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The 50 mile race I'm doing this Saturday has decided to be a "cup-free" race this year. I'm curious to know if any of you Daily Milers have ran races (especially ultra marathons) without cups at the aid stations and how you handled it? I will be carrying two hand bottles for water, so I'm not concerned about water needs - just the other types of liquid that I typically take in during one of these events - like broth and soda. What are your thoughts?

  • Marcie B.
    Marcie B.

    Just once run up to one of the as volunteers and ask for the soda in your hands and make sure someone gets a photo of it.

    Just kidding. Putting them in your drop bag sounds like a good idea. I would toss in an extra plastic bag to wrap it in so it doesn't get everything else icky afterwards.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Becky C.
    Becky C.

    You could always wear your vest and bring your own?? You could always put a deflated Coke in a 20 oz bottle and carry it in that extra pouch up front. Or go with the drop bags if you are allowed to have them at all aid stations!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Christie
    Christie

    Marcie, wouldn't that be a hoot? Or how about a photo when I want some nice hot coffee or broth poured right into my hands?! hehe

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Christie
    Christie

    Becky, the time cut offs are really strict at this race, so I'm trying not to carry anything more than I really have to. I just got my three drop bags loaded up and added two paper cups to each! Wallah! :D Problem solved!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Christie
    Christie

    There are seven aid stations, but at least that solves the problem for nearly half of them! :)

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Mike P.
    Mike P.

    If they don't have cups, I can't see why they would have broth. 50 miles isn't that far, no need for broth. :]

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Christie
    Christie

    Mike, it's Pocatello 50. Ryan even took 16 hours last year, but good point. :) It's not a 100!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Mike P.
    Mike P.

    Pokey's a tough one, for sure. Have fun up there. We'll wave at you from the Squaw Peak 50 where we'll be suffering along with y'all.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Christie
    Christie

    I'm a doofus. I double checked the web site and there is no mention of soda OR broth! Problem solved! ;)

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Christie
    Christie

    Sweet! Have a great time!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Michael W.
    Michael W.

    Sounds like you've got it figured out, but here's my two cents....
    I've never done this before but I've read about it. You can carry a hydra-pouch or x-cup/mug. REI carries the x-mug, so if you have an REI nearby that might be an option. Basically, these are super lightweight reusable cups that either tuck in your belt/waistband (hydra-pouch) or easily pack in your pack (x-mug). If the race is going cupless, I wouldn't be surprised if they are going to include one of these products in the schwag bag.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Michael W.
    Michael W.

    Here's a link for more info on cup-free racing: http://endurancebuzz.com/2011/09/07/cup-free-racing-for-runners-reduce-waste-generation-protect-our-environment/

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Christie
    Christie

    I do love the idea of going greener for the races, Michael and as a race director myself I am intrigued! :) Thanks for the tips!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Christie
    Christie

    Thanks, Michael!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Michael W.
    Michael W.

    Nice! Definitely something to look into. Let us know how it goes!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Becky C.
    Becky C.

    Those reusable cups sound really cool!!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Seems like a good idea, but I've not seen any of these races. It will be interesting to see how they handle this.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Christie
    Christie

    I'm curious, too, Scott. I'll let you guys know what I thought after giving it a whirl!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Huy T P.
    Huy T P.

    Having seen so many one-use cups wasted, I've been wondering if there is a solution to it. Upon reading this post, I really like the idea of cup-free. Way to go!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Dimitris T.
    Dimitris T.

    Hi Christie..in most mountain races here in Greece (even ultras) we don't use plastic cups at aid stations for environmental protection. Instead, we carry small cups of a special design that fits in our pockets of belts and opens with a clever way in order to fill it with any kind of liquids..if you want I can post a photo later today...;-)

    about 2 years ago Like1 person