What to bring to a race.

The first race I ever went to was two hours away and I had no idea what to bring to a race at the time. I think I probably brought way more then I needed to and I even had my mom carry a backpack for use while we ran. Now that I have a few races under my belt I know what I need to bring, and it’s not as much as I thought I needed.

What to bring to a race

These are seven things I have to bring to a race:

  1. A change of clothes if you are taking a shower. I usually just bring an extra shirt I can change into.
  2. Deodarant. If I change my shirt, I need to re-apply. It’s a rule.
  3. Face wipes. They feel SO good after a sweaty race.
  4. Water. Yes – you get water after a race but I usually need more for the ride home.
  5. Snacks. In case the race doesn’t have a lot of snacks afterwards. I get hungry on the drive home!
  6. Sandals or flats. I need to change my shoes for the drive home. A 2hour drive in hot, sweaty shoes is no fun.
  7. My ipod and wireless headphones. Do I need to explain this one?

This list doesn’t include the very basics, like my running shoes and appropriate clothing, that should be a given! I haven’t had to shower after a race yet either, but I think that might come once I’m running half-marathons or marathons!

Is there anything you HAVE to bring to a race?


  1. Thanks for the list. I want to start running 5K’s in my area and this list will be helpful to me. I’ve also been reading through your other 5K posts and they’ve been helpful as well.

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