The mandatory gear list for each distance contains what we believe is the absolute minimum to keep you safe during the race, it would have some variations according to the distance you are choosing to run.
Some of the courses pass through remote areas, where protection from the elements and medical support services could be distant from athletes needing assistance. It is mandatory to carry the gear at all times.
In order to reduce waste, we are a cupless event. Athletes will need to carry their own drinking cup, bottle, or hydration vest that they can use at aid stations to refill drinks. For the 50 miles and 50k, we are asking to carry at least a 2 or 3 lt. reservoir between aid stations in the high sierra.
Athletes must carry the mandatory gear at all times during the race. No mandatory gear = no start! All athletes should be prepared for random spot checks, and if you are missing any item you will not be allowed to continue until the item can be replaced.