Recommended Rut Equipment

At the Rut, we strive to challenge our runners to redefine their own limits. Our courses are a testament to this core value. While we desire to get our participants out of their comfort zone, their safety is always our number one priority.  In light of the recent tragedy at a mountain running event in China, where 21 athletes passed away due to exposure to extreme elements, we have revisited what we are doing at the Rut to keep runners safe and set up for success on race day.

One step in this process is having the essential gear that will improve your capacity to maintain safety in the event of extreme weather or other significant events during your Rut race. With this in mind, we now have compiled a highly recommended gear list for our VK, 28K & 50K events

It is a universal truth that running in the mountains is inherently risky behavior. We pride ourselves on a robust emergency rescue team and medical staff, yet runners must also play an active role in their own safety and that of others. We ask that you partner with us in creating a culture of safety at the Rut!

Highly Recommended Equipment for the 2021 Rut Mountain Runs:

VK:

  • Space blanket – The last line of defense should weather move in unexpectedly while exposed and on the alpine ridge or summit of Lone Peak

28K:

  • Space blanket – The last line of defense should weather move in unexpectedly while exposed and on the alpine ridge or summit of Lone Peak. Also can be helpful if you come across someone in need of help and more protection.
  • Hooded jacket with breathable waterproof membrane – Essential in protecting you from the elements.
  • Whistle – In an emergency, you can bring attention to yourself.
  • 16oz water carrying capacity –  The Rut is hard and dehydration happens quickly at altitude when it’s windy, hot, and you are exposed to the sun.  16oz is the bare minimum you should need to get from aid station to aid station. Does not need to be full at all times.

50K:

  • Space blanket – The last line of defense should weather move in unexpectedly while exposed and on the alpine ridge or summit of Lone Peak. Also can be helpful if you come across someone in need of help and more protection.
  • Hooded jacket with breathable waterproof membrane – Essential in protecting you from the elements.
  • Whistle – In an emergency, you can bring attention to yourself.
  • 32oz water carrying capacity –  The Rut is hard and dehydration happens quickly at altitude when it’s windy, hot, and you are exposed to the sun.  32oz is the bare minimum you should need to get from aid station to aid station. Does not need to be full at all times.
  • Headlamp –  The Rut 50K begins before sunrise. All participants must have a headlamp.

Additional Recommended Gear:

  • Food reserves – Runners should always have at least 300 kcal more food than they plan to need. This will save you from an unexpected bonk or give you the fuel you need to reach the next aid station if it is taking more time than expected.
  • Technical long sleeve for additional warmth – Additional layer of protection when the temps are low of precip is in the forecast.
  • Warm hat or neck gaiter – More warmth and protection to allow you to maintain the capacity to stay warm.
  • Light gloves – If your hands become too cold for use then you drink and eat less. Gloves will keep your hands functioning when you need this or during the scrambling sections of the course.
  • Rain pants –  Staying dry is staying warm.
  • Sunscreen for hot and exposed weather – At 11,166 ft of elevation the sun is strong and sunscreen can be your first line of defense.
  • Phone with ski patrol number uploaded  – There is cell service on almost all of the Rut courses. Therefore a phone can be a powerful tool in the event of a real emergency.  The ski patrol number will be on all race bibs as well as the Rut app.
  • Reusable cup – The Rut is a cupless event.  Therefore, you will need your own container to receive food and liquid.
  • Bear Spray – The Rut courses are in bear country.  Both black bears and grizzly bears call this area home. While most encounters with wildlife on our course are benign there is always a chance of surprising a bear-on course. Bear Spray is a great tool to deter a bear from an attack.