If you’ve run a road race, you have probably seen the streets littered with little paper or plastic cups. Imagine all of those cups on the trail–that would not be good for the environment or for any wildlife. Our goal is to leave the trails in the same shape as we found them.

One of the best ways to be environmentally responsible is to keep this race cupless. That means that each aid station will have plenty of water but you will need to carry your own hydration system. This might be handheld water bottles, fuel belt, or a vest. If you are unsure of what to use, here is one article to help you get started on your research.

Another reason you need to carry a hydration system is the distance between aid stations. Our access to the trail is limited and the distance between aid stations is longer in a trail race than a typical road race.