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Top-5 Race-Week Tips

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jan. 7, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:14 AM UTC

4. Make A List, Check It Twice

You wouldn’t leave home without your favorite credit card, you shouldn’t leave home without your running shoes, shorts, singlet, socks, gels and hydration belt. Make a list of race-day essentials and keep these items on or close to you at all times. If traveling from out of town, pack the important stuff in your carry-on luggage. You’ll be fine if you lose your favorite slippers or misplace your shaving kit, but you’re nothing without your running shoes.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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