Runners, cyclists share ways to carry ID after man's death

Here are five light, non-obtrusive ways to carry identification when you exercise, courtesy of CBC Ottawa's audience. The issue became newsworthy after it took several days for police to be able to identify a runner who collapsed and later died.

Runner collapsed Tuesday in Ottawa, later died in hospital

Ottawa police advise anyone who runs, walks or cycles should carry identification or emergency contact information. (Shutterstock)

It took police days to identify a man who collapsed while running along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway late Tuesday morning and later died.

The man was found by a passing cyclist, police said. He was not carrying any identification.

That led police to remind those who exercise to always carry identification. CBC Ottawa then asked for ideas on light and unobtrusive ways to do just that, and here they are:

1. Wristband ID

The website mentioned above sells apparel for running, cycling and swimming, but also wristbands that can feature your name, city, province and emergency contact information.

2. Shoe tag

If you prefer, you can also wear custom shoe tags, as seen above. They are sold here.

3. ID cards

You can always keep it simple by carrying a driver's licence or health card. You can carry these inside a pocket, pouch, shoe, hat or even the armband that holds your music player, if you use one.

4. Wallet cards

There are also wallet cards available, or you can use a piece of paper to list your emergency contacts.

Companies such as ICE (In Case of Emergency) feature products for emergency situations.

5. Health apps

As one person commented on a video posted to Facebook, which you can see below, smartphones often feature a health app where you can provide medical information that becomes important in emergencies.

The information can be accessed without unlocking a phone, as described here.

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