Fit Friday: Packing For A Relay

So today I run my first relay as I run with Team Pure Michigan at the Hood To Coast Relay. A 197 mile journey that is broken up into 36 legs, starting at Mount Hood and finishing at Seaside in Oregon. The distance is divided between 12 runners who take on various legs of the run. For me I am runner 9 which means I will be running legs 9, 21, and 33. The total distance of the legs is around 20 miles.

Running a relay is more than running, since I will be in a van or running for close to 30 hours I had to have a well planned out packing list for the epic adventure. Here is my list of essentials:

  • 3 sets of running clothes (1 for each leg)
  • Headlamp
  • LED clip on lights
  • Handheld flahslight 
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Charger (I am using a external battery storage that is good for 3 charges of my iPhone)
  • Handheld water bottle
  • Sports drink tablets (Nuun Hydration)
  • Extra shoe laces
  • 2 pairs of running shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Towel / wash cloth
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Garbage bags to toss used clothing into after each leg 
  • Comfortable clothes for between legs 
  • Food I know that I can digest between legs as well as snacks during running

One thing I have learned about preparing for a relay is that there is more planning with packing than there is for a marathon. This weekend will be an epic adventure. Check out for a race report for the Hood To Coast relay after this weekend. 
Have you ever ran in a relay event? What are some essentials that you packed?

One thought on “Fit Friday: Packing For A Relay

  1. I hope you had a great time! Would love to run this one day! :0)


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