Race Day Checklist

There’s a lot to remember in a triathlon. Here’s what you need to get you through race day…

The Swim

  • Tri Suit (tested prior to race day so that you know it’s comfortable!)
  • Goggles- preferably a clear or light-colored set for pool swims or cloudy conditions, a dark set for bright sun
  • Swim cap (race should provide, but bring one just in case)
  • Neoprene swim cap (for cold water swims)
  • Wetsuit (compulsory in some races, optional in others)
  • Non-petroleum lubrication- for easy wetsuit entry/exit, to help prevent chafing

The Bike

  • Bike- important 🙂
  • Helmet
  • Cycling or triathlon shoes
  • Socks (wicking material, not cotton!)
  • Cycling vest/jacket (optional)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Arm warmers (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike computer (optional)
  • Bike frame bag (for patch kit, etc.)
  • Pump or CO2 inflation system- frame pump or CO2 cartridges & inflator. Remember, you are responsible for changing any flats!
  • Spare tubes, patch kit, tire levers
  • Chain lube
  • Water bottles
  • Nutrition

The Run

  • Running shoes
  • Socks
  • Hat or Visor
  • Orthodics, if using
  • Lace locks, speedlaces, elastic laces (optional)
  • Nutrition


  • Two small towels (one to mark your area, one for wiping feet)
  • Race belt for race number- easier and quicker than pins!
  • Race number and chip
  • Watch/Heart-rate monitor
  • Waterproof sunscreen
  • Triathlon federation ID, other identification
  • Post-race apparel and comfortable post-race shoes


Of course, we sometimes forget things, too. Is there anything that we’ve forgotten on our checklist? Anything that you like to pack that we’ve left out? Share your race day must-haves with the Tri-Eva community in the comments section below.

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