Individual Packing list

Running Equipment:

  • Running shoes (one or two pairs) – if you have trail shoes and are running a trail leg, you will want them for this race.
  • Team uniform (if you have one)
  • Cool weather running gear (long-sleeves or sweats) for two segments
  • Warm weather running gear (short sleeves and shorts) for two segments
Pro tip for organizing your clothing: Look at the approximate time of day you will be running (you can use the Smoky Mountain Relay finish time estimator for that) and select outfits for each leg. Place each outfit in a large zip-loc bag labelled with the leg you intend them for. This makes it much easier to find the clothes you need once the van becomes a mess. When you are done running, you have a perfect holder for those less than fresh clothes.
  • Lightweight shell for running in the rain
  • Running socks (three pairs)
  • Undergarments for running (three sets)
  • Running hat (one or two)
  • Water carrier / water bottle – this is especially important if you have one of the longer, unsupported legs.
  • Watch, Garmin or other training tool
  • Flashlight or headlamp (if not provided by your van)
  • Reflective vest (if not provided by your van)
  • Hydration drink (Nuun, Gatorade, etc.)  Bring what works for you!  Your team might have shared supplies, but unless you’ve tried it before race day, stick with what you know.  Trust me.
  • Energy food for longer legs. (Gels, Picky Bars, etc.) See note above!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Deodorant
  • BodyGlide – if you don’t know what BodyGlide, you need to learn! This is magic stuff – prevents chafing from your shorts, bra or shirt.  You can find it at your local running store.
  • Wipes – Facial wipes, or even diaper wipes, work great for a quick clean up. Showerpill also makes a nice cleaning wipe.

Non-Running Equipment

  • One to two changes of dry clothing
  • Non-running shoes for between legs
  • Warm socks (for sleeping or hanging around at night)
  • Warm jacket, sweats, hat and mittens (it gets cold in the North Carolina mountains – we have had temps drop to 30º overnight)
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Money (including some cash for buying food in exchange zones, like hot breakfast at the Cowee School, or stores along the course)
  • I.D. You will need your i.d. to get beer in the beer garden.
  • Food – the fun stuff to eat when you aren’t running
  • Foam roller or stick
  • Camera
  • Cell phone
  • Prescription medications
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Small towel to wipe off after run
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Lip balm / makeup / hygiene products
  • Ear plugs / sleep eye covers (for the first rest period it is not yet dark, or if you are a light sleeper. Exchanges are often pretty loud.)
  • Your costume if you are participating in a contest

Van Supplies

You may wish to organize by van and provide some items for the entire van. Here’s our list of suggested supplies each van should have:
  • Tarp
  • Cooler with ice
  • Water
  • Flashlights
  • Headlamps – at least 2 must be shown at check-in
  • Flashing red lights – at least 2 per van; we want one on the active runner’s front & back
  • Reflective vests (2 – 3) – at least 2 must be shown at check-in
  • Cellphones and/or two-way radios – cell service is spotty in many places on the course.
  • Clipboard & pens
  • Copy of legbook – we’ll give you one at check-in
  • Runner on road sign
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Extra garbage bags – the really big leaf bags make excellent rain ponchos in an emergency
  • Space blanket
  • Vaseline
  • BodyGlide
  • Basic first aid kit: Icy Hot, Excedrin, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Sunscreen, Bandaids, Scissors, Rubber gloves
  • Extra batteries
  • Blister care kit (Moleskin, secondskin, bandaids)
  • Toilet paper
  • Masking tape/ Duct tape
  • Spray bottles – especially if the forecast is for warm weather. You can use spray bottles to keep your runners cool.
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic eating utensils
  • Babywipes
  • Pepper spray
  • Window markers
  • Cowbell – you can never have too much
  • Tent if you are camping at any of the exchanges



“This was my first (of hopefully many) years running the SMR. It was fantastic! It was a breathtakingly gorgeous course, well marked and well organized. What a great weekend – spending time running and hanging out with awesome folks!!” – Emily J.

“This is a super fun relay through some of the most beautiful areas in the Southeast.

You like hills? you’ll love the SMR!!” – John D.

“This race is one that I HAVE to run every year! Beautiful scenery, tough course, wonderful atmosphere. Our team starts talking about the next one as soon as we finish!” – Matt R.

“From marathons to Ironman triathlons, SMR was the most fun endurance event I’ve ever done – and the hardest.  Run the steepest, longest hill you can find. They run it 10 more times. This will be fair training.

To the race director – BRAVO on creating the course. I can’t begin to imagine how you put this crucible together but it provide some incredible views during a majority of the race. Such a well organize and well run event.” ~ Jeremiah C

“Fantastic event. If you have a cool team to run this with it will be worth the training and time you put in. There are some super tough legs on it. The smokies are no joke.” ~ Ethan S

“SMR newbies with a team comprised of members from three states! Truly an epic adventure.

Just one tip, run lots of uphill training miles, and then run some more. Amazing!!!” ~ Ian M

“This race is absolutely amazing.

The course takes you through some of the most beautiful areas in western NC and will test even your strongest runners!

The spirit of friendship and community will keep you going.” ~ Caroline L

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