We will have a covered shelf area at the pavilion for your bags.
Here are some considerations for what can go in your drop bag:
- Glass and Breakables: Don’t put glass or other breakables in your drop bags.
- Rain: We cannot guarantee that it will not be in rain at some point. Wrap clothes and other items that you want to keep dry in waterproof food bags, or similar.
- Valuables: Don’t put anything in them that is irreplaceable. We assume no responsibility for your property.
- Pack and mark your bags before you come to the event. Preparing your bags is not an insignificant task.
- The best bag to use is plastic — similar to what you would get in the shoe store or at most packet pick-ups. Plastic bags work fine. The only kind that seem to break are the very thin kitchen garbage bags.
- Be sure that the markings on your bag are clear and indelible. A good system is to use duct tape and a marking pen. Writing directly on a plastic bag may smudge.. Make your name legible and permanent, please!
- Put anything you want to remain dry in a second, sealed food bag. We will try to keep your bags dry, but we may not be successful.
- Fuel: (Gels, Energy Bars, Electrolyte tablets) Although we will have a fully stocked aid station, you will want to make sure you have plenty of what your body is used to.
- Extra shoes: You may want to consider having an extra pair of shoes. You may also want to consider making sure that your ‘spare pair’ is at least a half size larger since your feet will most likely swell.
- Extra Socks: Dry feet are happy feet. Period.
- Extra Clothes: Check the weather forecast and be prepared.
- BodyGlide: You’ll want something on hand in case chaffing becomes an issue. This should be in EVERY drop bag.
- Blister Kit: You can buy these or make your own. Basically, you need a sterilized needle and a bandage. If you run far enough, you WILL have a blister. Use the needle to relieve the pressure, cover tightly with your bandage of choice and move on. Just make sure you store the needle so that it won’t ‘poke’ you while you’re looking through your bag.
- Sunscreen: As you sweat you’ll want to re-apply. You’ll most likely hurt in enough places when the race is over that you won’t need a sunburn to remind you of your accomplishment.
- Bug Spray: I include this for personal reasons after living in Texas; you will find that a battle against mosquitoes is one you won’t win.