a custom Pensacola Sports insulated cup.  Cost is $20.  Tickets can be purchased at the competition or at the social.

Friday, April 7, 2017

  • 5pm – 9 pm – Team Check In / Kick Off Party at Bamboo Willies
Saturday, April 8, 2016*
  • 7am – area opens for teams to set-up tents
  • 8:30am – 9am – Opening Ceremony
  • 10am – 3pm – Blood Mobile On-Site
  • 9am – 1pm – Individual Competition
  • 2pm – 4pm – Team Competition
  • 5pm – Awards Ceremony
  • 7pm – Social

* – Timeline subject to change pending number of teams and participants.  Final timeline will be posted at the Team Check-In.

Pensacola Sports and the Santa Rosa Island Authority would like for you to enjoy your time at the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge. Please adhere to these guidelines and ordinances to ensure a safe and fun weekend:

  •  NO alcohol can be consumed in any parking lot on Santa Rosa Island
  • There is absolutely NO glass allowed on any of the beaches
  • Alcohol may be consumed on sandy portions of the beach ONLY. This applies to both Soundside and Gulfside. It must not be in a glass container.
  • Any persons that fails to comply with these policies will face second-degree misdemeanor charges and if convicted can recieve a $500 fine or 60 days in jail.

Team Registration

  • 40 teams max
  • 5-people per team – must register at one time
  • $200
  • Each participant receives:
    • Performance short sleeve event t-shirt
    • Challenge Coin
    • Friday Night Party Pass (food and drinks provided)

Individual Registration

  • 50 individuals max
  • $50
  • $25 if also part of a team
  • Each participant receives:
    • Performance short sleeve event t-shirt
    • Challenge Coin
    • Friday Night Party Pass (food and drinks provided)

Rain / Refund Policy

  • There are no refunds for this event
  • In the event, there is light rain or off and on rain, we will continue with the event on April 8
  • In the event, there is lightning or predicted storms all day on April 8, we will postpone until April 9
  • The rain make up date is Sunday, April 9
  • If the entire weekend is a washout, there will not be another make-up date.
    • If this happens, we will work with the teams to discount entry into next year’s event
    • The check-in party, social, participant goodies will still go on/be given out as scheduled