This past week I bought a Road ID. Initially, I blamed my purchase on all the Road ID ads run during the Tour de France coverage for filling my mind with how much I needed one. Marketing, I tell you!
Really, though, I can’t blame the Tour ads for my recent purchase.
I decided to get a Road ID for a few reasons:
- I was too lazy to research other similar companies or have something engraved with my contact information.
- I wanted a bracelet-style ID as opposed to a necklace/dog tag setup.
- I wanted identification to take with me on runs.
When I go running, I have a bad habit of taking my ID out of my wallet, putting it in a shorts pocket, going for my run, and then forgetting to put it back in my wallet after I return. While not a major problem, it was an annoyance I could avoid by having a sports-specific ID. Enter Road ID.
As those of you who watched the Tour de France probably already know, my Road ID is a bracelet with an engraved plate containing my personal information. Nothing too personal, but enough for people to know my name and call my emergency contact if need be.
Road ID offers the basic ID and they also sell an interactive identification system that allows a person to put more information on-line. Since my primary concern was to carry something with my name and contact information, I did not bother with anything more complicated than the basic ID bracelet.
My wrist strap is made of nylon and fastens with velcro. I wore it for the first time on this weekend’s run and it was light and comfortable. I like the look of the ID. It says, “I’m sporty!” (Fake it ’til you make it, right?)
Most important, though, is that I have peace of mind. I have some form of identification on me and I don’t have to worry about forgetting to return it to my wallet when I’m done with my run.
So yes, I caved to marketing, but in this case I’m glad I did. I’m saying no to ID’s forgotten in my running clothing, at least for the time being, and yes to always carrying ID with me when I run.
Anybody else have a good ID system for running? If so, please share in the comments. I’d like to know about it.