100 Mile racing tip~ WasatchSpeedGoats 14

What to do with empty gel packs during a 100 mile race? When I was running the Bighorn 100 this year I discovered the convenience of putting those empty gel packs under my water bottles inside my Nathan Pack! This works real slick, they are easy to pull out and dispose of at the aid stations while the crew fills your bottles. Did you ever finish a 100 miler with a pocket full of empty gel packs that dried into a clump of crystallized sugar? The empty gel packs end up a little wet from the water bottles so they do not stick to the pack, this is for only waist belts. If you have a convenient way to rid those sticky gel packs into a running back pack, let us know! Remember speed tip based on eating two to three packs of gel per hour! Bahahaha!

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14 thoughts on “100 Mile racing tip~ WasatchSpeedGoats

  • Karl

    Hello Peter, I use the Nathan 2V-plus pack, it is perfect for me. No bottles ever bounce, Powerbar Gel is my favorite, they have a perfect formula and they never get thick when it is cooler. The best thing Powerbar did was add more sodium to their gels. they now have 200mg instead of the older ones with 50mg. A great addition for electrolyte replacement! EFS drink from First Endurance completes the electrolyte balancing. -Wahsatchspeedgoat

  • Dave

    I use the same pack as Karl. Whereas my accomplishments are certainly no match for his; I did my research independently. I also use Powerbar Gels for long runs. For my last 50-miler, marathon, and 34-miler (all in the last 3 months) the Nathan pack worked great. No bouncing. The gels fit fine – and I could easily get to everything w/o breaking stride.

    So… I second the opinion.

  • Markus

    Hi Karl,

    I think I will use small grocery plastic bags for the empty gels.
    Since I use a camelback and don’t want to get it down every 5 minutes.

    8 Days to Hardrock

  • Brennen

    I use Hammer gel and the five-shot gel flask, so no packages to deal with. A flask fits perfectly into one of the front pockets of the 2V–and, if you have two or more flasks, it’s easy to swap out with a full one from your crew at the aid stations.


  • Karl

    Yes the flask is good, I however, have had some issues with them leaking and stuff. I am sure that could be corrected. The real reason I use the packets instead is that it is easy to regulate what the intake is. Drinking right from the flask sometimes I would take too much. Good stuff, everyone has their system. Baaahhhhh—-wahsatchspeedgoat

  • Erik

    Any info on the course for the 50K? I’d like to get out this weekend and explore it a little bit. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks..

  • Geoff Roes

    I’ve tried out the Nathan Gel Flasks and the gel never seems to come out easy enough, as if the opening just isn’t large enough. I suppose it may have something to do with running in mostly cool weather up here in Alaska, but even this time of year when it’s 55-65 degrees it still just doesn’t come out easy enough.

  • Larry

    Good Stuff! I’ll have to try that method in my next race. I ran a 12-hour night race last weekend for the first time on nothing but gels and EFS and it rocked–2nd place! In fact, First Endurance products have transformed my running. Looking forward to the dismemberment (AJW’s word) of SJ while you’re running that big loop in the San Juan’s. Keep’em coming Karl!

    -SG in training

  • Karl

    Geoff, the key to cold gel is adding a little water to the flask, although you will sacrifice some gel, you at least will get it out of the flask. Try the new Powerbar gels, they are the thinnest of all now. They have a new formula. -wahsatchspeedgoat

  • WSG Post author

    We are knee deep in Alta’s world trying to get a 3 mile section approved by the Forest Service and the water shed folks, we will know more Monday. Here is a quick summary:

    Go up the Cirque Traverse single track to the top of the tram, head down the single track through the tunnel and back up the ridge a then cross baldy into sugarloaf pass. There is a big loop we do down into Mineral Basin and back to Sugar loaf pass. Go down the Alta road on the Albion basin side and cross down the by the rope tow and bang a left back up Collins to Sugar loaf pass, back down Mineral Basin out to the book cliffs and back to the tunnel and back up to the top of the tram, then we cruise out the little Cloud single track and loops around back to the tram and then down the Peruvian side on fire road to the tram deck. This is a quick summary~Thanks for your patience, the two resorts have done a great job, just a little piece left for the Forest Service approve. This is a tough canyon to get a race approved, but we did it, so enjoy the views! Final instructions will be posted this weekend! bahahaha

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