Required Gear You Certainly, Definitely, Absolutely Need
A list of basic and completely necessary items that every trail runner needs for taking on their next endurance challenge.
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The weather in these mountains/deserts/uncharted jungle is unpredictable this time of year, and you need to be prepared to handle it all! Your equipment must be suitable for confronting all types of conditions, real or imaginary. You must carry the required gear with you for the duration of the race, regardless if you’re running 20K or intend on spending the next twenty-seven nights outside. Race marshalls and random passers-by may check your gear at any time. We have also deputized forest creatures to inspect your pack. That unicorn may be a hallucination, or it may be a cop. Pack wisely.
Utensils (salad fork and dinner fork)
1 Liter of Water
Food Reserve, we’ll also have performance-oriented snack options like cured beaver meat, pretzels left over from our nephew’s soccer match last weekend, unpasteurized cheeses previously disallowed by the Geneva Convention, and watermelon.
Waterproof Jacket with Taped Seams
Baby Blankie (cute name mandatory)
Automated External Defibrillator
Actually, Make That 2 Liters of Water
Gates Original BBQ Sauce (Extra Hot also accepted in races above 4,000ft)
Better Yet, Bring 3 Liters of Water
At Least $600 in Ethereum, or enough to pay for a black-market kidney in the race jurisdiction
Smartphone with our propriety App Downloaded, Notifications On, and Angry Birds on In The Background
Identification Documents, like a passport, and proof in writing that our race series has permission to use your name in likeness in promotional materials, or in funny deep fakes and memes.
You know, You Might Want To Bring 5 Liters of Water Just In Case.
Beacon, Shovel, Probe
Sexy, Fingerless Gloves like Oliver Twist
Plain White Gloves Like a Mime
Fuzzy Handcuffs (only in races of 80K or longer)
One Lock of Kilian Jornet’s Hair
David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest
Honestly, Let’s Make It 10 Liters and Call It Good
Any items missing at checkpoints are subject to a 15-minute time penalty and surrendering your firstborn to the Sumerian shape-shifting god of destruction that runs our corporate office. All hail Gozer, the deity who derives His power from your emergency blankets. Bonne chance!