What should you pack for the Hood to Coast Relay?
This task requires strategy and resourcefulness. You have limited amount of van space to share with others. And, space tends to be a valuable commodity, so don’t over-pack.
I can’t wait for the Hood to Coast Relay, and thought I’d share what has worked for me!
- running outfits (3 in Ziploc bags)
- running socks (6 pairs)
- running shoes (2 pairs in case of rain)
- post-running outfit for the finish
- sweatshirt or jacket
I recommend packing your outfits ahead of time in the baggies. This way you can easily find your next bag, even if it’s 2 a.m. You WILL want to change out of your sweaty clothes ASAP, and seal them in a baggie to prevent a stinky van. Your teammates will thank you (or me) if you take this advice.
The Hood to Coast Relay climate varies as you change elevation and time of running. It could be nearing 90* during the day or in the 50’s at night, so bring layers.
Relay Toiletries :
- body glide/Vaseline
- chap stick
- foot powder
Separate your toiletries into two bags. One will be for your relay needs, the other for post-race clean-up as you likely will NOT have time to shower during the relay.
I am also bringing Meta-Ignite for an extra boost when I’m tired, and that is inevitable during a 200 mile, overnight relay.
- phone charger for car
- ipod for van (you can’t wear head phones on the course)
A watch is a nice back-up in case your garmin fails to pick up a signal. This way you know how long you have been running!
In Between Runs:
- compression socks or sleeves
- compression shorts
- long sleeves, sweatpants
- sleeping bag & pillow
In the event you actually can sleep, lay down a tarp first, so you don’t become too wet or cold. Also, the designated sleeping areas are typically high traffic because there are runners running all the time. Ear plugs can help you get a few hours in.
- a rock star driver
- water and nuun (duh)
- ready to eat food (PB & J sandwiches, trail mix, granola bars, bananas, salty pretzels)
- head lamps or flashlights (required)
- reflective vests (required)
- baby wipes or shower pills
- first aid kit
- disposable ice packs
- hand sanitizer
- extra toilet paper (the porta-potties WILL run out)
You likely won’t need as much food as you think. It’s amazing how much you can run on limited sleep and fuel. Choose wisely so your stomach doesn’t backfire on you!
Nuun has done an extraordinary job preparing for the Hood to Coast Relay. I’m so thankful to join my teammates and run for them! Did you know Nuun is the official course hydration? That’s good news for the +12,000 runners this year.
What additional items should I add to this list?