Packing for Ragnar: Part 1

We’re running Ragnar Los Coyotes this fall, and couldn’t be more excited to have a Sweat Pink team!

Shout out to Jenny, Sandra, Kristina, Jared, Jamie, Sean, Debbie, and Michael!

With our November race right around the corner and our training in full swing, there remains one big question….

What to pack?!

Whether you’re new to Ragnar Relays or a veteran, we’re here to help you figure out the best gear, clothes, and packing strategies for a successful race weekend.

If you’re running a relay, there are a few items that you absolutely have to have. Make sure these are all on your packing list for Los Coyotes (or check with your team captain to make sure someone is bringing extra!).

The first part of our packing list is all about running gear. Check out our recommendations for what to pack for a successful running adventure.

Headlamp and blinky light (for night running)

If you don’t want to get left out in the dark, you need a good headlamp and blinky light so that you can see and others (including traffic and other runners) can see you. No matter how good you think you can see in the dark, you won’t be running a relay without lights.

Jamie King, Ragnar Sweat Pink Team runner told us about her experiences with a faulty headlamp: “For one of my very first ever runs in the dark, I borrowed a headlamp from someone without ever turning it on or trying it out. Once the sun went down and the trails went dark, I realized that the headlamp I had borrowed was really dim. I had to slow my pace considerably so that I could watch for my footing and later, ended up having to match pace with another runner just so I could borrow some of their light. Now I’m headlamp crazy. Before any run in the dark, I double and triple check that they are working and bright enough to light up the forest.”

Photo: Organic Runner Mom

Trail running shoes

If you’re going to be putting in some serious trail miles, you’ll want a good pair (or two!) of trail running shoes that can help you go the distance. You’ll want shoes that have plenty of support, cushion (especially for rocky terrain), and traction (especially for wet or loose surfaces).

Pro-tip from Ragnar Sweat Pink Team runner, Sandra Laflamme: bring an extra pair of trail runners in case they get wet or mucky.

Sun protection: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen.

Running a relay generally means you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Make sure you have everything you need to keep your skin and eyes protected. You don’t want to be running your last leg with a massive sunburn or be squinting in all of your race photos (those aren’t grammable moments, after all).


Hats make for great sun protection and can also double as a great sweat towel. You’ll spot the whole Sweat Pink team rocking one of these cute Ragnar trucker hats throughout the weekend.

Photo: Runny Legs

Ragnar Sweat Pink Team runner, Kristina Abadie from OC Running Mama swears by Goodr sunglasses – slip proof sunglasses made by runners, for runners. Our team will be rocking our Goodr sunglasses and soaking up all of our day time miles in style.


We are obsessed with Fre Skincare’s Protect Me sunscreen. It keeps us our skin protected with an ultra light texture and SPF30 while we sweat.

Photo: Sprinkles and Sit-Ups

Clothes you feel comfortable running in. Bring plenty of layers!

It’s always best to come to race day ready with gear you’ve been training in to prevent unnecessary chafing and other unpleasant surprises (like pants that are too clingy, shirts that ride up, or sports bras that don’t support!).

Consider bringing at least three running outfits so you can change for every leg of your race. And make sure to bring layers for night runs (it can get really cold out there!). Warm layers, like the Cozy Up Sweatshirt and Sweatpants from prAna are some of our faves!

You can often catch Ragnar Sweat Pink Team runner Jenny in Rabbit running apparel and Sweat Pink runner, Jamie King swears by prAna for all of the miles and for lounging around the campground.

Stay hydrated!

Dehydration is no joke. Make sure you have plenty of water and something to drink it out of. We recommend either a handheld water bottle (we love this easy to carry version from Nathan) and / or a hydration pack for longer miles (or perhaps for more gear storage). We love this pack from Nathan.

Want more packing tips? Check out Debbie’s packing list from the Ragnar she and Jamie ran together a few years ago!

And keep your eyes out for the rest of the Ragnar packing series! 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Ragnar. All opinions expressed are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.

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  1. Debbie Woodruff
    Debbie Woodruff

    I need all the packing lists! I’m actually planning a what to bring post, but at the rate, I’m going it will be after the event and I’ll be able to remind everyone what I forgot! I love all my Nathan gear and I’ll definitely be bringing it. And all my prAna Cozy Up clothing will be perfect between my runs when I know it’s going to be a little chilly!

  2. Liz Wilson
    Liz Wilson

    Such good tips! I’ve never run a relay before, but I’m bookmarking this for the day if and when I do. 🙂

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