courtesy of  Jonathan Machen

Why We Hate Cups (and it's not just us!)

OK, hate may be a little strong, but almost every road and trail racer dislikes something about using paper cups at aid stations, and most dislike several things about those cups. To find out exactly what racers dislike about paper cups at aid stations, we've been surveying real runners to see what they think.

Here are the results so far:

  • 87% think paper cups are wasteful and environmentally unfriendly
  • 74% don't like trying to drink from a paper cup while running or jogging
  • 66% think all the paper cups on the ground are a safety hazard
  • 66% don't like drinking quickly so they can discard their cups at the aid station
  • 49% think discarded cups make aid stations and the nearby course look unsightly

Virtually every person we've surveyed so far dislikes at least one thing about paper cups, and on average they dislike three or more things about the paper cup experience.

This wasn't big news to us - our dislike of the whole "paper cups at aid stations" thing is what led to the invention of the HydraPouch personal hydrator and the UltraSpout high-speed dispenser in the first place. But we were pleasantly surprised to learn that virtually every single person we asked feels the same way we do.