Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday Bonus Post - Road ID Review and Giveaway!

When I first started running, I didn't think too much about carrying ID with me because, let's face it, I wasn't going very far. I also was only running on pedestrian paths in parks, which meant that I was out of harm's way of vehicles. Every once in a while I would make a halfhearted attempt to carry my driver's license with me, but I was never very consistent with that.

Well, once I started training for my half marathon, I began running on roads. Facing traffic, following all the safety rules, but a little disconcerting when cars are flying past you at 60 mph. And although I hate to think about it, I know that if something terrible would happen between me and a vehicle (a contest that I'm pretty sure I would lose), I'd be lying in a ditch or on the side of the road for a while before my running club coaches would realize that I hadn't made it back and come looking for me.

Enter Road ID. While I'd like to think it provides an invisible shield between me and oncoming traffic, it doesn't. But traffic isn't the only issue that people who participate in outdoor activities face - there is passing out due to heat exhaustion, hypothermia (I hear there are parts of the country where it gets really cold), medical issues such as diabetes could come into play...being active is a good thing, and making sure that your information, and any immediate medical issues, are instantly available to EMTs is an equally good thing. Created by the father and son team of Mike and Edward Wimmer, Road ID is a simple way to communicate to emergency personnel who you are, and who should be called, should you be unable speak. The product is available in wristbands, ankle tags, shoe tags and even military-style dog tags - something to fit everyone's needs. MY needs, of course, tended toward the cute pink Wrist ID Sport:
Have I impressed you with my mad Paintshop skilz in blocking out my identifying information? Somehow I didn't think the internet needed my family's phone numbers, lol.

There is plenty of room to put all your necessary info, plus I had an extra line, so I put my running mantra, mind over miles, on it as well. I wore this for the first time on my 8 mile run and it was so lightweight and comfortable that I didn't even know it was there!

Now here's the really good part: Road ID has generously offered to give one of my readers their very own Road ID - and you can choose whichever type you want! To enter, check out their website and then leave me a comment with which one (color, too!) you would pick, should you be the winner. Anyone in the WORLD can enter - I know this will make all of my readers outside of the U.S. happy! I'll take entries until Tuesday, December 21st at 10:00 pm CST; random.org will draw the winner, who will be announced on the Wednesday Workout Update post, interwebs-willing. Good luck!

**FCC alert: Road ID provided me with a free ID - this review is all my own opinion, though.

37 comments:

  1. Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!

    I'd choose the wristband "elite" in pink. :)

    Hope I win! Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Shelley!

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  2. Definitely the sport version, and DEFINITELY in purple. What a neat idea!

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  3. Thanks for the offer. I would choose the ankle ID in PINK:) Kim

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  4. I would pic the sport in OU red of course! I like this and I now have something to remind my runner patients of. Thanks for the tip and reminder. Also, wouldn't this make a great Christmas gift for a runner? Cool site.

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  5. I got one of their shoe pouches, but didn't add the tag, just put in a business card, it rubs on my shoe, I don't feel it, but can see where it is wearing part of the shoe off, so I haven''t yet put it on my NEW shoes (not that I have run much, esp. outside where IT IS COLD, not that YOU would know). I also fell a few weeks ago and said "ah, a reason to have id". Anyhow...I'm a copy cat, I would like the one YOU have!

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  6. It's sort of hard to decide. I think I'd go with the wrist band in purple. Maybe red. Or pink. Or black cause it goes with everything. No, pink.

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  7. What a great idea Road ID's are. I would choose the Sport Wrist Original in Red!

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  8. I think it's a safe bet to say that anything in Pink will do ;0).

    Always wanted a Road ID, thanks for opening it up to the world ;-)

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  9. Gah. You just had to do this giveaway right? I can't tell Mr. Helen. He has been YELLING at me to get something like this. So, if I'm the lucky winner, I would pick a Shoe ID in blue since it doesn't come in pink!

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  10. Oh man! How cool are you?

    OK, I want the shoe ID in blue. I also entered their bike giveaway. That would rule my world. LOL

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  11. I would go with a Road ID elite in PINK!

    Christina
    beadsalot2@yahoo.ca

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  12. I'm kind of hemming and hawing over a wrist or ankle one. But definintely in pink pink pink!

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  13. I admit that I never really think about this but definitely should. I'd love to win a wrist in purple!
    Stacey

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  14. Yay, a giveaway I can still take part in even though I'm in the UK! Thanks so much.
    I would choose the Wrist ID Sport in red. Red always used to be my favourite colour til I gained weight, then I hid so never wore red. Now I've lost most of the weight I love to wear red again and this would just be the icing on the cake, to wear a little red when I'm running.

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  15. I too love the wrist Elite in pink! What a great idea. I carry my cell with me but I'm pretty sure no one wants to thumb through my contacts and call my hair salon to come and fetch me ;)

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  16. You know who does not need one of these aside from me is that Helen woman who's not allowed to run outside anymore.

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  17. I've been intending to get something like this. I cross a busy street two times each time I run. I'm a pink girl too, and the elite looks pretty cool!

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  18. what a neat idea! I think I would go with a red shoe pouch, I'm forever trying to put my house key somewhere!

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  19. I like the PINK one too! (Imagine that!) the regular or elite ID would work for me.

    Thank you for the opportunity Miss Shelley and hope you have a good weekend!

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  20. I like the Elite in green...to match my ipod!! :)

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  21. I'd choose the sport in black for my husband who just started running not even a year ago, and lost over 40 lbs., started training with navy seals, completed the P90X program and now runs regularly! I actually am the one who got him into running which is funny since he is the only one out of the two of us who's completed a half-marathon so far...:)

    Love your blog! very inspiring stuff:)

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  22. Oh my gosh! I was just telling my husband that I really NEED a Road ID!!
    I really want the ankle one in PINK ~ what else?! LOL!!
    Jessica
    http://healthyfor100.blogspot.com

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  23. I would LOVE the pink ankle ID! I've been thinking that I needed something like this for xc skiing and running when it warms up!

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  24. I dont need
    BUT I DO WANT.

    pink ankle pink ankle.


    and no it is not for the PrincessPinkLovingCHild :)

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  25. The sport ID in purple, my favorite color!

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  26. Wrist elite, definitely.

    Purple....or yellow.....or purple....or yellow. Can I make up my mind if I win?

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  27. ooohhh, i like the elite in yellow.

    although blue would probably match my running clothes more often...but still, yellow.

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  28. I would choose the wrist ID sport in purple. Thanks!

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  29. Thanks Shelley. I would choose the elite in green!

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  30. I like the wrist ID in black.

    Such a cool idea!

    Cheers,
    Missa
    LosingEthel

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  31. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be picked. I've looked many times..but never have the money! (yeah, i'm poor ...lol)

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  32. I would choose the elite model in blue. This is a great way to feel more secure when on the go outside.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    Peggy N.

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  33. Blue wrist standard issue....These really can be lifesavers! Get one even if you don't win one.

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  34. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to their website and completed the order form...to always second guess myself. So nice to see you with one...Love it!

    My personal favorite is the sport band...in black...

    And if I don't win...will definitely go to their site...again...and purchase one!

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  35. ooooh! Enter me please! One of the races I did had the Road ID info on the bibs. I checked it out and decided *someday* I wanted one... Maybe like tomorrow ??? :)

    Jennifer
    http://wecanlosethepounds.blogspot.com/

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