For ultramarathons, especially 100 miles or longer, the ideal crew vehicle is a minivan. It has space to organize race gear so that important items are readily accessible, additional room to store runner and crew luggage that will not be used during the race, accommodate seating for everyone, and space to stretch out should the runner or crew need a nap. Certainly, SUVs and smaller cars can work, and some runners prefer them. With parking very tight in many of the allowable support locations along the course, smaller can be an advantage.
Teams are allowed to use full-size passenger vans during the race, but must take great care not to exceed the strict size limitations stated in the Race Rules. Non-complying vehicles will not be allowed on the course.
If renting a vehicle, the primary crew driver should be so designated or added as an additional driver.
The runner's bib number MUST be clearly visible on all four sides of the vehicle.
Tip: Depending upon the vehicle, to avoid lock-out never take the key from the ignition OR have the driver wear the key on a neck lanyard at all times.
Rule reminder: Never crew or offer any support from a moving vehicle; always park in an allowable location and exit the vehicle to meet your runner.
Add required “Caution” signage to the back of the vehicle. Generally one sign is a permit requirement, but sometimes that number is two! The required sign(s) will be provided at race check-in. Bring blue painter's tape to affix.
Fun note: every year a team is awarded a special "Best decorated vehicle" award. (Actually, each winning team member receives one!) So, knock yourselves out. Be as creative as you wish with your team name and theme. Just be sure that driver visibility is not impaired by overzealous decorating.