February 12, 2016

Running Safely with RunRaegis

As you know, we tend to be a bit fanatical about running and safety. Mom has had a few unfortunate encounters with dogs and we have both experienced our fair share of weird and sketchy things while out on a run. I usually run alone and my husband insists that I carry my phone with me.

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.

Fitness Features
- 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

Safety Features
- 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. 
- Additional information available for your contact who recevied the panic notification. Note that in the screen shots below, I blurred or removed some sensitive information including coordinates and some of my personal info (top image) and all street names in the bottom image.




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:
Use Promo Code: RunRaegis 

How do you stay safe while on a run?
{Christine}

20 comments:

  1. Wow this is really neat. I like the fact that you can report a danger.
    I really wish my sister would carry her phone with her when she runs. When she would travel for work she was always running in unfamiliar locations and it really bothered me. Even now she runs alone! -M

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    1. Adam used to get on my case when I didn't bring my phone so now I do. I thought the features were amazing and somehow really obvious!

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  2. Sounds like a great app! I like the panic button feature!

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    1. I thought that was really neat as well...and also so obvious! Hard to believe nothing similar previously existed

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  3. What a great concept! Even when you think you live in a safe area, or think that nothing bad could ever happen to you, hearing stories on the news really makes you think twice about those thoughts.

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    1. So true! I think it's easy to get complacent when you run in the same places too and you think it's safe.

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  4. Awesome! I have never heard of this, it is a great idea :)

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    1. I was really excited when I heard about it. So simple yet so impactful

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  5. I love the idea of this! Safety is SO important for runners -- especially women, sadly enough. I'm often nervous while running alone, especially in places that I'm not entirely familiar (or even when I'm at my usual park and there's nobody around). Thanks for sharing, will definitely look into it!

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    1. So true! I think it's really easy to get lulled into a false sense of security when you're in the same old places.

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  6. What a great app. It is about time that they came out with something like this. You know what is sad, though? My phone would totally f it up. It is on it's last legs. I'd be better off sending out smoke signals.

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    1. Right? Amazing how something like this didn't exist sooner!

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  7. Now if only Garmin could add a panic button. :)

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    1. That would be amazing! A friend told me that the Bia watch had a similar feature.

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  8. Violet is in our MRTT Boulder group and she generously offered us all a code when her app was called runsafe ...SUCH a smart idea! I haven't tried the new app yet, but I'll bet it is spectacular! Lisa Archer

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    1. It's amazing! I am really impressed with Violet and the app!

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  9. I always run with my phone. I've had a few weird things happen on runs. I also have a whistle. This app sounds great.

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    1. A whistle is brilliant. My grandfather gave every woman in the family a nice whistle for her key ring. I still have mine and thankfully have never used it.

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  10. My male assistant was surprised I always had my phone with me when I ran, but it is such a key safety lifeline for me! I like that it is has a Waze-like hazard feature.

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    1. Exactly! It's such a sad commentary on life that women have to be so much more concerned about safety than men.

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