February 20, 2013
Super Safety Tip #7: Carry Identification
Previous safety tips have recommended that you carry money and your mobile phone. I don’t want it to sounds like you’re carrying your whole house with you, but I also recommend that you run with your identification.
In the event of an emergency, you may not be able to tell important information to first responders. If you have a serious medical condition, you should always be running with a Medic Alert or similar identification. It may have your health card number to get you access to hospitals in an emergency. Your identification can also tell people how to contact your family or close friends in an event of an emergency.
When you go to races, there is usually a space on the back of your race bib to write emergency contact info and list any medical conditions. This is important! It’s a nice piece of mind to know that some steps are in place in case of a worst-case scenario.
There are other convenient ways to run with your identification:
• Carry your driver’s license or health card in your run belt
• Wear a Medic Alert bracelet
• Wear a Road ID
• Write it on a little piece of paper and put it in your shoe, pocket or run belt