The Relay Race Running Checklist

Be sure you're raceday ready with the right gear that will help you during your run.

There is nothing separating you and the big race now.

You and your group of fellow runners have set out to conquer a long-distance relay race. You’ve put in countless hours and miles of training to tackle the trek.

The last thing you want to do is show up to the event unprepared. But by knowing what to pack, you’ll be one step closer to hitting the ground running.

The first step to packing for a relay race is to have all of your running gear ready. In addition to a pair of shoes (having two pairs available is even better so you can alternate them between legs), you’ll want to bring gear that will help benefit you while running during the day or night. For example, sunscreen, sunglasses and bug spray are handy accessories during the day, while a headlamp, taillights and a reflective vest are essential items for your nighttime run.

When packing attire, be sure to consider each leg of the race, as you’ll want to bring enough racewear. This includes moisture-wicking tops, running shorts and a lightweight jacket, if needed. And don’t forget to pack underwear, sports bras and socks, too. You could look for compression socks specifically, which can aid in reducing swelling. In case of wet weather, pack raingear such as a light, water-resistant jacket.

Aside from your running attire, be sure to bring outfits to wear before and especially after each run as well.

Consider putting outfits — along with anything you may need for your leg of the run — in their own separate resealable plastic bags. This can help you stay organized and make an outfit easily accessible when it’s time to get ready. It also gives you somewhere to put your less-than-fresh clothing after your run. Add dryer sheets to the bags for an added boost of freshness.

Also pack for your time spent in the van between legs. You will want some comfy clothes to wear, and having a pair of sandals or flip flops to slip on could help air your feet out between legs. You will want to have a phone charger handy, as well as a pillow and blanket. Catch some ZZZs whenever you can.

Next, don’t forget your personal hygiene products! Lotion to help prevent chafing during your run could be a welcome relief. Toiletries like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and soap are also must-haves.  

You’ll be limited on space, so collaborate with your team members ahead of time to avoid overpacking. Items like extra batteries, garbage bags and foam rollers can be shared among the group and you can strategically plan who brings what to save space.

The last thing you want is to have your race hindered by being ill-prepared. But by knowing what to pack, you will be ready to pound the pavement and chase that personal or team record.

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