There are basically two schools of thought when assembling a kit for an ultramarathon, and they’re about the same as any sort of race, hike or expedition: comprehensive preparation and more weight, or as minimalist as possible. The decision gets easier for experienced racers who know how to measure their needs versus what’s available on the course and what they can leave at drop stations, but for first-time ultra-distance runners, the decision can be a little confounding. You want to be very prepared and very light. This setup for the Vermont 50 — a trail run — reflects a good balance of preparedness and weight, with a bias toward the former in the choice of a hydration pack.
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