Road ID Review and Giveaway

I’d like to share one of my very favorite running, and life, accessories… the Road ID.  Road ID is an ID that you wear on your person while running, biking, hiking, etc.  It’s functionality go far beyond just ID for outdoor activities, it can be worn by anyone, including children, to have an ID on them at all times, it can be worn as a medical ID, it can even be worn on pets.

December 1st, I will be giving a Road ID away to one of my readers.  This is my first giveaway, and it is such an important item that I truly believe everyone should have.  I’ll have instructions on the giveaway at the bottom of this post, but read on to find out what makes Road ID such an invaluable safety tool.

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I cannot give enough praise for Road ID, and though I am very thankful mine has never been needed, I feel safer knowing that if I am in an accident, first responders will be able to notify my family immediately and know of any medical conditions I have.

Road ID comes in several different forms, 3 bracelets, an anklet, dog tags, and a shoe pouch.  I have the Wrist ID Slim, and I wear it 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, every day of the year.  The last time I had my Road ID off for any length of time was for my sisters wedding.  The time before that, my wedding.  Before that, never.  Those two instances are the only times I have been without my Road ID.  I shower with it, sleep with it, run with it, do my job with it.  It never comes off.  My mom and sister both have Road ID’s too, and also never take them off.  See my Mom and I below, my Road ID band is white, and Mom’s is pink (this picture was taken last summer after we ran through a downpour!)

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The Slim ID is the smallest version of the Road ID, the stainless steel, laser engraved ID can fit on any “cause” rubber bracelet (like Livestrong bands), and it comes with one of 14 colored bands.  There are sizes, so even children can safely and comfortably wear this bracelet with no issue.  The Slim ID is the only ID that comes with 5 lines of text instead of 6, so if you need extra space for allergies, medical conditions, or phone numbers, you may consider getting one of the other versions, as they do allow for more text.  You can buy multiple colored rubber bracelets, or attach the Slim ID to a “cause” bracelet you already have.

The Wrist ID EliteWrist ID Sport, and Ankle ID all have the same stainless steel, laser engraved ID, with 6 lines of text. The Elite has a larger rubber bracelet with an adjustable watch-like buckle, and you can purchase multiple colored rubber bracelets and change out the ID.  The Sport is a canvas band with a velcro adjustable strap and reflective strips, and the ankle ID is a neoprene band with velcro strap and reflective strip.  There is also a shoe pouch that has an ID attached, and has room for a key, it attaches to the shoelaces by velcro.  The ID’s on the Sport, Ankle, and Shoe ID are interchangeable, they all have ID plates that slip through the bands.  The dog tags, called Fixx ID’s,  are also stainless steel and laser engraved.

Another cool feature (for the Wrist ID Slim and Wrist ID Elite only) is the Badges.  These are small stainless steel, laser engraved, accessories to add to your band, to personalize it or offer motivation or support to the wearer.  I have two badges, one says RUN and the other says 13.1.  The badges range from distances (such as running distances like 5K, 13.1, 26.2, or Triathlon distances like 70.3 or 140.6) to supporting causes (like Team RWB, or the pink breast cancer ribbon, or the Autism Speaks logo) to Medical badges.  You can even customize the badges with a name or word of encouragement.  

The last kind of ID that Road ID offers is for pets, the Scout ID.  This ID comes in large or small sizes, and is designed for dogs.  Since many people run or hike with their furry friends it is a great idea for them to have ID as well.  Many pet owners already have ID tags for their dogs, but this ID, with the stainless steel and laser engraved, is specially designed to be extra durable.  It is quiet and doesn’t jingle like some ID tags, and comes in two sizes, for small or larger dog collars.

Road ID has warranties on all of their ID’s, and will replace the ID if it wears through, this warranty is just for the stainless steel ID, not for the band it is attached to.  I wear mine every single day, and besides a couple scratches, it looks brand new, I doubt I will ever wear it out.  Road ID sells reflective gear as well, such as lights and reflective bands.  Road ID is all about safety for active individuals, and with that in mind, they also created an app for iPhone and Android.  The only two apps I use while running are the Road ID app and Charity Miles.

This app is FREE, and I think everyone who runs, walks, bikes, or hikes, should use this app.  You can let up to 5 people know that you are going for a run (or bike, etc), and lets you set an approximate duration, and will text those people when you start the app.  Road ID then tracks your location using the GPS in your phone, and allows the people you select to track you.  If you (or your phone) stops moving for 5 minutes, the app will send a text to your people and let them know you are stationary.  The app does beep loudly if you stop before it sends the texts to your people, in case you are simply stuck at a traffic light, in the restroom, or stopped to stretch.  You are able to let the app know you are okay, and it won’t alert your loved ones.  However, if you are in an accident or injured in some way, the app will alert your people after 5 minutes that you are stationary, and will send them your last known location.

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I notify James and my Mom when I go for a run, and generally leave my time set at 1 hour, unless I know I will be gone for longer than that.  I generally give myself extra time, as I walk a couple minutes at the beginning and at the end of my runs.  You are able to extend the time during the run if you do need more time in case you mis-judged.  The only downside of this app is that it does not alert your people when you are finished running and stop the app.  This is something Road ID is working on and will update in the future.  I have forgotten to turn my app off once or twice, and got a concerned call from my mother who is 4 hours away from me.  Turns out, the app works!  I was fine, I had just forgotten to turn the app off, and was stretching and drinking water on my balcony.

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The app also allows you to make a lock screen for your phone, with emergency contacts and medical issues.  I do not use this, as I have my Road ID Slim, and Apple has also updated lately and has an Emergency Contacts available from the home screen.  I should also note the app is not intended to replace the Road ID bracelet or anklet or shoe pouch.

The biggest argument against spending the $20-40 (depending on which ID you choose) for an ID is that you have your phone with you, why would you need an ID on your person.  Now I run with my phone in my SPIbelt, so it is unlikely I would lose my phone during a run, but if I am hit by a car or in an accident, it is very likely my phone would be destroyed or cracked and not any help to me.  An ID on my wrist is going to stay there, and there are countless testimonials on Road ID’s website as to the effectiveness of having an ID on you, where the first responders or EMT workers will easily see and take action.

I love the Road ID so much and believe the small family company saves lives, and I would like to give one of my readers a Road ID.  All you have to do is comment below by December 1 at 7:00pm Central, with your name and contact email.  I will choose a winner on Monday, December 1 at 7:00pm (central time).  If you already have a Road ID, this would make a GREAT Christmas gift. If you don’t have a Road ID, please comment, and if you don’t win, I still strongly encourage you to get a Road ID, or ask for one for Christmas!

Thursday Thoughts: November 20

I almost forgot to write this post!

Last weekend was COLD! James and I had our first fire in the fireplace! This is the first time James has had a fireplace in his home, and it was really nice and cozy to have a roaring fire on such a cold couple of days. I had a fireplace back home in Hays, but I don’t think I ever started my own fire.  We were forecasted to get 2-4 inches of snow, but we barely even got a dusting.  It would have been a perfect little weekend inside with the fire, watching it snow.  Maybe next time.Photo Nov 15, 4 29 24 PM

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Also last weekend, my little sister ran the Avengers Half Marathon at  Disney Land.  Earlier this year, she ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Disney World.  She is running to support the research for Rett Syndrome.  Read her guest post about Rett Syndrome and her cousin Martilee here.  And check out those muscles.  DAMN girl!

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This week, the print that I ordered from Maiedae arrived!  I found this site from a fellow runners Instagram, and just thought the prints were beautiful.  I am even considering have the ladies at Maiedae print a custom piece for me.  I’m thinking of getting “With Brave Wings She Runs” and also “What If I fall?  Oh My Darling, What If You Fly?”  I am still deciding what I want to do.  If you have time, check out their store, they have so many beautiful and inspirational prints.

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Also this week, Oklahoma Joe’s changed their name officially to Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.  Of course James and I had to go and celebrate the change!  I understand why they wanted to change their name, but I imagine most people will still refer to it as Oklahoma Joe’s.  I would have voted to leave well enough alone and just keep the name.  It was still tasty though, I will say that.  And before anyone says anything, YES I eat my BBQ naked.  BBQ sauce = icky.

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Tuesday, Mom, Kristen, and I signed up for the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which is next November.  I still can’t quite believe we are going to Vegas in a year! Read about it here.

Tonight at KCRC, it was not only Hug a Runner Day, but we had a Chief’s BBQ and watched the game after our run. I only watched the first little bit, but it was fun! The New Balance rep was out, we had a test run in the shoes, there were giveaways, and lots of good burgers and brats after our run.  I find myself looking forward to the Thursday night runs, and I can’t say enough about how welcoming the KCRC Groupies are.

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Tomorrow, James and I will see Mockingjay Part 1.  EX-CIT-ED is what I am!!  Are you going to see Mockingjay? Have you read the Hunger Games?

What do you think of the name change from Oklahoma Joe’s to Joe’s Kansas City BBQ?

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is the ‘World’s Largest Running Series’ with reportedly more than 500,000 competitors across the USA each year.  I have heard a lot about this race, especially the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon.  One of the coolest things about this race in particular is that you get to run on the Las Vegas strip at night.  Also, there is live music and bands throughout the whole course, every mile!

I have a few bloggy-friends who have attended in years past (notably Dorothy with Mile Posts), and this year many of them did again.  There are also a few people I know that are hoping to run Las Vegas next year.

It got Mom and I talking, because somehow, my dear mother has NEVER been to Las Vegas, and both of us would love to run this race in particular, and it would be a fantastic excuse to get my Mom to Vegas!  My sister is on a quest to run a half marathon in every state, and she hasn’t done so yet in Nevada…

You see where this is going…

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Mom, Kristen, and I will be running the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon next year!

We were able to sign up with the pre-sale today.  This will be Mom’s and my first destination race, which we are both super excited for.  And it’ll be a great fun weekend, only a year to wait!

Have you done a Rock ‘n’ Roll race before? Which one?  Have you ever been to a destination race? Where?