(seattle, wa) - ultrarunners know well the critical importance of proper hydration. drinking up and drinking often to keep electrolyte levels in balance plays a key role in a top performance or even just making it to the finish line. in 2007, nuunâ€”pronounced â€˜noon'â€”will help hydrate the three dozen elite ultrarunners of team montrail so they can go the distance. nuun will also support up to a dozen ultrarunning events this year by providing ready-to-drink nuun at aid stations, in goody bags and as race prizes.
lisa smith-batchen is one of the well-hydrated ultrarunners that uses nuun. a veteran endurance athlete, coach and event director, smith-batchen, of victor, idaho, continually pushes the limits of distance-defying running. in 2006, she ran her seventh badwater ultramarathonâ€”certainly among the toughest ultras on the globe. after running the 135-mile course across the blazing-hot death valley to mount whitney, california, smith-batchen wasn't quite done. she continued on, first to the summit of mount whitney (the highest point in the contiguous united states). then, retracing the badwater route back to the start line, she completed the â€˜badwater double'â€”a distance of over 300 miles. of the dozens of ultras, 90 marathons, and numerous ironman triathlons smith-batchen has finished, the â€˜badwater double' stands out as the highlight of her career.
since using nuun, says smith-batchen, â€œi feel the hydration difference, truly. i'm consciously drinking more because it's easy to use. i wouldn't be able to do that carrying around a big jug of hydration mix. nuun's so small and compact. you just drop the tablet in and off you go. there's no excuse not to be hydrated.â€
smith-batchen uses nuun daily in her training and will have it along when she returns this july to compete in the badwater againâ€”and when she redoubles that effort and goes for her second badwater double.
ultrarunners around the country can keep hydrated with nuun at these upcoming events in 2007:
leona divide 50-miler
april 21, lake hughes, california
capital peak 50-mile
april 28, olympia, washington
desert & mountain training camp
may 2-5, death valley, california
may 5, san francisco, california
may 19, front royal, virginia
mt. hood/pct 50-mile
july 28,mt. hood, oregon
grand teton races
september 1-2, grand targhee, idaho
various locations and dates in 2007
since 2004, nuun (www.nuun.com) has been the leader in portable electrolyte hydration. its pioneering, quick-dissolving electrolyte tablets are truly convenientâ€”with nuun, anywhere you can find water, you can readily hydrate, simply by adding one tablet to 16 ounces of water. a tube of nuun contains 12 tablets, enough to create 1.5 gallons of optimally balanced electrolyte drink that is lightly flavored and without sugars. its sugar-free formula is ideal for use in hydration packs, because nuun will not fuel the growth of bacteria and it rinses cleanly. popular among competitive cyclists, triathletes and adventure racers, nuun has hydrated athletes throughout legendary endurance epics and is an easy-to-use hydration solution for anyone that is active, anywhere. nuun is available in four flavours and retails for $6.50 per tube.