Your First Marathon Race Day Checklist

Hansons First Marathon: Step Up to 26.2 the Hansons Way by Luke Humphrey and Keith and Kevin Hanson will help any runner who is new to the marathon train smart and find success at the marathon distance.

After months of training, you’re finally ready to lace up your shoes and head to the start line. With all the excitement and nerves, you’ll want to make sure you don’t forget anything on the actual day. This handy checklist will help make sure you’re prepared!

Race Day Checklist 

Shoes and socks 

Singlet and/or sports bra 

Shorts 

Water/sports drink 

Race number 

Timing chip 

Pins or race-number belt 

Energy gels 

Watch 

Sunglasses 

Hat/pony tail/elastic 

Lip balm and/or sunscreen 

Pre- and post-race clothes 

Towel 

Toilet paper or tissues 

Anti-chafing lubricant (Body Glide or petroleum jelly) 

Band-Aids to protect nipples (for the guys) 

Gloves/arm warmers 

Throwaway shirt and/or pants 

Money 

Equipment check bag containing post-race gear 

Directions to start and pre-race instructions

Hansons First Marathon will help any runner who is new to the marathon train smart and find success at the marathon distance.

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