There are two types of aid stations:
i) Full aid stations - available to all racers - with various food (cookies, candy, fruit cups, dried fruit, nuts, trail mix, granola bars, chips, etc), water and energy drinks, first aid/medical equipment, wet wipes, sunscreen, and bug spray. Full aid stations will also serve as the relay exchange and timing zones. Please respect that these aid stations are equipped for runners currently on course or just finishing their leg and are not for spectators or support crews, or racers not currently racing.
ii) Emergency aid stations - These stations contain bare essentials (water, energy drink and energy food) - and relocated aid station food. And remember they are for emergencies. Please don't rely on them as they are remote and sometimes we can't get there if they run out of water or supplies. Please note that crews are NOT PERMITTED at the Emergency Aid Stations. Access is reserved for staff and emergency personnel only. Racers are responsible for their crew's actions and will be penalised or Disqualified for giving support outside of designated Exchange/Support Station zones.
Q: Should I carry food with me, or will there be enough food at the aid stations?
Yes and No.
Yes, you should carry food with you. No, you should not count on there being enough food at the aid stations.
Aid stations are not "feed stations" or snack bars, but available to aid and support racers on course under a variety of conditions. This is not even close to being a road race or marathon - it's an adventure race on remote wilderness trails and for any number of reasons and conditions we may not even be able to put this aid station on the mountain or service some of the more remote areas, so we always advise racers --- ESPECIALLY those with special dietary needs, you will want to plan your fuelling requirements carefully and come prepared.
What kind of food is available at aid stations?
We stock aid stations with a variety of pre-packaged foods - dried fruit, fruit cups, cookies, chips, bars, fruit-to-go, high chews, etc. We stock all food stations like convenience store - selecting the best "real food" available in individually-wrapped, single serving packages, that way we don't have to place an entire restaurant on top of a mountain. Due to health and food safety requirements and permit conditions, we are NOT able to provide fresh fruit or prepared foods (wraps, sandwiches) or hot foods (soup, drinks).
Please note that if you have special dietary requirements, your crew will be expected to cater to your palate. Your crew and/or teammates may provide your favourite snacks and hydration at the exchange points: Denard 1/2 exchange, Downtown 2/3-exchange, the 3/4 Hamel exchange and the 4/5 Sulphur Gates exchange. Directions will be on the back of your parking pass.
Q: I'm a soloist without a crew. Can I leave my supplies/gear at the Aid Station before the Race?
No. You may not stash gear anywhere along the course (see Race Rules). This is will result in disqualification. Soloists may leave a small Ambler Loop gear bag with us at Friday Registration.