It’s something that you never want to happen, but if you have an accident or become ill while you’re running a parkrun – or any other run for that matter – how do people know who you are, and whom to contact to let them know what’s happened?
That’s why when you first register with parkrun you have the option to fill in your ICE (‘In Case of Emergency’) details, providing a name and contact number of a person who can be contacted if something ever happens. You can also record any special medical conditions that you have in this information.
This number then gets printed out on your personal barcode, so that you’ll always have it whenever you run parkrun. With millions of run performances each year, they’re invaluable for parkrun Event Directors when something happens and they need to take care of a runner who is not feeling well.
It’s also an extremely good idea to have this with you whenever you’re out running, (especially if you don’t have a phone with you) so that you have some form of identification with you. One doesn’t think about it, but when you’re out running you often have nothing that identifies you so this can be very useful.
Over 70% of parkrunners have uploaded their ICE details – have you? If you haven’t already, you can go into your parkrun profile and update these details by following this link and filling in your information (you can find your parkrun Athlete ID – your parkrun ‘number’ – on your barcode).
You can also upgrade and get a parkrun barcode bracelet (similar to the one shown in the image above). Go the following website: www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/ where you can order your barcode to be sent to Sweden for a very reasonable price. I’ve always got mine with me when I run!
Happy parkrunning everyone!
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