Race-Day Essentials: What to Pack for Your Obstacle Race

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The morning of your obstacle race can be quite hectic. Some race times start bright and early in the morning. Who has time to think about what should go in their race-day bag? You know you'll need your race bib, but what else do you need? Especially since an obstacle race is a bit different than any other kind of race. Here's a little cheat sheet to help you pack the essentials for your next obstacle race. Just focus on getting to the race on time and finish strong.

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Obstacle course race-day essentials:

Race bib and Pins

You'll need your bib number to participate in the race. Don't forget to throw in at least four safety pins for your race-bib. You might want to throw in a few extras just in case you drop a couple or a friend forgot to bring some.

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Garbage Bag

Why pack a garbage bag? Well, your clothes are bound to get absolutely dirty, so if you don't want to throw away your clothes, use the garbage bag as your laundry bag. This way you won't get your gear bag muddy.  And when you get home, just toss your laundry in the washer.

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Change of Clothes

A typical description of an obstacle race usually involves rope, hurdles and mud beyond mud. The chance of your clothes getting dirty is close to 100 percent. Do you want to hang out at the after party covered in mud? How about the drive home covered in dirt? Probably not. Bring a change of clothes so you can enjoy the after-party festivities and keep your car clean.

Remember to pack:

  • A T-shirt
  • Pants or shorts
  • Shoes or sandals
  • Underwear
  • Socks

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