What to bring to the starting line
24 May, 2019 • by Alex Hong • Running • Tips
This is my recommended checklist of what to bring with you to the starting line.
While you need to be prepared on the starting line for any race, you can more easily make or break a marathon by what you bring bring (or forget to bring) to the starting line than at a 5k. By being properly prepared for before your race and for the starting line, you can make your marathon experience that much more enjoyable and will help to keep yourself from detracting from your race or worrying about something that you forgot.
Essential marathon checklist
Having the right marathon running clothes and gear can make all the difference in how you enjoy or stay comfortable during your run. Marathon shoes should give you plenty of support and running clothes like a marathon shirt and shorts (or pants) should be light and breathable. Dress appropriately in layers if the weather calls for it.
- Marathon running shoes
- Running clothes or gear (weather appropriate)
- Bib number
- Timing chip
- Race entry information (location, bib number pick-up, etc.)
- Identification (passport or driving licence)
- Money (bring bills not change)
- Any prescription medication
Knowing what the weather will be like on marathon day can be unpredictable and impossible to know for sure, so being prepared for any outcome is your best bet. During the summer, shade and water are a must, and layers are definitely your friend in the fall and winter.
Allowable items (Boston Marathon, reference only)
- A one-gallon clear plastic bag to carry food items or sports drink only. This bag is subject to search. (only one clear plastic bag pack per runner). This clear, one-gallon plastic bag will be allowed on the official buses to Hopkinton. This bag will be provided in your participant packet, or you may use your own one gallon bag.
- Waist pack (no larger than 5 inches x 15 inches x 5 inches) to carry food, nutritional products, medicine, identification, cell phone, home/hotel key or other similar and necessary small items (only one waist pack per runner).
- Standard manufactured “fuel belt” (bottles must be one liter or smaller).
- Armband, which can carry a cellular phone or small camera.
- The use of headphones is discouraged but permitted.
- Additional layers of clothing may be worn on B.A.A. Shuttle Buses and in Hopkinton for warmth before the race.
- Clothing that will not be worn during the race must be discarded in Hopkinton and will be donated to a local charitable organization.
Prohibited items (Boston Marathon, Reference only)
- Personal hydration system products (such as CamelBak®, Thor®, etc).
- Weight vests or any sort of vest with pockets (Note: lightweight running vests are allowable).
- Guns, knives, or any item that may be used as a weapon.
- Backpacks, any similar item carried over the shoulder, or handbags of any size.
- Props (including sporting equipment, military and fire/gear and signs or flags* larger than 11 inches x 17 inches).
- Glass containers.
- Any container capable of carrying more than one liter of liquid.
- The use of selfie sticks or similar items is prohibited while running the Boston Marathon.
- Strollers, including baby strollers.
- Suitcases & rolling bags.
- Costumes covering the face or any non-form fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body.
- Any item larger than 5 inches x 15 inches x 5 inches.
- Folding chairs.
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