- Fatbikes and ski helmets for snowbike challenge
** You may bring your own fatbike (3.7″ tire and above) and/or snowshoes. It is your responsibility to lock (or bring back to car) your equipment before and after use if you do not want other teams to use them. Because fatbikes are difficult to obtain, we will allow you the advantage of staging your bike at the start of the fatbike course (but not snowshoes). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to use your own fatbike.
- 40 oz. of water or energy drink -In Camelbak-type hydration pack or water bottles in backpack -Hydration tube can freeze. Drink often, blow liquid back into bladder or consider buying a winter insulator kit -EACH teammate must have this water capacity on them at all times!
- Winter performance clothing -We won’t be checking this but please avoid cotton where possible, especially the base layer!
- Waterproof map case or doubled-up ziplock baggies
- Compass (base plate or sighting type)
- Emergency/space/rescue/mylar blanket -Full size, metallic style, $2-$3 each at Meijer, outdoor/camping store or online.
- Mobile phone, fully charged and ziplocked
- $5 minimum for the charity challenge (optional, but may help conquer a challenge)
- Food (energy gel, bars, etc.; you shouldn’t need a lot though-focus more on fluids)
- Sunglasses (if sunny, due to reflections off snow)
- Lip balm, sunblock
- Contact paper or clear tape to waterproof your instruction sheet and map (at Meijer in household goods)
Race clothing really depends on temperature, wind, and snow cover of course, whether you value comfort or performance more, and how fast you will be moving. The general rule of thumb is to dress in layers and as if the temperature is 20 degrees warmer than it really is. Adventure races have more stoppage time than a running race and stopping creates more sweat so keep that in mind if you are a winter runner; you may need an extra layer, at least in your pack. We recommend Gazelle Sports and The North Face in Woodland Mall for all of this gear.
- Shoes: your normal running shoe, assuming it doesn’t have a light mesh upper. A trail shoe that offers more protection and traction would be best. Shoes with Gore-Tex or similar water-resistant membranes are worth looking into if you do a lot of wet or cold-weather running. You could wear a warmer light hiker if you are okay with the added weight and stiffness.
- Traction: IceSpikes (www.icespike.com) – a race sponsor – or similar traction. $25 online. Not available locally. La Sportiva Hobnails are similar but more expensive (at Gazelle Sports). YakTrax work fine for some people. They change the shape of my shoe so I don’t use them.
- Socks: Whatever you have trained in during cold weather. Could be one pair of thin running socks, could be two, could be a thicker sock. I would avoid thick socks if you are not used to running in them.
- Gaiters: I’ve never worn them but they certainly would keep snow out of your feet if we have several inches on the ground. Bill & Paul’s is a good bet.
- Lower half: winter running tights or running pants. Running pants over the tights if conditions demand it, but it would have to be very cold and windy for warm-blooded types. Wind briefs or lycra-type running shorts on bottom if necessary but not sure I would ever go three layers below the waist.
- Upper half: layers: wicking inner layer, wicking shirt for middle layer, fairly lightweight jacket that’s wind resistant for outer layer (adjust number of layers or thickness based on conditions). Unzip front and/or under arms (if it has pit zips) as needed.
- Gloves: lightweight. Windproof shell gloves over it if conditions demand it.
- Hat: lightweight. Start with warmer hat if conditions demand.
- Sunglasses: I just left three layers of my cornea on a branch so I will wear them more often than before. Especially valuable in sunny, windy and bushwhacking conditions. Wear sunblock on sunny day as the snow reflects the sun back up into your face.
- Camelbak-type hydration system. Buy an insulating sleeve and/or remember to blow water back into tube to keep it from freezing if weather is really cold.
- Post-race: we are now inside but wear warm clothes to change into.
You can get gear out of your car during the race, but it may not be convenient when you need the gear so use your backpack to keep a few emergency items (dry gloves, dry socks, extra layer).
- GPS that allows you to determine your location on a map. Google or MapQuest itself is okay to use as is a GPS watch but only to check your route and statistics after the race
Please visitor our sponsors for your gear needs and tell them it’s for this race.
Ideally, your training should mimic race conditions. Trails, hills and even off-trail running. That’s not easy for most people who work during the day but use your weekends to train in “real-world” adventure racing conditions. Running easy road miles will help, but for those who really want to improve their performance, here are some ideas.
- Build a good base of miles, preferably trail running. Six weeks of consistent running before a race is a good target.
- If convenient, get in a few runs at Cannonsburg Ski Area’s trails, ideally with a topography map of the area in your hands (in reality, I doubt anyone does this, but it would be helpful if you had the time).
- Include intervals – short segments of 30 seconds to a few minutes during your run at a pace that gets your heart rate up.
- Run hills – as part of your run or…
- Even better would be merging the two – hill intervals. Run up the hill hard, recover on the down hill and repeat. Even five or ten of these on a decent hill once a week can really boost your endurance and speed and takes a lot less time than long run for those with limited time.
- Running on a treadmill weeknights? No worries. It’s still helpful. This High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT; Google it for other workouts) is great for those who want to get off the treadmill as quickly as possible but get in a workout that some studies show is better than a long run:
- One mile warm up
- Sprint at 90-95% of your maximum heart rate for 10-30 seconds (high speed and raise treadmill incline as needed to really push yourself)
- Recover and repeat the cycle for 20 minutes
- One mile warm down