Beat the Cock Trophy in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Beat the Cock

     

    Win the Beat the Cock marathon.

    How to unlock Beat the Cock

    The Beat the Cock marathon is actually a triathlon that consists of a swim, bicycle ride and then a marathon run. One marathon is located at Santa Maria Beach, Los Santos and the other is in Palomino Beach in Red County (see below screenshot). They are only available on weekends, and you must also have to complete the ‘Yay Ka-Boom Boom’ story mission for these events to unlock. You can check the current day of the week by holding at any point during the game.
     


    Note that the Santa Maria marathon is way shorter than the Red County one so for obvious reasons, choose this one. The triathlon is best attempted at the end of the game as you will need quite high stats, especially stamina and cycling skill. You will also need to have at least 50% stamina and 50% cycling skill before starting this event. You can increase your stamina quickly by riding the bike at the gym, but the cycling skill will take longer to increase. Just keep riding a bicycle around until the stat increases.

    Once you are ready, simply make your way to the red marker on the weekend to start the triathlon. You will first need to swim across Los Santos Inlet. You will probably fall quite far behind at this point as the other competitors are very fast swimmers and seem to have unlimited stamina. Once you make it to the other side you will begin the cycle leg of the event, which will see you travel through Avispa Country Club. Eventually you will start the last section of the event which is the run. By this point you should have quite a comfortable lead from the cycle section. Once you cross the finish line and win the triathlon, the trophy will unlock.

    Some tip[s for anyone having difficulties with this event:

    • - Ensure your stamina and bike skills are at 100%
    • - For the running part at the end, dont hold down :x: but instead, keep pressing it in bursts. I seemed to get the best results by having it held down and then not, on every 3 steps Carl takes. 3 with, 3 without. The stamina lasts way longer this way.
    • - Early in the story, Ryder gives you a mission to burgle an army vet in the night. After this you can use the van to do raids as a side mission. If you steal a total of $10,000 worth of goods on these side missions, you get infinite sprint! This makes the marathon super easy.


    There are alternate tips also, such as bringing the jet pack along (unlocked way into the game) and using it to cross the river, but the rubber-banding is so strong in this that this is also no guarantee you wont be caught. You can also do this method and sabotage the competitors bikes by riding them into the sea after you ditch the jet pack but I didn't try this out as I'd already beaten it.

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  • Easier to do when you unlock the jetpack and 'unlimited sprint'.
  • This is the easiest way to obtain the trophy and it doesnt require infinite sprint. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryJh-xYo8AA
  • Make sure to get the bikes all the way into the water. I didn't do that and some guy came out of the water and jacked my bike from me! I shot him with a shotgun and didn't fail, so I thought all was cool. I went back and started swimming only to get to the bike, get on, and get disqualified. Hope this helped!
  • There's a bug that prevents you from doing this until after unlocking Las Venturas
  • Also, holding right on the d-pad does nothing. Hold L1 to see what day it is
  • Find a bycicle, go to any airport, find some open space and tape down the X-button and left joystick to improve cycling and stamina without having to grind, takes about an hour to max out. Also, if you complete the burglary side missions you get infinite sprint. Worth mentioning in the guide.
  • Definitely do the burglary mission for infinite sprint before attempting.
  • I have completed the green sabre mission, went to the location at weekend and couldn't find the marker. Do I need to raise my stamina and cycling skill to unlock the event?
  • The location to start the mission is over by the lighthouse, you will see the red circle on the beach by the water.
  • Picture is horrinly marked

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