October 30, 2008

Packing For Race Weekend

Runners World has a great list of what to pack if you are running a race out of town. Their intended audience is those traveling for the upcoming NYC marathon, but its great for any one of us traveling to a race. Its hard to think of all of these things when you have so much else going on in your head (duh, 26.2 just around the corner?) so a little list might be beneficial for at least a quick peek.

Race Weekend Packing List
    RUNNING STUFF
  • Running shoes (plus extra pair)
  • Light running jacket and/or vest
  • Race day apparel
  • Extra running shirts and shorts
  • Running socks
  • Fleece pullover or insulated jacket
  • Running pants or tights
  • Running watch (plus extra, if you have one)
  • I.D. bracelet
  • Sunglasses
  • Knit cap
  • Running cap with visor
  • Thin gloves


  • NUTRITION
  • Race day gels, beans, or bars (if you plan to carry some)
  • Sports drink or drink mix of choice
  • Healthy snacks for trip (fruit, fig bars, pretzels, etc.)
  • Any special pre-race foods you might not be able to find locally
  • Fast-food salt packets, if you plan to "do the salt"


  • ELECTRONICS, ETC.
  • Cell phone
  • Cell phone charger
  • MP3 player
  • MP3 player dock and/or charger
  • Travel alarm clock


  • MISC.
  • Copies of Runner's World and Running Times magazines (to read while waiting for the start Sunday morning)
  • Large garbage bag (in case of rain)
  • Directions to race expo
  • Registration/confirmation card
  • Band-Aids
  • Extra safety pins
  • Petroleum jelly or Body Glide
  • Antacid tablets


  • OH YEAH, AND...
  • Street clothes and toiletries and stuff.
Personally I think the list is a bit excessive, but its a great list to go over. Pick and choose what you think you need and go from there. Also, dont forget to bring everything you pack back home with you. I forgot my cell phone charger in my hotel room after the Vegas Marathon ;)

By the way - good luck to any and all who have a race this weekend. NYC or otherwise!

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Agreed it might be a bit much, but then I'm a crazy lite packer. Wish I was going to NYC, seems like a fantastic race!