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Race Day Check List

Here is an easy check list that you can print off and use the night before your big day! Pack it and Check it!

If you stil need to pick up some of the items, we've linked up the gear to our triathlon gear recommendations.

Paper Stuff:
Race Packet and information: Some races have participants register for the event the day before the event. Remember to bring that packet they give you with your numbers and race chip.
Money for fees and a photo ID: If you register on the morning before the race, you will need these things to pick up your race packet. Where most races are paid for online, all fees are usually included.
Directions to the race site and hotel (if applicable) or GPS
  More on Pre-Race
Swim Stuff:
Swim Suit or Tri suit
Men's Swim Suits, Women's Swim Suit, Men's Tri Suit, FemaleTri-Suit
Swim Cap
Wetsuit - Always bring your wetsuit; Remeber to check with race organizers to make sure you are allowed to wear it.
  More about Triathlon Swim
More about Race Day Swim
Bike Stuff:
Bike (be sure the tires have air)
Water Bottle - Hydration, hydration, hydration. the bike leg is the besttime to rehydrate!
Pump and Bike Repair Kit (most race sites have a volunteer booth with someone to do small repairs, but you should be prepared)
Bike Gloves - Avoid blisters on your hands
Padded Shorts
Men'sBike Shorts, Women's Shorts
Shirt or Tanktop
Men's Top, Women's Top
Helmet - You cannot compete without it.
Bike shoes or regular sneakers
Men's Clip-in Bike Shoes, Women's Clip-in Bike Shoes
Socks - Avoid blisters on your feet.
Some sort of brightly colored item to tie onto the bike (ie: balloon, scarf, poster)
  More about Triathlon Bike
More about Race Day Bike
Run Stuff:
Men's Running Shoe, Women's Running Shoe
  More about Triathlon Run
More about Race Day Run
Other Important Stuff:
Transition slip-on Shoes (optional)
Hat - Prevent sunburn and keep sweat our of your eyes.
Towel - For transition area
Bucket: To rinse your feet duing your swim to bike transition
Garbage bag: To put your wet stuff in
Music: Pump-me-up music for the car-ride. Remember, electronic devices, such as ipods and music players are prohibited during racing.

More on Setting up Your Triathlon Transition Spot
More about Triathlon Transition 1 (T1)
More about Triathlon Transition 2 (T2)

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