Eating an energy gel on the go doesn’t need to be sticky business or result in fly-away tops if you follow the 3/4 tear top approach. Translation: Don’t go all the way – just tear the top 3/4 off. It works, I promise.
Many gel tops found on trails are accidental—after all, tops have a one-track mind: straight for the ground, bypassing pockets and vests to nestle up with leaves, pine needles, and the occasional squirrel. But from one runner to the next, we can do better, we must do better to prevent unwanted top drops. Even with the innovative litter leash from Clif Bar tops can still drop.
A few pops of sun on a recent run hinted Spring is just around the corner. I know it’s hard to believe given many parts of the country are still digging out of snow. Nevertheless, with warmer weather and brighter days ahead we’ll be spending more time outside training for upcoming races and other adventures. And with more trail time comes an increased use of energy gels to keep us fueled. So, warm up those fingers because it’s contest time!
#StopTopDrops Contest Details:
- Snap a picture of your 3/4 gel top tear
- Post the picture in the comments section of Adventures in Thumbholes’ Facebook contest status update with the hashtag #StopTopDrops (or post it to Instagram or Twitter using the same hashtag) – you can also email the picture
- Want bonus points? Take a picture of any gel tops you find and pack out
- Contest runs March 13–March 27 (open to all athletes – not just trail runners)
- One lucky winner will receive five gels of their choice, any flavor, any brand (plus a mystery surprise)
By photographing your gel package with the top still attached and posting it online, you’re spreading the word about the importance to #StopTopDrops as a way to keep our wildplaces litter-free. Don’t forget you can recycle used gels and other endurance wrappers through TerraCycle.
Winner will be selected at random from all entries. Contest runs March 13-March 27. Winner will be contacted on or after March 27 by the method in which photo was submitted. All submissions may be shared online through Adventures in Thumbholes blog and social media channels.