The need for sunscreen is debatable. Its use depends upon the distance of the race, the weather conditions, your tolerance to the sun, and how long it takes you to complete the race. When I race competitively, I rarely wear it, especially not at short races. However, if I coach a marathon and plan to be out for 10 hours or more, I almost always put some on. If you do use sunscreen, make sure it is a sport formula. Again, as with all things, try it on during a hard pre-race workout to make sure it doesn’t bother your eyes or cause any other problems.
Experiment ahead of time with sunscreen. One trick to try is putting it on no higher than the nose and below the eyes. By avoiding your forehead, you may avoid stinging from the sunscreen getting in your eyes.
Your race preparation is almost complete. It helps to use a checklist: