Disclaimer: I received a ROAD iD Sidekick to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) at BibRave.com/BibRavePro, and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
Most runners will tell you that you should definitely run with a ROAD iD of some kind. I’ve seen them online plenty of times, have added one to my Christmas list for a few years now, but I’ve never taken the plunge for whatever reason. It’s not that I don’t think safety is important, but a ROAD iD just wasn’t at the top of my running gear priority list. (Maybe I like living life dangerously?!) But when my BibRave family reached out to see if I would test one, I thought, “Heck yeah!” How could I not test one out; it was a no-brainer for me. So here’s how it works:
Step 1: The first step in buying your ROAD iD Sidekick is to make sure that you have a Garmin or Fitbit watch. If you have an Apple watch, you’ll want the Apple Watch ID instead.
Step 2: Measure your Garmin or Fibit watch band’s width. The Sidekick comes in either a 13-mm or a 19-mm size. The 13-mm version fits band widths that are LESS THAN 3/4 inches. The 19-mm version fits band widths that are 3/4 inches or LARGER. I have a Garmin Forerunner 235, and I went with the 19-mm option.
Step 3: Choose your Sidekick color! You can choose from graphite, rose gold, slate, or cobalt. I chose graphite, but I’m loving the cobalt, too!
Step 4: Choose your personalized engraving. Depending on the size of the Sidekick (13 or 19 mm), you can fit a certain amount of text. Here’s an example below:
I chose to include my name, my “Run, Becky, Run” moniker, my husband’s name and cell phone number, and my city/state. The engraving is guaranteed for life!
Step 5: You can select Yes to include access to an updateable online Emergency Response Profile. This profile contains contact numbers, information about medications, allergies, and more. Your Sidekick purchase includes six months of service for free. After that, it’s only $9.99 per year if you choose to keep your profile.
Step 6: Once you receive your Sidekick, it’s wicked easy to put on your watch. You literally just slip it on. Set it, and forget it! The picture below shows you the bands that go around my watch strap. Super easy!
Step 7: Set up your online profile. Go to https://www.myroadid.com/ to create an account if you don’t already have one. They offer a great FAQ too if you’re looking for some additional information, such as answering the question, “I just received my new ROAD iD in the mail. What do I need to do next?”
And that’s all she wrote! Now if I’m ever out running and am unresponsive for some reason, whoever finds me (or a medical professional, of course) can look at my Road iD Sidekick and call my emergency contact or call for emergency information.
I highly recommend this product, and you should run over to roadid.com to use code SAVE25BRP for 25% off any ID.