Frequently Asked Questions

From A to Z

Accommodation

In the vicinity of Daytona International Speedway you will find plenty of accommodation options, including hotels, bed & breakfasts, and vacation rental apartments. We even offer a unique festival experience: RV camping on the infield! Please visit our Travel & Accommodation page for hotel recommendations and RV camping options.

Accreditation (Media)

All media are welcome to attend and report on CHALLENGEDAYTONA. We request that individual members of the media register their attendance. Please email the following information to media@challenge-daytona.com:

  • Your contact details
  • Name of media outlet(s) you represent
  • Type of coverage planned

You will receive confirmation of your accreditation, along with future  CHALLENGEDAYTONA news, via email.

Aid Stations

See “Nutrition.”

Arrival

Please visit our Travel & Accommodation page for directions to the venue.

Awards (Amateur Division)

Sprint & Middle Distance Triathlon
Prizes will be awarded 3-deep in each male and female age category as follows:
< 23, 24-39, 40 and further per 5 year category.

Aquabike & Sprint & Middle Distance Duathlon
Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall male and top 3 overall female finishers per race.

Junior Challenge
Medals will be awarded to all finishers.

5K/10K Run/Walk
Medals will be awarded to all finishers.

Awards (Professional Division)

The Middle Distance Triathlon will feature a professional athlete field. Please refer to “Prize Money” for details on prize money allocation.

Bag Check-In

Transition Area (TA) bags need to be checked in at the TA at least 30 minutes prior to the start. More information on how to use your TA bags can be found in our Athlete Guide.

Bike Check-In

Please review our Event Schedule for the bike check-in times relevant to your race distance.

Briefing

The race briefing will provide you with the latest information on your race. It takes place in the Costa Club at Lake Lloyd. Check our Event Schedule for the briefing times relevant to your race distance.

Cancellation

Race cancellations are handled on a case-by-case basis. In general, we adhere to the following cancellation policy:

– Used before August 1st 2018: 100% refund

– Used between August 1st and October 1st: 50% refund

– Used between October 1st and December 7th: 20% refund

– No refund possible after December 7th

If you wish to withdraw from CHALLENGEDAYTONA, please write an email to info@challenge-daytona.com and please include your full name, along with your banking account IBAN and Swift number.

Carbo Loading Party

Friday before the race, all athletes are invited to join us at the Carbo Loading Party. More information can be found in the Athlete Guide.

Course Cut-Off Times
  • The swim course will be closed 1 hour and 15 minutes after the race start for individuals and teams.
  • The bike course will closed for all competitors, both teams and individuals, at 2.30 pm. Event organizers reserve the right to remove competitors from the race who do not complete the bike leg by this cut-off time.
  • The run course will close for all competitors, both teams and individuals, at 4.00 pm. Event organizers reserve the right to remove from the course competitors who do not complete the race by this cut-off time.
Live Coverage

The “Challenge Family” app is available in the Google Play Store for Android Phones and the App Store for Apple iDevices. This app will provide live timing of CHALLENGEDAYTONA events. Please also be sure to follow CHALLENGEDAYTONA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for regular onsite updates throughout the event weekend.

Medical Care/First Aid

Race day medical care will be graciously provided by Florida Hospital. Our central Medical Tent will be located near the finish line. Additionally, we will provide medical stations alongside the nutrition aid stations on course, and first aid as needed throughout the race.

Mobile Phone App

The “Challenge Family” app is available in the Google Play Store for Android Phones and the App Store for Apple iDevices. This app will provide live timing of CHALLENGEDAYTONA events.

Nutrition

Aid stations will be located approximately every 15 miles on the bike course. On the run course, you’ll find aid stations approximately every mile. The on-course nutrition will include:

  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • CarbBoom! Energy Gels
  • RX Bars
  • Epic Sports Bars
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
Parking

Free parking is in the infield. Digital signs and volunteers will show the way.

Friday: 1:00pm–6:00pm
Saturday: 4:30am–6:00pm
Sunday: 4:30am–6:00pm

Photos

All participants will be photographed by Marathon Photos.

Press

See “Accreditation.”

Registration/Packet Pickup

Please plan your arrival to Daytona to allow time for Registration/Packet Pickup at the event expo. Check our Event Schedule for the Registration/Packet Pickup times relevant to your race distance.

All amateur Triathlon, Aquabike, and Duathlon participants must purchase a USAT one-day license if you are not a current annual USAT member. Please provide proof of current USAT membership with registration, or be prepared to purchase a one-day license for $15 at packet pickup.

Results

See “Timing.”

Transition Area (TA) Bags

Participants receive three TA bags when registering. Check our Athlete Guide for more information on how to use them.

Timing (Chip/Results)

Timing will be registered by using the MyLaps/ChampionChip provided at registration, which needs to be attached to a Velcro band around your left ankle. Results will be available on the race website as soon as possible after the event.

Transition Area (TA)

When looking out from the Daytona International Speedway stands, the TA is on the left side of Lake Lloyd. During the night, the TA is guarded by security personnel.

Viewing

There is no fee for spectator for the Challenge Daytona weekend – December 7-9th 2018. There will be entertainment, food, kids area and much more. The grandstands are not open for spectating the race.

Water temperature/quality

Generally, Lake Lloyd hovers between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. If that holds true on race day, it will be a wetsuit-legal swim. Conditions can vary, of course, and the final call will be made on race morning. We follow the USAT rulebook which states the following:

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.