Smithville 8-Hr GEAR


This gear list is required. We will not have a pre-race gear check, but we WILL be performing gear checks during the race.  Other items may be necessary based on individual experience.

Individual Gear (to be carried by each racer at all times during the race):

Pack with hydration system (40 oz. minimum)

Waterproof jacket (ponchos are NOT acceptable - must have long sleeves for arms)

Headlamp with fully charged batteries


Lighter/waterproof matches

Emergency blanket


Individual Gear (mountain bike leg):

Mountain bike (no road bikes, triathlon bikes, cyclocross bikes or tandems allowed)

Bike helmet

Flashing red rear light mounted on bike

Spare tube (even if you have tubeless tires)


Individual Gear (paddling leg):

Canoes, Paddles & PFDs are provided by Bonk Hard Racing;. Personal paddles and PFDs ARE allowed.


Team Gear (to be carried AT ALL TIMES during the race):

Waterproof map case

Tool for plotting UTM coordinates (with 1:10,000, 1:24000 1:25000 scales)
* If you need a UTM tool, Bonk Hard Racing will have these for sale at racer check-in for $5

2 Compasses

Minimum of 25 Iodine Tablets or Water Purification System

Fully charged cell phone in water proof container (for emergency use only)

First Aid Kit that includes:

  • 4 4"x4" gauze pads
  • 1 roll of 1" waterproof medical/equivalent tape
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • 1 3" ace bandage
  • 6 bandaids
  • 2 safety pins
  • 6 doses of painkiller and/or anti-inflammatory (aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.)
  • 1 pair of latex gloves

Team Gear (mountain bike leg):

Bicycle multi-purpose tool

Tube patch kit

Tire pump / CO2 cartridge inflator

Paddling Gear Suggestion:
Your feet will get wet AND muddy on the paddling leg.  Though not mandatory, you may prefer to bring water shoes or Crocs for the paddling leg to keep your biking and trekking shoes dry as you will need both AFTER the paddling leg.

Trekking Gear Suggestion:
Long pants. The vegetation can be thick and stickery at times and you will encounter poison ivy and any ticks I left out there.   Perhaps you may be lucky enough to snag a tube of the Zanfel at the awards ceremony to ease your poison ivy encounters!

Water Purification:
Other water purification methods such as Aqua Mira, pumps, filters, etc. are acceptable in place of iodine tablets.

Watch the weather and plan accordingly, especially for warm temperatures and rain.

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