IMG_0446-WEB-IMAGEREGISTER as an Individual, Team, or Company for NEVER QUIT®

NEVER QUIT® 10 Year Anniversary run: April 21, 2018

Saturday, April 21, 2018:
8am:  (10k & 5k)

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

All finishers of your NEVER QUIT® 5k in Florida receive:

  • The first new and only 2018 3D 10 year anniversary “X”  Eagle finisher medallion
  • High quality NEVER QUIT® shirt (Men & Women) or a tank option for females, (you get to choose your favorite color & style at packet pickup for roughly 10 designs and styles, so you get exactly what you want and will love to wear)
  • A $300 valued NEVER QUIT® Finisher Necklace, presented to you by a uniformed U.S. Armed Service member after you complete your run.  (if you choose the necklace during online registration)
  • New necklace awards at the Sea Walk Pavilion with a beautiful “step & repeat” background/backdrop.
  • Custom commemorative 2017 “Eagle” NEVER QUIT® bib
  • Downloadable professional pictures
  • All 10K participants will be provided a timing chip and have their results posted on 5K participants will choose if they want to be timed or not during registration.
(online payment required)
5k / 10k

All 10k & 5k finishers  receive
the 10 Year “X” 3D Eagle Medallion

Now – Jan. 15, 2018 $47 / $57
Jan. 16 – Feb 28, 2018
$49 / $59
March 1- March 31, 2018
$57 / $67
April 1 – April 20, 2018
$59 / $69
 + $35 for Finisher Necklace (valued at $300)

NO REFUNDS for any reason after 1/31/2018.

Add +.97 cents on each amount.  The Sea Turtle necklace, shown below, is limited edition necklace.
2018 will be the last year that the NEVER QUIT® Sea Turtle necklace will be available as it will sell out months before March 31, 2108.  It will never be created again due to its extremely high custom cost.

Fininsher necklace 2018

Run/walk a safe open course during dead low tide on super hard packed dry sand.

REGISTER as an Individual, Team, Company or for NEVER QUIT®

Your NEVER QUIT® 5k & 10k run/walk will start with a powerful speech, prayer, we will all recite our Constitutional oath, all sing “God Bless the USA and the National Anthem.  Then, get ready for an amazing, healthy and very patriotic 5K run/walk race and a great day for everyone!

There will be a perfect 7:12am low tide on April 21, 2018.  Expect 100 yards of additional width in the dry area to run compared to 2017.

The NEVER QUIT® 5K & 10k course is an out and back, starting in front of the Four Points Sheraton hotel. Run/Walk along the beautiful, dry, hard-packed, low tide Jacksonville Beach sand down to 25th Ave South for the 5k, and Pablo Road, Ponte Vedra, for the 10K.  Return back to the Finish Line in front of the Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion for the world’s largest beach run. This is a perfect, wide-open, safe beach course for running/walking.
(You can bring your dogs on a leash and strollers too, just stay with the walkers to the back of the start line)

As soon as you cross the finish line, you will be presented with the largest, heaviest and most striking finisher medallion ever created, since time began.  The 3D “X” NEVER QUIT® finisher medallion will be presented to you at the NEVER QUIT® finish line.  See the 2018 3D NEVER QUIT® Eagle medal here (visible Nov. 2017).

When you select a NEVER QUIT® Finisher Necklace during online registration, after you finish your run/walk, head up to the Sea Walk Pavilion where you will be greeted by a U.S. Military Service Member at the Finisher Necklace area.  Here you will be presented with the $300 valued, handmade and the most striking finisher necklace ever presented at any run.

If you selected a necklace during online registration, your race bib will be marked as such so you can be presented with your $300 valued Finisher necklace. You can also run/walk and get the necklace as a perfect gift for someone you will NEVER QUIT® for.

If you or your group can not make a NEVER QUIT® event, have your team, group or yourself enter the NEVER QUIT® Virtual Run where we will mail you the same items (Medallion, shirt, bib and necklace if you requested it during online registration) as your friends and family will receive on race day, and you can run anywhere in the world, the distance you want, when you want, even on the same day as all of us are running here at Jacksonville Beach on April 21, 2018!

Click the link to see the perfect low tides that we will all be able to enjoy to give you a perfect hard packed beach to run on.  The sand is flat and almost like concrete and is not soft sand.  Jacksonville is one of the only unique places in the United States that has this hard-packed flat sand at hundreds of yards wide to run on, so it will be an amazing experience.  See tides here:  Jacksonville Beach, Florida: Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8 am

See NEVER QUIT® 5K & 10K more FAQ’s here

Awards for top tier runners will start to be awarded at the Sea Walk Pavilion in front of the stage  between 9:15am to 9:30am and again at 8pm.

The following awards will be given at both NEVER QUIT® 5K’s and the 10K

  • Top 3 Overall male and female, Top Masters male and female, plus male & female Age Group awards for the top 3 finishers in each age group as follows: 10 and under, 11-13, 14 -19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & Over.  (No Multiple Awards.) Awards ceremony at 9:15 / 9:30 am in front of the Sea-Walk Pavilion.
  • If you do not collect your finisher award at the Sea-Walk Pavilion, it will not be available/mailed post race.

If you select the NEVER QUIT® Finisher necklace, you will receive your NEVER QUIT® finisher necklace at the Sea Walk Pavilion in an enclosed secure area where you will be greeted by a U.S. uniformed Armed Service Member who will present you with your necklace.



Read the Necklace story here.

THE 2018 NEVER QUIT® bib.


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NEVER QUIT – X  Finisher Medallion

2018 – 10 Year Anniversary

Interesting details that you will love to know about your 2018 NEVER QUIT-X, 10 year anniversary Finisher Medallion, which makes this the most unique of any finisher medal or medallion ever made since time began.

  1. This 3D medallion took 3 months of just drawing and computer design.
  2. Twenty-eight dedicated people in three countries were involved in the process.
  3. It took flights that totaled 4 times around the world, through 6 countries for Leanne, myself and the Z-Brush artist (who’s incredible work has been featured on Call Of Duty, Transformers, Angry Birds, Narnia) to work together to make just this NEVER QUIT -X medallion design complete.
  4. All metal molds had to be remade twice and a few three times, so all pieces fit together and looked perfect. This more than doubled the mold time and doubled the mold cost, with total mold costs over $14,000. 
  5. This NEVER QUIT medallion has 8 individual 3D medals. 
  6. A total of 36 molds were made to make all 8 finished 3D medal pieces. Typical medals would have two molds.
  7. All eight metal pieces were carefully poured, sanded, buffed, electroplated in 3 shades of gold & silver and clear coated. Then individual silver pieces were re-sanded and buffed and clear coated again to give it a brushed silver look. Then select areas were filled with translucent red and blue paint and silver liquid flake poured around the U.S. flag stars.  Finally, all 8 pieces were connected and screwed together to make one complete final 3D medallion.  Total production time will be 7 months.
  8. Gold and silver coatings were carefully dipped onto the NEVER QUIT medallions in the same factory that dips gold and silver coatings onto the U.S. Military insignia pins of all 5 branches worn by U.S. Service members.
  9. Five full size 3D printed plastic molds of all 8 pieces were made for detailed accuracy throughout this process.  Each 3D print took 17 hours.
  10. The total “design process” cost roughly 100x over what any other medal design would cost.
  11. Just at the factory alone, Erik meticulously worked for 40 days, every day, until each design element, each mold and each piece was perfect in every way. Only then would he approve the final sample that you would be honorably presented with on April 21, 2018. 
  12. This is the most complex finisher medal ever made in history.
  13. This is the most detailed finisher medal ever made in history.
  14. This is the most expensive finisher medal ever made in history, costing roughly 20x the cost of other finisher medals.
  15. This is the largest finisher medal ever made in history.  The width is 7 -1/4″,  making it fall into a medallion class, more than 2x over. 
  16. It is the heaviest finisher medal ever made in history for any running race, by far.
  17. Total weight of this NEVER QUIT medallion is 3+lbs. (over 2x the weight of the 2017 NEVER QUIT eagle head medal.) 
  18. The weight of this medallion is equal to the weight of 16-20 typical running finisher medals.
  19. To put this into perspective, approximately 50,000 finisher medals were given out at all various running races in greater Jacksonville in 2016.  The weight of 9,000 of these NEVER QUIT medallions is equal to the weight of roughly 110,000 finisher medals, more than double the weight of all the medals given out in two years of all running races in Jacksonville. (The combined totals of 2016 & 2017 !)
  20. Total weight of all 2018 NEVER QUIT – X medallions is over 15 Tons.  One entire shipping container full.  1,000 additional medallions, to exceed 10,000 total, may be delivered prior to April 21, 2018.
  21. This NEVER QUIT finisher medallion is a work of art, it is timeless, it is what you will cherish forever.

NEVER QUIT only provides the best and stops at nothing to give its all
and honor those who NEVER QUIT,
just as
everyone in the NEVER QUIT family will also only give their best in all that they do.


Thank you to all of the NEVER QUIT family who have helped spread their NEVER QUIT message around the world and your continued involvement to make this this the 10th year running.

On April 21, 2018, at Jacksonville Beach, Florida, after you finish your NEVER QUIT 5k or 10k, you will walk up to a line of proud and sharply dressed U.S. Armed Service Members in the secured area and say;

At that time, depending on which of the 26 Service members you are greeted by, the Marines will respond with “Semper Fi !” or the Navy sailor with “Hooyah !”  Then they will proudly present you with this 2018 NEVER QUIT – X finisher medallion, placing it around your neck…



Full Steam Ahead,

Erik Petroni
Director, NEVER QUIT

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