One of the things that makes Badwater different from other ultras is that it is entirely on public roads. Aside from the runners' crew vehicles, there are locals and tourists on the roads, and some of those tourists drive damn fast and are clueless that there is a race going on.
The other thing that is different about Badwater is that even the top finishers at Badwater must run through the night.
(pic: Ferg Hawke and pacer at the 2004 race where he took 2nd place in 27:30)
So, there is need for all runners and pacers and crews to take extra precautions and BE SEEN!
The official Badwater rules state:
"Racers and crew members/pacers must wear reflective material facing in all four directions, as well as blinking LED lights facing front and rear, at night. Racers and crew members are encouraged to wear reflective material during the day as well."
So, we've got to GET NOTICED!
Here's what I have for me and my crew. I purchased these through RoadID.com and Zombierunner.com:
1) The Firefly Wrist Bands
2) The Firefly Supernova (these tiny LEDs are HOT! My team and I are going to look like Christmas trees in the desert night. Oh yes, we will get noticed!)
3) Nite Ize LED Sport Vest
4) Amphipod Luminous-Light reflective vest
So, whether you are running Badwater or pacing and crewing someone, (or even if you simply run or ride at dusk or before dawn), you should wear reflective gear. It's good to BE SEEN AND GET NOTICED!
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