For those seeking a new way to achieve the “runner’s high” these races are just the ticket. Multi-leg relay races are another subset of the running craze. The increased participation in the sport of running has gone past marathons and ultras and into “fun-runs,” mud-runs, obstacle courses and multi-leg or even multi-day races. These races push your comfort zone and challenge you both physically and mentally. Prepping for an intense multi-leg race can be an invigorating and exciting journey. Increasing your mileage, adding hill climbs, training at elevation and adjusting your caloric intake accordingly are all part of the process.
So when it comes to the list of things you need to keep track of on race day, apparel should be the least of your worries. We’ve compiled three complete outfits to take you through your multi-leg race journey. These trail-tested items will carry you through sun, rain, cold and darkness, all while looking stylishly swift.
For a midday leg with the intense mountain sun glaring down, we’ve created an outfit to keep you cool and collected during your race.
1 — Ambit2 (HR) by SUUNTO
Maintaining your pace during a distance race is critical. While the excitement of race day can get your adrenaline pumping, resist the urge to race out of the gate by keeping an accurate eye on your pace and heart rate. The Ambit2 with the integrated Heart Rate system by Suunto makes it easy with a large pace display, lap comparisons by each kilometer/mile and scrollable options to view distance, speed, elapsed time, elevation, heart rate and calories burned. While you’re not out crushing it in a town race, the GPS-based watch offers an impressive bevy of other functions for outdoor adventurist. Barometric pressure anyone?
2 — Corsa Skort by ISIS
Slip into any piece by ISIS and you can instantly tell that it was designed by women, for women. Flattering cuts, styles, patterns and colors, backed by high performance materials, are what their pieces are known for. The Corsa Skort is no exception. The nylon and spandex short & skirt combination with stretch waistband is comfortable and chic, with a gusset crotch for movability. This will quickly become your go-to piece, having you feeling feminine yet fearless as you fly down the trails.
3 — Unisex Ventilator Compression Support Calf Sleeves by CW-X
Compression garments are all the rage, and with good reason. Why wait to sooth your legs until after the race, when you can begin the recovery process before you even begin? The Unisex Ventilator Compression Support Calf Sleeves by CW-X are engineered to provide muscle and joint support. The increase in blood circulation results in better endurance, less fatigue and faster recovery. The sleeve design allows you to pair them with your favorite running sock.
4 — Women’s Running Ultra Light No Show by Point6
Many a toenail was lost before the discovery of Point6 wool socks. The moisture wicking properties of wool prevent dampness from developing, keeping your toes dry and happy. The Running Ultra Light No Show by Point 6 is crafted of tightly knit merino wool, an antimicrobial, natural fiber that helps regulate your body temperature. The soft and snug fit stays put, alleviating blisters or hotspots, while the low cut ankle allows it to pair perfectly with any running shoe. After your run, slip on a pair of the Point6 Compression Ultra Lite OTC socks to aid in recovery. The “Over the Calf” high rise sock, created with merino wool infused with Celliant fibers, aids in fatigue, reduces soreness and increases blood flow. Your legs will thank you.
5 - Women’s Coolest Cool Short Sleeve Top by Columbia
The intense midday sun in the mountains has become more bearable thanks to the Omni-Freeze Zero technology by Columbia. The sweat-activated cooling system in the Coolest Cool Short Sleeve top will keep you cooler than your competitors. While the Omni-Wick technology will keep you dry, pulling sweat away from your body, the Omni-Shade technology will keep you blocked from the Sun’s harmful rays. This triple action will keep you cool, dry and protected. You’ll coast stylishly down the trail, and have your fellow racers wondering what your secret is.
6 — Bondi Speed by Hoka One One
While the minimal movement has saturated the market, Hoka One One makes a push in the opposite direction. The first to pioneer the maximalist concept, the shoes are designed for runners of all levels. The oversized shoes are surprisingly light, bouncy and nimble. Within the first few steps of wearing the Bondi Speed, you’ll be a believer. The cushioned midsoles deliver an almost trampoline-like effect. The large outsole footprint offers stability on trail or pavement, while minimizing impact, perfect for those with knee issues. Rather than hitting the pavement, you’ll feel as though you’re effortlessly running on vibrantly colored clouds. The fast-entry lacing system will get you out the door and onto the trial quicker than ever.
7 — Jurek Endure by Ultimate Direction
Personally designed by Scott Jurek, the Jurek Collection by Ultimate Direction provides runners with four hydration system options. The Jurek Endure is the perfect hydration belt for a mid-distance run. The belt comes with two ten-ounce bottles, for even weight distribution, keeping the belt from bouncing around. The construction of the bottle holsters is stiff enough to easily slide the bottles in and out, while still resting comfortably against your back. The front pocket allows for easy access to goos or gels, and the expandable back pocket can stash arm warmers or gloves. The waist belt is adjustable and comes with race bib clips. Stylish, compact and efficient, the Jurek Endure is ready to endure any leg of the race.
For dusk or dawn runs, you need options that allow you to adapt to the change in temperature or weather. Our second outfit will carry you through a low-light leg in prepared style.
1 - Active Extreme Concept Piece LS Women’s by Craft
When it comes to movability, Craft pieces are hard to beat. The Active Extreme Concept Piece Long Sleeve is not only flattering and stylish, but allows for unconstricted arm swing thanks to their Moving Wing technology. The bodymapped design created with elastic fabrics is snug in all the right places, and moves with your body. The thin, jersey fabric keeps you feeling dry and fresh, and will quickly become one of your favorite pieces. Soft, lightweight and vibrantly hued, this piece will whisk you to the finish line.
2 - Women’s APEX LITE Jacket by The North Face
With vastly varied weather conditions, racers in the Rocky Mountains need to be prepared for an unexpected afternoon thunderstorm or temperature drop. The APEX Lite jacket by North Face is an ideal piece to stash in your pack. Wind and water resistant, this light layer provides just enough protection from the elements without hindering your stride. The new FlashDry fabric offers superior breathability and shortened drying time. The fit is flattering and feminine, and the reflective detailing keeps you visible as the sun begins to set.
3 - Women’s TT Sock by Zoot Sports
Before you can race to the finish line, racing to get you gear on just got a little easier, thanks to the unique double tab construction of the Women’s TT Sock by Zoot Sports. The easy to grab design allows for quick changes between race legs, while also providing Achilles protection. The breathable, thin, moisture wicking construction keeps feet blister free, and the built in arch support helps to reduce fatigue by promoting blood flow out of the foot.
4 - AIR 2.0 LADY Tight 3/4 by Gore Running Apparel
When you look good, you feel good. Gore Running Apparel fully understands and embraces this philosophy. With a full rainbow of color options available for the AIR 2.0 LADY Tight, you’ll have a hard time choosing just one. But the colors aren’t the most sumptuous aspect...the stretchability, wearability, fit and feel of the fabric is soft and subtle. Engineered specifically for running, the cooling and venting design crafted from microfiber fabric aids in temperature regulation and breathability. The flat-lock seam detailing works with your figure to contour and flatter your backside, finished with subtle reflective touches on the hem.
5 - Wink Hydration Pack by Ultimate Direction
Staying hydrated during any race is important. Staying hydrated in a multi-leg or mulit-day race is crucial. The Wink Hydration Pack by Ultimate Direction offers an impressive 70oz / 2L reservoir, conveniently accessed by the HyperFlow bite valve. The visually appealing women specific pack was designed for the smaller torso of a female. Petite in size, not on features, 100% BPA free pack has easily accessible shoulder strap pockets, and plenty of room for your bars, phone and rain jacket in the main storage pocket. The ventilation provided by the 3D AirMesh back panel and shoulder straps keeps you cool and comfortable during your entire run.
6 - XR Mission W by Salomon
Theses stunners will have you sprinting towards the finish line in style and comfort. The Ortholite dual density footbed creates a cushioned landing and heel support. Conquer various terrain on these light yet stable trail runners. The XR Mission W precisely contours to various foot shapes thanks to Salomon’s Asymmetrical Sensiflex technology. The one-pull lacing system will have you reaching for these breathable beauties on race day and everyday.
Running through darkness is a wild and invigorating experience. Having your outfit dialed in will allow you to freely frolic with confidence and courage.
1 - LiteBelt 100 by GoMotion
Evening runs can be exciting and a bit scary. Actually being able to see the route will allow you to charge the trail with confidence. Illuminate the path with the LiteBelt100 by GoMotion. The bright light beams from your midsection, rather than your head, keeping the light more stable and less jarring. The 100 lumen light is powered by three AA batteries, with an adjustable beam angle and flood to spotlight beam option, while two flashing tail lights keep you visible and safe
from the rear. The breathable padded belt offers two storage pockets, with reflective touches to keep you safe and comfortable during the nighttime leg of your race.
2 - QuickDraw Plus by Nathan
For a short leg in your race, a handheld water bottle can allow you to carry just the right amount of water without weighing you down. This QuickDraw Plus by Nahan can carry 22 oz of liquid in the easy to squeeze TruFlex bottle. The hand strap is fully adjustable and allows for grip free running, while the storage pocket expands to allow room for your phone, gels and blocks. With 6 colors to choose from, you can be as bright or demure as you desire.
3 - Lillehammer Leggings by Tasc Performance
Slipping into these leggings, you may momentarily think that you accidentally put your pajamas back on. The soft and luxurious bamboo fabric feels incredibly smooth and silky against your skin. It’s hard to believe that such a supple and comfortable piece could deliver such high performance. The Lillehammer Leggings by Tasc is crafted of their performance jersey fabric, the moisture wicking, anti-odor, breathable creation comprised of bamboo fabric that receives BamCo finishing process. The thick waist band is figure flattering, and stays put during your entire run, although you’ll probably end up wearing these as often as you can justify.
4 - Impact Thermal 1/2 Zip by New Balance
The Impact Thermal 1/2 Zip by New Balance combines two of our favorite things; coffee and thumbholes. The NB Heat technology uses eco-friendly coffee grinds to deliver a fabric that increases the surface temperature of the skin by approximately two degrees. This thermal warmth paired with built-in thumb holes will keep you cozy and comfortable on-and-off the trail. This crisp, bright and flattering piece is perfect as a second layer, the long zipper allowing for easy temperature regulation.
5 - Lesko Shimmel Tank by Oiselle
While the Lesko Shimmel tank by Oiselle isn’t guaranteed to make you run faster, it sure will make you look cuter. The stylish, fashion-forward piece could easily be mistaken for a lifestyle piece, but the top is ready and willing to get sweaty. The micropoly material keeps you feeling fresh and odor-free. The built in shelf bra has high compression that offers full support, yet remains breathable and cool. Speaking of cool, for those whose passion for running is shared by their significant other, Oiselle offers custom designed bridal running gowns, so you can run your way down the runway.
6 - Women’s PHD Run Light Micro by Smartwool
Wool that’s smartly and responsibly crafted into quality garments is what SmartWool has been creating for seventeen years. The Women’s PDH Run Light Micro sock is a perfect example. The sock is lightly cushioned for a comfortable ride, with Realiwool technology employed in the high-density impact zones. The sock stays in place, thanks to the 4-Degree Elite Fit System, ensuring a blister free race. The moisture managing properties of the merino wool along with the mapped ventilation system keeps your feet dry and happy.
7 - Women’s PureCadence 2 by Brooks
Forgetting that you’re even wearing shoes might be the best compliment one could give to a running shoe. The PureCadence2 by Brooks achieves just that. The lean and light construction hugs your foot and offers unparalleled flexibility. The responsive midsole molds to each runners size and stride. The lower offset encourages proper form for those with back issues, while the split toe box allows the big toe to function independently, aiding in balance. The Nav Band that wraps over the instep provides a snug fit, not to mention looking darn snappy. These appealing and attractive road shoes might quickly become your everyday, allday shoes.