Enter RunRaegis. I learned about this app a few weeks ago when the COO, Violet Alexandre, approached me and shared her story. Her story is one that could happen to any of us. When out on a run with her son, she slipped on ice and took a big tumble. She didn't have an efficient way to contact her husband and the concept for RunRaegis was born. When Violet shared the concept of this new app, I was immediately on board! RunRaegis provided me with a one year subscription to the app in exchange for providing a review and sharing my thoughts on the app. All of the opinions in this post are my own and no additional compensation was received.
Let's talk about the specifics of this app. To be quite honest, I couldn't believe that something like this didn't exist sooner. The concept is simple - it's similar to a traditional activity tracking app (like Run Keeper or Nike+ or Map My Run), but includes some incredible security features like a panic button on the home screen to notify your emergency contacts that you're in trouble. It also has an option to report a danger in the area. Think sketchy dude, trail-closure, etc. This feature reminds me of my favorite traffic app, Waze, which employs a social/community aspect where users can report things like traffic, hazards, police, etc. This is similar to that concept.
- Captures GPS data like distance, pace, and elevation
- Tracks time of day and weather
- After the workout, analytical data with splits and a graph of pace
- Big, red panic button on the home screen. Double tapping the panic button sends an alert to your emergency contact(s). Your contact has the option to select how they want to receive alerts. My husband opted for text and email alerts.
- An option to cancel a panic alert, which also sends another alert to your emergency contact(s).
|Text alerts sent when panic pushed and then cancelled.|
Note that in the alerts, the link for details is complete but I removed the full
link to protect my personal information.
I found the app really simple and very intuitive. While I probably won't rely on the app of the fitness data - that's what my Garmin is for! - I will definitely use it for the safety and peace of mind. When I first told my husband about the app, he was really enthusiastic. I joked with him that he wouldn't need to bike alongside me on my long runs and he laughed and said, "well I'll still probably do that but I'm glad you have this as an option for your long runs."
If you want to check out RunRaegis, you can download it in the Apple or Google App stores. There are several different paid versions of the app and they're very reasonable. The annual option is $24.99, aka less than one latte at Starbucks each month. With so many headlines these days about runner safety, having the added security for me and my family members is a no-brainer.
If you would like to try it out, we have a code for one month premium membership at no charge to you! And you won't even have to enter credit card information - don't you love that? So here's the info:
Go to: http://RunRaegis.com/welcome
Use Promo Code: RunRaegis
How do you stay safe while on a run?