"I put my total support behind HydraPouch!"

Jeff Galloway

Jeff Galloway

Olympic marathoner, best selling author, "America's Coach"

"The HydraPour valve couldn't be easier to install. No tools are required, and it fits on all the major coolers you see so often at races."

Frequently Asked Questions about the HydraPour™ high-speed dispensing valve


Q: How much paper cup and plastic bottle waste is created at old-fashioned races with paper-cup-based aid stations?

Q: Will the HydraPour cause bottlenecks at my aid stations?

Q: Is the HydraPour easy to install?

Q: What coolers does the HydraPour valve fit?

Q: Can you help me figure out how many HydraPour valves I need for my race?

Q: What if I don’t want to get rid of cups right away?

Q: I direct a big race – won’t I need a lot of HydraPour valves?

Q: What if I want to go completely Cup-Free with my next race?

Q: Do you have coolers I can borrow for my race if I don't have enough?

Q: How much do you charge for HydraPour valves?

Q: Does the HydraPour dispenser always dispense exactly six ounces of liquid?

Q: How can I buy a HydraPour dispenser?

Q: Where is the HydraPour dispenser made?


Q: How much paper cup and plastic bottle waste is created at old-fashioned races with paper-cup-based aid stations?

A: In 2008, two of the largest races in the U.S. - both 10K's with over 50,000 racers each - disposed of an average of 475,000 cups and 77,000 plastic water bottles. That works out to just under 10 cups per racer, and 1.5 plastic water bottles per racer. Racers use a lot more cups and bottles during longer, hotter races. The Honolulu Marathon went through over 1,900,000 cups in 2005 for 24,219 finishers - over 78 cups per racer!


Q: Will the HydraPour cause bottlenecks at my aid stations?

A: No, it won’t. In fact, adding a self-serve option to your traditional cup-based aid stations will reduce congestion and improve traffic flow, allowing many people to bypass the runners slowing down to drink out of cups. Just like with cups and volunteers, you need to make sure you have enough HydraPour valves at each aid station – and we can help with this.


Q: Is the HydraPour easy to install?

A: It’s very easy – it takes about one minute to remove the valve in your cooler and install the HydraPour in its place, and no tools are required to install the HydraPour. When the event is over, it takes another minute to remove the HydraPour and reinstall the original valve.


Q: What coolers does the HydraPour valve fit?

A: The HydraPour valve fits all of the common Rubbermaid, Gatorade, and Powerade coolers found at races, and lots of other makes and models. If you have something different, contact us and we’ll let you know if the HydraPour will fit.


Q: Can you help me figure out how many HydraPour valves I need for my race?

A: Yes – we regularly help with this question. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.


Q: What if I don’t want to get rid of cups right away?

A: Most race directors want to reduce their cup usage, but don’t want to go completely Cup-Free right away. You can reduce cup usage by adding HydraPour-equipped coolers to each aid station, letting your participants know that you’re offering a self-serve hydration option, and encouraging them to bring and fill their own containers to help reduce cup usage.


Q: I direct a big race – won’t I need a lot of HydraPour valves?

A: You might, but probably not as many as you might think. Unless you’re going completely Cup-Free, many of your racers will still use cups. Plus, in really big races runners get spread out quickly. We can supply enough HydraPour valves to handle the biggest race in the U.S., so we can definitely help you with yours.


Q: What if I want to go completely Cup-Free with my next race?

A: You wouldn’t be the first, but you might be the first in your area. We can help you figure out how many HydraPour valves you’ll need, we offer deep discounts on HydraPouches, and we can work with your retail sponsors to make sure HydraPouches are available in local stores.


Q: Do you have coolers I can borrow for my race if I don't have enough?

A: Yes, we have coolers we can loan you for your race.


Q: How much do you charge for HydraPour valves?

A: They aren’t for sale yet, but you can rent as many as you need for just $10 per valve per weekend.


Q: Does the HydraPour high-speed valve always dispense exactly six ounces of liquid?

A: The HydraPour valve dispenses six ounces of liquid in one second when the valve is fully opened. If you hold the valve open for less than one second, or if you don't open it fully, it will dispense less than six ounces. Similarly, if you hold it fully open for more than one second, it will dispense more than six ounces.


Q: How can I buy a HydraPour high-speed dispensing valve?

A: Most race organizers only need HydraPour valves for a small number of races each year, so we normally supply them on a "per event" basis. However, if your needs are different, and we'll find a way to meet them.


Q: Where is the HydraPour high-speed valve made?

A: We're proud that the HydraPour valve is made entirely in America. Component parts are made in Ohio, California, and Colorado, and the components are assembled in Colorado.