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Run with own bottle, refill at aid stations?
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I'm probably overthinking things, but I like to carry my own water bottle when running and would like to do so during my upcoming IM. Will I be able to fill the bottle at aid stations (w/ water or gatorade or whatever), or do the volunteers only allow fluids to be delivered via dixie cups?
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Re: Run with own bottle, refill at aid stations? [eisforurgent] [ In reply to ]
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I've done this at 70.3's. Depending on the volunteers, they may dump the cups into your bottle for you, or you may have to grab the cups and do it yourself. I'm not sure if they'll take it from you and fill it from the cooler. It's probably faster to do the cups anyway.
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I have done it for the fulls that I did and the halfs. Carry a bottle from the start, and in the full distance grab the second at special needs pickup. I've had volunteers dump a handful of cups into it, or grab a pitcher if they have one there and dump that in too. I prefer it to the small cups, and I can actually get a real amount of fluid in.
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Re: Run with own bottle, refill at aid stations? [eisforurgent] [ In reply to ]
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I’m planning on doing the same; having a bottle waiting for me at T2 and another bottle at special needs. I’ve been looking for an answer to this specific question in the athlete guide, but such an issue is not mentioned.

I suppose that if others have successfully been able to fill bottles at aid stations, you’ll be able to do the same at your IM.

The best way to know is to ask at the athlete meeting.

Which IM are you doing?
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Re: Run with own bottle, refill at aid stations? [eisforurgent] [ In reply to ]
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I've done it a lot for hot races. You can keep topping it off with ice and dribble ice water on your head and arms (arm coolers) to keep from overheating. Works great.
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I've done this for a couple of IMs. You will be fine, but be patient with volunteers at aid stations. Some might be able to help, some might not
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SBRLaw wrote:
Which IM are you doing?

IM Zurich this weekend. Couldn't find anything in the athlete guide either. I'll give it a whirl, worst case scenario I just dump the bottle and stick to the dixies.
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Re: Run with own bottle, refill at aid stations? [eisforurgent] [ In reply to ]
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You can also freeze it the night before. Then there's more possibility of it being cold. If possible, you could also have a very small cooler at your transition that you keep the bottle in to keep it cold/frozen.
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Re: Run with own bottle, refill at aid stations? [eisforurgent] [ In reply to ]
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I have done it several times in Kona. Worked very well.
Sam
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Done it lots at IM and 70.3 No issues and just run up with the top off, volunteers will gladly put whatever you want in it. Can't say as I've ever had to do it myself, but i'd be fine if that was the case
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