As passionate trail runners and nature advocates the Golden Ultra organizers are super excited to partner with ScatBelt. ScatBelt manufactures belts that comfortably carry bear spray and other small items while you’re out running.
“I carried bear spray in my hand for years until I got a ScatBelt,” shares local trail runner, Sabrina Grecu. “There was just not a good option for runners. All of the existing holsters were designed to hook onto belts – great for hikers, not so much for runners. The ScatBelt is awesome because I can also put my phone and car keys in it and it does not chafe or bounce.”
While it is unlikely that you’ll be greeted by a wild bear on the trails of Golden during the Golden Ultra, organizers are recommending that all runners consider carrying bear spray in the event and as part of their training. Bear spray is the most effective deterrent for bears and other large animals that pose a threat to runners – including deer, elk or large cats.
In a recent study in Alaska, 72 people used bear spray on a bear at close range and 98% of people who used it were uninjured. The minor injuries that occurred didn't require hospitalization.
It’s always better to just avoid bear encounters by making noise, traveling in groups and being aware of your surroundings. Consider training without ear buds or with only one in. In case you do have a bear encounter, know that the bear spray you are carrying is the most effect deterrent for stopping an approaching or charging bear.
“I run with bear spray because I’d just rather have it with me if I see a bear. It’s kind of like my insurance policy. I love to be out in nature and do some pretty big mountain runs so it’s the safest choice when I think about coming home to my 18-month-old boy.”
Scat Belts are available online (www.scatbelt.com) and will also be available at the Golden Ultra.
The Golden Ultra is a three-day stage running race (or relay) in Golden, BC from September 18-20, 2015. Runners may participate in all three stages as a solo or part of a relay, or may register for any single or combination of two stages separately.