I am now less than a week away from my next goal race, the Little Rock Marathon and it is time to start packing. 

The picture to the left kind of reminds me of those Where's Waldo books I used to look at when I was a kid. Sorry to disappoint you, but there isn't a hidden item or treasure in the picture. It is just a messy pile of stuff I packed for my first out-of-town race.
I ran the Oklahoma City Memorial Half Marathon last Spring, and it was the first time I had an overnight stay in a hotel accompanied by a race. Holy Cow Town! I didn't realize how much stuff I needed! Look at this picture. It's ridiculous  Here is a semi-sorta complete list of stuff I packed. 
  • Loaf of Bread
  • Jar of peanut butter
  • Toaster (Really, who brings their own toaster? This kid!!!) 
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Shorts
  • Capri Pants
  • Shirt
  • Undergarments
  • Race Belt
  • GPS Watch
  • Bathroom Items - Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.
  • Nutrition - Gels and Nuun
  • Bodyglide
  • Money
  • iPod and iPod Arm Band
  • Ear-buds
  • Sunglasses
  • Headband
  • Hair Ties
  • Poncho/Trash bag
  • Meds
  • Driver's License
  • Flip Flops
  • Post-Race Clothes
  • Hat or Visor 
  • Band aides
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Tissues


For the Route 66 Marathon I took the advice of my running coaches and made a visual aide so I would feel prepared and wouldn't forget anything. They advised me to make a race dummy. What is a race dummy? Basically you lay out your clothes and gear for the race in the shape of a human wearing it so you can see if you are forgetting something. This method has worked for me and is kind of fun too. 

What items are on your Race Day Checklist that I didn't list above? If you have pictures of your race dummies, email them to me or post them on my Facebook page so everyone can see!

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02/27/2013 8:02pm

Race dummy! I never thought of that. Sounds very helpful.

02/28/2013 9:05am

It is Frank! I highly recommend it! It made me feel so much better about at least having everything I need to wear or carry with me during the race!

03/02/2013 4:22pm

The race dummy is a great idea, especially if you have to travel out of town for a race. I do gather all of my gear like my Spibelt, race fuel, cell phone, etc. together the night before a race so that I don't forget anything. If I ever do travel out of town for a race, I'll have to be sure to remember the race dummy idea!

Rungingerrunblog - Sarah
03/07/2013 7:26pm

Thanks Tempie! If you make one be sure to send it to me or post it on my FB page!

06/17/2015 9:30pm

I think the race dummy is such a good idea. You can also use it for other activities that you have especially if you have to travel. I will definitely try it next time. I usually make a list and sometimes, I still forget some important things. Thanks for the idea!

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Its quite funny because the way you are packing for the race day is a same way that I used to pack my things. But I think its very refreshing to go in these type of great events because it make us fit and healthy.


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