In my experience running hundreds of races—including 30 marathons—over more than three decades, I’ve tried just about every possible way to avoid taking a Gatorade bath. The most successful method involves a finger hook and pinch of the cup. To prove that, we tested the “pinch” method against other techniques.
Update: When shooting this video, test editor Amanda Furrer said she didn’t think this method was any better than how she’d previously grabbed water in a race. A week later, as she blew past me on the Boston Marathon course, I watched her grab three cups—all using the pinch! She fessed up later that, yes, it is in fact a superior method.
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