Friday, June 5, 2009

Hydration Tips for Race Organizers (Part 2)

I would like to thank EIRE and an ANONYMOUS friend for this. Their comments gave me the push to make a follow up on my "Hydration Tips for Race Organizers" post.

Eire commented...
"i mentioned in my blog about the ie8 run about pieces of plastic cups strewn about, and how i don't feel so good about that. well, i was thinking, with this idea of yours, once you're done with your water, you can just tuck the empty plastic bag in your pocket or what-have-you, and throw it properly later :D also, plastic bags can carry much more water than cups :P i'm sold to the idea :D"

Sabi nga ni Kris Aquino... "kuuuuurrrek!!!"

In the few races I've joined, I always look at the plastic cups scattered on the road and tell myself... "delikado yun ah!"

I mean, the used cups were scattered and the road is wet. Whenever I get water from the stations, I always slow down. Not because I wont be able to get water if I don't slow down. But because I might step on the cups scattered and I might end up lying on the floor. Angfanget 'di ba? And ang kalat!


I also saw few races where wet sponges were used to cool-off the runners...
I say, drop it... save the money... use the iced water instead.

Nakakapagod din pala mag-blog...

But for the love of running, here's my idea on how to make this work.

1. Organizers should invest on at least 3 large plastic ice tub coolers per water station. This will be a one time investment and can/will be used on other races.

2. Prepare the "iced water" to be (because it's not yet cold) a day before the race.

3. On race day, at least 1 hour before gun start. Put in position the ice tubs. Fill half of it with "iced water". Then cover it with ice. The water should be cold by the time the runners reach the water stations.



  1. Ayos! :P

    eire :)
    (btw, thanks for the special mention! hehehe!!)

  2. EIRE
    hindi ayos... ayot!!! :p