Race Day Checklist | Powered by Hope

There is a lot to remember leading up to race day. Rather than rely on your memory, print out our race day checklist to make sure take care of all the important stuff.


  • Drink 4 to 6 ounces of water every hour.
  • Eat small carbohydrate snacks constantly.
  • Make sure to pick up your race number & timing chip from the Country Music Marathon (Click here for complete instructions. You MUST do this in person & bring the correct documents.)
  • Mentally rehearse your race strategy, feeling good, overcoming challenges, recovering.
  • Relax with friends or family.


  • Drink 4 to 6 ounces of water every hour.
  • Eat light carbohydrate snacks like energy bars.
  • Go over the procedure, route, etc. for getting to the start line.
  • Review your parking/shuttle plan. Click here for the official CMM information.
  • Do a very relaxed mental rehearsal of the event, concentrating on the positive.
  • Lay out your race day clothes, shoes, etc.
  • Pack your race day gear bag.


  • Race number and pins
  • Timing chip
  • Fuel belt or other water bottle carrier filled with either water or electrolyte fluid
  • Water to drink while waiting for race to start
  • Sports Jelly Beans/Gu/Gels etc. – for use during the race and according to what has worked for you during your long training runs. Don’t try anything new race day!
  • Garbage bag as a ground cover while your resting at the race site prior to start


  • Drink 4 to 6 ounces of water every 30 minutes until you hear “sloshing”.  Cut off fluid intake according to what has worked before your long training runs.
  • Eat – according to the schedule which has worked for you before your long training runs.
  • Bring your bag, car keys, etc.
  • Leave at least 30 minutes before you think you’ll need to leave…in case of unexpected traffic.
  • If at the race site early, stay off your feet as much as possible.
  • Jog or walk for 3 to 5 minutes (very slowly) just before lining up.
  • Keep the legs moving, in place if necessary as you stand waiting for the actual race start.
  • Joke around; enjoy the energy and personalities of the folks nearby.
  • Go out slowly, if it’s hot, go out even slower!
  • If you feel warm, pour water over your head at each water stop.
  • When tired, shorten your stride and you may want to take more frequent walk breaks.


  • Grab water and carbohydrate food(s).
  • Walk, eat and drink for at least a mile.


  • If possible immerse your legs in a cold bath, as soon after the finish as possible.
  • Within 30 minutes, eat around 200 calories of 80% carb/20% protein.
  • Walk for 30 to 60 minutes later in the day.
  • Drink 4 to 6 ounces of water or electrolyte fluid (at least) every hour.
  • Walk for 30 to 60 minutes on Sunday.
  • Eat snacks continuously for the rest of the day.

From Jeff Galloway. Used with permission.

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