At its simplest, all you need to run is a pair of shorts, a t-shirt, and a pair of running shoes.

But, with longer distances comes more complexity and more gear. Many longer races have mandatory gear lists in order to satisfy safety and insurance requirements.

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Here is a list of what I currently use, followed by a wishlist.

Gear List

Shoes – For road, Mizuno Waverider 17; For Track, Mizuno Hitogamis; For Trails, Brooks

Shorts – Brooks

Watch –

Sunglasses –

Running Belt – Nathan Hydration Belt

Compression Socks – Zensah Long Compression socks

Race Socks

Windbreaker/waterproof jacket

Hi-Vis Jacket

Headlamp –


Wish List


Hydration Pack – Salomon Race Vest


Watch – Garmin Felix 3 or Suunto Ambit 3.

Arm Warmers – Zensah Compression Arm Warmers

Buff – Ginger Runner Wrap or Buff branded paisley buff

Compression Socks – Zensah Compression Socks.

Long sleeve Shirts/thermal top

Tights/thermal pants

Hi-Vis Safety Vest

HeadlampOn finding a new headlamp

Waterproof Pants