Worldwide Fuel: A Look at Aid Stations Around the World

What normal and quirky foods you will discover at race aid stations across the world.

You can find flat Coca-Cola at the aid stations of many endurance races—but travel across the globe and fuel up on things other than the popular soda. These real-food snacks not only provide a welcome flavor break from gels and bars, but they also pack in the calories, carbs and sodium to keep runners nourished.

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Glass House Mountains 100 Mile Trail Run

Tomato and avocado sandwiches — 600 calories, 65g carbohydrates, 450mg sodium


Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc

Salami — 68 calories, 0g carbohydrate, 296mg sodium


Cologne 48-Hour World Cup

Non-alcoholic beer — 60–90 calories, 13g carbohydrates, 9mg sodium


Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji

Curry rice — 310 calories, 50g carbohydrates, 820mg sodium

South Korea

Jeju International Ultramarathon

Vegetable soup with steamed rice — 220 calories, 50g carbohydrates, 750mg sodium



Swedish meatballs — 260 calories, 6g carbohydrate, 540mg sodium

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