I am attempting to source out my Gu supply for Wasatch. The last time I was at REI, purchasing 12 or more energy products so that I could get them to take 20% off the price that was marked up 20%, it occurred to me that I would probably need to source at least 36 Gu’s along with several other thousand calories for this race.
At one point in my running career, I remember Gu used to cost about $0.55 each, this is no longer the case. In today’s reality, you’re lucky to find Gu, shy of $1.45. At 100 calories, that is a whopping 68 calories per dolar. Fairly pricy, I believe even Sushi is cheaper than that. Looking at every discount vender I could find for bulk cases, they drop down to about $1.25 if you’re lucky… but it still inspired me to do some math.
Gu: 100 calories / $1.45 = 68 calories per dollar
5 lb. bag of Black Forest Gummy Worms: $7.99, for 2268 g (5 lb) of gummy worms
at 130 Calories / 38 g for 2268 g; that’s 60 servings per bag at 130 calories per serving gives 7758 Calories for $7.99 …
which brings us to 971 calories per dollar in gummy worms!
… if only gummy worms were easier to carry.