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Question for the Ironman triathletes out there - I read a post yesterday about the race I will be running and the woman mentioned that she used a clip light on her hat to help her see during the last 13 miles of her IM. I am wondering if other people do this and if so which light you would recommend? My IM is in Wilmington NC and if I am not mistaken there are cobblestones on part of the course, as well as a grating over the bridge as well as just some poor crumbled pavement to look out for. The light sounds like it might be a good idea.

  • Rachel U.
    Rachel U.

    I have no advice as I have only done a half, but I just think its awesome you're doing an event that you get to ask this question!

    almost 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Tracy W.
    Tracy W.

    This is the one I have - works great on a hat. Before that I had a Petzl I was not happy with at all. This was cheaper and works much better.

    almost 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Roxy W.
    Roxy W.

    I use Knuckle lights. You can leave them in your special needs bag and only carry it when needed. They are out of the way and good both to see and to be seen as you can wave them at cars easily.

    almost 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Jeff D.
    Jeff D.

    I use a Petzl light for running in the dark (although I'm not signed up for an IM). They are cheap and you can get them at any Dick's or REI store. The only drawback is that if you are wearing a runners hat some of the light will be blocked by the brim of the hat because the light needs to be aiming downward somewhat.

    almost 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Brad B.
    Brad B.

    At Beach To Battleship, they really, really light up the run course and you won't need a light at any time. The cobblestone part is in the city center section of the run, which is the brightest part of the whole run course. The only 'dark' part would be the bridges, but even then, there will be more than enough light to see by. Adding a light to the proceedings will just give you one more thing to worry about...

    almost 6 years ago Like1 person

  • Ann B.

    Thanks Brad. Did you write about your experience?

    almost 6 years ago Like

  • Brad B.
    Brad B.

    No, nothing in particular. I didn't realize it prior to the race, but I ended up racing with a concussion, so I'm a total blank on most of the bike. That said, everything you read is basically true - the swim is silly fast, the bike is flat, but it's wide open, so you can get f'd by wind, so it's not as fast as you're hoping. The run is not flat - the bridges are somewhat substantial hills, so be ready for them. It's a very well run race and I thought it was a very good experience.

    almost 6 years ago Like1 person