At some point, most serious runners hear the call of the road. They know it’s time to pack their running gear and test their mettle at a race far from home. Maybe it’s a prestige event, like the New York City Marathon. Maybe it’s a fun challenge, like the Marine Corps Mud Run at Camp Pendleton. Or maybe it’s a route that’s just jaw-droppingly beautiful, like the Big Sur International Marathon, which winds through redwood forests and past the crashing Pacific.
Wherever your love of running takes you, just remember that preparation is essential for performance. We’ve compiled a running gear travel checklist with everything you may need for the trip, the race and the recovery afterward.
These are the things you absolutely must have in order to compete. Pack them in your carry-on bag, because you never know when checked baggage will go missing. Make sure you don’t bring items that are prohibited at the race, such as costumes, certain camera mounts, weapons, etc.
Ultramarathons and other extreme races often traverse varying climates and types of terrain. A sunny, 60-degree start may drop to 40 as the trail climbs into the mountains. Or a thunderstorm could roll in, turning blue skies black. In addition to the things listed above, you may want to bring this ultra running gear, whether you carry it or stash it in drop bags along the course.
You did it! Now it’s time to do a victory hobble (you won’t feel like dancing) and be nice to yourself. To your race checklist, add:
Be sure to print our checklist and take it with you. Simply click the print link below and make sure to have your browser set to print background images so that you can see the checkboxes.