2015 Never Quit Challenge 300 - Interview with Andrew Mellon

Andrew Mellon - NQC Ambassador

The Never Quit Challenge is a Jet Ski Program for combat wounded and veterans, Gold Star Family members of our Memorial Program and for volunteers to come together under challenging adventures that present hardships and teamwork as one unified front. 

The Never Quit Challenge 300 was held during the Hot Products Mark Hahn 300 Memorial PWC race held at Lake Havasu, Arizona. It is an extreme PWC team endurance race that allows for 2 racers, 1 boat and a fully loaded pit crew to assist the Veterans on their pit stops for refueling or rider exchange. 

The NQC serviced 7 race teams on board Kawasaki Ultra Jet Skis with the support of Liquid Militia Clothing, Hydro Turf and Kanalu K38

What was your Role in the Never Quit Challenge 300?

I was a primary ATV driver/ team leader

What was your expectation going into the NQC?

To have all of our NQC Veterans have a great time and earn some podium finishes!

Was the Food and Hospitality from PPF and Kawasaki adequate at the race site?


Was there any significant moment that stood out where you believed something strong shifted for you?

Everything was prepared and properly done. Without any pre-training there was nothing else we could have done. I think that watching all of these men and women come together for one purpose is amazing. I didn’t know half the people in the crew but it felt as if we knew them all along. It was great to be able to watch these guys have a blast!

Was there a defining moment that you noticed where everything clicked?

2nd pit stop all of the rust was gone, everyone understood and the butterflies were gone.

What do you believe is unique about the Phoenix Patriot Foundation Jet Ski Program?

Everyone is brought together. It’s about the people involved from the Veterans, the sponsors and the volunteers!

How would you describe the NQC 300?


Did you feel you and your efforts were appreciated?


Words for the organizer:

Excellent work, now take a break LOL

Dealer 54 Pit Crew: How would you define your team?


Any other comments?

We want to take care of our Veteran race teams, this means we put safety first in all our pre-preparations. The race promoters need to widen the ‘Hot Pit’ areas, making the ATVs leave constantly is a big safety concern, too much reduction of resources and time not managed well, there is no place to park the ATV’s while waiting, they should assign a secondary zone. We could have had 3 fully staffed and staged pit lanes ready at all times for our 7 race teams. Instead we have to drive slowly through the “HOT” pits, all the while there are spectators, and other pit staff standing in the middle of the drive isle.
That was the one thing that REALLY bothered me. Those people should not be standing in the middle, we as a pit crew are racing too! When I have to yell “excuse me” I am irritated and annoyed at the obvious problems. ‘Excuse me you’re standing in the middle of a drive aisle during a RACE!’ Safety is emphasized and talked about a lot but it’s achieved through the organization that hosts a ‘hot pit’ zone by managing their safety phrases through action; they first need to understand what that means and how it applies to the other side.

Thank you to Andrew Mellon and his family for volunteering not only his personal resources but his time on behalf of our PPF Jet Ski program. It’s not about thanking a veteran, it is all about what you do for a Veteran. Justin exemplifies that Patriotic response of gratitude through service. We truly appreciate your support – PPF

2015 Never Quit Challenge 300 - Interview with Mark Zambon

February 27-28th, 2015 Lake Havasu, Arizona, USA

The Never Quit Challenge is a Jet Ski Program for combat wounded and veterans, Gold Star Family members of our Memorial Program and for volunteers to come together under challenging adventures that present hardships and teamwork as one unified front. The Never Quit Challenge 300 was held during the Hot Products Mark Hahn 300 Memorial PWC race held at Lake Havasu, Arizona. It is an extreme PWC team endurance race that allows for 2 racers, 1 boat and a fully loaded pit crew to assist the Veterans on their pit stops for refueling or rider exchange.

Mark Zambon
Staff Sergeant USMC Ret. Explosive Ordnance Disposal-United States Marine Corps

Mark Zambon served 11 years in the U.S Marine Corps, deploying to combat on 6 occasions and surviving 5 enemy explosive blasts. In 2012, a year and a half after he lost his legs to buried Taliban bomb, he stood on top of Africa’s Mt Kilimanjaro and buried the dog tags of two fellow Marine EOD Technicians atop the mountain. After completing his recovery in April 2013 he reported for duty as a high risk instructor, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal at Eglin AFB, FL. Here, he taught US and foreign military’s bomb technicians in the craft of bomb disposal and became the first EOD Technician to return to duty after losing both legs. Mark lives in San Diego with his wife Marta and is pursuing studies in the violin, piano and creative writing.

Your NQC 300 role defined

I fulfilled a pit crew role with the NQC at the Mark Hahn 300 memorial Personal Water Craft race. My scope of duties consisted of assisting in refueling, setting and maintaining the landing area, providing drink and food to the racers during pit stops and general motivation. 
I was expecting a team that had not had the chance to mesh to dial things up to the hot burner and commit their best to create a successful event. The team performed well beyond my expectations and operated as a well-oiled and grooved machine, providing pit support to many times more racers then pro pit-support team’s support. Consummately bad ass, served with a smile.

What fueled you?

As per pre-race instruction of "chow on ones' own" my teammate Dan Shankle and I brought our own food and beverages. That the team provided further made sure the pit support crew was not without proper sustenance.

Dealer 54 Pit Crew: How would you define your team?

No-nonsense, gung-ho--committed to seeing the event a success.

Was there any significant moment that stood out where you believed something strong shifted for you?

After the race start and first race boat of 7 arrived for refuel, the sense of duties and responsibilities seemed to gel. From this point improvements were made as needed.

Was there a defining moment that you noticed where everything clicked?

When multiple boats arrived at once for pit services. The neighboring pit team allowed use of their teams' services and expectations for highest pit crew service demands were fulfilled. At this point, the greatest pit service demands of the race occurred under normal conditions (save medical evacuation) were realized and things seemed to "click".

What do you believe is unique about the Phoenix Patriot Foundation Jet Ski Program?

That we race and succeed with beaten down and battered teams! Lol. We set an example of perseverance and resiliency for others. We demonstrated honor for those men that have given their last breath for our privilege to be alive and a citizen of our great nation.

How would you describe the NQC 300?

A chance to commit to a daring, exhausting challenge that may only be seen through by exemplary teamwork and selfless commitment. Also subscribing to commit one's best in-kind to the tireless and uncompromising work ethos of Ms. Shawn Alladio "Hellwoman". Which for most folk allows them to step out of their comfort zones, creating the opportunity for personal growth.

Did you feel you and your efforts were appreciated?

Yes, I saw direct cause and effect of my efforts even as a double amputee in the pit crew as lending effectiveness to the team's success. A badass assembly of a team that within its' self-recognized the importance of our respective individual contribution. All the love Kawasaki!! Phoenix Patriot Foundation-- thank you for paving the way for the NCQ to demonstrate the indomitable strength of our people.

Who We Are

Teamwork and competition are fundamentals of connecting to a greater purpose than one's own in life and also having a badass time. Super fun jumping on Shawn's PPF racing ship and letting it all hang out with the team. Thank you for your endurance effort to pull this off Shawn and biggest thanks to our good friends that gave their young lives in defense of our nation. It is our fierce pride to honor their lives through our own.

Triton Nutrition Partners with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation to produce the Wellness Program

Triton Nutrition has partnered with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation to become team partners as part of the recovery process of participants in our Veteran program.  

We have worked hard to tailor a custom program designed to fit each warrior’s specific needs under the guidance of Dr. Robert Seik, founder of Triton Nutrition. 

Combat warriors are America’s strongest performance athletes. They drive their bodies into circumstances that are burdened with excessive environmental and equipment weight stressors, enduring arduous hours and sustained days of maximum exertion.  Triton Nutrition has supported our Combat Veterans’ nutritional needs during our Never Quit Challenges.

Our combat wounded warriors and their supporting partners and caretakers are also tasked to take on another level of performance during the process of recovery.  They often experience sleepless nights and endure multiple surgeries along with a host of other burdens only they can truly comprehend. Their wellness is a top priority and a crucial part of the healing process that often lasts for years.

The human physical factor must allow for a balanced approach to emotional wellness, the two stand side by side.  We know from past veteran users of Triton Nutrition the true and lasting benefits of the program and the immense value of this partnership.  

Thank you for supporting the Phoenix Patriot Foundation with your generous donations. Each Veteran is supported monthly for a full year, and this investment is worthy, timely and necessary.  When you make a contribution towards the Wellness program you are one of the significant individuals that change the wellspring of life for those connected in this program, and we thank you!

Our Mutual Goals


Triton Nutrition strictly adheres to the provision of quality nutritional products that support or enhance the physical and mental aspects of athletic performance and recovery and are custom tailored for our combat veterans. The products are compliant with standards required by the UIL, NCAA, IOC, and even the U.S. military and professional sports organizations.

Supplementation must be legal, proper, safe, and effective.  Triton Nutrition aims to focus on developing products as well as guidelines for their use so that military personnel, athletic trainers, coaches, and team physicians will feel confident recommending Triton Nutrition products. The athlete, trainee, and active military specialist are often left with the sole responsibility of deciding on nutritional supplementation. 

Many, if not most athletes, lack education in the area of nutritional supplementation and rely solely on uneducated recommendations from fellow athletes or sensational product advertisements in magazines and on the Internet, sometimes producing disastrous consequences. 

Each supplement provided by Triton Nutrition contains pharmaceutical-grade nutritional ingredients produced under either GMP or cGMP guidelines (noted on product descriptions) to ensure that the individual components are the most absorbable and metabolically useful forms for the body and provided in amounts that are safe yet clinically meaningful for even the most extreme athlete, special operations warrior, Marine, sailor or soldier.

Each supplement has been designed under the guidance of our professionally-trained staff of experts in clinical nutrition as well as those with service in the most elite units of the US military. Triton Nutrition products are guaranteed to maintain compliance with US military guidelines as well as the specific governing bodies of organized sports. 
By providing pharmaceutical-grade nutrition we believe subjects will quickly feel the difference in athletic performance as the body will benefit from faster recovery and the mind will realize better “focus”.

Improved educational outcomes, increased cognitive precision, decreased reaction time, and superior workout recovery are some of the benefits that quality supplements from Triton Nutrition will provide. We have combined our efforts and experience in athletics and extreme military operations to choose the necessary products that provide each athlete with effective nutritional products for any type of military training or sport.


By Robert Seik

Targeting support for veteran’s bodies through proper diet and quality nutritional supplements, supports the critical systems essential to keeping them healthy. Hormonal balance is key, as is a healthy nervous system, which supports healthy brain function. Optimal body composition is also important, possible only when glandular levels and other metabolic processes are balanced and working correctly. Last, but not least, is the digestive system. Fewer digestive enzymes as we age make healthy digestion and full nutrient extraction from food more challenging than some realize. Supplementing with nutrients that are specifically designed to support the body in each of these areas offers a solution.

After we build foundational nutrition, it’s important to address what their bodies’ needs are based on their age, daily stress load, the environmental toxins they are exposed to, and the demands that athletic training and exercise place on their bodies. By doing so, we bolster their immune system and they have a better chance of staying healthy.

Hormonal balance has been a key component during my experiences working in the field of anti-aging, or functional, medicine. 

What are hormones? These are the body’s primary signaling molecules that active our cells, tissues, and organs. Typically in my field, when we refer to hormones, we are talking about adrenal hormones like cortisol and DHEA, sex hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone, and the thyroid hormones levothyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Each individual hormone has hundreds of different functions it is responsible for. You may easily gather that if one or more hormones are not at their optimal level, there are many processes in the body that will not function well which means that we will not function well. 

Without our hormones we lose energy, mental alertness and memory, sleep, we lose muscle but gain fat, our mood becomes depressed, we lose interest in sex, and our bodies just don’t bounce back like they used to from exercise, illness, or an active day of fun. Simply put, less hormones means less life. 

As a compounding pharmacist who makes hormone replacement prescriptions, customized for each patient’s needs, I noticed quickly that nearly all of us in the field, medical practitioners and pharmacists, made a critical mistake when getting patients on hormones. 

We forget about the importance of adding vitamins and minerals. Supporting hormone balance with nutrients is critical, and to do so, we must add the vitamin and mineral cofactors that allow the hormones to do their jobs. These support nutrients allow hormones to follow the beautiful, almost symphonic pathways of human biochemistry. 

Once we add hormones, or other prescription drugs for that matter, we start to deplete the body of these key micronutrients. The chemistry breaks down and the hormones simply stop working. The old way of thinking was to add more hormones, increase the dose. This is not always the best answer. 

All of the tools must be considered if we are to enhance our body’s ability to take advantage of the benefits of these wonderful hormones that excite our bodies into action.  Life in the industrialized world exposes us to tens of thousands environmental pollutants. Key nutrient cofactors are required to detoxify our bodies of these dangerous compounds, many of them very similar to hormones in their chemical structure. 

These are collectively known as endocrine disruptor chemicals. After attending lectures on the prevalence the negative health impact of environmental toxins, I was actually quite disconcerted and shocked. Since then, I have taken the attitude that we can only reduce or exposure as much as possible and put our bodies in the nutritional position to clear out these toxins faster than we take them in. Noting that nutritional cofactors are required for detoxification are taxed and rapidly depleted, the importance of a nutrient-dense diet with added supplementation becomes a primary solution.

Another hindrance to hormonal balance is the heavy stress load we experience every day or our work load – which could be nothing more than managing a work life, a home life, and a personal life or the compounded life of a warrior. 

These all take a toll on our hormonal system as well as our immune system. Add to these factors a catastrophic event such as the loss of a job or a loved one and the impact of stress lingers for years, disrupting optimal hormonal balance for extended periods.

A third challenge to achieving and maintaining hormonal balance is the depletion of nutrients that often occurs after heavy workouts and ongoing athletic training especially work ups prior to deployments. 

We want to keep our bodies fit and physically functioning as well as possible and exercise is very important in that regard and some training processes in field work exceed normal stress loads. Just remember that the increased metabolic demand induced by exercise increase our needs for nutrients. 

In fact, signs and symptoms of over-reaching and over-training syndrome are often due to the sometimes-extreme nutritional deficiencies induced by heavy training. 

If you are an endurance athlete or combat ready warrior and have experienced insomnia, increased frequency of upper respiratory infections, muscle cramps, restless legs, and that annoying eye twich, you are surely suffering from numerous vitamin and mineral deficiencies which may unfortunately lead to underperformance and even injury.

Even if we don’t engage in heavy exercise, nutritionally supporting the immune system is critically important to maintaining our health. Protecting our bodies with the proper nutrients reduces the incidence of infection, helps balance our hormones, and helps determine how our bodies respond to environmental toxins and inflammation.

As we age, inflammation and oxidative stress also become critical factors in our health. Building a foundation of antioxidant nutrients and anti-inflammatory components helps us modulate the stress response and environmental toxins that imbalance our bodies and aggravate it toward an inflamed state which can lead to the development of various chronic diseases. 

Nervous System
When it comes to balancing our nervous system, supporting optimal cognitive function is one of the first steps many physicians take in their approach to anti-aging medicine. They call it “starting with the CEO of the body.”

Supporting the nervous system by giving it the nutrients required to make neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that govern our mood, memory, and cognitive function) is critical because the brain uses various glands like the hypothalamus and the pituitary to regulate our hormonal production and the rest of the endocrine system of hormone producing organs in our bodies.

Body Composition
Maintaining optimal body composition (a healthy balance of fat and muscle) is also an important factor. Diet is the primary factor here, but there are important nutritional co-factors that can help. For example, magnesium helps to improve blood sugar control. African Mango helps modulate leptin and ghrelin levels which regulate production of new fat cells and the sensation of hunger.

We also need to support our digestive system which is not always an option for combat deployed personnel. In order to maximize our nutrient extraction from healthy foods in balanced diet, we must have an optimally functional digestive system. Part of that requires supporting our “gut,” which contains 100 trillion microorganisms that help us with digestion. There are actually ten times more healthy microorganisms than our bodies do cells. 

As we age, our bodies produce less digestive enzymes, which means we are more susceptible to imbalances of these microorganisms and the natural bacterial flora living in the gut. This may lead to various nutrient deficiencies, weakened immune defense, a tendency to develop food allergies, and inflammation in the gut, which may contribute to the development of various autoimmune diseases.

One easy way to support the digestive system is with products that contain probiotics. If needed, some patients can also supplement with digestive enzymes. Finally, a fair amount of fiber is required to maintain a healthy gut and digestive system. 

Fiber, particularly from vegetables, helps maintain our gut’s healthy microflora, supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria while lessening the growth of pathogenic bacteria. Finally, fiber simply acts as a potent binding agent for toxins and environmental pollutants. We cannot rid our bodies of these dangerous, disruptive chemicals without it.

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