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Pensacola Beach Firefighter's Challenge 2024

Friday, April 12, 2024


Firefighters and Civilians!

Join us April 12-13 for the toughest firefighter challenge in the US!  Test your skill, strength, and stamina on the sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach.  Register a team or challenge yourself and do the course solo.  The Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge is a great event to build camaraderie, compete, have fun, and win! 

There will be Individual and Team Firefighter Challenges, as well as Individual and Team Civilian Challenges.  Civilians will use the same course as the firefighters.

Bring your family to make it a vacation!

Click REGISTER and we’ll see you in beautiful Pensacola Beach!

Competition 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 Pull – Sponsored by Columbia Southern
  • Kaiser Sled – Sponsored by Whataburger
  • Dummy Drag – Sponsored by Fishbein Orthodontics
  • Hose Hoist

Dress Requirements
Each firefighter participant will be required to wear full structural firefighting gear including boots, gloves, air packs (breathing on air), helmets, and masks. 
Each cilivian challenge participant is required to wear comfortable street clothes, with close toed shoes.  Gloves will be provided to civilians.

Team Competition Information
Teams will have a seeding round on Friday to determine when they go on Saturday for their actual competition time.  The order on Saturday will be: fastest time on Friday goes last on Saturday, slowest time on Friday goes first on Saturday.

For the team competition, the first person will complete the first obstacle, then tag the second person (standing in the staging zone), 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 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.

The event will be manually timed using two times to verify each run.

Team Categories:

  • First
  • Second
  • Third

Individual Age Categories – Female Divisions:

  • Overall

Individual Age Categories – Male 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 12 from 5-8 pm; at the Gulf Side Pavilion on Pensacola Beach.
You will receive your team packets, shirts, and event information. Free food and drinks will be provided for all paid participants. Guests are $20.

Team Seeding Round
Additionally, the seeding round of the Team Competition will take place Friday night. All teams are guaranteed at least two runs on the course.

The event will be manually scored. Your time will start on “GO” from the announcer and will stop once you cross the finish line.

There will be two timers for each team/person to verify the time.

All teams are guaranteed two runs on the course. A seeding round on Friday and then the main competition on Saturday.

Friday, April 12, 2024 (Times are subject to change)

  • 5 pm – 7:30 pm – Team Check In
  • 7:00 pm – Team Seeding Round

Saturday, April 13, 2024  (Times are subject to change)

  • 6:30 am – area opens for teams to set up tents
  • 7:00 am- 7:30 am – Opening Ceremony
  • 7:30 am- 12:00 pm – Individual Competition
  • 12:00pm- 1:00 pm – Break
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00pm Corporate / Civilian Competition (If none, team competition will begin at 1:00pm)
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm – Team Competition
  • 5:30 pm – Awards Ceremony
  • 7:00 pm – Social (to be determined)

The timeline is subject to change, pending the number of teams and participants. The final timeline will be posted at the Team Check-In.


  • 30 Teams Max
  • 5 People Per Team – must register at one time
  • 4-person team is permitted – one person must do the first and last skill station
  • Each team is guaranteed at least two runs on the course

$275 – Open soon through March 31, 2024

$315 – April 1 – April 11, 2024

Each team participant receives:

  • Performance short sleeve event t-shirt
  • Challenge Coin
  • Friday Night Party Pass (food and drinks provided)




  • 60 individuals max
  • Additional $25 if also part of a team

$75 – Opening soon through March 31

$85 – Price Increase April 1-11

Each individual participant receives:

  • Performance short sleeve event t-shirt
  • Challenge Coin
  • Friday Night Party Pass (food and drinks provided)

There are no refunds for this event



Inclement Weather

The rain makeup date is TBD

  • In the event, there is light rain or off-and-on rain, we will continue with the event on April 13
  • In the event, there is lightning or predicted storms all day on April 13; we will postpone to TBD
  • If the entire weekend is a washout, there will not be another make-up date. We will work with the teams to discount entry into next year’s event if this happens.
  • The check-in party and participant goodies will still go on/be given out as scheduled.



Surf & Sand Hotel

Surf & Sand is conveniently located in the heart of Pensacola beach, steps away from dining, nightlife, and shopping. Enjoy complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, and beach cruisers, or hang out by our firepit on our private beach in Little Sabine Bay.

40 Fort Pickens Rd.
Pensacola Beach, FL. 32561

Rate: $159 plus taxes and fees
Includes breakfast

To book, call the property at 850.934.5400 and reference either DeLuna Swim or Firefighters Challenge.
Offer available until March 17


Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach

2 Via De Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
Ph: 850.932.6800

Rates: $179(Inland)-$229(Gulf Front)
Full breakfast buffet included
Good Through Mid March

Contact Josh Lucking for the group rate.


Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach

14 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL, 32561

Rates: $209.00-$229.00 through March 19

Use Code: FFR
Ph: 850.-932-5331
Book Online Here


Fairfield Inn& Suites Pensacola Beach

16 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL, 32561
Ph: 850-932-1889

Rates: $219.00 (Inland)-$239.00(Beach Front)
Last Day to book is Monday, April 1, 2024
Book your group rate for Firefighter Challenge


Hilton Pensacola Beach

12 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL, 32561
Ph: 850-916-2999 Ask for Reservations
Book Online

Last Day to book is March 13, 2024

General Information

For more information on the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge, email Amy Marquez at

Sponsorship Information

For sponsorship information on the Pensacola Beach Firefighters Challenge, email Katie Gardocki at

Pensacola Sports Office

1000 College Blvd
Bldg 24
Pensacola, Florida 32504


Event Photos

Our Sponsors

Pensacola Sports is grateful for the support of its generous partners, sponsors and donors. Thank you for your commitment to growing Pensacola as a healthy place to live, work and play.