How is the race structured?
Waves of runners leave every 15-30 minutes, starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending around 1 p.m. You choose your start time when you register. Waves are limited to 150 people to prevent back-ups at obstacles and the most popular waves (8 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) often sell out quickly. We encourage competitive runners (those participants who can run an average 5K in 26 minutes or less) to sign up for the 8 a.m. Elite wave so as to avoid interference from slower-moving runners from earlier waves. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall finishers and certain age-group winners. More information on timing and prizes can be found in this FAQ.
What type of obstacles and how many will I encounter?
The Trident Race will have many classic obstacles such as rope climbs, log jumps, weighted pulls, but it will also have a few creatively designed New England themed obstacles, such as water & nautical obstacles. The course will run through the entire Colt State Park, through open fields, trails, and the beach. The course length will be 4 miles with a minimum of 20 obstacles.
What will I need to do when I arrive at the race?
First, you’ll take your government-issued photo ID to the big, white Check-In Tent where (1) if you’re a racer you’ll get your t-shirt, entry wristband, and timing chip. (2) If you’re a spectator you’ll get your entry wristband. (3) If you’re a volunteer you’ll report for duty. If you signed up using the college or military discount, you MUST bring your valid college or military ID or you’ll have to pay a $30 fee in order to run. Finally, you’ll check any bags (we recommend leaving as much as possible in your car) and then head into the start gate area and get ready for an epic day of fun! Bag check’s are FREE, key check is $5.
What should I bring to the race?
(1) Appropriate race clothes. We throw away countless pairs of muddy sneakers and assorted clothing items that are left behind each race. Wearing shoes and clothes that are easily cleaned is recommended. (2) Drinking Water. Although we provide water on the race course and at the finish line, we don’t provide water in the festival area. Beverages will be available for purchase but you can also bring your own non-glass bottles of water. (3) Blankets, lawn, chairs and/or small sun shades. Take a load off after the race and enjoy the rockin’ music in comfort! (4) Cash. You’ll need money to buy food and beverages, and unfortunately credit cards are not guaranteed for every vendor. (5) You can’t bring alcohol, weapons or promotional materials for other events to the race. All bags and coolers are subject to inspection and violators of this rule will be escorted off the premises by security.
Can I run as an individual or do I have to be a part of a team?
You can run individually or as part of a team, but we don’t award team prizes.
What time is the Lobster & Steak Clam boil?
The Lobster & Steak Clam Boil will start at approximately 11:30am and goes until 3pm or until we sell out. You will receive a 1.25 lb lobster, 5 oz steak, steamer & little necks, and traditional accompaniments. It is highly recommended you purchase your ticket ahead of time. Race day price is $36.
What time is the Mini Trident (Kids) race?
The Mini Trident race will start at approximately 12 noon. The course will be very light and approximately 1/2 mile in length. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall. Participants will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All kids will receive a finisher medal and t-shirt.
How do I form a team?
Simply have your teammates sign up for the same start time and enter the same team name in the “team name” section of our online registration system. There’s no limit to how many members are on a team.
What if I want to join a team after I’ve signed up?
You can log in to our registration system to change your start time, team name, t-shirt size, etc. If you have trouble, send our team an email; Info@Thetridentrace.com
How long does it take to complete the course?
Your finish time will depend on your athletic ability. Top times are generally in the low 40s. Most people finish within 40 to 60 minutes.
How do I train for this event?
It’s best to focus on a total-body workout, with an emphasis on long-distance running. Many competitors are members of Crossfit gyms or participate in boot camp-style classes at their local gym.
Will there be pictures taken of me along the course?
Yes. A third party photography company will be on site taking photos of participants throughout the course and will make those photos available for free download in the weeks following the race. However, we can’t guarantee that the photographers will capture an awesome photo of you (or even a photo of you at all), so we highly suggest bringing along a friend with a camera.
Will there be a pre-race packet pick-up?
Yes. There will be 1 pre-race packet pick up the week prior to the race. On Friday July 29th, 4:30-7:30pm at Anchor Health & Performance, 89 Gooding Ave Bristol RI. www.Anchorhealthri.com.
Does the course involve swimming?
No, assuming you’re at least 4’ tall (the water obstacles are no more than 4′ deep). You will, however, be getting in the beautiful ocean at least waist high.
Are dogs allowed?
You can bring your dog into the festival area (but not onto the course) as long as you keep it leashed at all times and clean up after it. However, if your dog barks incessantly, is aggressive, or just plain doesn’t like crowds, please leave it at home. You’ll be personally liable for any bites or other injuries caused by your dog.
What if I can’t get over an obstacle or just don’t want to do it?
All runners should assess each obstacle as they approach to determine if their fitness level will enable them to complete it without injuring themselves or others. Go around any obstacle that you feel you cant, or don’t want to, complete. However, skipping an obstacle will disqualify you from placing in the official results.
Do you provide drinking water at the race?
We provide water at one station halfway through the course and again at the finish line. We don’t provide water to spectators or in the festival area. Water and other beverages will be available for purchase from vendors, but you can also bring in your own non-alcoholic beverages (no glass bottles).
Are there showers to wash off after I run?
Yes, there will be showers and changing facilities. However, with the beautiful ocean and beach at your disposal, why not take a refreshing swim to rinse off. Life guards will be on duty, but all visitors swim at their own risk.
Will there be changing facilities?
Yes. There will be indoor facilities, and a separate male and female changing tent.
Can I run barefoot?
Yes. You are welcome to don any kind of footwear you want. However, you assume the risk of any injuries that result from your decision to do so. RKNR Media does not guarantee that the course will be free of sharp objects, including rocks, splinters, pinecones, glass, nails, knives, swords, chainsaws or anything else whatsoever.
What if I get hurt?
There will be paramedics at the race in case of injuries. The first aid tent will be clearly marked and situated near the finish line.