RunnerGirl's Race Bag:
Every runner has done it. You're unpacking the night before your big race, in your hotel room far from home, and you discover that you've forgotten something. Socks, gels, safety pins, or something else that can be replaced? No problem. But, maybe you forgot your shoes! The ones you've been training in all season. Or maybe that lucky (and oh so comfortable) pair of shorts or your most comfortable, non-chafing sports bra. It's easy to avoid this unnecessary stress so you can relax and concentrate on the race. Just plan ahead with one of our checklists below. Be sure to double-check your list before you leave home. From local races to exotic destinations hundreds of miles away, we've got your race bag covered.

Local Race: A local 5K or 10K, where you'll walk out the door wearing most, if not all, of your gear.

Pre-race:
* Race confirmation or number, if it was picked up early or mailed to you
* Body Glide, Vaseline, or other anti-chafing lotion of choice
* Sunscreen
* Lip balm with sunscreen
* Hat or visor
* Safety pins
* Water bottle

Race:
* Sunglasses
* Gels or sports drink if the race distance warrants it and you have been training with them

Post-race:
* Extra socks
* Extra shirt and shorts/pants
* Waterproof jacket or full warm-up suit
* Food in case none is provided or they run out at the post-race festivities
*Towel
* Band-Aids in case of blisters

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Regional Race: This involves traveling in the car/bus/train for an hour or more the morning of the race (not an overnight trip). Most people travel will travel in their race gear, but you may choose not to - either way, we've got you covered.

Pre-race:
* Race confirmation or number, if it was picked up early or mailed to you
* Directions to race and packet pick-up: try Yahoo! Maps, mapquest.com, or mapblast.com
* Body Glide, Vaseline, or other anti-chafing lotion of choice
* Sunscreen
* Lip balm with sunscreen
* Hat or visor
* Safety pins
* Water bottle and/or hot beverage travel mug for the drive
* Toilet paper (just in case!)

Race:
* Shoes, orthotics if you wear them
* Singlet, short sleeve shirt, or long sleeve shirt for the race, depending on the weather
* Sports bra
* Shorts or tights for the race, depending on the weather
* Socks
* Sports watch
* Sunglasses
* Gels or sports drink if the race distance warrants it and you have been training with them

Post-race:
* Extra socks
* Extra shirt and shorts/pants
* Waterproof jacket or full warm-up suit
* Food in case none is provided or they run out at the post-race festivities
* Towel
* Band-Aids in case of blisters

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Overnight Race: This is usually a big race, one you've trained several months for, such as a half or full marathon. Since you'll be in an unfamiliar city, you should prepare for any weather conditions, regardless of the forecasts.

Pre-race:
* Race confirmation card or race number, if it was picked up early or mailed to you
* Hotel confirmation, address, and directions: try Yahoo! Maps, mapquest.com, or mapblast.com
* Plane tickets
* Directions to race and packet pick-up: try Yahoo! Maps, mapquest.com, or mapblast.com
* Course map
* Body Glide, Vaseline, or other anti-chafing lotion of choice
* Sunscreen
* Lip balm with sunscreen
* Hat or visor
* Safety pins
* Water bottle(s) for the flight to prevent dehydration
* Healthy, carbohydrate-laden snacks for the flight
* Area maps
* Area guide for restaurants and events
* Camera and film
* Extra cash, travelers checks, or credit cards
* ID and passport if necessary
* Street clothes and shoes for dinner, sightseeing, etc.
* Toiletries including a travel-sized first aid kit and tampons or pads (just in case!)
* Ear plugs in case you need them to sleep on the plane or if your hotel is in a noisy area
* Travel alarm clock, in addition to your sports watch
* Toilet paper
* The food you usually eat for breakfast before running (this is not the time to try something new)

Race:
* Shoes, orthotics if you wear them
* Singlet or short sleeve shirt
* Long sleeve shirt (you can tie it around your waist if it warms up)
* Sports bra
* Shorts
* Tights
* Socks
* Gloves
* Sports watch
* Sunglasses
* Old long sleeve T-shirt, sweatshirt, or short sleeve T-shirt you can toss after you warm up
* Gels or sports drink if you're used to training with them
* Energy bars or bagels if you'll be standing around for several hours before the race
* Fanny pack if you normally run with one
* Band-Aids in case of blisters

Post-race:
* Extra socks
* Extra shirt and shorts/pants
* Waterproof jacket and full warm up suit
* Food in case none is provided or they run out at the post-race festivities
* Ibuprofen or the anti-inflammatory you're accustomed to using
* Band-Aids in case of blisters
* Towel
* Plastic bags for ice, dirty clothes, etc.


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