Obstacle Racing Essentials: Race-Day Pack

Races like the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash are exploding in popularity. We asked two of the sport's top athletes about the gear that helps them get onto the podium.

Dr. Bronner's Soap

Dr. Bronner's Soap     Photo: Fireballsedai/Flickr

Before each race, Schlachter pre-stocks a backpack with necessities like sunscreen, towels, a change of clothes, extra energy food, and flip-flops. She also brings two large plastic bags for storing her mud-caked clothing post-race.

In addition, Schlachter packs a special clean-up kit to give herself a low-tech "shower" in the parking lot after the event. She brings a bottle of biodegradable soap from Dr. Bronner's and pours gallon jugs of water over her head after scrubbing herself down.

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