This is straight from the Road ID website "Our Story" page:
The inspiration for Road ID was born in the fall of 1999. For my father, the inspiration was his concern for me as I trained for my first marathon. For me, the inspiration was a black, King Kong size pick-up truck that I nearly came face to face with on a long Saturday run.
Earlier that fall, I began training for my first marathon. My father worried about me logging all those miles and would often tell me to “be safe.” One day, he suggested that I carry an ID so that he could be notified if I had an accident while training. Of course, I dismissed that suggestion. I thought: “What could possibly happen to me while running?”
So, there I was, in a ditch, on the side of the road, having nearly been hit by the aforementioned pick-up truck. From that ditch, my father’s suggestion to carry ID started to make a tremendous amount of sense.
Luckily I was OK. But, what if the truck had hit me? I would have been rushed to the local hospital as “John Doe.” Without proper ID, family members and friends could NOT be contacted. Likewise, my Medical records could NOT be accessed at the hospital. How long would I lay there unidentified? This freaked me out.
A few months later, from my father’s damp basement, he and I launched Road ID. To us, Road ID has always been far more than a business. We are on a mission to save lives.
So you see for yourself this isn't just a business, it's a mission. There is a true purpose for wearing a Road ID. As a runner, I felt so comfortable wearing it. It was just like my watch, I hardly knew it was there but it gave me a piece of mind that if I passed out or (heaven forbid) got hit by a car, or even stung by a bee that when someone found me (and I run on a road with a fair amount of traffic with people going to work), that I would be taken care of. Paramedics would know who I am, where I'm from, how to contact my husband and my mom. They would know I was born in 1986 and have a possible bee allergy. They would also get that I'm a Christian. It just makes me feel safe to have some form of ID on me without carrying around (and probably losing) my driver's license.
don't be alarmed when you get your Elite ID and it's huge; you have to cut it down to size.
Road ID is probably the best idea to have if you're a parent, especially with young kids.
However, I had another purpose for really wanting to have a Road ID. I don't wear it just when I run. I wear it when I'm out with my kids. Let's say I'm at the park with them and I get stung by a bee. I have a severe reaction and someone hears my son crying for his mama. They come to see what's wrong...long story short - they will have all the information they need right there. My name, my husband's number, my mom's number, my allergies (or possible in my case). My husband can be called to pick up our children and I will also be taken care of.
I'm a mom, I worry. I think we all do. We worry about strangers approaching our kids. We read about it in the newspaper and tabloids. It's all over the news. But what if something happens to YOU? How will they know who to call so someone can come take care of your kids? And if your kids are young like mine, they can't say "my dad is Big A and he works at the feed store." What then?
For a list of Top 10 Reasons to wear a Road ID, read this.
Something to think about, right?
On the original IDs you get 6 lines of print on the sterling silver ID.
Well, if you do decide that an ID like this is necessary, I honestly urge you to think about Road ID. I have the Wrist ID Elite in red (which is very cute; I've had many compliments on it so far), but there are so many other products that may fit you better. There's the Road ID Sport, the Shoe ID, the FIXX ID, Ankle ID, Shoe Pouch ID (see all products here). You can get the interactive or original editions (I chose the original).
Prices vary on the different products but are really reasonable for the peace of mind that it gives you. The Wrist ID Sport, Shoe ID, Shoe Pouch ID, and Ankle ID are all $19.99 a piece, the Wrist ID Elite is $29.99, the FIXX ID is $24.99. You may also want to check out their Firefly products - reflective gear for those early mornings or late night runs. A lot of cool things to check out on the website.
Trust me when I tell you the customer service with Road ID is fantastic. I accidentally put my cell number instead of my husband's (it looked like the right number, it was familiar) and they got me a replacement ID (just the ID not the band) so quickly! I really appreciate that when I felt like such a dork.
ALSO, I've been told about a special opportunity that I wanted to share with you, my dear readers:
Now that summer has finally arrived GoLite is giving outdoor fanatics 93 chances to bag free gear. Of all the seasons, summer is the lightest. To show their devotion, GoLite’s giving away a FREE piece of gear every day, all summer long.
Go to GoLite.com and they have a chance to win!
Check out the GoLite facebook page daily around noon, mountain time, to see who won.
And even better? YOU could win a Road ID for yourself! How?
Mandatory entry: Become a follower of the S Club 4 blog (already a follower, that's good for this too). Leave a comment.
Want more chances to win? (Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry & be sure I have a way to contact you because if I can't contact you, you can't win).
1. Go to the Road ID website & tell me which Road ID you would choose if you win.
2. Follow me on Twitter.
3. Tweet & leave link to tweet
Have the peace of mind that comes with a @RoadID #giveaway http://tinyurl.com/34obh7x Giveaway ends July 30th
(can be done daily but please be sure to leave a link for each separate tweet)
4. Tell me how you stay safe running OR your number one safety tip for any time.
Giveaway ends July 30 at midnight (central time). Good luck!
A big thank you to Road ID for allowing me this opportunity to have a Road ID and to share one with my readers.
Disclaimer: I was provided a Road ID in order to write this review. I didn't receive any money, however. I was completely honest in this review. However, everyone may or may not have the same experience with this company and/or product.