What to Pack in Your Race Bag

Whether you're planning to run your first race or you toe start lines on a regular basis, it's easy to forget important items on race morning when your mind is focused on racing. Do yourself a favor and pack your race bag the night before the event, when you have plenty of time to check off all of the necessities on your list. These suggestions of what to pack in your race bag will ensure that you're organized and ready to encounter almost any race-morning mishap. One last bit of advice: If the race requires that you use their clear plastic bag instead of your awesome backpack, save yourself the headache of not being able to check a bag, and use what the race provides.

You'll likely need the first eight items on this list before the race, so get to the start early to leave yourself with plenty of time to get ready, use the bathroom, then drop off your race bag before you begin your pre-race warm-up.

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