Monday, September 26, 2011

RoadID Review & Giveaway (closed)

Running (and cycling, and swimming, and...) safety has been on the mind of many a blogger since well known blogger Healthy Ashley was involved in a pretty brutal biking accident.  Ashley was lucky to have her cellphone with her, and responders were able to contact her husband.  For some running safety tips, check out This Runner's Trials (and this post too).

Safety has also been a big concern for me ever since I stopped running with my iPhone.  When I first started running outside, I used my iPhone as both my iPod and to track my runs on Nike+ GPS.  When my phone started getting tired, I made the switch to a Garmin + iPod shuffle.  I immediately became concerned about what would happen if someone needed to contact The American.  With my phone, they could easily find both him and my parents listed as "ICE" numbers.

Without my phone, and running along trails that are sometimes busy and sometimes quiet (and scary), I wanted to know that if something happened, responders would be able to reach someone.  I decided to order a RoadID.

I picked the Wrist ID slim because I like the clean look and comfort of the simple, silicone band.  I also like a smaller band because I have pretty small wrists.  I picked the pink band because it was pretty cute and the colour is noticeable.

The stainless steel plate is laser engraved with your choice of information.  In the case of the slim band, it can fit five lines of info.  I put my name and year of birth as they suggested, then listed two numbers for The American and two for my parents.  If you ever need to update your information, you can order a new plate and take off the old one.  It's not super easy to take off and replace the plate but you wouldn't want it to be easy for it to come off!  There is also an "interactive" option that lets you keep all your info up to date online.

It arrived a couple weeks after I ordered it (which I assume is because I'm in Canada and not a normal problem with this company).  It was in personalized packaging that had the story of the company which made me hope that the mailman and other people who handled the package gave some thought to their own safety.  Inside the band was in a stainless steel tin that I have already started using for storing small items in my running bag.

Great packaging! Bubble safe and a story too.

The box that held my band.
The plastic insert was easily removable.

I was worried when I first opened it that it wasn't going to fit.  It seemed SO TINY!  I had used the handy sizing guide on the RoadID website that suggested measuring your wrist with a dollar bill.  I was worried that it had led me astray.  But no need to worry - it fits perfectly!  I wore it on a run the other day and while I was definitely aware of it and kind of sweaty under it, I didn't mind.  It's a small price to pay for safety.  If you are concerned about the silicone band they also have many other options available (including ones that go on your ankle and your shoe).

If you would like to have a RoadID of your own, here is your chance!  RoadID has generously provided an e-card for a giveaway to my readers.  It's easy to enter and it's your chance to win a $35 e-card to purchase a RoadID of your choice.

How to enter:

1. Comment on this post with your answer to this question - what is one thing you could do that would make you safer during your run/bike/swim/activity of your choice?  For example, I could run without headphones (or maybe turn them down or purchase special headphones that allow me to be more aware of the noises around me).  This entry is mandatory.  (1 entry)

2. Follow @RoadID on Twitter. (+1 entry)

3. Like RoadID on Facebook. (+1 entry)

4. Tweet the message "Check out @JennieRunning for a chance to win a @RoadID gift card!" (+1 entry)

I am using Rafflecopter for the first time ever to run the giveaway.  The only comment you need to leave below is for the mandatory entry - you then fill out the Rafflecopter form to let me know how many entries you get for the mandatory entry and any extra entries. Only entries submitted through the Rafflecopter will count.  If you haven't used Rafflecopter before, there's a video here on how to use it.  Please note that all entries will be verified before selecting a winner.

The giveaway will be open for entries until 12:01 a.m. on October 4, 2011 so you have a whole week to enter and spread the word.  I will announce the winner here and contact him/her by e-mail if one is provided.  The winner will have one (1) week to claim their prize, at which time if I haven't heard from him/her I will pick another winner.


  1. My runs are not in traffic, so they are pretty safe. But to be more curteous to the bikes that share the path, I probably could turn my music down too. :)

    And i could wear a road ID :)

  2. I've followed Road ID on Twitter for a while!!

  3. To be safer, I really should run without my headphones in while I'm in high-traffic areas / crossing the street.

    Great giveaway Jenn!

  4. I usually tell my parents where I'm going running and how long I think I'm going to be gone for... but I forget sometimes. I need to work on that. :)

  5. I followed @RoadID on Twitter.

    And I agree with Jayme - great giveaway. :)


  7. @LC - I also tell someone where I'm going and when I plan on being back. That's a good plan!

  8. I always make a point of letting my husband know my route and approx return time. That way he can come looking for me if I am gone too long.

    Nice giveaway.

  9. I've been meaning to tell my husband my route and how long I'll be gone when I go running. It always worries me, but I'm so bad about not telling him.

    -followed RoadID
    -liked RoadID
    -tweeted your message

    +4 ! YEAH!

  10. To make my runs safer, I could make sure I always told someone of my routes before I headed out. I also need to get some reflective gear to wear now that it is getting darker earlier!

  11. To make my runs safer, I could probably tell the boyfriend where I'll be running. I do this a lot of the time, when we're both home.. But if he's at work or in class I never think to let him know I'm hitting the streets.

    Also, I follow @RoadID and I liked them on FB as well :)

  12. Keep my music turned down but also use an app that tracks my progress and posts it where my wife can keep up with where I am during my runs

  13. Sorry posting a second comment had trouble registering the first time while using my iPhone.
    I like to keep my music turned low so I can hear cars coming and also like to use an app on my iPhone that allows live tracking so my wife will know where I am

  14. @SScarboro - no worries! I just heard about the live tracking app recently. It seems like a really good idea!

  15. I could make sure I take my phone with me every time I go out for a run. I often rush out and leave it at home just thinking, "oh it's just a short run, no big deal"
    I really should be bringing it every time!

  16. I almost forgot to enter! I am guilty of running with my music really loud so to be safer, I should turn down the music and wear only one headphone to be more aware of my surroundings!

  17. I'm guilty of running after dark, in black with loud music - to be safer i should stick to areas with sidewalks and wear brighter or more reflective clothing especially now that it's getting darker sooner!

  18. This is a brilliant idea for anyone who likes to enjoy the outdoors. Especially when running, you don't want your wallet, and phone getting in the way, falling into the ditch, or getting lost. This is a fantastic idea for sure.