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Hydration for outdoor lovers

Whether you're running, hiking or cycling, it's important to stay properly hydrated. Nobody knows that better than CamelBak, which marks its 25th anniversary this year of helping people hydrate on the go.

Whether you're running, hiking, biking or just having fun outdoors, there are many ways to stay hydrated
Whether you're a runner, hiker or cyclist, proper hydration is important for your health
Sandy Wallace

The first CamelBak hydration pack was imagined in 1988 as a way to provide hands-free hydration during the Hotter ‘N Hell 100-mile bike road race. From CamelBak’s inception as a hospital IV bag inside of a tube sock in 1989 to its current portfolio of hydration packs, bottles, vests, belts and filtration pitchers, CamelBak continues to reinvent the personal hydration category.

In 2008, CamelBak introduced the first ever BPA-free water bottle, now the best-selling reusable bottle on the market. In 2014, the company entered the housewares space with Relay, a category-first, double-filtration water pitcher.

Some runners bring a water bottle or hydration pack along on their runs. Other runners hydrate before and after a run. Some runners rely on hydration tents and stations on race day while others bring their own hydration to the race.

We asked local runners to share tips for hydration during training runs and on race day. Mike Mitchell tells us, "I use a CamelBak with a 70 ounce reservoir for training on longer trail runs for my hydration system. I don't normally use vests or hydration packs on the roads. Usually, if I am planning a road run longer than 14 miles, I plan it where I am running by places where I can refill a hand held bottle. Sometimes I will stash some hydration along the way. Most of the time I can get by on a road run of less than 14 miles with a single 20 ounce hand held bottle. I have found the CamelBak very good for runs in the mountains that are over 20 miles because of the 70 ounce capacity."

Chaz Peterson shares, "Hydration is only necessary on runs longer than 45 to 60 minutes as long as you're normally well hydrated." Many short distance runners hydrate well before a race and rehydrate after running.

Clifton Williams tells us, "During your training runs, make sure you eat and drink like you would during a race. No point trying different things during a race than a training run. You might set something off in your stomach that could give you some horrible feelings."

Mitchell adds, "I use both a vest with a hydration reservoir and a CamelBak hydration pack when training up for long trail races. In my experience as long as you stay hydrated and have a constant supply of calories and electrolytes you can keep moving. Take those elements away and your body will begin to shut down. That would be undesirable for training or racing."

Rhonda Sprouse shares, "I just started using the hydration vest this year and I love it. It helps me stay hydrated and I have used all of my 2 liters doing 13.1 and 14 mile runs. When I run the 10 miler I generally use 1 liter or a little more. I also add a Nunn tablet to my water for extra electrolytes. Generally on a day before a long run or race I will drink lots of water. Also when I first get up I drink at least a half bottle of water."

Jen Kujawski tells us, "Never underestimate the importance of electrolytes and fuel, in both your training runs as well as race. In long distances they will make or break you and your race time."

Sprouse adds, "I read some articles about hydration and it suggested that you drink at least 8 ounces of water in the morning because you are dehydrated in the morning. I have found that it does help and my body feels better over all. To think that this is my fourth year of running and I just now start to really learn the importance of hydration. I never stopped for water before during races and never carried it with me on long runs either. Thankful for many friends and fellow runners for introducing me to the hydration vest. Now I drink all the time while running even if it's just a little 4 or 5 mile run."

On CamelBak's 25th anniversary in July 2014, Sally McCoy, CEO and President of CamelBak said, "Much has changed since 1989, but our goals remains the same. We are fully dedicated to what we make, how we make it, for whom we make it and the way it impacts people’s lives. Today, CamelBak celebrates 25 years of category creation and leadership in hydration and we believe the best is yet to come.”

Today, CamelBak continues to engineer and update products to redefine best-in-market hydration solutions. Stemming from its cycling roots 25 years ago, CamelBak now offers category-first and premium products including, K.U.D.U.™, an innovative mountain bike hydration pack with fully-integrated state of the art back protection, and the re-engineered NV™ Back Panel system which is designed for optimal ventilation and comfort while on a bike.

All CamelBak products are covered by the Got Your Bak™ Lifetime Guarantee and help people develop hydration habits that are healthier for themselves and the planet. CamelBak’s Ditch Disposable™ movement works to diminish the use of single-use disposable bottles and to date has replaced more than 1.8 million disposable bottles through offering free freshly filtered water hydration stations at major music festivals and events.

Whether you hydrate with a hydration pack or water bottle before, during or after your outdoor adventures, good hydration helps you stay healthy as you reach for new goals.

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