Learn the winning secrets to MDS kit choices & packing your bag!
Whether you are a walker or a racer or somewhere in between, in this Marathon des Sables equipment webinar I will take you through everything you need to know to prepare your kit like a champion, and set yourself up for a successful race.
Tuesday 7th December - LIVE PLUS RECORDED
6pm UK / 1pm ET / 10am PT / 7pm CET
2.5 hours with Q&A
Marathon des Sables Equipment Webinar:
kit choices to optimise your race experience & thrive in self-sufficiency
The weight you carry, as well as wear, has significant impact on your race performance. Optimising your equipment in multi-stage racing is crucial for a successful and enjoyable race. You need to strike a balance between minimising weight and maximising the function of your gear.
In this webinar about MDS preparations, I will be focusing on equipment choices for all levels of runners, and considerations for varying potential weather conditions.
I know the race inside out and I have won it twice. I know exactly what you need, what you don't need, and how to pack the backpack to run optimally.
I will share my race preparation knowledge with you, step any step, so that you can prepare with confidence and clarity.
Special Offer! Sign up now for a chance to get access to my MDS Kit List Template!
Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up
You get access to join a LIVE online webinar on Tuesday 7th December. This webinar will run via Zoom and you will be issued a link to join.
You will be able to ask specific questions before and during the webinar. After the webinar ends you will be able to access the recording for 2 weeks.
If you are unable to attend live this means you can catch up after the webinar.
About Your Host, Elisabet Barnes
Elisabet Barnes is the world's foremost female expert on multi-stage racing. She has raced in deserts all over the world, and in Marathon des Sables four times. She has won the MDS twice, and her success as a coach is evidenced in her clients' completion rate at MDS: 100% in the 2016-1019 editions Elisabet has extensive knowledge of equipment, having built an online retail store from the ground up.
Elisabet loves to see others succeed and to coach runners and walkers of all abilities. Among her coaching clients are those aspiring for a top 50 finish as well as those wanting to complete through walking.
What Clients Say
one size most definitely does not fit all!
Your in-depth knowledge of kit was pivotal in making MDS training considerably easier given your clear understanding that one size most definitely does not fit all! I had the best kit that worked for me in conjunction with a really great, game changing block of training.
my tent mates were jealous that my pack was only 6.5kg
Thank you so much for all your advice and input with training plans, kit decisions etc. I can honestly say that I wouldn't change a thing about any of my kit or food - it all worked really well for me, and all of my tent mates were quite jealous that my pack was only 6.5kg.
Loved the MDS. Turned up well prepared
I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the support and advice. From the food to the gaiters, to my rucksack contents it's literally all down to you. Loved the MDS. Turned up well prepared both in terms of training and kit, and well advised in terms of food/ hydration/ sleep.
What will you Learn?
The Marathon des Sables equipment webinar will be approximately 2.5 hours and we'll have a break in the middle. We will do a deep dive into everything you need to know about kit and answer your questions, such as:
How much can each kg in your pack slow you down?
How do kit choices differ depending on your race ambitions and how do they not?
For whom should weight be part of selecting your MDS shoe and why?
Where are the places you can save weight that are not obvious?
How does the colour of your clothes matter?
What capacity and type should your water bottles be?
The three key weight saving tips on food that don’t impact on the kcal you need to race
The two best ways to pack your sleeping bag
The ways you can pack your sleeping mat and which way is best?
Managing your kit whilst racing vs in camp
Key properties of a suitable backpack
Non-mandatory items that you don’t want to be without
The things you think you need that you should leave at home
Equipment Choices for Marathon des Sables
Elisabet will explain the link between your race ambition and kit choices. You will learn how the weight should be distributed between food, mandatory and essential equipment and how to determine what is not essential.
Why is weight so important and what are the science backed performance implications of the weight you carry as well as wear on different parts of your body?
We walk through the mandatory kit list and demystify it. We answer questions such as what makes a good backpack? What to look for in a sleeping bag? Does colour of your clothing matter in the desert? What to wear in camp? Tricks to save weight off certain items. Which is the best head torch for YOU, who should take poles and who shouldn't, who should wear long sleeves and who shouldn't, who should have spare socks and who shouldn't and so on. Exactly what happens at the race admin check and what you should know so that you can prepare. How many safety pins you really need and why.
How to pack the backpack
Once you have your kit you need to pack it. Many people get a shock once they have it all. IT DOESN'T FIT INTO THE PACK! Fear not, we will cover the secrets behind packing light, fitting it all in, packing for optimum running performance and for optimum race performance. Where you put things in your backpack can make a significant difference to how smooth your race goes and you will learn what needs to go where.
Shoes & gaiters
One of the most dividing topics is the one on shoes and gaiters. What are the exact characteristics of a good MDS shoe? Who should select what shoe? What size should it be? What weight should it be? How can you train to avoid blisters? What to think about when choosing gaiters and having them fitted. Should you be self-sufficient with foot-care supplies?
I will endeavour to answer your questions in this MDS equipment webinar if they are related to the workshop topics. You will have opportunity to ask questions before the webinar via e-mail.
You will not find this Marathon des Sables Equipment info anywhere else!
What I will share in the Marathon des Sables equipment workshop include all my personal tips and tricks which have led me to win the MDS twice but also other similar desert races. They are relevant for ALL abilities and ALL race ambitions.
I know exactly what you need and don't need in order to be successful with your equipment choices for MDS. I aim to take the worry away from you so that you can focus on your training and on other things that matter in your life.
Reserve Your Seat for Only $47!
Frequently Asked Questions
I can't attend the live, will the call be recorded?
The Marathon des Sables equipment workshop will be recorded and you will have access to the recording for at least 2 weeks..
I have questions on nutrition and hydration, will you be covering this?
We will cover the aspects of nutrition and hydration that are related to equipment and weight. Nutrition is a really big topic and I will therefore cover this in a separate workshop as there will not be enough time to go through everything in two hours here.
How do I access the call?
This will be a webinar via zoom. You will receive joining instructions a couple of days before the call.
How do I access the MDS Kit List?
The Kit List is a bonus offered at discount when you sign up to the workshop. You will receive a unique download link on purchase. The Kit List cannot be purchased separately afterwards at this price.
Will I need to join with video?
This is a zoom webinar, which is different from a regular zoom call. Attendees won't join with video but can communicate via chat and Q&A function. This preserves the privacy of attendees when recording the webinar.
If I can't attend, can I have a refund?
I don't offer a refund if you can't attend the webinar, but you will have access to the recording of the call and can watch it when it suits you.
How do I ask my questions that I would like to have answered?
You will be able to e-mail your questions prior to the webinar and also ask questions when we are live.
I have more questions, how can I contact you?
If you have questions about the workshop, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that I will not be able to answer questions about the race here, only questions about the workshop. For other questions about Marathon des Sables, check my blog: https://ultra.coach/category/ultra-running/ultra-races/marathon-des-sables/
Can I attend this if I am running another race?
YES!, for sure. The workshop will be MDS specific but there are many similarities between the MDS and other self-sufficient multi-stage races such as the Half Marathon des Sables, 4-Deserts, Grand 2 Grand, Oman Desert Marathon, Ultra-X Jordan etc. We focus on kit for hot desert conditions and on races where you need to carry your equipment or have a weight limit, so just bear this in mind.