I have my 3rd Relay Race coming up in a few weeks so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about What To Pack For A Relay Race? What Do You Really Need? After completing 2 Ragnar Relays, I am taking on The American Odyssey Relay in Gettysburg, PA. My “Moms Do It All Night Long” team is back for another team challenge!
It’s easy to get overwhelmed and pack everything. I perhaps might have slightly overpacked for my first race. Just saying. Now that I have a few races under my belt, I believe I’ve got it covered.
How to pack for a Relay Race:
First, figure out your 3 running leg outfits including undergarments and socks. Consider that your night leg will be chillier and you may want a long sleeve depending on where your race is. In addition to 3 race outfits I will pack a light water resistant running jacket. I will also pack an extra pair of running shoes in case they get wet you will want a dry pair.
Each outfit is then placed in a plastic bag and labelled with the leg #. After you complete the run, simply place the sweaty outfit back into the bag.
I will pack 2 recovery outfits. You will want comfortable dry clothes to wear in between your running legs and you may be napping in them as well. I suggest leggings or sweats and a 2 t shirts. I also include a sweatshirt that can double as a pillow for naps.
I include a small blanket or sleeping bag to catch some Z’s. If you can fit a small pillow that works but I usually just roll up my sweatshirt and use that.
I like to keep everything I use for a run in one plastic bag that I can easily keep track of. The van can get messy and you don’t want to be looking for your gear at 3 am. Include headphones (if allowed at your race), running watch, hydration belt, gels or GU etc. I also include all my night time running gear in the same bag so it is easily accessible. (Headlamp, reflective vest, knuckle lights, reflective light). Even when you are not running at night, it is a good idea and often required to wear your safety gear.
I keep all of my must haves (really paired this down to bare essentials) in a separate case so I can easily grab it to take into a real restroom or exchange. Basically: toothbrush, paste, deodorant, Shower Pill wipes, contact lens stuff, face wash, brush, hair ties, travel size shampoo. Bare necessities indeed!
Each Van Should Have These to Share:
A first aid kit: I could literally do roadside surgery if I needed to with all of this.
Small foam roller/massage stick/Roll 8 Recovery
Car chargers/Roll of Toilet paper/Hand sanitizer/2 flash lights
“Race Bible”-printed out manual with all of the run legs, van legs and instructions. Our binder also includes all runners cell numbers and emergency contact info.
We also have each leg marked with the runner’s name and who they are passing off to. It can get a little confusing on no sleep. This way any team member should be able to pick up the binder and take lead either driving or navigating.
Depending on where your race is, you may not have a ton of available places to stop for food. I like to bring a few bagels for the van, mini peanut butter packs, protein bars, cheese sticks, hummus, bananas and apples. I made the mistake my first race of not bringing snacks and being a vegetarian I had a big problem.
We do keep a cooler in the van and start off with 1 case of water/sports drinks etc.
Most importantly remember to pack your carefree attitude. Someone will forget their sports bra or their deodorant or go to the wrong transition, that’s what makes it an adventure!
What are your must haves? Did I miss anything?
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