Trail Racing Gear List

At a trail race, you get to lighten your load thanks to aid stations at regular intervals. You can shed a good number of pounds by carrying less water and emergency supplies. With ultramarathons, you can stash plenty of gear in your drop bag - making for lighter, easier miles while having access to gear at known intervals.

In My Trail Race Pack

I use a 13L backpack during trail races that carries everything I need to get through even the longest races. Here's the quick list of gear I carry on my person and in my pack on race day:

  • Road ID
  • Running hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Map(s)
  • Compass/whistle/thermometer
  • Hand towel
  • First aid kit
  • Sports tape
  • Head lamp
  • Extra batteries
  • Rain poncho
  • Emergency blanket (small, remote races)
  • Life Straw (remote races)

Drop Bags

Nearly all ultramarathons allow drop bags so you can freshen up during a race. For the most part, drop bags come in handy for additional hydration/food supplies, changes to clothing, and self-care. This is great for particularly long or difficult races because a brief respite with your drop bag can keep you going. Here's the list of common items in my drop bag:

  • Electrolytes
  • Food
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Shirts
  • Rolling stick
  • Sports tape

Cold Weather Additions

When it's cold, you're going to wear and carry more gear. This may include:

  • Extra layers - top and bottom
  • Winter hat
  • Gloves
  • Facemask
  • Goggles - yes, goggles for the crazy cold sub-zero days