Race Day Checklist


  • Body Glide or other skin lubricant to prevent blisters
  • Sunscreen
  • Armband or belt to carry your phone if you can’t part with it, or want to have it along to take pictures immediately before, during or after the race
  • Running watch or GPS device
  • Bottled water
  • Pre-race healthy snack (if needed)
  • Extra layers (for cool-weather races)
  • Running top and shorts or tights (weather-appropriate)
  • Wicking socks
  • Running shoes
  • Race bib and safety pins (if packet pick-up is in advance)
  • ID
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/visor
  • Dry clothes, socks and shoes/sandals to change into post-race
  • Jacket


  • Swim suit/wetsuit/triathlon suit
  • Goggles
  • Swim cap
  • Race chip
  • Sunscreen
  • Body Glide (if using a wetsuit)
  • Towel
  • Bike (in low gear for easy start)
  • Helmet
  • Air pump
  • Cycling shorts
  • Jersey
  • Bike shoes
  • Water bottles
  • Gloves
  • Spare tires/tubes
  • Bike tools
  • Chain lubricant
  • Energy bars or gels

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