Monday, November 18, 2013

Water Baton

My friend Hicham and I have volunteered at a handful of water stops together with our running group the past few years. It's a lot of work. It takes a lot of time to get all the cups set up and filled with water or Gatorade to then pass them out to the runners as the run past us.

Here's Hicham and our friend Jen stacking and filling the cups 5 rows high!
There is close to 200 cups per row!

It is also messy, cold, wet and if you are working the Gatorade tables, it can be real sticky! Many times we have said, there's gotta be a better way!

Well I think my friend Hicham has probably come up with that "better way" Let me introduce you to his idea...

Water Baton
Example Picture from the Indiegogo site

Not only a great idea for us as volunteers, but for us as runners too. It's easy to grab, easy to carry and easy to drink from. I think it's a great idea.
But as with any great idea, to get it off and running, to get it from idea to reality, a little help is needed. Please visit Water Baton's Indiegogo site for more info and if you can, any contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Water Baton Link -

What are your thoughts on this idea? I would like hear them. Please share.



Hicham said...

Thank you Jose for your care and support. It is because of people like you that Water Baton is moving forward. Thank you!

Char said...

I think it's a great idea. Anything that makes it easier to drink while you're moving is fantastic. My only question is cost. It would have to be fairly inexpensive to be a viable option for race directors.

Jim ... 50after40 said...

I'm confused - do you pick up a new one at each water stop? And does that mean you're carrying a baton essentially the whole race? I like the idea of it being recyclable. Interesting concept.

Jose said...

You can carry them or pick one up at every stop :)

smacedo said...

Way better than cups, but likely hard to catch on unless cheaper than cups.

Michael said...

Overall it sounds like a great idea. I like the idea of how easy it would be to set up at a water stop. I see some things Im not so sure about though - it seems like it would be more expensive than the traditional cup at a water stop and races might not be willing to pay the extra money (but maybe it's not) and the idea of sponsors is good, but if someone is just going to grab it, take a quick drink and then toss it...I kind of doubt they would notice the sponsors.