Each year we have limited the number of disposable cups on the course by insisting that runners carry at least one water bottle over the 50k distance. Still, to provide runners with a gulp of EFS drink, or cola we have had to have some cups on the course. Until last year we avoided all cups.
Last year UltrAspire provided each runner a reusable cup purchased by the race. This year I hope you will return with your cup from 2013. If you want anything to drink outside of what you would like to put in your water bottle, then you will need to carry your own cup.
This thing is awesome! The UltraCups are a phthalate free, BPA free and PVC free 6oz cup that racers can carry for their aid station drinking needs. Completely foldable to stick in a small shorts pocket, and also are equipped with a loop to clip on somewhere with a carabiner or cord. They retail at $6.00.
If you are in need of a cup for the 2014 race, UltrAspire will sell the cups for $3 each at the pre-race packet pick up as well as check in on race morning.
Hopefully most of you will be psyched with this option. I assume there will be some racers unhappy with breaking the tradition of the aid station tables lined with pre-filled cups of cola and electrolyte drink, but think of the reduced waste! If you use a disposable cup at each of our five aid stations and say half of the field also does the same thing that is 1,000 (400 field size /2 = 200 runners x 5 aid stations) cups going straight in the garbage. Even if recycled it is still added waste. Now each of you will have your own cup to carry not only at the Chuckanut 50k, but to every race you attend. Start a new trend! It is a small way, but a great step towards reducing your waste.