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RaceSaver™ Bag Conquers Ironman® Wisconsin…

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Brian Harding at Ironman Wisconsin 2016

Brian Harding at Ironman Wisconsin 2016

Huge shout out to Brian Harding, who went 12:10 at Ironman Wisconsin 2016.

You can see his RaceSaver™ Bag clutched tightly in his right hand!

Also overheard after the big race…

Get a race saver bag. That thing is gold. I only used mine for the first 5 miles but having ice to put down my shirt or just hold onto was like a little treasure at each aid station.

~ Lindsay Blumenshein Ironman Wisconsin 2016

Learn more about the RaceSaver™ Bag and how to get your own here:

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RaceSaver™ Bag Review: How It Will Improve Your Next Race

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When is the last time you did a triathlon and you weren’t struggling with the heat? The debate rages about global warming, but on race day there is no doubt: races are getting hotter and harder by the year.

By the time you get to the run, it’s no longer about how fit you are. It’s simply a function of not slowing down! The best way to make sure you don’t slow down is to avoid  accumulating too much heat.  At some point, your body has to choose between you running and you functioning as a human.

There are plenty of hydration products on the market, but everyone has different nutritional needs. Everyone, however, needs to stay cool. Wrapping yourself in a towel is a second-rate solution —  why do that when you can just have ice with you?

With more than 20 Ironman® and 40 marathons to my resume, I have struggled with the heat everywhere from Ironman Hawaii to races in my own backyard. After much research and trial trial and error, I created the RaceSaver™ bag to make the most of each aid station.

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What is the RaceSaver Bag?

The RaceSaver™ is the perfect companion for your next hot race or long run. It’s a bulletproof solution:

  • Constructed from durable rip-stop nylon;
  • Built-in leash for easy transportation;
  • Cinch top to lock in your ice (but let out the melting water as you need it);

The RaceSaver™ Bag is perfect for race day because it allows you to be hands-free in the aid stations. Drop the ice in and the leash does all the work as you grab critical fluids and fuel.

The elastic leash means you can put the RaceSaver™ Bag where ever you want. In your top, in your shorts, under your hat…they all work. When you want more ice, just pull the leash to retrieve the bag and get some ice.


How Well Does the RaceSaver™ Bag Work?

You don’t need to do scientific research to understand the physiological benefits of having ice with you on a hot day. It rocks.

Even better than having the ice is being able to move it around, and then take some to eat as you heat up.

Even better than that is being able to pour the cold water on your head.

What could be better than that? The look on other people’s faces as you run by with a bag of ice in your hand!

Race Saver in Lake Placid

What Do Athletes Think of the RaceSaver™ Bag?

To be honest, most purchased it because they knew the creator, Patrick McCrann. As word has spread, more and more athletes are taking advantage of the RaceSaver™ Bag for training and racing.

Greg Lewis of Northridge, CA says:

“I got my RaceSaver Bag this week and used it for my brick run yesterday on a hot afternoon. I put ice in it and it worked fantastically well. Ate a couple pieces of ice as I ran then put the pouch under my hat and I was surprised what pace I was running for an hour on such a hot day. I highly recommend it!!”

Josiah Garrison of Granite Bay, CA writes:

“I was fortunate to have a RaceSaver™ Bag during my last big training week and it was a game changer. With temps in the high 90’s, the only way I survived the brick runs was having this bad boy on me. Moved it from hand to hand, to top of the head, shoulders and chest, and what a difference! Brilliant piece of EN engineering!”

Patty Harris of Palo Alto, CA says:

“By the way, I haven’t had a chance to tell you how great the ice bag worked out for me!  The envy of other Vine-man athletes too!  I nearly forgot to grab it on the run and am so glad I did.  It holds about of cup of ice.  The water that forms melts out to keep you cool wherever you stick it.  When the fabric is wet, it’s suitable for sticking down your whatever – ladies, it’s perfect for sticking down your bra.”

What Else Do You Need to Know?

The RaceSaver™ Bag isn’t just for race day. You can take it on your long runs – or any run in the heat. Start from home with some ice…or make a pit stop at your local convenience store and hit the fountain machine for some free ice.

Try it in various positions — handheld, under your hat, in your shorts, on your chest…find the place that works the best so you are ready for race day.

Virtually indestructible thanks to the rip-stop nylon construction, you can reuse this bag all year long.

Where You Can Find a RaceSaver™ Bag?

Head over to the Mile Eighteen website here: to get your own.

There’s pleny of hot races still on the calendar…including Kona!…so don’t miss out.

Buy A RaceSaver™ Bag Today

RaceSaver at Ironman® Lake Placid 2016

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Here is RaceSaver™ athlete Scott Dinhofer at the 2016 Ironman® Lake Placid…crossing the line in a personal best 10th place. In his own words…

Used the race saver bag for Ironman Lake Placid on Sunday. Post race I’ve read a lot of forum chatter on how hot it was. I simply filled the bag up at every other aid station on the run & placed it under my hat. This kept me cool and aided in reaching a PR & top 10 AG finish for the first time for me on a day where many others imploded from the Heat.


Here you can see Scott using the RaceSaver™ in a more traditional fashion. 

RaceSaver in the Hand


With the black leash around his hand, Scott can keep his hands — and his system — cooler than his competitors.

A quick pitstop at any aid station will allow him to fill it right back up with more ice.

When on the run, he can put the ice where he wants…or even open the RaceSaver™ to put some in his mouth or pool the cool water on his head.

Speaking of which, in the photo ^above^ you can see how on Lap Two, Scott has moved the race saver up under his hat.

Once it’s full of ice, you can put the RaceSaver™ wherever you need cooling most.

Some might want to look fast…Scott prefers just to BE FASTER. 

But under the hat isn’t the only place that your RaceSaver™ can help. 



Here RaceSaver™ athlete Rob Sabo has chosen inside the front of his trisuit as the most important spot — right over his heart. You can see the tell-tale leash hanging out the front of his kit.

What you might not know is that Rob was on his way to 5th place in his Age Group!

The leash system allows you to place the RaceSaver™ where you need it most, and easily retrieve it at the next stop.

Having Ice When the Competition Doesn’t is a Secret Weapon

Don’t be left behind at your next race, juggling too many cups at the aid station and wasting valuable ice by throwing it down your shorts or missing your hat.

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Origins of the RaceSaver Bag

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We get a lot of questions about where the RaceSaver Bag came from. It’s an interesting story of both teamwork and experience. It shows just how what you can accomplish when you are open about your challenges and have people who support you solving.

Let’s go back five years to 2011. This is one of the first times that I was going to be missing the world championships due to an injury. This gave me an opportunity to reflect on my skillset — comparing myself as an athlete in general vs when I was on the Big Island for competition. It’s clear to me that there was something holding me back. Something was not allowing me to be as fast on the island as I was elsewhere. I was really struggling to figure it out.

My first realization came when I had a conversation with Jesse from Core Diet ( Jesse is a phenomenal endurance coach and brings an engineer’s mindset to solving endurance athlete issues. He was frank with me: my biggest limiter on the Big Island, and in fact for future performance, was my body composition. I am 6 feet 2 inches tall and 190 pounds on an average day. I would race Ironman at about 185. And while that would get me top-five of my age group and and a ticket to the Big Island, it was not going to allow me to be my best.

So the first step in the process was addressing my nutrition and getting myself into a position where I could race well. Using Jesse’s guidance and the support of my team (Endurance Nation) I was able to lose some solid weight. My next race was Ironman Texas 2012 as part of a comeback. I showed up under 180 pounds and actually fit. I walked away from that race with First Place in the M 35 to 39 Age Group in a new personal best of 9:27. A 20+ minute personal best!

But I knew that wasn’t going to be enough. Showing up on the Big Island light and fit was an excellent starting point. But it wouldn’t make me competitive in the conditions that I had experienced.

Heading back to the drawing board I began to do some serious research on how other oversized competitors were able to be successful on the Big Island. There were many different stories and plans. Some had succeeded, many had failed. But it was worth checking out into my own research.

It became clear across all of these sources of information that being able to keep my skin covered in cold would be the most important thing I could do is a big guy. I became obsessed with arm coolers and special running hats and making the most out of every aid station.

The result was a solid performance, my fastest yet, but still not fast enough for me. I was still spending far too much time at every station. In fact, the hotter it got as the run unfolded, the longer I spent at each aid station. I didn’t technically slow down on the run from an exercise physiology standpoint… I just took longer and longer at each aid station.

Back to the drawing board!

Talking with my teammates at Endurance Nation about solving this issue there were some fantastic ideas around how to make hot runs better. We came up with the pace calculator for managing hot heat conditions. We different ideas for fabric for uniforms. But the most important idea came in the form of a Ziploc bag.

The bag is designed to facilitate a faster T2 by allowing you to carry everything you don’t need to put on in transition with you to put on as you’re moving down the road. Also known as the “Go Bag” as explained by Endurance Nation member Al Truscott, he recommended that you continue to use this bag over the course of the race for your ice.

Always a student of the sport, I brought this idea with me to my racing in 2014 and was blown away by the power of carrying my own ice from each aid station.

Since then I have raced with a Ziploc bag of different sizes in every Ironman® I’ve done. Whether it’s been here on the mainland or on the Big Island, I have found that carrying my own ice is a powerful psychological and performance advantage.

The idea for the RaceSaver Bag came after Kona 2015 when I had a fantastic race but had managed to annihilate my bag. I began to realize the limitations of a plastic bag on the course.

The plastic is slippery. The edges were pointy and cut my skin. It was easy to break the seal as well as the sides of the bag.

Every challenge that I overcame a race day became part of what I wanted to solve when I made the RaceSaver Bag. Fast-forward to November 2015, when I got my hands on a Hello Kitty™ sewing machine and began making the first prototypes.

Now less than six months later we have the first version of the bag life and while being tested by athletes the feedback has been incredible I hope you get your hands on one to test it let us know how we can make it better.

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