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Best Mid-Run Fuel for your Budget

We take a look at mid-run fuels for runners to see what you can get for your money.


We take a look at mid-run fuels for runners to see what you can get for your money. You’ll never spend more than a couple of bucks to fill up your tank mid-run. But high-mileage junkies know that packets (and extra pennies) pile up during long-distance training.

Budget: Gels
Gels deliver all the necessary nutrients you need during a long jaunt—but some runners find the thick liquid unappetizing or tough on the tummy.

PowerBar Performance Energy Gel $1.25
Clif Shot Energy Gel $1.25
Honey Stinger Energy Gel $1.25

Average Price: $1.25

Mid-Price: Chews
Easy-to-eat chews are a popular choice for runners who prefer their fuel delivered in candy-like form rather than a gel.

Clif Shot Bloks $1.75
Sharkies Fruit Chews $1.70
Cytomax Energy Drops $2.00

Average Price: $1.82

Splurge: Whole Food
Packets filled with fruit purée and nuts (as opposed to sugar and artificial flavoring) make these gentle on the stomach but higher in price, due to a shorter shelf life.

PocketFuel Nut Butter $2.75
Island Boost Endurance Fuel $2.50
PowerBar Performance Energy Blends Gel $2.00

Average Price: $2.42