Sat, Jan 15 | Ocala National Forest

Operation OCALA

65 +/- miles. 24 hours. The clock is ticking...
Operation OCALA

Time & Location

Jan 15, 2022, 7:00 AM – Jan 16, 2022, 11:00 AM
Ocala National Forest, 24937 Co Rd 42, Paisley, FL 32767, USA

About the Event

Minimum Distance: 65 miles

Start Time: 0700hrs 15 Jan 2022 for pre-event brief and kit check

Start Location: Paisley Mart, Paisley

Finish Time: 1300hrs 16 Jan 2022

Finish Location: Palermo Pizza and Italian Restaurant, Paisely


The Ocala National Forest is home for Operation OCALA and the route follows the Florida Trail. Operation OCALA is a test of endurance, personal administration, fitness, navigation, and mental strength.


Candidates aim to complete the 65+/- mile route within 24 hours.


Candidates will meet at 0700hrs where they will leave their cars and receive a final brief and kit check. Anything they do not wish to carry with them for the event should be left in their cars. Valuables should not be left in vehicles. Candidates will be moved to the start location (Rodman ATV Trailhead) on a coach at 08:00.

Once at the start point, candidates will be released and navigate south along the world famous Florida Trail and attempt to complete the course within 24 hours.

There will be checkpoint locations every 15+/- miles with water and basic food. Candidates will also be able to VW (voluntarily withdraw) at these checkpoints.

At the finish (Palermo Pizza), candidates will receive their free pizza and beer. Candidates finishing in under 24 hours will also earn the highly sought-after 'GBF Operation OCALA' dog tags.

Service Support

- Dress. Candidates are reminded this is a 24 hour event covering significant distance. Changes of clothes may be desired and spare socks are essential. Hats, sunglasses, long-sleeved shirts and long pants are recommended. Wet weather gear is also advised.

- Equipment.

The list below is a mandatory kit list and must be with you on the route. Failure to produce the following items during the final kit check may result in GBF staff refusing to let you start, with no refund in costs.

This list is suggested.

  • GPS
  • MRE(s)
  • Walking poles
  • Water purification tablets
  • Blister kit
  • Bear spray
  • Bear bell
  • Bug spray
  • Pocket knife

We  advise you to have a sleeping bag and spare clothes in your car so you can rest before you drive anywhere.

- Replen. There will be checkpoints every 15+/- miles with water and food where candidates should refill their water.

- Rations. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 x chocolate bars as emergency rations. Candidates' food should be high-energy, high-calorie food you can eat while moving.

- Water. Candidates must carry a minimum of 1 gallon / 4 litres of water. The use of hydration bladders is encouraged. Water can be topped up at checkpoints.

- Medical. A personal medical kit is required by every candidate. If GBF staff deems a candidate is unfit to continue, they will be withdrawn from the event for their own safety.

- Transport. Candidates are advised to be dropped off and picked up where possible.

- Parking. Candidates who wish to leave their cars are requested to park at Paisley Mart, next to Palermo Pizza. This location is also a gas station. 

- Wildlife. Ocala National Forest is home to wonderful wildlife. Snakes, spiders, bears and much more call the National Forest home. Familiarise yourself with the following documents prior to arriving: Be Bear Aware and Florida Trail

- Checkpoints. There will be FOUR checkpoints on the route, roughly 15 miles apart.





- Prizes. The winning individual or team will recieve a 24k gold plated personalised GBF Dog Tag. Every finisher under 24 hours will receive a personalised GBF Dog Tag.

- Timings.

Sat 15 JAN 22

0700: Final Briefing and Kit Check in Paisley, FL.

0745: Board transport.

0800: Transport departs to Start Point (Rodman ATV Trail).

before 1000: Depending on numbers, teams will be set off at intervals.

Sun 16 JAN 22

1300: Operation complete and all teams must be back at the finish location.

Command and Signal

GBF HQ - 9419939432

Candidates will be requested to send their Location to GBF HQ every 4 hours, depending on cell service. Every team MUST also check in at every checkpoint, even if they don’t wish to stop there.

Weight. The kit you are carrying in your backpack is the priority. Once you have all your gear packed and your water filled, the pack must weigh no less than 25 lbs.

Event Numbers.

Maximum: For safety reasons, a maximum of 50 candidates will be allowed to compete in Operation OCALA.

Minimum: This event requires a minimum of 20 people. If the event is cancelled, your money will be refunded.

T-shirts: T-shirt orders will be placed on 30 December 2021. Any orders after this date will not recieve a t-shirt.

Entrance Fee:

$155 - until 31 MAR 2021

$195 - after 1 APR 2021

Refunds. Refunds will be in the form of a GBF voucher for future events. Refunds within 30 days of an event will not be possible.

Additional Information. The following documents may be useful:

  1. Be Bear Aware - information about bears and storing, disposing of, and carrying food in Ocala National Forest.
  2. Florida Trail - informative PDF about the whole Florida Trail including a map (Ground in General).
  3. Forest Service Interactive Map - find Ocala National Forest and the red/white line heading north to south is the Florida Trail.
  4. Forest Service Map PDF Download - you can download these maps in PDF to produce a mapbook.
  5. Staying Safe Around Bears - What Should I Do if I See a Bear?
  • Operation OCALA
    +$13.65 Tax
    +$5.22 Service fee
    +$13.65 Tax
    +$5.22 Service fee

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