If you’ve run a road race, you have probably seen the streets littered with little paper or plastic cups. Imagine all of those cups on the trail–that would not be good for the environment or for any wildlife. Our goal is to leave the trails in the same shape as we found them.
One of the best ways to be environmentally responsible is to keep this race cupless. That means that each aid station will have plenty of water but you will need to carry your own hydration system. This might be handheld water bottles, fuel belt, or a vest. Another reason to use a hydration system is the space between aid stations. Because we use trails, we have a limited number of access points to put up aid stations. Throughout the Grasslands Trail Run, the space between aid stations is anywhere between 3 – 6 miles.
If you are unsure of what to use, here is one article to help you get started on your research.