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Compulsory Equipment

The need for the compulsory kit cannot be underestimated and is there for your own safety. There will be a compulsory kit check the 38km only and participants arriving at the start without all the compulsory equipment may not be allowed to participate and will be not entitled to a refund.  Most of the compulsory items will be on sale at the Trail Store or you may pre purchase some of the critical items by clicking here

There will also be spot checks on the mountain and at the finish. The kit has been rated either Category 1, 2 or 3, anything found missing in Category 1 will result in disqualification, Category 2 will induce a 30-minute time penalty, anything found missing in Category 3 will induce a 15 minute time penalty. These regulations have been put in place for your own safety and we trust you will adhere to them. 

Compulsory kit listed will only be altered on race day and announced 1 hour before the start:

C = Compulsory
H = Highly recommended
O = Optional

Time Penalty:
2 = 30 minutes
3 - 15 minutes 

38km JMC
24km HMC
55km MMC
35km MMC
24.5km MMC Lite

21.5km JMC Lite
15km HMC Lite

12km JMC Run
11km HMC Run
Backpack or similar mountain running gear carrier C (2) H O
Waterproof jacket with hood (1) H O
Long sleeve wind breaker shell H O O
Microfleece long sleeve (1) O O
Buff or similar H H O
Beanie/fleece hat or band (2) H O
Emergency/Space Blanket (2) H O
Whistle (3) H O
Mobile phone, charged and with the emergency number  (1) (1) C (1)
Race nutrition (3) H O
Water + minimum (2)  1 litre H  500ml H  500ml
Basic first aid & personal medication (2) H H
Collapsable Eco-Cups* H H O
Trail running shoes H H O
Chemical hand warmers H O O
Dry bags/zip locks H O O



Backpack or similar mountain running gear carrier
Fitting snug around your body is key, right along side accessibility. The First Ascent option is the "Stealth Hydration Pack"
Waterproof rain jacket
100% waterproof, hood with drawstring, built-in visor, closure on cuffs & waist, Goretex® best, volume (go bigger rather than smaller).The First Ascent option is the "ARX Jacket"
Long sleeve wind breaker shell
Lightweight jacket for the runner who needs that extra layer from wind or light precipitation. This is what you will wear in weather 99% of the time, essentially protects from wind chill. The First Ascent Option is "The Apple Jacket".

Microfleece long sleeve
This is NOT a long sleeve running top.  Piled microfleece traps air and therefore insulates better. First Ascent option the "Piranha" micro fleece. 

Buff or similar
Really good at just about anything from keeping the sun off your neck to protecting your head from cold.  

Beanie/fleece hat or band
For when the chips are down, you want this locked away in a dry bag.  So much heat is lost from your head, this is a lifesaver.

Emergency/Space Blanket
Flimsy piece of space-aged foil that could just save your life.  Buy them from us at registration or any Cape Union Mart and/or most pharmacies.
When you are lost in the mist or fallen off the path out of view this number will save your life.  Three blasts of three seconds each is the international emergency call.  
Mobile phone, charged and with the emergency number 
If you can use an old phone with a number pad.  They are cheap, reliable and you can use them when your fingers are wet.  Make sure the emergency number is on your phone, which is on your race number: Wildrunner Emergency: 072 438 3242.
Race nutrition
Whatever your favourite is make sure you have enough!
Bladder carrier for water
There are plenty of manufacturers out there these days, be sure to read your reviews before buying. Top of our list are Source bladders but whatever you carry your water in make sure it's accessible but out of your hands (so you can use these!) First Ascent options.
Basic first aid
Pain killers, anti-inflammatories, rehydrate (or similar), plasters, First Aid dressings, wound dressing, antiseptic cream, zinc oxide tape, cotton wool, cable ties.
Chemical hand warmers
When it's really cold slip these numbers into your gloves to help keep your fingers flexible enough to open food.  Available at most Cape Union Mart stores, some pharmacies.
Dry bag or zip locks
We recommend a dry bag for the wetter weather. Zip Lock bags work as well, but for things like phones put a bit of kitchen towel in to soak up any leaks. First Ascent options.

Collapsable Eco-Cup*
From 1 January 2017, all aid stations on Wildrunner events will require each participant to carry his/her own reusable mug. Folds for easy storage in the bag. Infinitely reusable, it helps to refuel on races and is environmentally sound reducing the impact of disposable cups on the environment. Wildrunner Eco-Cups can be bought online or at the Wildrunner Store. 

Be sure to check out MSC exclusive technical product sponsor, First Ascent online store for a great selection of all your necessary technical trail running gear.