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When traveling to a marathon, whether you have a short drive or a long trip to the airport to catch a flight, leave more time than you think you'll need. You will have enough on your mind without the stress of being late. Before you close your suitcase, review your race clothes, with a few choices of shirts and shorts for different weather conditions, and your warm-up/cool-down clothes. Double-check to make sure that you have your favorite accessories, such as a sweatband, hat, watch, and packets of gel. If your race is local, set out your likely race clothes, alternative clothes, and warm-up/cool-down clothes so you don't have to think about what to put on when you wake up on race day.