Favorite Foods And Gear Of Three Top Trail Runners

Ultrarunning specialist Geoff Roes has been known to snack on Fritos, salami and Reese's peanut butter sticks when out on the trails for a a long time. Photo: seetherace.wordpress.com

Geoff Roes’ Top Picks

Geoff Roes, 35, of Juneau, Alaska, broke Scott Jurek’s Western States 100 course record (15:07:04) in 2010, when he closed a 12-minute gap on the leaders, passing them at mile 89 and never looking back. The former high school track and cross-country runner, who competed for only one cross-country season at Syracuse University because of injuries, boasts an impressive ultra resume, with recent wins at the Ultra Race of Champions, the Chuckanut 50K and the Iditarod Trail Invitational, where his necessities list included two pairs of gloves with mitts on top, spikes, snowshoes and gaiters, as well as Fritos, salami and Reese’s peanut butter sticks.

Geoff Roes’ Top Five Trail Nutrition Picks:

  • Clif Shot gel: “I literally go through thousands of these a year. They go down smooth and provide nice, clean-burning energy.”
  • Clif Kid Z fruit rope: “I got some of these originally for my girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter, and slowly started eating some myself. Over time, I started taking them on runs. Now I take at least one on almost every run I do.”
  • Clif Shot Blocks: “They’re a little tough for me to digest when racing, but on slower training runs, they’re a great variety to the gel.”
  • S! Caps: “Taking in electrolytes in high doses has been a huge benefit to my running, especially in the heat.”
  • Chia seeds: “Soak them in water and add a touch of lime juice, and a splash of coconut milk, and carry in a small water bottle. It’s an awesome source of slower-burning energy.”

Roes’ Top Five Trail Gear Picks:

  • Montrail Mountain Masochist trail-running shoes: “I have run almost every run in these shoes for about three years now. They’re great for all conditions and distances—they’re without doubt the best shoes I’ve ever worn.”
  • Drymax socks: “I just ran a 350-mile race wearing one pair of Drymax socks and didn’t get a single blister. Enough said.”
  • Mountain Hardwear Effusion jacket: “It’s the perfect jacket for cold or damp weather. It shields almost everything that comes its way without clamming up inside. This time of year, I wear this jacket on almost every run.”
  • Ryders sunglasses: “They fit my face better than any sunglasses I’ve ever worn. My favorite models are the Shot and Hex.”
  • Highgear AxioMax Altimiter watch: “It’s awesome for tracking overall vertical on runs.”

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