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Things to bring on a summer ultra with little aid (Read 254 times)

    I am getting ready for my first long ultra (about 68 miles) on 8/11 in Pennsylvania. It's going to be a low-key rail-trail run with minimal aid (one midway aid station and about four possible convenience store stops). The course goes along numerous streams. I have a clear idea of what I need to do to train, but I am looking for suggestions for what to bring along. So far, I am planning to try out a bunch of stuff on my weekend long runs: Food: Energy drink powder Two water bottles with hand straps and some kind of filter, or purifying tablets Salt Ziplocked snacks: Oreos, M&Ms, Gu Gear: Shoes, shorts (of course) Sunscreen/bug repellent packet Gaiters Trash bag or lightweight poncho Pepper spray (to defend against the area's many unleashed dogs) Blister kit - moleskin, tape, safety pin and matches Bodyglide TP Some cash for the c-stores Midway drop bag: Spare shoes, socks, clothes, raingear Food - PBJ, chips, animal crackers, canned soup Can opener Ziplocked snack refills Light and batteries Gatorade Please send me any suggestions of things that have worked for you. I am helping to organize this run, so I would also like to send out a good list to other participants later in the summer. Thanks! Carl


    Wasatch Speedgoat

      Hi Carl.... With a minimal aid 100K (or thereabouts) I would have at least 2 bottles and more likely my Camelback with it's 3 liter bladder filled with what I like to use (Sustained Energy). In that I would have my electrolyte powder mixed in with a backup of some electrolyte caps in case of cramping. This is after all, PA in August! I generally don't eat much food, especially when it's hot, but people will like salty things. Soup is good unless it 100 degrees out ;-) But really if you are planning on having an aid station, maybe some pre-made PB&J and Turkey and cheese sandwiches at the midway. Another biggie is cold Coke and/or Mountain Dew. Certainly cookies, chips, pretzels, etc. Candy will probably get melted in the heat, but if in a cooler with ice, they'd be fine. Gear, I'd have my usual shorts and top...shoes, a change of socks. I don't wear gaiters and if you think it'll run into the nighttime, a flashlight, preferable an LED that lasts a long time so you don't have to change batteries. A rain jacket is good....maybe a hat. I could go on and on...but it's different for every event. What you are suggesting all looks good. I generally travel light and don't eat much, even in a 100 miler. Good luck, Steve
      Life is short, play hard!
        Thank you, Steve. I really appreciate how willing you are to share your experience. Carl


        Wasatch Speedgoat

          Anytime....if you ever have any questions, please ask. I've learned a lot in my 12 years of ultrarunning Smile
          Life is short, play hard!