The concept is pretty simple. You need ID, but you don't want to carry stuff while running. Wear the ID. Problem solved. The other issue is that sure you can carry stuff around, but what if that stuff gets lost in the shuffle and you are unconscious? A friend of mine who is a rescue diver for the county told me once (paraphrasing) that the only thing an EMS crew is sure to take with them when they pick you up is your body. That's why it's a good idea to make sure that ID is coming with you. It may just save your life.
I was firmly in the camp of not wanting to carry stuff around, including my driver's license. I was more worried about losing my license than I was about getting hurt and needing ID. However, my wife likes me and wants me around. In fact, she prefers it that way. I thought a Road ID would be a good way for us both to get what we wanted.
Like a lot of people, I was first exposed to the company at a race. They sponsor races by providing number bibs and they sponsored the 5K I did last June. I'm also proud to have them as a sponsor of the Turkey Trot we just hosted on November 19th!
|"I need a Road ID. This giant tag makes me look silly."|
Besides their ID products, they also offer some night-time safety/visibility items, extra bands if you like to color coordinate your fancy purple shorts one day, and your fashionable yellow bike jersey the next day. They have some apparel too, all at wicked low prices. Buy some shirts and tell people you are a sponsored athlete. They won't know that your main competitive sport is beer pong.
Here's a couple shots of my Road ID. The band is neoprene and has a Velcro closure. There is space to print six lines of text on the ID tag, and tags are interchangeable between different ID products. There is a reflective strip that runs the length of the band to help with night-time visiblity. The ID's are fresh and saltwater safe. The neoprene band is very comfortable and the the thing is so light you don't even notice that it is on. It fits above the laces when I wear it with Invisible Shoes. There are lots of different color choices depending on the style of ID you choose, and some of the styles work great for kids.
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