In exactly 4 days I will be just finishing my first leg of the Ragnar Relay Trail Race at Alafia park. I have never done a Ragnar Relay, but the idea of combining trail runs with friends, camping, and s’mores sounded like a lot of fun! My training partner Maria and I put together a team over the summer, and now the race is finally here!
So, what the heck should we all pack? Maria and I have done some research and come up with a list of what to pack for a Ragnar Relay Trail Event. It’s a little bit of running gear, a little bit of camping gear, and a little of everything else thrown in! The race does provides some amenities (food, beverages, bonfire, and fun!), so there is some wiggle room in packing. I came up with 4 different categories with it’s own list to make sure I have everything I need for a fun and successful racing weekend!
The team essentials are everything that your team will need for their basic camp set up. The team can chip in together to see who has what gear, and if anything additional needs to be purchased. Since the campsites at Ragnar Trail are tight (about a 17′ x 17′ plot for each team), you only need the essentials for a staging area and places for team members to get some rest. This includes a few tents, (we are bringing two 4-person tents), a canopy, a tarp, some camping chairs, a table, lanterns, flashlights, solar charger for phones, and a cooler. I am also bringing a Pouch Couch (yes, you heard me, a Pouch Couch), for lounging and possibly some laughs as well.
The individual items are all of the things each team member needs for camping and relaxing. This includes sleeping bag, sleeping mat, pillow, toiletry items, towel, baby wipes, bug spray and toilet paper. Ragnar also makes it clear that they are a cupless race, so each team member needs two reusable cups (one for hot liquid and one for cold), as well as a refillable water bottle. I am also bringing a camp dining set with a plate and utensils to reduce any trash at our campsite.
The running gear you will need is pretty much the same gear you are comfortable running in for any race (regular running outfit, gps watch, running shoes, race belt and hat). You also must bring a headlamp. Every runner will run at least once in the dark, and a headlamp is required. I’ve also decided to bring 3 running outfits (top, bottoms, socks, and sports bra), so I have a fresh change of clothes for each race leg. In between the runs, I am bringing a change of shoes and some comfortable clothes to lounge in. The weather might be a little chilly overnight, so I am also bringing a jacket, hat, and gloves. A yoga mat and foam roller might also offer some recovery at camp while waiting for my next running leg.
Nutrition & Hydration
Even though the race will be providing some goodies, I always like to rely on my own foods when I am racing. Since we will be there more than 24 hours, I am making sure to bring plenty of drink options (water, sports drink, and juice), and snack options. We decided not to prepare any hot foods, so everything I am bringing will be made ahead or just quick snacks. Some of the food I am bringing is trail mix, my homemade trail cookies, beef jerky, fruit, and PB&J.
I am looking forward to this event and can’t wait to have a fun weekend on the trails! This packing list is not only great for a Ragnar Relay, but could also be used for an overnight camp and trail run adventure! (I’ll have to plan another camping and running adventure soon now that I have a master packing list.) If you would like a copy of my packing list, signup below to get it delivered to your inbox.