Runners - Do You Trust The Water Stations?

Friday, December 09, 2011

I'm very new to running - I did my first 5k this past October

But I read this article linked today on RunnerGirl's Facebook feed:

I didn't think twice when the cute little girls were handing out Gatorade midway through the 5k I ran, but now I'm thinking about these bigger events (and even the small ones too)

Do you take your own fluids? One would think that a big city marathon would take precautions but apparently not

I want to run Bolder Boulder this coming May, and that is a big race 50K+ - should I plan to bring my own hydration?

Sorry if these seem like newbie questions - it is because I am :)
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    One word - ew! But I can't imagine this being common practice.
    3165 days ago
    I was going to do the LV 5K, glad I didn't. You should be able to trust the water.
    3165 days ago
    Isn't that horrible that we even have to have these conversations?
    3166 days ago
    I'm with the people who say it never crossed my mind to even consider it but then I haven't done more than a 10k. I'll have to ponder this ...
    3167 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5523923
    I have no concerns over water safety at races because this is the first time I've heard of something like this happening. I've competed in 5 5ks with no problems like that, and have never known anyone to complain about water quality at larger events (such as the Indianapolis Mini Marathon, with a similar number of participants as the RnR Las Vegas race). After reading the news reports, though, I don't want to compete in a RnR race until they get themselves together.
    3167 days ago
    The water during the Vegas race was gross- but I am a bit of a water snob and I already had a sick stomach all weekend so I'm not sure if it is the culprit or now.

    I've just been let down too many times with races not having enough or even 1 water station so I carry it during all races. I didn't carry enough in Vegas however and took one sip of the water and went without the rest of the race.

    I also love being able to get way over and bypass all of the crowds at water stops during races. So I use a variety of methods to carry - a belt that holds 2 6 oz bottles, a handheld that holds about 20, and I even have a Camelbak that I've used in the past.
    3167 days ago
    I never gave water safety a thought until I started reading countless blogs and articles about the mass of sick people at the finish. I do like to wear my 2 bottle belt for longer races just so I have it when I want it and can drink more than I spill from a small cup. But what happened at RnR Vegas will not make me fearful of water stations at other races. It does make me concerned about RnR races from the perspective of a poorly planned, overpopulated and badly executed event. I am now not-so-excited about the HM I am already registered for after reading about the breakdown of Vegas.
    3167 days ago
  • APED7969
    I read another person's blog that said they were unwell after the RnR HM as well but I think the vast majority of races you'd be fine. Perhaps you could contact a race organiser for BB and ask where they get their water from before deciding. It never hurts to bring your own just in case either! Personally I don't like wearing my water belt so if I can avoid it I do so I'd be likely to trust the water stations.
    3167 days ago
    I run the BB every year for the last 3 and have had no issues. I also ran the Vegas RnR, drank from the water stations, and had no problems. The Vegas RnR was the first time ever (in 4 years of serious running) I have seen a race pull from fire hydrants.

    I usually carry water, but the Vegas race I chose not to. No specific reason, jsut didnt.
    3167 days ago
    Sorry I can't help you, but I've never heard anybody being worried about that when I read blogs.
    3167 days ago
    I haven't read the article yet, but I'd doing the Bolder Boulder and I did it last year, and used the water stations and had no issues. I used to wear a water belt, but i hate the extra weight (like I need any more to carry around...) but my FI loves his 2 bottle belt. To each his own I guess.

    Any how, if you do the BB, let me know, I can introduce you to our Thornton CO sparkers!!!
    3167 days ago
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    Ew. I've never had a problem with water stations before, but I've mostly been in smaller events where the water is coming out of coolers...

    Having said that, completely unrelated to safety, I like having my own water bottle because I like to be able to drink more often than those water stations come up.
    3167 days ago
    I carry my own water for longer events because I don't trust that the aid stations will be placed right for me--I want water and fluids when I need them. Shorter races (5K and 10Ks) I don't usually need water unless it's hot. After the problems with the Las Vegas Rock'n'Roll, I'm even more convinced that I want to carry my own!
    3167 days ago
    I think that can happen anywhere, really. Enough people without enough oversight is how things like this happen. It's probably always a risk, but I would think it's small enough to ignore. I don't usually take the cups of fluid along the race anyway because I don't like to have much in my stomach while running.
    3167 days ago
    I didn't til I read that article yesterday!!!!!! Not sure, I fine with all my races
    3167 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/9/2011 1:31:31 PM
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