Your First Trail Race: Hydrate

A quick guide to running in the woods

Jun 3, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Due to their remote locations, many trail races have few (if any) water stations. Make sure to hydrate for days in advance, and – depending on the distance of the race – consider carrying a water bottle or hydration pack during the event. “If you are going out for a run under 90 minutes, a single water bottle may be all you need,” Hobbs says. “However, if it is extremely warm, you may need to consider some electrolyte replacement. Anything beyond two hours and you should supplement with some nutrition as well.”