Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Safety while running (or biking, hiking, etc....)

I have flirted with the idea of getting a Road ID for sometime now.  If you aren't familiar with Road ID, it is identification that you wear when you are out running, riding, hiking, surfing etc.  Here is what the company says:
Road ID was created on the concept that active people should wear ID as part of their gear when participating in outdoor activities. It was started by a couple of guys who began to wonder "why in the heck don't we have ID on us when we go out for a run or a ride?" We looked at our dogs, they had ID. But, if we had an unexpected accident, while running or cycling, we would be in bad shape - nobody would know who we were or who to contact. That freaked us out.
 It just seems smart, doesn't it?

I keep putting it off.  It is not like it is particularly expensive, but it never seems to be a necessary expense.  I am sure I wouldn't think that if I actually needed it.  I have seen a couple of blogs giving a Road ID away, so I'm going to try to win one first.  If I win more than one, I will get one for my dear husband who goes on crazy long bike rides being somewhat undertrained (Sunday he rode almost 80 miles after not riding for two weeks).  

Allie at Running Fool is giving one away here.  Check it out.  Also check out Road ID.


Teamarcia said...

I think you and I are the last people on this earth to not have one of these. Hopefully soon right?

Unknown said...

i need one too.

Glenn Jones said...

Can't tell you how important something like this is. If it's not a road ID, at least a laminated card with name and emergency contat info on it.

Last year (July 2008), I was involve in a cycling accident that left my face pretty much like hamburger. If it wasn't for my cell phone, no one would have known who I was or who to contact.

Another super important thing is to make sure you fill out the emergency contact information on the back of your bib in waterproof ink. A friend of mine had a medical emergency at Surf City. The first place the EMTs looked was the back of her bib. No road ID, nothing else. Luckily she ha filled it out - they gave her an adrenaline injection, and called her emergecy contact person (mom) while the were loading her into the ambulance.

I guess my point is RoadID is nice, but make sure that you don't overlook the obvious ways to provide emergency info as well!

Allie said...

Thanks for the mention.
Glen is right, there are lots of ways to make yourself safer until you get your RoadID, I try to cover as many bases as possible.
Good luck!

Heather said...

I bought one for Jeff 2 years ago and he actually wears it when he rides. :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Bought mine a few years ago, glad I did.... especially with riding, etc. Just never know! hope you win one, but if you don't, be sure to buy one :)

Marathonman101108 said...

Tell you what, if you don't win a RoadID, then I'll buy you one. My daughter bought me one as a birthday present a few years ago. It's a MUST HAVE item in my opinion. You never know what will happen while you're out for a run, especially if you're running on the road. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Irene said...

I bought my husband and myself the Road ID for Valentine's Day a few years ago. I agree that it's a must have. Just don't wear it on the same shoe as your race running chip. It interferes with timing chips if worn on the same shoe.

I've tagged you on my blog. :)

Terri said...

Bill bought me one as a bracelet. Totally worth whatever he paid for it. If I ever become roadkill, it's good to know that it can do the talking for me. And I say this seriously. You never know when/if something like that could happen (there was a good article about this really good runner, jenny crain, who received a brain injury, when she got hit crossing a road at a light. think it was in runner's world within the last 6 months.)

p.s. you can get it in pretty colors - mine is hot pink.

Laura said...

I have a Road ID and it definitely makes me feel much safer. Also, after a scare where I passed out on the subway last summer, I briefly wore it all day every day. In the winter, particularly when it's under long sleeve stuff, it might not be a bad idea to keep doing that just in case!

prashant said...

I guess my point is RoadID is nice, but make sure that you don't overlook the obvious ways to provide emergency info as well!

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