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My Road iD Stretch has quickly become my favorite every day gear. I always wear it because safety in all physical activities is a daily commitment and plus it’s pretty damn cool. Let me just get this out of the way now, and it will probably be repeated several times, I love my Road iD. It is stylish, comfortable, customizable, and most of all functional. I chose the Stretch because I liked the low profile aspect as I wear it under my watch. Additionally, with the Stretch, I was able to purchase an additional band to use with my faceplate and badges. It is easy to switch out and gives me additional customization of my Road iD. However, there are multiple options to choose from such as premium bands, to faceplates that fit your watch band or on your shoe laces.
I always enjoy learning the back story of a product that I use. Gadgets can become…well too gadgety nowadays. So as a runner you want every piece of gear you carry with you to be necessary, to serve a purpose. There are staples in any gear list, and the Road iD should be included in all of them.
Co-owner Edward Wimmer states on their website that the inspiration for Road ID was born in the fall of 1999. The inspiration for his father, also a co-owner, was his concern for Edward as he trained for his first marathon. For Edward, the inspiration was a black, King Kong size pick-up truck that nearly hit him on a long Saturday run. Their mission statement says it all “our mission is two-fold: One, to educate outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of wearing ID. Two, to provide these athletes with innovative identification products that they will want to include as part of their gear.” (Source: www.https://www.roadid.com/pages/our-story).
I also enjoyed reading the testimonial page on the Road iD website. There is story after story of how the Road iD saved someone’s life after an unexpected accident while training. Let’s face it, most of us train alone. Almost 95% of my running, on both trail and road, is done alone. Although I have never had any major accidents, I have had some close calls with distracted drivers. Before my Road iD I never thought about carrying my identification card or any type of emergency contact list on my training runs. I have always had the “I’m a strong, tough man” or “it won’t happen to me” mindset. But an accident can happen to anyone, and as a lawyer you would think I know this better than most! So I do the smart thing now for my family’s peace of mind and wear my Road iD for every outdoor activity. If you are on the fence about the value of the Road iD I encourage you to take some time to read the testimonials, and put yourself in those situations without a Road iD. (See https://www.roadid.com/blogs/testimonials).
Top 10 Reasons You Should Wear ID
1. If you can’t speak for yourself, ROAD iD will speak for you.
2. ROAD iD enables First Responders to immediately contact family members and friends.
3. ROAD iD enables family members to provide additional details about your health or give consent for potentially life saving procedures.
4. ROAD iD enables hospital staff to locate vital medical records.
5. ROAD iD can communicate medical conditions or allergy information to medical staff.
6. ROAD iD can prevent serious delays in treatment by saving crucial time during the “golden hour” of medical treatment.
7. It’s far better to have Road ID and not need it than to need ROAD iD and not have it. It’s not just a piece of gear, it’s peace of mind.
8. Accidents happen far more than you think they do. Each year approximately 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without identification.
9. ROAD iD looks good on and makes a statement about your athletic lifestyle – not to mention that studies would probably prove that people that wear Road ID are considerably smarter than those that don’t.
10. ROAD iD can save your Life. Period.
Road iD’s functionality goes beyond just being awesome arm candy. Road iD developed an app compatible with both android and ios. I have used the app on several long solo trail runs. The app allows you to notify a loved one about your run. The app works as a gps and stays on during your run. Once you open the app it will ask you to identify which contacts receive the notifications, it allows you to customize a message, and you can choose to allow a notice if you stop for more than five (5) minutes. The recipient receives a notification that you started a run with a link that allows them to see where you are, it sends periodic eCrumb updates during the activity, and a final notification when you end the activity. The app provides you with a final gps summary of your run which can be linked to Facebook and Twitter if you choose. My girlfriend loves that I use this app for my long runs now just so she knows I’m still moving and safe. I plan to use the app to also help my girlfriend crew for me during two solo virtual marathons I have scheduled this month. Road iD also has an add on emergency information function. For a nominal monthly fee you can load all your medical information into their database. That database is then linked to your Road iD via a unique serial number and PIN. The first responders and medical providers can enter that information into the Road iD database via the web portal or by calling Road iD to retrieve important medical information that could be vital to saving your life if you are unconscious such as allergies and pre-existing medical problems.
Your safety cannot be entrusted to other people sharing the road or trails with you. Drivers are more distracted than ever. There are hazards everywhere in an urban setting. You have to take every precaution available while engaging in physical activity. Part of this is through proper planning. The other part is ensuring you have the necessary gear to keep you moving. Just like hydration in the summer here is Florida is necessary for every run, the Road iD is now a necessary part of all my activities from hiking, biking, trail running, urban running and paddleboarding.