I always carry ID with me when I run. It’s dangerous out there. I’ve had a few close calls with cars and have taken a couple of falls over the years on uneven or slippery surfaces.
In some big races, like the Boston Marathon, you have to write your emergency information on the backside of your racing bib. That’s a good policy. I saw one guy laid out on a stretcher during the later stages this year’s Boston Marathon.
As a former EMT, I also appreciate the benefits of being able to identify someone who may have been injured, to get some information about their health, and to be able to contact their loved ones in the case of an emergency.
I have a Shoe ID from Road ID attached to my running shoes. It attaches with Velcro, so it can be moved easily to whatever pair of shoes I’m using. My Shoe ID has my name, address, phone number, my wife’s name and cell phone number, and my blood type on it. You can customize the information on the ID to include whatever you want.
If you don’t want to have your ID attached to your shoe, Road ID has products that go on your wrist, ankle, and around your neck as well. Prices start at $19.99. It’s a good insurance policy against some of the hazards of the road.
Do you carry ID with you when you run? What type? Tell me in the comments.