Many of the SF Marathon Ambassadors love a good race-cation, but sometimes the travel and unknowns of a new city can be overwhelming. I’ve compiled our top 10 tips for race travel; check it out and make this the best race-cation yet.
10. Stay as close to the race start as possible. It’s hard to navigate a new place, and the need to drive and park that morning is stressful. Not to mention, parking can be less-than-plentiful and even a practiced driving route could change with race course road closures. Grab a hotel nearby and practice your route (makes a great shakeout run) to the start line to eliminate those unknowns on race morning.
9. Flying? Pack your race essentials in your carry on to avoid any luggage mishaps, maybe even wear their race shoes on the plane; then there is absolutely no way you can forget or misplace them! From our experience gels and Body Glide have been fine to carry on, but pack gels in your plastic 1-quart liquids bag to avoid any question. Take an empty water bottle through security and refill it at a water fountain to stay hydrated on the flight.
8. For another packing tip, roll or bag your race gear into one easy packet. This way you know it’s all there and where each item is. Putting it in a sealed plastic bag (i.e. relay packing tip) works great for race-cation packing too.
7. If you like throwaway layers for chilly mornings – which we can basically guarantee you’ll have on race morning in SF – find a thrift shop after you arrive to grab something cheap. Or, bring your throwaway layer with you and use the extra space in […]