Other than Sneakers, what’s the one piece of gear every runner should have?
If you asked fifty runners this question, I expect you would get fifty different answers. I also expect that you would get a number of great suggestions. If you ask me, I have only one answer, and I feel very strongly that it is the right one. The one piece of gear every runner should have is a Road ID.
What’s a Road ID? A Road ID is an identifying device that makes sure you always have your name, medical, and contact information with you when you go out for a run.
In my opinion, having this information on you at all times is the most important thing a runner can do. As for why, imagine if you are unlucky enough to get hurt on a run? What if you are not in a condition to share your personal information with the medical staff? How will they know who you are? How will they notify your family? How will they know about the medications you may take? Are you starting to get the picture of why this is the one item every runner needs?
Fortunately the nice folks at Road ID have a number of ID systems available to help you keep this crucial information on hand, in a comfortable and affordable manner. They do this using stainless steel tags, which are laser engraved with your personal information. These tags are offered in numerous mounting options (bracelet, necklace, shoe mounted, etc) and they start at a price of $19.99. The best part of the Road ID’s is that they have all been designed by athletes, and for athletes, so they never get in the way when you exercise. Below is an example of their “Wrist ID Sport ($19.99) to give you an idea of what I am talking about:
Picture of wrist sport ID
All you have to do to get a Road ID is go to www.roadid.com. There you will be led step by step through the process of creating your own custom Road ID. It is simple to do, and only takes a few minutes to complete.
So, what are you waiting for? A Road ID only costs $20, and can be ordered in less than 5 minutes. Why not take the time to make sure that a serious injury never turns into a major tragedy?
Personally, I would never run without my Road ID.