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Up next on my racing calendar is my much anticipated Grand Tetons Half. I’m not aware of any of my virtual running friends running it; but I’ll be on the lookout, and if you plan to be there, please let me know!

How do you pack for a getaway race in June where the temperature at race start could be anywhere between 32° and 50°?  The only way I can think of is to over pack… When the starting gun fires at 6:30 AM, the mountainous air will not have had a chance to warm up, and if the temps are on the lower side, I might be quite uncomfortable for my very cold wait. Normally, one of the things I love about summer races is not freezing while waiting for the start. 😉 The key to my success will be packing a couple of different outfits, along with throwaway outer layers.

Plan A if the temperature is expected to warm up to 48° or higher during the race…


Plan B if the temperature is forecast to stay in the mid-40’s or lower during the race…


I’ll be packing a throwaway outer layer for while waiting for the race to start. Also, not pictured, I’ll bring along my thin white shell jacket in case I decide I need to wear it for the early part of the race.


Unlike traveling by car where I can throw anything I think I might need into a bag just in case, I’ll be flying and will have to be very selective in what I pack. Wish me luck in making smart choices!


Here’s where you’ll be able to find me this year…

June 2 – Grand Tetons Half Marathon – Jackson, WY
July 4 – Firecracker 5K – Reston, VA
August 26 – RBC Century – Reston, VA (I haven’t been on my bike since last August so this is looking iffy)
November 22 – Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K – Ashburn, VA
December 2 – Run With Santa 5K – Reston, VA


  • Questions:
  • How do you pack for out of town races where the temperature could fluctuate significantly?
  • How far in advance do you plan your racing calendar?
  • Are you running any of the races I have on my schedule? 


Hope to see you at a race!


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