Here’s a list of gear we strongly recommend each runner packs for an ultra in Big Bend in January. These items will make your run easier and provide you with maximum protection. Most of you will have an even better list of your own.
- Cap – some kind of head cover
- Apparel for a 30°F start and a 70°F finish. Tights?
- Warm clothing for before start and after finish
- Hydration belt, at least 20 ounces for between aid stations hydration (critical)
- Technical fiber (moisture wicking) or wool socks. NO COTTON
- BodyGlide, or Sport-Shield, anti-friction product.
- Hand towel
The weather is usually beautiful, but can be snowing, raining, sleeting, or hot.
Big Bend is a desert, and humidity is very low. Stay hydrated and stay healthy. Make sure you have planned your water needs based on what you find you need. Water stops will be spaced properly based on decades of experience, so check that you can carry what you need in between.
If you are injured seriously, we will get you to expert medical care as soon as possible by land or air, depending on the urgency.
There are many many resources for training, and since you are participating in an ultra, you are probably already an expert. That said, if you have never run something close to our course distance, you might want to reconsider.
Many of our volunteers have received training in emergency medicine, and we will have EMS techs as well as Park Officers.